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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HSS/FT444
Title: Senior Health Financing Specialist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 7 December 2012
Application Deadline: 10 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The overall mission of HSF is to foster the development of equitable, efficient and sustainable forms of health system financing and organization. This will be achieved through policy support to countries in concert with WHO Regional and Country Offices and partner agencies, the generation of relevant analysis and evidence, as well as guidance on systematic approaches to support national health financing policy development processes, implementation, policy analysis, and appropriate capacity building. The HFP team is charged with promoting conceptual clarity on health financing issues, developing and disseminating evidence on the implications of different health system financing mechanisms in different contexts, providing policy support on national health financing policy development oriented to Universal Coverage, collaborating and guiding the work of development partners on health financing policy at country, regional and global levels, and promoting national ownership and leadership of health financing policy through appropriate capacity development activities. It does this by working closely with regional focal points in health financing, intercountry offices where they exist, and country office health financing and health system specialists.
Description of duties:
The incumbent is an expert in the field of health financing, providing authoritative advice and support to Ministries of Health and other Ministries of Member States, working closely with other agencies, collaborating centres and scientific institutions, and representing WHO in this field as needed. The incumbent works independently and proposes guidelines and/or policy changes as and when necessary.

Assigned Duties:
The successful candidate will, under the broad guidance and supervision of the Coordinator, Health Financing Policy:
- lead the Organizations work on building sustainable institutional capacity for health financing policy, through direct support to Member States (MS) and on the design and delivery of training programs at country level as well as multi-country trainings;
-provide authoritative advice and guidance to MSs on health financing policy for universal coverage;
- develop, adapt and provide to MSs relevant technical approaches, models of good practice, and networking opportunities based on the best-available evidence;
- be responsible for collating, analyzing and disseminating country experiences and other sources of evidence about what works and what does not work in specified technical areas as agreed with Coordinator HFP;
-support MSs in their efforts to mitigate the effects of poverty in the health sector;
- take the lead in the development of an Organization-wide approach to health financing and health reform policies in collaboration with Regional Office counterparts, other HQ departments, relevant partner agencies, and relevant institutions;
- contribute to technical and knowledge development in health financing and health systems among staff in HQ and regional/country offices;
- represent WHO on health financing policy with high level officials with other international and bilateral agencies and partnerships, and in technical meetings within the UN system and other international bodies;
- initiate collaboration within WHO/HQ, regional and country offices, and other technical agencies including partnerships and initiatives such as Providing for Health (P4H), in order to support the development and implementation of health financing reforms for universal coverage.
Advanced degree in economics, health economics, health policy, public health, medicine, or related field with a concentration in health financing.
Doctoral degree in economics, health economics, or health policy with evidence of a concentration on health financing.
Proven ability to apply complex conceptual approaches to health financing and health systems policies, and to translate these into understandable language for non-specialists. Proven skills in developing and assessing proposals for reform and capacity building in health financing. Proven abilities to provide sound policy and technical advice to institutions and governments, and to engage senior health policy makers in constructive dialogue. Ability to work harmoniously with international and national counterparts from diverse cultural backgrounds, including as part of an inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural team. Proven abilities in the design and delivery of national and international health finance policy seminars, workshops, conferences, and training activities. Excellent communication and language skills, as reflected in a track record of presentations at national and international workshops and seminars. Excellent writing ability, as reflected in a history of high quality technical reports and publications. Tact, diplomacy and ability to motivate partners.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

IT Skills:
Good knowledge of word processing, spread sheets, and presentation software.
At least 10 years of experience with low and/or middle income countries undertaking health finance policy analysis, policy advisory work, teaching, and capacity building activities in the area of health financing of which at least several years of international experience.
Experience working in international agencies, especially WHO, and collaborating with other agencies active in health financing; experience working in low and/or middle-income countries.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Knowledge of another WHO official language an asset.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 97.7 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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