Career Opportunities

Muso is a global health organization committed to universal health care. We build health systems to save lives by reaching patients faster. To make this happen, we’ve devoted the past decade designing, building, testing, and improving on our proactive healthcare model. Communities Muso serves have achieved child mortality rates lower than any country in Africa, according to a 2018 BMJ Global Health study.

We currently provide direct service health care for 350,000 people in Mali, and provide intensive support to the Malian Ministry of Health's national health care reform effort to improve primary care access for Mali's 18 million citizens.

We’ve now seen the urgent need for Muso to serve both within and beyond Mali’s borders. The global crises of maternal and child mortality are solvable, everywhere.

Building upon the extraordinary potential of proactive care, Muso is now preparing for global growth. This will include expansion to new countries, intensive technical assistance (TA), and world-class research designed to change global policy and practice. Through these efforts, we aim to serve the global effort for universal health care, maternal health, and child survival. The World Bank, the UN MDG Health Alliance, and USAID have all featured Muso’s work as a global best practice.

More than five million children die every year and more than half the world’s population lives without access to essential health care. To take on these enormous injustices, Muso is growing exponentially. We plan to grow our budget from $8 million in 2019 to up to $18 million per year by 2023 in order to support us to reach up to one million patients and improve care for tens of millions of people through changes in global policy and practice. To get there, we will pursue significant growth in our foundation and corporate, individual, and bi- and multi-lateral partnerships, and build systems to manage and expand our current partnerships with over 40 institutions and a committed group of individual donors.

In this context, Muso’s Grants Associate will act as a critical anchor to our development team and fundraising initiatives across our revenue streams. This role will support two cross-cutting areas necessary to grow our partnerships: grant writing and management, and prospect research. They will be responsible for developing applications, reports, and materials for funding partners, generating content that logically and persuasively outlines Muso’s vision as it aligns with prospective partners’ priorities. As relationship managers cultivate partnerships, the Grants Associate will drive internal project management, grant writing, and submission of deliverables. Additionally, they will be responsible for scoping prospective partners, and supporting the development team to prioritize next steps towards aligned partnerships.

The ideal candidate will enter the position with some sector experience and an initial understanding of the field’s stakeholders and landscape, which they will deploy strategically in managing materials for funders and scoping new prospects. They will possess exceptional writing, logical thinking, and persuasive communication skills. This candidate will be resilient, comfortable with managing competing and shifting priorities that can come with rapid and ambitious organizational growth, and will have the drive, detail orientation, and prioritization skills necessary to proactively drive forward high-quality work independently and collaboratively. To these ends, the hiring team will place a high value on additional value-adding experience, like French language skills to collaborate with francophone teammates, sector experience in global health or similar fields, and experience writing or supporting complex institutional funding relationships with funders such as USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Finally, they will have an unswerving commitment to social justice and global health equity. We are looking for a candidate excited by the prospect of long-term professional growth within a dynamic and rapidly-expanding organization.

Based in San Francisco, CA or Bamako, Mali, this position will report to the Foundation Partnerships Manager and work in close collaboration with other development team members and executive leadership. This role will join a rapidly-growing development and communications team working between the United States and Mali.

Responsibilities:

Grant Writing and Management (75% FTE)
  • Develop, write, edit, and prepare applications, reports, and other materials for a range of institutional and individual partnership opportunities.
  • Lead back-of-house support to current funding relationships, coordinating work against upcoming deliverable deadlines, tracking progress towards partnership requirements, and monitoring organizational compliance against funding agreements.
  • Engage in collaborative communications with staff in other departments to support partnership needs, including design, finance, research, and programs teammates.rint communications collateral for donors and other external partners.
  • Identify opportunities for grants management process improvement, coordinating with the development operations lead to implement creative solutions. In particular, support building improved systems for managing complex institutional grants and tracking restricted funding, and oversee the use of those systems in practice.
  • Develop materials and processes to improve application and report development efficiency.
  • As needed, assist with other partnership-related projects and provide operations and administrative support to the development team.


