capabilities-agriculturefoodcapabilities-consumer-goodscapabilities-extractivescapabilities-financial-servicescapabilities-healthcarecapabilities-humanitarian-assistancecapabilities-manufacturingcapabilities-pharmaceuticals capabilities-public-sectorcapabilities-technology

Senior Associate, Health Governance - Washington, DC

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium seeks candidates for the position of Senior Associate, Health Governance, in its Health Practice located in Washington, DC. The incumbent will support Palladium's governance technical assistance and business development needs in the Health Practice. Specifically, he/she will serve as the governance expert for the USAID-funded Afghanistan Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) and Jordan Health Finance and Governance (HFG) projects and other health projects as needed. He/she also will spend a portion of time supporting both proposal and project efforts led by Palladium's Economic Growth (EG) practice, especially in relation to public financial management and/or domestic resource mobilization. It is estimated that the EG work will be approximately 20% of the position's time.

HSR's goal is to foster a strengthened, reformed, and increasingly self-reliant Afghan health system prepared for the decreased donor support anticipated over the coming decade. The HSR Project acts as a resource and a catalyst to Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health and other government entities as it considers and implements critical sector-wide reforms that will be required to make the system more resilient and sustainable. The HSR Project will primarily focus on governance, health finance, and human resources for health.

The Jordan HFG Project's goal is to improve health sector sustainability and resiliency in Jordan by increasing spending efficiency of public resources for health in support of Jordan's universal health coverage (UHC) goal, while strengthening health sector governance to more effectively coordinate, plan, manage, and monitor the health system.

The Sr. Associate, Health Governance has overall technical responsibility for identified governance activities on these projects and other projects as assigned. Primary responsibility will be to assist country teams to develop technical strategies and approaches and monitor progress in technical areas and towards outlined project milestones, deliverables, and approved plans. The Sr. Associate will also review technical documents; provide advice and input; manage the technical aspects of outsourcing any technical services under governance; review and finalize technical products (studies, reports, briefers, slide decks) and provide overall capacity building support and mentoring to the country teams. As requested, this position may also provide technical governance support for other projects and assist with proposal development for new business initiatives.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, reporting to the Project Director. The Senior Associate works closely with the Project Director and technical staff and experts to provide technical support and guidance to project field team, including Chiefs of Party, Deputy Chiefs of Party, and governance staff. The work may also require close collaboration with and technical oversight of key technical subcontractors, consultants, and other partners and stakeholders.


Health Practice
  • Provide overall project technical backstopping support to the HSR project for governance activities.
  • Using Palladium's existing tools, frameworks, and approaches (and developing new ones, when necessary), work closely with project staff in-country (especially governance staff) to design and manage project governance work and ensure quality assurance of final technical reports and other materials, specifically in the areas of public financial management, decentralization, and citizen engagement.
  • Provide regular analysis of results and lessons learned to feed into adaptive management and regular strategy reviews of the project to determine what's working and what's not.
  • Support the development of, and advise on enhancements to, technical governance work in assigned areas.
  • Provide oversight and training, as needed, to support project governance activities as assigned, including technical support to local staff, ministries, and local project partners.
  • Monitor formal project governance indicators and progress towards meeting goals in assigned technical areas in quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to USAID.
  • Assist with retrieving needed journal articles and assist the project staff with research and literature reviews in governance areas.
  • Work with the Jordan HFG project in governance areas, as assigned/needed.
  • Assist staff to document and/or write technical success stories, case studies, and journal articles.
  • Help identify arenas to promote and share project governance experiences and promote dissemination of project activities and accomplishments.
  • Assist with proposal development for new business initiatives, as requested.
  • Represent the project and company at technical events and with others in the professional community, as requested.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Economic Growth
  • Provide vision and leadership for the EG practice's public financial management and domestic resource mobilization work and proposals, including identifying implementing partners and/or consultants and drafting/reviewing technical documents/proposals.
  • Prepare and present on public financial management and domestic resource mobilization topics to partners and clients.
  • Conduct scoping/positioning meetings (including to overseas posts); identify significant objectives, challenges, approaches, metrics, and/or results.


  • MPH or MA in international development, international relations, public policy, or related field.
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in international development.
  • Experience in governance, health governance, and/or other social sectors; experience in public financial management, decentralization and citizen engagement, health policy and financing, local economic development, and/or public-private partnerships (PPPs) is highly desirable.
  • At least some experience in the following areas: public administration, budgeting and finance management, decentralization, community outreach and governance, work with civil society organizations (CSOs), research, capacity building and mentoring, policy, and/or use of data for decision making.
  • Familiarity with USAID-supported projects; experience with Central Asia and the Middle East a plus.
  • Proposal development experience, including technical strategy development and writing.
  • Experience overseeing technical subcontractors and/or consultants a plus.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, with a high capacity for attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web-based research) this includes data analytics.
  • Ability to multi-task and keep track of concurrent activities and deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Inquisitive and proactive, with a strong desire to beat expectations; excellent skills in managing assigned workload and achieving goals.
  • Ability to work in a team and to communicate effectively with diverse cultural and professional staff members.
  • Must be willing to travel to Afghanistan, Jordan, and overseas in general.