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Health Finance Advisor

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About Futures Group Global Outreach

Futures Group Global Outreach is implementing the Health Sector Resiliency Project (HSR), a five year contract funded by USAID. The overall goal of HSR is to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to foster a strengthened, reformed, and increasingly self-reliant Afghan health system prepared for the decreased donor support anticipated over the coming decade. The HSR Project acts as a resource and a catalyst to the MoPH and other GIRoA entities as it considers and implements critical sector-wide reforms that are required to make the system more resilient and sustainable. The project primarily focuses on governance, health finance and human resources for health and engages both the public and private components of the health sector.

Job Summary

The Health Finance Advisor will work closely with Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to oversee project activities related to health economics and financing. S/he will work closely with the Ministry of Public Health's Health Economics and Financing Directorate (HEFD) to identify, design and implement initiatives to advance the MoPH's National Health Financing Strategy 2014-2018. Priority areas of assistance include advocacy, coalition building and agenda setting to prioritize resources for health and increase domestic revenue generation and identifying and implementing strategies to increase efficiency in use of health sector resources. S/he will work closely with the project's Hospital Reform Advisor, DCOP, Health Finance Advisor and MoPH partners to carry out health financing activities, such as: conducting costing studies; assessing feasibility of new financing schemes (taxes, pooling mechanisms, etc.); supporting implementation of the health insurance roadmap, extending hospital autonomy, designing and implementing user fee and equity fund policies for te1tiary care, and institutionalizing resource tracking mechanisms. As necessary, s/he will represent the project on health financing-related technical sessions/forums and task forces. S/he will be responsible for providing input for periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual) and ad hoc reporting. The Health Finance Advisor will report directly to DCOP.

Job Details

Date Posted: 01 Jan 2019 Reference: HSR-18-063
Closing Date: 15 Jan 2019 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Health/Medical Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

• In collaboration with the Hospital Reform Advisor, Health Finance advisor and DCOP, oversee project health financing activities and provide support to the MoPH to successfully implement the National Health Financing Strategy.
• Work closely with HEFD staff and project partners to identify, design and implement new and innovative health financing mechanisms, including implementation of the roadmap for establishing health insurance in Afghanistan.
• Support training and mentoring of MoPH staff on models and tools used for costing analyses.
• Contribute to activities aimed at increasing advocacy and support for health financing in Afghanistan, including the development and implementation of a high level advocacy plan, identifying policy champions, conducting knowledge-sharing forums, and contributing to the online Health Economics Exchange Forum.
• Oversee and support the project's Health Finance unit and MoPH to implement the National Hospital Autonomy Plan and expand the breadth of autonomy activities to new hospitals and to cover new areas (such as human resources and global budgeting).
• Contribute to the evaluation, analysis, and dissemination of project data and outcomes. Support MoPH partners to conduct analyses and produce associated policy briefs and materials for the purposes of advocacy to senior policy makers.
• As requested, represent the project at technical sessions/forums, on task forces and in external meetings.
• Draft or contribute to project reports and presentations on program activities as requested.
• Other activities and responsibilities as requested by supervisor.

Qualifications

• Master’s Degree from a recognized academic institution in a relevant area, Health Economics or Public Health.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience in public health program management. Experience in health economics and financing strongly preferred.
• Experience with fiscal space analysis, costing studies, trend analysis, budget execution analysis, feasibility studies, and/or cost effectiveness analysis an advantage.
• Experience working with public sector institutions, the Ministry of Public health and NGOs in the health sector in Afghanistan.
• Proven programmatic, technical and managerial ability and interpersonal communication skills to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues in a broad range of indigenous, nongovernmental, governmental, and international organizations within multiple socio-cultural contexts.
• Proficiency in MS Office applications and financial software designed for small and medium sized businesses.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in Dari and English.
• Demonstrate good judgement and decision making

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Masters Degree, Health/Medical

Submission Guideline

Interested candidates should submit a current resume with a cover letter to below email address and kindly please state the title of the job and vacancy number in the headline of your e-mail.

Note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted for the interview. Date and location will be determined and communicated with the short listed candidates only.

Submission Email

afghanistanjob@futuresgroup.com

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