Health Finance Advisor

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 792
Date Posted:Jan 1, 2019
Closing Date:Jan 14, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Health/Medical
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:90

About Futures Group Global Outreach:

Futures Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Futures Group has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management. In Afghanistan, Futures Group is implementing The Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) Project, a 5 year contract funded by USAID. The overall goal of the HSR Project is to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 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 will primarily focus on governance, finance and human resources and will engage both the public and private components of health sector. The project will support the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to strengthen and reform it’s systems at both central and subnational levels, applying and adapting relevant international best practices to support the MoPH to successfully navigate this upcoming transition period. The HSR Project will also include a robust learning agenda to guide project implementation and to determine the impact of systems strengthening and reform activities and their impact on 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.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Duties & 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.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


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 Keywords:

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