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Health Economist/Health Care Financing Specialist

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 than35,000 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.ResponsibilitiesParticipate 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; andPerform 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 complexityDegree 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);  andAbility and willingness to work/live in Afghanistan

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