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Health Systems Strengthening Manager at The Fred Hollows Foundation



The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working to prevent blindness and restore sight. This year marks The Foundation’s 30th anniversary of carrying on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. The Foundation is known around the world as an organisation that works with purpose and determination. With a reputation for excellence, we are well known for making change happen.

The Foundation has grown to work in more than 25+ countries throughout Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as Australia. The Foundation has restored sight to more than 3 million people worldwide. We have an ambitious five-year strategic plan that aims to take us even closer to realising our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind, or vision impaired and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to sight and good health.

We are also proud to announce we were awarded the Employer of Choice Award (Public Sector and NFP) at the 2022 Australian HR Awards. The Foundation is also endorsed and in partnership with The Life You Can Save.

To find out more about our work, please visit our website https://www.hollows.org


To be successful in this role you will have excellent knowledge of national/district/community-level issues impacting health systems in Rwanda. You will have experience strengthening public health

service delivery programs, partner technical Support and capacity building, advocacy, health systems performance. You will have strong stakeholder engagement skills, with demonstrated capacity to build and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders. You will be highly resilient, with the ability to build strong working relationships, both internally and externally. You will have excellent communication skills, with the ability to tailor communications to different audiences/ partners.


The Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Manager will lead the implementation of the key HSS components of FHF Rwanda Program. He/she will be tasked with improving the administrative, managerial, and operational capacity of national and district level health systems across FHF projects.

The Health Systems Strengthening Manager will assess current managerial and operational efficiencies at the national and district level to develop an action plan for improvements. Emphasis will be placed on health leadership and governance, health systems financing, health information system, commodities and supplies, eye health system efficiency and human resources for eye health

The Health Systems Strengthening Manager will coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations, including the Rwandan Ministry of Health at national and district level, international and national development partner organizations & civil society at national, district and community level to realize FHF’s long term outcomes.


  • Lead implementation of the HSS components across all FHFR projects, with particular attention to the Eye Health Systems Strengthening, and Performance-based Financing Projects
  • In conjunction with the FHF technical staff, support relevant departments and agencies of the national Ministry of Health and district health facilities in undertaking HSS capacity assessments gap analysis, setting priorities, and developing and implementing capacity strengthening plans with clear milestones.
  • Provide technical support to build the capacity of national and district health leadership in key health system strengthening functions, including policy, planning, health care financing and budgeting, advocacy, and resource mobilization.
  • Working in close coordination with the country manager, provide technical support for the performance-based financing project to increase capacity of the public health systems to sustainably deliver and increase the use of affordable self-sustaining models of eye health services, especially for persons with disability, men, women, men, the poor and rural populations.
  • In collaboration with the Policy and Advocacy Manager, support national and district level advocacy targeting key decision makers to advance implementation of WHO Integrated People Centred Eye Care to strengthen community focused programs
  • Provide technical assistance to ensure that national policies and procedures for public health financing are integrated at all levels of the health system
  • Support the development and promotion of linkages to enable project and staff to learn from one another, discuss common challenges, seek/offer assistance, and share best practices at country and cluster level.
  • Produce and present HSS papers at local, regional, and international forums to share experiences and best practices
  • Identify and advise on opportunities for HSS grants acquisition and lead in project design and resource planning
  • Manage relationships and maintain FHFR’s position within strategic fora such as technical forums, working groups, health advocacy platforms etc


  • Minimum of 5 years significant work experience in health systems strengthening, health economics, or related fields in the context of low resource settings in a reputable NGO
  • Demonstrable knowledge of national health systems and policy development.
  • Ability to cultivate, develop and maintain good relationships with the government and other partners.
  • Substantial understanding of economic policies, HSS structures with proven experience interacting with governments, non-governmental organizations, donors and/or the private sector including excellent diplomacy and cross-cultural interpersonal skills.

How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you.

To find out more about our benefits click here


Applications should be made via this link, Applications should include your resume and cover letter. Please address your cover letter to the Talent Acquisition Team and include a response to the “About You”, “Key Responsibilities” and “What You’ll Need to Succeed” sections of the advert.

Should you like further information please visit our Website.

Applications Close: 18th November 2022

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to ensuring our projects and activities are implemented in a safe and productive environment that prevents harm and avoids impacting the health and safety of all people, particularly children, vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

The Foundation is also committed to protecting the health of our beneficiaries, donors and partners and require incumbents of this role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where medical conditions may make vaccination harmful to their health).

Please be advised:

  1. Fred Hollows Foundation will never ask for a fee during any stage of the recruitment process.
  2. All active roles are advertised directly on our websitehere.
  3. Please note we will not be accepting CV’s via agencies for this role.


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