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Health Economist/Health Care Financing Specialist

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90-plus countries and a global network of more than
35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

The goal of the Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) Project 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 will act as a resource and a catalyst to the MoPH and other GIRoA entities as it considers and implements critical sector-wide reforms that will be required to make the system more resilient and sustainable. The HSR Project will primarily focus on governance, health finance and human resources for health and will engage both the public and private components of the health sector.

HSR builds on the accomplishments of other USAID projects including COMPRI-A project and Health Policy Project - specifically improving private sector policy environment, building the capacity of key MoPH departments such as Private Sector Coordination, Health Economics and Finance, Licensing and streamlining and improving health sector systems such as the National Health Accounts, Expenditure Management Information System (EMIS), hospital Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement processes, implementing private hospital Minimum Required Standards (MRS) to ensure safety and quality, private sector HIS, and the private health center licensing process.

HSR will stimulate and assist the MoPH to conceptualize and operationalize the more difficult, longer-term decisions/policies that must be made in order to strengthen the system and make continued advances in the health of Afghans, relying increasingly on domestic resources. These could include decisions surrounding how to improve efficiencies and increase the potential for sustainability such as staff rationalization, financial compensation and hiring modalities; organizational restructuring; the contents and cost of the Basic Package of Health Services and Essential Package of Hospital Services; strengthening engagement with the private sector; health facility rationalization; and streamlining the MoPH's stewardship role.

Palladium is seeking a full/part-time Health Economist/Health Care Financing Specialist or an institution with requested capabilities who will lead technical activities under HSR Component 2, "Increasing domestic financing for priority health services"; Key areas are: establishing a user fee/health insurance scheme, identifying additional revenue strategies, developing and publishing health financing, efficiency and costing studies.

The person(s) will provide technical assistance and capacity building support related to health financing policy, health insurance, and health economics in Afghanistan, including strategy development, technical analysis, stakeholder consultation and advocacy, and contributing to technical reports and briefs. Responsibilities require knowledge of health finance issues in Afghanistan as well as cost and economic analysis, and of state-of-the-art innovations in the broader health economics/health care financing domain areas. The person(s) of this position will be based in or regularly travel to Kabul, Afghanistan and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party/Director of Programs.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in the design and implementation of technical support activities related to health finance policy and health economics analysis to assist the Ministry of Health;
  • Build the capacity of HEFD, MoPH and MoF staff on a daily basis through on the job training and mentoring, so that they can manage health financing challenges and activities;
  • Support in building the capacity of MoPH/HEFD staff on health economics topics. Build the capacity in academic writing and support the team to submit articles to peer reviewed journals;
  • Stays abreast of key developments in health finance, cost-effectiveness analysis, and resource allocation methodologies for health in Afghanistan to inform technical support activities;
  • Regular interact with the Government of Afghanistan stakeholders relevant to this area as well as multilateral partners and donor agencies;
  • Advise MoPH/HEFD in implementation of the Revenue Generation Strategic Framework;
  • Prepare 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, to create technical reports, government briefs, journal articles, or other products as require;
  • Analyse health sector resource allocation patterns and health services efficiencies and assists HEFD in enhancing value for money;
  • Assist MoPH in implementing follow up plan from the health insurance feasibility study and support implementation of second phase of health insurance feasibility study;
  • Provide support in implementation of a user fee scheme in selected health facilities;
  • Provide assistance to others on the HSR team on matters related to health economic research and evaluation and applies relevant methodologies to health-related programmatic issues of importance;
  • Supervise short-term local consultants and subcontractors assigned to health finance and health economics activities including designing and oversight of research studies;
  • Represent the project and company in the health financing area in Afghanistan and with others in the professional community;
  • Conduct all work to accepted and appropriate standards of research ethics; and
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements

  • Five (5) years of work experience in health financing and health economics areas in projects of similar size and complexity;
  • Five (5) of years of demonstrated professional experience in projects of similar size or complexity
  • Degree in economics, health economics or related area; advanced degree a plus; additional degree in health-related area also a bonus; or public health degree with additional degree in health economics or health care financing;
  • Understanding of Afghanistan's health system is a plus;
  • Experience in publishing on health economics, health care financing or other relevant subjects in peer reviewed journals;
  • Experience in mentoring staff and building capacity of individuals and teams;
  • Sound knowledge of methodologies used in health care 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); and
  • Ability and willingness to work/live in Afghanistan