  • Prospect Research (25% FTE)
  • Scope new partners through thorough prospect research and relationship mapping, presenting opportunity summaries to wider development team.
  • Support relationship managers across Muso’s partnership types to evaluate new prospects, and prioritize next steps.
  • Standardize and manage team-wide prospecting processes.


  • Desired Skills and Experience
    Required
  • Professional writing experience, preferably in a development environment, with excellent written and verbal communications skills that flex to context and audience. This candidate must have a demonstrable propensity for structured and logical thinking, as well as persuasive and relatable communications.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across departments, cultures, languages, and time zones.
  • Superb attention to detail, prioritization and organization skills, and skill for system management and improvement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and produce high-quality work in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt in a rapidly-growing team and organization.
  • Commitment to social justice and global health equity.
  • English language fluency


  • Not Required But a Plus
  • 1-2 years of sector experience in global health, international development, or philanthropy, with an early-career understanding of actors and funding landscape and processes.
  • Experience writing or supporting complex institutional grants, including bi- and multi-lateral funding relationships.
  • Professional French language proficiency.
  • Familiarity with working in a nonprofit context
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar relationship management software.


  • Compensation and Benefits
    For a position based in San Francisco, compensation will be $50,000-$55,000 per year, commensurate with experience. A health insurance package will be included. This position will receive up to 20 days of vacation annually and one sick day per month based on date of hire, as well as major U.S. holidays. This role will also receive support for professional development opportunities.

    Muso is an equal opportunity employer.

    To Apply
    Please submit your résumé and cover letter to [email protected] with Grants Associate Application in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The application deadline is rolling, but interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


    Muso is creating a new Technical Assistance Team. This new team will support governments and NGOs to implement methods that Muso has tested, in pursuit of our common goals of universal health care, maternal health and child survival. The Health Care Financing Specialist will occupy a central role on this team, reporting to the Director of Technical Assistance. The Health Care Financing Specialist will provide accompaniment to the Malian Ministry of Health as well as to other government or NGO partners that engage Muso for technical assistance—supporting costing analyses, comparing risks and benefits of different financing mechanisms based on published research, and assessing potential financing pathways. The Health Care Financing Specialist will be a partner who works in a spirit of solidarity and service, assisting partners from design through planning and implementation. Through their service, the Health Care Financing Specialist will have the opportunity to plan a critical role in pursuing access to health care for tens of millions of people, and advancing the global movement for health equity.

    Reports to: Director of Technical Assistance
    Location: Somewhat flexible, but requires considerable travel and significant portion of the year in Bamako.

    Responsibilities:

  • Improve and conduct new costing analyses of strategies that Muso tests through its work and research
  • Support partners in conducting costing analyses of strategies they aim to implement
  • In collaboration with other members of the Muso Technical Assistance team and Partnerships team, help partners to understand the value and trade-offs of investing in particular strategies
  • Support partners to create financing roadmaps, laying out how different funding sources could be mobilized and aligned; support partners in creating related collateral to engage with the Ministry of Finance and other partners
  • Conduct evidence-based comparative analysis of different mechanisms for implementing user fee removal and for paying for the other elements of Muso’s Proactive Community Case Management (ProCCM) strategies. Accompany partners in evaluating risks and benefits of each option within their context
  • Analyze existing financing opportunities in each local context and propose scalable health care financing solutions adapted to each context
  • Support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of new health care financing strategies by partners
  • Engage and collaborate with other key partners and allies in the space, including the Financing Alliance for Health, Aspen Management Partners, the Community Health Impact Coalition, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Stay up-to-date with the health care financing research literature, to ensure that Muso’s guidance derives from a rigorous evidence base
  • Create monthly reports on progress of her/his efforts, as well as additional reports and proposals as needed for specific engagements
  • Meet weekly with the Technical Assistance Director, and collaborate closely with other members of the Muso team


