I have always believed the best part of leadership is seen through legacy, no matter how good leadership is, if it has no rock imprint legacy then it does not achieve much. In my career and personal life I have always defined my leadership through the transformative impact i bring to my work, colleagues and the community around me. Throughout my life, I have left a legacy of success and achievement winning various leadership positions and excellence awards even through university. It is the challenges that one faces and how we fight them that define who I am as a leader.
I have always shown tenacity in the face of challenges and showing my best during the darkest hours. In 2014, I was working In Liberia when Ebola broke out, many fled and left the country but I stayed and became a rallying point for my staff, providing essential leadership that gave them hope and courage in an unusual environment, I became the head of the organisation after the senior partner had evacuated, keeping the office open throughout the epidemic, taking jobs that ensured all staff got paid even those who could not come to work and advising NGOs that were handling Ebola relief funds on accountability and transparency in an unusual environment.
Since 2015, through my work in Country X in Sustainable Health Financing, I have worked to promote the critical issue of Universal Health Coverage in Zimbabwe as a key to achieve SDGs by 2030. With the economy spiralling downwards and most people suffering impoverishment when they seek health services, it is critical for policies that ensure financial protection. To this end, I have been part of the team that has led pioneering work in developing Zimbabwe's first ever National Health Financing Policy, as the Secretariat to the process, I have used my relationship and stakeholder management skills gained through years of experience as an external auditor in the public sector to bring together various stakeholders with different agendas to the table and advance this work. Working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care through various Technical Working Groups that have included health donors, NGOs, government ministries, civil society, healthcare providers and funders, as the secretariat it is my responsibility to ensure consensus and unity of purpose.
I am now currently leading work towards drafting of the first National Health Financing Strategy. I believe my strong skills in coordinating and bringing together stakeholders will be critical to the finalisation of the strategy and its implementation. The success of any strategy depends on visionary technocrats who are able to carry out the will of politicians and public leaders. I am strategically positioned to drive this important policy work, with my experience as a watchdog in audit strengthening my input into the design of strong institutions and systems of governance that ensures equity and equality in access to health financing and health care. Having thrust the idea of a National Health Insurance into the bullseye with cabinet approval already obtained for its establishment, I want to return to Country X and use my technical knowledge in designing and fully implementing this new and innovative health financing reform in Zimbabwe.
As a chartered accountant who is leading the breakaway from ordinary private sector jobs towards public sector service in Zimbabwe, I hope to use my skills through innovation or creating policies that allow life changing innovation within the public sector including application of private sector methodologies to create entrepreneurial systems that increase efficiency in public services delivery.