Implementation Manager, MedAccess (London or Brighton, UK)

Team: Investment

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 26 September 2018

Implementation Manager, MedAccess (London or Brighton, UK)

Our Mission

  • Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
  • We aim to invest in countries where we can have the greatest impact. In countries where the private sector is weak and jobs are scarce.
  • We invest in sectors where growth leads to jobs – both directly and indirectly. In sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. Last year, the businesses we invest in created more than a million jobs. 
  • We are successful because we are a high quality investment organisation, using the best commercial skills and judgement to make investments in great companies and support them to grow over the long term.  We therefore want to attract people with these skills but who are motivated to use them to dramatically improve the private sector in Africa and South Asia
  • For further information, please visit our website


Background to MedAccess and CDC


MedAccess is a social finance company that ensures medical products and services are more widely available at lower prices, particularly in Africa and South Asia.   Established in November 2017 with an initial investment of $200 million from CDC Group Plc (CDC), MedAccess is now recruiting a high-quality team with specialist skills in structured finance, risk quantification, and global health.  Following evidence of early successful guarantees, the capital base is expected to increase by at least 5x in the first few years.

Many people in Africa and South Asia lack access to safe and affordable medicines. MedAccess aims to tackle that challenge by helping to make global markets work more effectively.   The organization negotiates price ceiling guarantees, reduces the business risks associated with supplying medicines, and collaborates closely with governments and development agencies to increase access to safe and affordable medicines in-country.  Evidence shows that guarantees can immediately reduce prices by at least 50% through reducing manufacturers’ risk of long-run, efficient production. 

MedAccess’ work covers vaccines, medicines, diagnostic tests, and medical devices for both communicable and non-communicable diseases.   Its involvement aims to smooth supply volatility, bring new products into use more quickly, and reduce costs while increasing access to life-saving products.  The aim is to create long lasting changes in markets so that increased access and price reductions persist far beyond the expiry of a guarantee.

MedAccess is a UK company governed by an independent board, and will use the highest quality commercial and financial rigour to create significant development impact.  The financial objective is capital preservation and will be achieved through the team’s expertise in assessing and structuring each guarantee and through charging manufacturers a small fee. All income will be reinvested into MedAccess to maximise benefits for patients.  

MedAccess’ parent company, CDC, is the world’s oldest development finance institution (DFI), founded in 1948. Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.   As a DFI, we can take a flexible and patient approach because value creation in our markets often takes many years to materialise.   CDC is wholly owned by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and plays a key role in DFID’s private sector strategy to alleviate poverty. 

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Role Requirements


Role Purpose


The Implementation Manager will lead MedAccess’s monitoring of product introduction and uptake.  Through in-country relationships with Ministries of Health, suppliers, and implementation partners, the Manager will collect field data and monitor product uptake to identify risks of various volume guarantees.  This role reports to the Chief Technical Officer, Colleen Connell. 


Key Responsibilities


Assess whether transaction in on track against key deal milestones

  • Outline information needed to complete assessment
  • Identify relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors for data collection or interview purposes
  • Develop relationships in order to understand market dynamics and trends in each country
  • Travel to key countries for site visits and meetings; conduct site visits to collect quantitative and qualitative data
  • Participate in in-country calls and meetings to collect supplier and product market share information and other relevant data
  • Meet with Ministries of Health and implementing partners to understand issues and successes of product introduction and uptake
  • Apply understanding of in-country program management and activities to identify and resolve issues
  • Support the resolution of procurement or other issues related to product introduction and uptake


Support new deal scoping and due diligence

  • Undertake desk research and other methods to quickly come up to speed on a new industry, company, or product
  • Model product introduction and uptake curves
  • Advise on risks associated with new products
  • Perform due diligence trips
  • Conduct global partner and Ministry conversations in order to understand that apparatus (e.g. trainings, policies, guidelines) needed for product introduction and uptake


Coordinate global implementation and deal performance monitoring

  • Organize global conference calls and meetings amongst deal partners
  • Review supplier performance and guarantee compliance
  • Track quarterly volumes, vet for accuracy, and produce or revise forecasts


Support post execution deal performance monitoring

  • Monitor compliance of various deals
  • Identify any breaches and work proactively with suppliers, donors, and partners to remedy the situation
  • Write periodic monitoring reports for senior leadership
  • Work with Investment Manager to update product risk models
  • Support overall portfolio management
  • Review in-country and global procurement data to identify any risks




  • At least 7 – 10 years of experience managing, implementing, and monitoring global health programs; private sector experience a plus
  • Experience living and working in at least 2 countries in either Africa and South Asia
  • Strong existing relationships with Ministries of Health and global health implementing organizations
  • Proven track record of identifying issues and mitigating risks
  • Knowledge of global health implementing partners, such as PSI, CHAI, PATH, Save the Children, JSI, FHI, etc.
  • Understanding of program management and in-country strategy and budget process for large global funders such as Global Fund, GAVI, the World Bank, bilateral donors, and philanthropic Foundations
  • Private sector experience in financial services or management consulting a benefit
  • Relevant Master’s degree such as Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or Masters of Public Health
  • Demonstrable alignment with MedAccess mandate, mission and values


Personal Skills


Communication: Appropriate written/verbal communication to effectively carry out role   


Team Working: Collaboration with own team and other employees


Results Focus: Drive to achieve objectives/results


Creative: Innovative approaches to problem solving         


Motivation: Personal commitment to delivering high quality outputs and drive impact


Analytical: Detail oriented and synthesize data and identify risks and outcomes       


Technical Skills


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills and creativity in addressing poor quality information or limited data availability
  • Strong understanding of developing countries and program management challenges, including public health systems
  • Thorough product knowledge and understanding of drivers of product introduction and uptake
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills particularly through memos and slide presentations
  • Excellent computer skills including Office suite




The role is based in London or Brighton and requires significant travel (greater than 30%.)


Please submit a cover letter with your application.

Originally posted on 25 May 2018

Reposted on 28 August 2018

Closes on 26 September 2018

Salary: competitive

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