  • Key Requirements
  • A commitment to universal health care, maternal-child survival, and equitable, just health systems
  • Ability to go in listening, with humility, in a spirit of solidarity and service
  • Proficiency in both French and English strongly preferred
  • Training in costing analysis, health care financing, and health care systems
  • A deep knowledge of comparative mechanisms for health care financing and the research behind each major approach
  • Experience and ability to analyze health care financing mechanisms and conduct costing analyses
  • Experience providing technical assistance and support with a partnership approach
  • Resilience and grit; the ability to persevere in the face of many challenges
  • Capacity to self-manage time and deliver consistently, with quality, on deadline
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to travel as needed for partnership engagements



  • To Apply
    Please submit your résumé and cover letter to [email protected] with Health Care Financing Specialist Application in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The application deadline is rolling, but interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible




    Location: Bamako, Mali

    Supervised by: Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation

    Supervises: Study Coordinators & Research Assistant

    Desired level of experience: Mid-level


    Responsibilities:

    • Assists the Director of Research Monitoring & Evaluation in the creation and implementation of the overall strategic research agenda for Muso, including future research directions.
    • Leads the creation of annual plans and budgets for the research portfolio of the Department of Research Monitoring & Evaluation, aligned with long-term strategic goals.
    • Builds, leads and supervises a team of researchers and study coordinators to ensure quality and alignment across the entire research portfolio.
    • Tracks progress of the research team to deliver on its goals and priorities, adjusting plans and budgets as needed to achieve overall strategy.
    • Supports growth of the research team through mentorship, supervision, feedback, and identifying and advocating for professional development opportunities for team members. Provides supervision and mentorship through at least weekly check-ins with direct reports.
    • Oversees all research study implementation, sampling, tool development, data collection, and data quality assurance, at various field sites. Depending on the study in question, the Research Manager either directly owns or manages study coordinators in these procedures.
    • Conducts high-impact data analysis, interpretation of results and paper writing.
    • Identifies and participates in opportunities for dissemination of research findings to local, national, global audiences at academic, practitioner or policymaker conferences and meetings.
    • Assists the Institutional Partnerships Manager of the Development team in identifying, writing, and reporting on applications for research-specific grants.
    • Collaborates closely with other departments to integrate research priorities and results into organizational practice, technical assistance and advocacy.
    • Monitors spend-down of the research budget, identifying opportunities for cost-savings as well as unanticipated costs that require further mobilization of funds.
    • Ensures the administrative functioning of the research portfolio, with the help of the Research Assistant.
    • Fosters relationships with external research collaborators, including technology developers, government partners, data analysts and academics, ensuring meaningful consultation and accountability.
    • Works in tandem with other members of the Department of Research Monitoring & Evaluation, notably the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager and Data Scientist to ensure integration and coordination across research, monitoring and evaluation, data operations and analytics.


    You need to have:

    • Exemplary doer-manager with a proven ability to simultaneously manage an independent portfolio as well as a team of people in order to set and meet deadlines and achieve goals.
    • Expertise in health systems and epidemiologic research design, methodology and analysis.
    • Proven ability to think through all elements of a study, from conception to dissemination.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; professional proficiency in French.
    • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
    • Proven ability to problem-solve proactively and take initiative.
    • Quick learner and resourceful on the job.


    You will impress us if you have:

    • Master’s in public health, epidemiology, demography, or equivalent.
    • 2+ years professional work experience in a similar role.
    • Experience in training and building capacity among other researchers.
    • Experience with writing study protocols, ethical committee applications, grants, and manuscripts in English or French.
    • Experience with designing and testing data collection tools.
    • Experience with collecting, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. survey results and key-informant interviews).
    • Professional experience conducting data analysis using Stata or other equivalent statistical software.
    • Demonstrated commitment to healthcare as a human right and social justice.

    To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with subject line "Research Manager". We will evaluate candidates on a rolling basis, so it is to the candidate's advantage to submit as soon as possible. Muso is an equal opportunity employer.


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