Sustainable HIV Financing Consultant for Ethiopia
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Project Overview and Role
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:
12 months (with possibility for extension)
ESTIMATED LEVEL OF EFFORT:
Full time (20 days per month)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The USAID- and PEPFAR-funded and Palladium-led Health Policy Plus (HP+) project is supporting the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) and other Government of Ethiopia partners to promote domestic resource mobilization and sustainable financing for the country's HIV response, including prevention, testing, care and treatment. Currently, HP+ is working with FHAPCO to develop a domestic resource mobilization and sustainability strategy that will identify a range of financing mechanisms and sources, how much funding will be mobilized from each, and the necessary actions and steps for implementing them.
Upon completion of the strategy, HP+ will continue its support for approval and implementation of the strategy. This support will focus on targeted advocacy efforts to key policy/decision-makers to ensure understanding of the current financing context, program needs, and the implications of underfunding and to position key proposed reforms in the policy dialogue. Furthermore, HP+ will conduct feasibility and political economy analyses to determine the whether or not new proposed financing mechanisms would be acceptable and effective within Ethiopia's current political and economic context.
HP+ is seeking a qualified consultant based in Addis Ababa to lead these advocacy and analytical activities alongside government stakeholders. The consultant will be responsible for maintaining close coordination not only with FMOH and FHAPCO, but also the Ministry of Finance and stakeholders from parliament, civil society, and other relevant groups. The consultant will be responsible for organizing and facilitating regular engagements (key informant interviews, high-level meetings, workshops, and trainings) with these stakeholders and be expected to produce written briefs and PowerPoint presentations synthesizing financing and programmatic data to effectively make the case for the allocation of additional resources to the HIV program and the implementation of new resource mobilization mechanisms. The consultant will work closely with HP+ staff in-country and remotely, as well as FMOH and FHAPCO staff, to development an advocacy plan for targeting specific policy recommendations and audiences, as well as short advocacy briefs in both English and Amharic.
The consultant will be expected to work full-time on the project. He/she may work from home as appropriate, but may be asked to work from the FMOH or FHAPCO office as needed. Offsite travel will be required to facilitate and attend meetings and conduct interviews and data collection. The expected period of performance for the consultant will be May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020 with the possibility for an extension of up to 6 months.
SCOPE OF WORK:
- Arrange and facilitate regular meetings with FMOH and FHAPCO, as well as with stakeholders from MOF, parliament, civil society to develop and sustain engagement in domestic resource mobilization efforts for HIV
- Lead workshops and help develop consensus among policymakers and key stakeholders around policy proposals for DRM mechanisms and reforms
- Support the drafting of policy documents and other guidelines or regulations relevant to the mobilization or use of funding for HIV
- Organize and lead/support trainings for parliamentarians, civil society and other stakeholders sensitizing them to the current HIV funding landscape, challenges, program needs and impacts
- Draft briefs summarizing financing and programmatic data to concisely and effectively convey key advocacy messages to stakeholders
- Support the HP+ team to conduct feasibility analyses of potential DRM mechanisms for HIV, potentially including the use of airline levies or remittance taxes
- Support collection and analysis of financial data to estimate potential revenues and resource availability
- Proactively identify and lead engagement with other government and private sector institutions relevant to HIV service delivery and resource mobilization and strategically engage them in ways aligned with the HIV DRM and Sustainability Strategy
- As necessary, support collection of data on HIV service delivery, including cost data
- Coordinate with MOH and FHAPCO staff at both the federal and regional level to strengthen advocacy capacity and cascade policies and guidelines resource mobilization and use for HIV
- Document activities, deliverables, and results on a weekly basis, along with the relevant evidence, submitting activity and result reports to his/her HP+ supervisor
- Responsible for ensuring and fostering teamwork and shared leadership, with the aim of achieving better results in the activities undertaken by the project
- Assist with production and presentation of interim and final products, including Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations
- Provide regular updates on progress and issue/delays to HP+ and government partners
- Attend meetings related to the project, as required by his/her HP+ supervisor and/or government partners
- Observe all administrative and financial policies and procedures established by Palladium, HP+, and USAID
- A minimum of 10 years' experience in program management or conducting research and analyses on health policy, health financing, health governance, or related topics at the national and international levels
- Familiarity with the Ethiopia health system and how it is financed
- Experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS and familiarity with current HIV service delivery channels and programmatic achievements in Ethiopia
- Fluency in both English and Amharic
- Strong facilitation skills
- High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc)
- Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and attention to detail.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- A minimum of a Master's Degree in economics, health economics, public policy, public health, or a related field
- Experience working with high-level government actors to develop consensus around budgetary priorities or policy proposals
- Experience working with civil society and the government on advocacy related activities including the development of advocacy materials
- Quantitative skills, particularly in collecting, analyzing and interpreting HIV costing and financing data
- Prior work with USAID, the Global Fund, or other international development partners highly desirable
- Demonstrable experience in working with a high level of independence to produce high-quality, timely deliverables