Dr Charles Matsiko

Director, Policy, Planning and Health Systems

Dr.Charles W.B. Matsiko assumed the position of Pincer’s Director for Policy, Planning and Health Systems on 1st July 2015. In this role, he oversees the work of the organization’s practices and thematic groups that bring together the best expertise across different cultures and training backgrounds to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of Health Systems Development, Education and Poverty reduction. The practices and thematic groups under his responsibility include health and education service improvement through policy implementation.  Other areas include planning and balancing social service provision in rural and urban areas with innovation, inclusiveness and fairness. He has been involved in helping countries to strengthen their health systems. The most recent one being Seychelles where he has been providing technical support to conduct job evaluation for all the technical jobs in the Health Care Agency (HCA). The thrust was on undertaking a complete review and evaluation of all positions in HCA and determining their relationship to each other, and to ensure alignment of the structures and functions.

Before joining this position, Dr.Matsiko Served for three years as Director for Health Systems Strengthening on a USAID funded NUHITES project covering 15 districts in the post conflict area of Northern Uganda.  During this period, the health outcomes of the people in Northern Uganda improved substantially. The Director for HSS was responsible for overseeing implementation of the Project Objective on Health Systems Strengthening, in collaboration with other Intra-health staff and partner organization staff.  He provided leadership on the project in developing strategies and implementation plans for meeting the HSS sub-objectives (increased availability of HRH, improved availability of adequate stocks of health commodities and supplies, improved information management system, improved leadership and management and increased private sector involvement through innovations for delivery of affordable quality health care services).

His extensive experience in Policy and Planning together with Institutional and Human Resource Development includes a decade leading restructuring processes of ministries of health in various developing countries to enhance better health outcomes including, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Swaziland, Botswana and Gambia under the auspices of WHO and EU.   Between 2007 and 2010, he was a long term senior HRH technical advisor in policy and planning for the government of Malawi under the auspices of Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH). He reviewed the strategic goals and objectives of the Programme of Work (PoW) and designed appropriate HR planning machinery, including effective HR demand and supply forecasting models to identify and address specific gaps. Before joining the Pincer Group, Dr.Matsiko worked for several consulting firms in the area of Global Health, policy, feasibility studies, development of M & E frameworks, educational manuals and guidelines in addition to evaluations and baseline assessments.  He also served on University faculties Makerere, Uganda Christian University Mukono, and Uganda Martyrs University as part of the university teaching staff and research projects in the areas of Policy, Planning and Heath Systems Strengthening between 2010 and 2015.

Dr. Matsiko has a Ph. D from Cambridge Management Institute, an MA in Health Management Planning and Policy from the University of Leeds in the UK; and a BA in Social Work and Social Administration, from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. He is also a health professional trained in medical imaging and public health at Makerere University. He has attended numerous trainings from the leading Universities of the World – Harvard, Galilee Management Institute, Aalborg (Denmark), Cape Town (South Africa) and Makerere University