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Health Financing and Economic Analyst

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The main purpose of the position is to optimize WHO support in strengthening health systems particularly in the area of Health Financing and Health Economic within the context and achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The position will contribute to high level engagement in policy dialogues, strategic planning and health system reforms, including providing technical expertise and capacity building support on public financial management reforms, national health accounts, and advocacy for investment in health. The major expected outputs are implementation of the health care financing strategy, analysis of health financing policies, rollout of the national health insurance schemes, increasing access to free or subsidized health, institutionalization of mechanisms to monitor equity in resource allocation and capacity building programs. 

Description Of Duties

Reporting to the Coordinator (Strategic Health Policy & Planning), under the overall guidance of the Head of WHO Country Office, and in close collaboration with the respective technical leads in the Regional Office and HQ, the incumbent shall perform the following functions:

1.       Provide technical assistance to the Government and especially to the MOH in developing health financing and social health protection policies including the design, implementation and monitoring of innovative health financing initiatives to ensure sustainable and equitable financing for universal health coverage; support the design, implementation and monitoring of health insurance schemes;

2.       Conduct baseline review and document data availability and quality for AFR KPIs,  GPW13 Impact Framework of the triple billion goals and indicators, as well as other health-related SDG indicators.

 3.      Build country capacity and assist FMOH to generate high-quality data and analyze and interpret corresponding statistics for monitoring the AFR KPIs, GPW13 Impact Framework and SDG indicators at national and subnational levels.

4.       Support the FMOH and development partners during the process of promoting and transitioning to more integrated and domestic financing, by identifying ways to improve sector-wide working practices including improved public financial management;

5.       Support the coordination of actors at the country level to ensure harmonized support for health financing and economic analysis that is aligned to country priorities;

6.       Provide technical support to the FMOH in analyzing health financing and economic information and the use of the information for policy dialogue and formulation;

7.       Support capacity building to the FMoH, other key Ministries and/or national institutions involved in Health Financing and Social Health Protection, as per needs and opportunities, favoring joint action and long-term approaches towards ownership and leadership on UHC;

8.       Participate actively in coordination mechanisms on health financing and social health protection such as the P4H network, including knowledge management and M&E.

9.       Perform other duties in Health Financing fields as may be assigned by the supervisor.

 Required Qualifications

Education

Essential:

First University Degree in health economics or health financing from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable:

Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) or Health Policy, or University Degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or health-related field.

Experience

Essential:

At least five (5) years of progressive professional experience in the area of economic analysis of health financing systems.

Desirable:

Experience relating to designing health insurance schemes, public financial management, innovative health financing mechanisms. Relevant experience in WHO, or other UN agencies/international organizations. 

 Functional Knowledge and Skills

·         Experience in conducting analytical work with practical implications on the extension of social protection and engaging in partnerships for health development is important.

·         Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.

·         Good analytical (quantitative and qualitative) and writing skills

·         Working in a multicultural environment

·         Good team player

·         Good understanding of UHC concepts and how these can be adapted to low-income countries

·         Ability to facilitating national experts and international partners’ dialogue in the area of health financing for UHC.

WHO Competencies

1.      Teamwork

2.      Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3.      Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

4.      Communication

5.      Ensuring the effective use of resources

 Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and the local language.

Other Skills (e.g. IT Skills)

Work requires the use of word processing or other software packages, and standard office equipment.  Formal or self-training in the use of standard office software.  Training in Oracle-based or other ERP systems an asset.  

Remuneration

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 31,147.00 payable in the local currency (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

Objectives Of The Programme

A key purpose of the WHO Health System Strengthening Framework for Action is to support the formulation, implementation and evaluation of National Development Plans, Health Sector Strategic Plans and Health for All strategies. It also provides a basis for scaling up health systems and services: addressing bottlenecks in a collaborative, coordinated way, driven by desired health outcomes, to achieve sustainable system-wide effects. For effectiveness, the process must be country-led, based on priorities set out in comprehensive national health plans. 

Additional Information

1)      The duty stations for this position are Addis Ababa.

2)      This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

3)      Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

4)      A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.

5)      In the event your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

6)      According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

7)      Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and E-Manual.

8)      The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.

9)      The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce . Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States are strongly encouraged to apply.

10)   Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email.

11)   An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.

12)   WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of short-listed candidates.

13)   WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

14)   WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.

15)   The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

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17)   This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.

18)   Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW.

Grade: NO-C

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year

Job Posting: Jan 26, 2024, 9:45:00 PM

Closing Date:  Feb 24, 2024, 6:59:00 AM

Organization: AF_ETH Ethiopia

Schedule: Full-time

This job ad will be unpublished on 24/02/2024.

This job is posted by World Health Organization.

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