Department/Project PSI Tanzania
Who we are
We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.
There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a motley group of entrepreneurs and professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds all the way from the medical industry to the music business, all with unique skills we bring to the job.
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Mainland Tanzania exemplifies the developing world’s struggle to achieve middle-income status while confronting widespread poverty and substantial health challenges. Tanzania’s struggle with HIV/AIDS, reproductive and child health, malaria, and tuberculosis are characterized by both positive recent trends and persistent challenges. A high disease burden coupled with finite public sector resources has led the government of Tanzania to increasingly seek innovative tools to protect the health and wellbeing of its citizens. In recent years, the government has increasingly tried to leverage the private health sector’s capacity to strengthen the Tanzanian health system—first by removing the ban on private practice in 1991 and then by emphasizing PPPs in its national health policies and strategic plans.
Currently, the private health sector is actively involved in the delivery of key health services, especially related to family planning, child health, and malaria. However, the private sector is fractionalized and quality of services is varied. There are numerous private health sector providers and other actors that the Tanzanian government can be better leveraged to relieve the burden on public sector resources and produce better health outcomes for all Tanzanians.
PSI operates a franchise of 265 private providers in urban and peri‐urban areas of Tanzania—representing 14% of all private facilities in the country. The Familia franchise has historically focused on FP, but now delivers an expanded range of SRH, IMCI, and malaria. In a newly revised strategy, PSI Tanzania will continue to evaluate options to improve the quality of services in the private sector, form better linkages between the public and private sectors, ensure value for money in the franchising approach and improve financial sustainability by diversifying the sources of funds including domestic financing options. The goal PSI’s franchising strategy will be to harness the power of private markets to rapidly advance health impact in support of Tanzania’s sustainable development goals.
We’re looking for a short term Consultant to assist PSI Tanzania to write a strategy to increase the sustainable use of health services. Many key components of the strategy have already been developed. The consultant will consolidate and write up the strategy for an external audience.
Sound like you? Read on.
PSI is seeking a consultant to help craft and write a strategy to increase the sustainable use of health services. We are seeking a consultant who has excellent writing skills and a strong technical understanding of the private sector landscape for health. The project will balance the acute short-term needs of quality health services now with the long-term vision of universal health coverage.
Deliverables and Timeframe:
Literature Review of all relevant documents including PSI’s 2015 work on Tunza.
Notes on relevant docs and literature review list
Meet with key stakeholders to discuss possible interventions and partnerships (i.e. APHTA, PPP TWG Chair, USAID HSS Technical Lead, etc.).
Notes on relevant meetings
Write Draft Strategy and Log-Frame. The draft should clearly articulate the background/ problem statement and proposed solution(s).
Develop timeline for final editing, review and polishing process including inputs from PSI Tanzania team, PSI technical departments, New Business Development, and East Africa Regional Director. Write at least two additional drafts with feedback from PSI.
Liaise with PSI finance contact person as needed (while the consultant will not have responsibility to develop a budget, there may be need to clarify components of the strategy to develop a budget).
Provide bi-weekly status reports on strategy process to PSI Team and flag any items for follow up. Send status updates via email weekly or as needed.
What are we looking for?
Experiences and skills required
Short-term approximate three week consultancy, with at least two weeks in Tanzania
Expected start date: August 2016
PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.