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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/12/FT501
Title: Regional Adviser (Health Economics and Financing (position number 173554)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for 2 years
Date: 6 January 2013
Application Deadline: 1 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EM Eastern Mediterranean (EM) /
EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO)
Health Economics, Legislation & Ethics / Health Systems Development Programme (HEC/DHS)
To strengthen Member States' capabilities in designing, managing and evaluating health care financing policies and programmes and in economic planning at the various levels of health systems in the Region

Purpose of the Post:
To support the Member States in improving the performance of the health systems by developing social health protection using economic principles.

Organizational Context :
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Health System Development and overall guidance of the Director of Programme Management, the incumbent is expected to:

- Strengthen the capacities of Member States in assessing and in designing health care financing policies and programmes and in promoting the use of economic tools and principles in policy analysis and formulation, strategic planning and management.
- Develop national and regional capabilities in health economics and health care financing through training, research and provision of technical expertise.
- Strengthen the regional capacity in the economic analysis of health systems and of monitoring and evaluation of health care financing schemes
Description of duties:
To provide Member States with authoritative technical advice in the area of health economics and health care financing to move towards universal health coverage through:

1. Economic analysis of health policies and strategies including assessing, designing and monitoring of health care financing strategies.
2. Development of capacities in the use of economic tools in health policy, planning and management including cost analysis in health facilities and cost effectiveness studies.
3. Improvement of data collection and analysis including household expenditures and utilization surveys and national health accounts.
4. Training of human resources in health economics, including the development of training material and placement of fellows from the Region.
5. Research in health economics either carried out with national teams or contracted out to research institutions.

To strengthen regional capabilities in health economics through:

1. Analysis of health care financing strategies aimed at providing recommendations for improving health care financing.
2. WHO normative functions related to health economics including development of guidelines, manuals and training materials.
3. Dissemination of lessons learned and research findings within the EMR using intercountry meetings and other WHO forums.
4. Promotion of networking between health professionals in the EMR dealing with health systems and health economics.
5. Implementation of the regional programme on health economics and health care financing (training, research and technical expertise).
6. Implementation of EMR initiatives including national health accounts and burden of disease and cost effectiveness studies aimed at improving priority setting in health systems.
7. Fostering collaboration with national and international partners to promote development of health financing in Member States.

To promote the use of economic principles in health system development through:

1. Advocacy in WHO forums of innovative health economics tools and exchange of experiences between countries using economic analysis in their managerial processes.
2. Identification and development of WHO collaborating centres in health systems/health economics.
3. Provision of technical advice to the Regional Directors on main policy options related to health care financing.
Essential: University degree in Economics or Health Economics or Public Health or related field and Master's Degree in economics or health economics

Desirable: Doctorate degree in Health Economics or post graduate degree in Public health.
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Ensuring effective use of resources
3) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Analytical skills in health economics and health care financing. Knowledge of principles of Project Management and operation research and statistics. Ability to adapt to multinational environment.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in MS Office

Essential: At least 10 years of combined experience at national and international level in health economics and health care financing.

Desirable: Experience in health system strengthening in developing countries.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an asset.
Additional Information:
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out
unqualified candidates.
Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Written test may be used as an elimentary tool.
Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.
This vacancy is published in English only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80734 at single rate
US$86904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.6% % 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.

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