Solution Cost Analyst

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Description

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ABOUT VILLAGEREACH

VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone. Our vision is a world where every person has the health care needed to thrive. Our programs focus building people-centered health systems that make sure health products and services are available when and where they are needed, with a focus on developing scalable, high-impact solutions. We are driven by a passion for collaboration and partnership, as we believe strongly that collective action is the only way to achieve sustainable change. Our work improves the lives of more than 40 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.

Summary

We believe that sustainable solutions need to be co-designed with government from the onset with a good understanding of costs. VillageReach is seeking a Solution Cost Analyst to lead our work on costing in support of our solutions which touch on areas including health call centers, data analytics, drones, outsourced transportation, and health information systems. This role will be responsible for cost estimating and costing tools development and will support cost management and cost improvement, with a focus on VillageReach solutions that will be transitioned to government ownership and management. This position is cross-cutting and will work with programs leads, solutions owners, Finance and Accounting and private sector firms that are part of our solutions. This role will be part of the Private Sector Engagement team and be there based in one of VillageReach’s core country offices (DRC, Mozambique, or Malawi) or in a South Africa. A successful candidate will have relevant experience in cost analysis with the ability to work with stakeholders in developing their capacity to understand and use cost data in developing and managing solutions.

Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities are included in the list below. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time. The approximate breakdown of time on yearly basis is provided for each major activity.

  • Cost estimating (20%): Develop solution cost estimates for solution scale-up based on key volume and coverage assumptions provided by solution owners and program managers; define and agree target key cost ratios
  • Cost management (20%): Develop reporting tools that can be used by VillageReach program teams and government employees to visualize costs, support solution owners and program managers to track cost evolution and variance to targets
  • Cost improvement (20%): Work with solution owners and program managers to identify the key cost drivers, model the cost impact of implementing changes to the solution or to the enabling environment, and develop a cost improvement plan.
  • Ad hoc costing studies (15%): Perform studies that answer questions related to “actual costs” and/or “future costs” based on a set of key assumptions provided by solution or program leads. Compare program costs with those of similar programs. Compare suppliers’ costs with those of other suppliers. Help structure cost studies conducted by external consultants. Help build capacity of internal teams working on cost analysis studies.
  • Government support (15%): Support governments in developing on-going budgets for VillageReach solutions that are transitioning to government, translating program cost categories structures into corresponding government budget categories and structures.
  • Costing tools and models (10%): Identify standard cost elements (capital expenditure and on-going yearly operating expenses) and associated cost structures for VillageReach solutions, define cost allocation rules; develop associated cost analysis tools that can be used by solution owners and program managers

Competencies:

The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

  • Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization
  • Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
  • Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
  • Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making

Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities and is an advisory position to solutions owners and program leads.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 5 years’ work experience advising organizations on how to improve the costs of goods or services or audit firm experience with service industry clients
  • Accounting qualification or work experience in management accounting is an advantage
  • Proven experience in identifying opportunities to improving costs of goods and services without reducing performance or quality

Other Qualifications:

  • Eligibility to work in Mozambique, DRC, Malawi or South Africa
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel), more specifically Excel (pivot tables, macros, etc.) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.
  • Capacity to develop compelling data visualizations using tools such as think-cell
  • Strong analytical thinking, excellent math skills and a strong ability to communicate and present analysis is essential
  • Knowledge of database set-up and management
  • Experience in applying cost analysis skills to the health sector and general knowledge of the development field is a plus
  • Full professional proficiency in written and spoken English. One additional language (French or Portuguese) preferred.
  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural, and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved, and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
  • Previous experience working with LMIC governments preferred

Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Due to the time zone differences between our Seattle office and our Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, our global HQ and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until October 9th. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to our online portal: http://www.villagereach.org/join-us/A practical case with Excel and a PowerPoint presentation will be required as part of the hiring process.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:

VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.

Benefits

Compensation:

VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history.

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