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Project Overview and RoleThe USAID Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) Project supports the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to implement critical sector-wide reforms that will be required to increase the resiliency and self-sufficiency of the health sector and move towards sustainability. The HSR Project primarily focuses on improving the health sector?s stewardship, governance, financing and human resources. The project engages both the public and private components of the health sector and supports the MoPH to strengthen and reform its systems at both central and subnational levels. The overall objectives of the project are: 1) improved health sector governance and accountability; 2) increased domestic financing for priority health services; and 3) strengthened MoPH human resources systems and operations.
A recent rescoping focuses on building the capacity of the Health Economics and Finance Directorate (HEFD) at the MoPH. A senior health economist will lead this task, but will need the support of the Senior Health Economist for day-to-day project implementation. This person would reside in Kabul and will be the key project implementer, putting in place the recommendations of the Senior Health Economist. This person would also provide advice, leadership and recommendations to the Ministry staff.
ResponsibilitiesIllustrative activities under the direction of the senior health economist are:
- Participates in the design and implementation of technical support activities related to health finance policy and health economics analysis to assist the MoPH
- On a daily basis, through on the job training and mentoring, build the capacity of HEFD, MoPH and Ministry of Finance (MoF) staff so that they can manage health financing challenges and activities
- Stays abreast of key developments in health finance, cost-effectiveness analysis, and resource allocation methodologies for health in Afghanistan in order to inform technical support activities
- Regular interaction with Government of Afghanistan stakeholders relevant to this area as well as multilateral partners and donor agencies
- Prepares health financing and health economics analyses, recommendations, briefing notes, and assessments for internal and client use
- Work with HEFD staff to analyse large datasets related to health financing or other domains, using advanced statistical methods, in order to create technical reports, government briefs, journal articles, or other products as require
- Analyses health sector resource allocation patterns and health services efficiencies and assists HEFD in enhancing value for money
- Assists MoPH in implementing follow up plan from the health insurance feasibility study and researching piloting appropriate small risk pooling mechanisms
- Providing support to examine a user fee scheme in selected health facilities
- Provides assistance to the HSR team on matters related to health economic research and evaluation and applies relevant methodologies to health-related programmatic issues of importance
- Supervises short-term local consultants and subcontractors assigned to health finance and health economics activities including designing and oversight of research studies
- Conducts all work to accepted and appropriate standards of research ethics
- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned
- The Health Economist reports to the Senior Health Economist.
- The Health Economist will work closely with the technical staff of the HSR project and the technical experts in the US to provide support and guidance to the MoPH, especially the Health Economics and Finance Directorate (HEFD).
- The work will also require close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and other ministries to advocate for health financing issues and ensure domestic resources are allocated properly to the MoPH to support identified services and activities.
Minimum education and experience required
- Minimum (2) years of work experience in health financing and health economics areas in projects of similar size and complexity
- Degree in economics, health economics or related area; advanced degree (PhD) a plus; additional degree in health-related area also preferred
- Understanding of the Afghanistan health system preferred
- Experience in mentoring staff and building capacity of individuals and teams
- Sound knowledge of methodologies used in health finance research, cost-effectiveness analysis, quantitative analysis, and statistical/econometric analysis
- Appropriate software skills necessary to conduct research, and to conduct analysis of study data, such as STATA, SPSS, or equivalent
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required)
- Ability and willingness to live in Afghanistan full time