Private Sector Management Specialist, Afghanistan
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Project Overview and RoleThe goal of the Health Sector Resiliency 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 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 HSR Project is a five-year, $37+M project that primarily focuses on governance, health finance and human resources for health and engages both the public and private components of the health sector.
HSR builds on the accomplishments of other USAID projects including the COMPRI-A project and Health Policy Project - specifically improving the 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 HMIS, and the private health center licensing process.
Because of the importance of the private sector to health care in Afghanistan, the potential for impact and the volume of assistance HSR will provide, a private sector management specialist will be engaged to lead and coordinate all private sector development initiatives, including strengthening the MoPH private sector stewardship and regulatory capacity, improving coordination between the public and private sector and capacity development of private sector associations. Responsibilities require global knowledge and best practices in the private sector and management as it relates to ministries and of state-of-the-art innovations in the broader domain area. The incumbent of this position is based on Kabul, Afghanistan and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party/Director of Programs.
ResponsibilitiesMore specifically the Private Sector Management Specialist will:
- Lead private sector development initiatives, including strengthening the MoPH private sector stewardship and regulatory capacity, improving coordination between the public and private sector, and capacity development of the private sector associations.
- Lead licensing, certification and accreditation support which includes the continued application and improvement of MRS, including working with the MoPH M&E department to implement related tools.
- Work with partners and other stakeholders to continue to develop and improve private sector environment including legislative efforts, the hospital public-private partnerships (PPPs) program at the MoPH, exploration of small-scale innovative PPPs and franchises, continuation of the private hospital HMIS roll out, continuation of private sector associations development and improved access to capital.
- Lead the project efforts to increase access to finance, facilitate investment promotion and trade finance programs and increase private sector investment in the health sector.
- Provide assistance to others on the HSR team on matters related to private sector governance and related research and evaluation efforts.
- Supervise short-term local consultants and subcontractors assigned to private sector and management activities.
- Represent the project and company in the health private sector areas in Afghanistan and with others in the professional community.
- Participate in the design and implementation of related technical support activities
- On a daily basis through on the job training and mentoring, build the capacity of MoPH departments to effectively plan, manage, and oversee essential private sector and management functions ? this may include improving and streamlining priority systems such as strengthening private sector stewardship, etc.
- Foster a culture of data demand, transparency, access, and use and lead flagship technical activities such as the upgrade to the health management information system (HMIS), linking data sources into a national data warehouse, and continuing to institutionalize systems data demand and use (DDU).
- Work with MoPH and relevant partners to strengthen ministry departments to be able to sustain capacity building programs and assist MoPH to introduce reforms in response to emerging needs.
- Keep up-to-date on key developments in private sector (health) governance, policy and regulation in Afghanistan and abroad in order to inform technical support activities.
- Interact and collaborate regularly with the Government of Afghanistan stakeholders relevant to private sector health governance such multilateral partners and donor agencies.
- Establish appropriate working groups to advocate for health in all policies including a Multi-sectoral Coordination Committee to encourage shared governance for health by engaging support from finance, justice, and other sectors.
- Work with MoPH to strengthen the internal coordination and communication between health sector strengthening projects.
- Work with MoPH to promote strategic communication and public relations within the Government and with the people.
- The Private Sector Management Specialist reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.
The Private Sector Management Specialist 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 Deputy Ministers? offices, General Directorate of Policy and Planning, Department of Private Sector Coordination, the PPP unit and the EHIS Department, etc. The work will also require close collaboration with other ministries to advocate for good governance and health in all policies.
- Five (5) years of work experience in leadership, governance, private sector development, public administration and management areas on projects of similar size and complexity
- Five (5) years of demonstrated professional experience in projects of similar size or complexity
- Degree in public administration, governance and/or management or related area; advanced degree a plus; additional degree in health-related area also a bonus
- Working in health sector is a plus, especially ministries of health
- Understanding of Afghanistan ministerial or public management systems a plus
- Experience in mentoring staff and building capacity of individuals and teams
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required)
- Ability and willingness to live in Kabul, Afghanistan full time