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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT233
Title: Senior Health Financing Specialist (BAR)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years with possibility of renewal (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 2 June 2013
Application Deadline: 23 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Barcelona, Spain
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DSP Health Systems and Public Health (EU/DSP)
Health Service Delivery
The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to assist the Member States of the WHO European Region to design, adopt and implement comprehensive health and health systems policies, strategies and tools in line with the values of solidarity, equity and participation enshrined in the Tallinn Charter: Health Systems and Health and Wealth. The Division provides policy and technical assistance in collaboration with development partners and Civil Society Organizations.

The Division of Health Systems and Public Health enables countries to benefit from international experience in reforming their health systems and public health services stressing quality, accessibility and efficient use of resources in line with the country's health policy framework. The Division contributes to the implementation of the WHO European Health Policy Health 2020 and National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies, and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of service delivery, health financing, human resources for health, health technologies and pharmaceuticals and public health in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.

The Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening (the Barcelona office) is a part of DSP. It offers analysis and capacity building at country level to improve health financing policy decision making processes and related institutional development in Member States. It promotes better performing health systems by applying a comprehensive, functionally coherent and results-oriented approach in the implementation of country and intercountry workplans related to health financing relevant Strategic Objectives.

Purpose of the post:
To provide support on health financing policy to Member States across the European Region, and to contribute to the consolidation and further strengthening of WHO's leadership position in health financing in the context of the vision of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health to revitalize public health and transform the delivery of health care services to better respond to the health challenges of the 21st century. This is within the overall vision of outlined in Health 2020 adopted by the Regional Committee.
Description of duties:
The successful candidate will, under the broad guidance and supervision of the Head of the Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening, provide technical assistance and support to the Member States:
  • to strengthen national capacity in the identification of appropriate financing and related health system mechanisms relevant to the countries' needs and circumstances, including sources of funds/revenue collection, pooling of funds, purchasing of services, policy on benefit entitlement and patient cost-sharing, and associated organizational and institutional features of health systems;
  • to develop and improve Member States health systems performance at all levels (of the system) through the provision of appropriate health financing policy advice, the development of relevant technical tools, models of good practice, capacity building, training and networking opportunities;
  • to develop sustainable approaches for institutionalizing health financing policy analysis and development capacity within Member States;
  • to develop evidence-based tools/strategies in support of this process and to provide services that are responsive and appropriate to country needs;
  • to support Member States in their efforts to mitigate the effects of poverty in the health sector;
  • to contribute to the development of European health financing and health reform policies in collaboration with relevant partners, including HQ, other regional offices, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, other international and bilateral agencies, and relevant institutions;
  • to contribute to technical and knowledge development in health financing and health systems among staff and senior decision-makers in Member States and within the Office;
  • to promote and develop training programmes on health financing, including both the Barcelona Course on Health Financing and the Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening, both held in Barcelona;
  • to take primary responsibility in identifying opportunities and establishing priorities in research on health financing (formulation of research questions, development and implementation of research protocols, communicating effectively results of research) and manage relations with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and partners;
  • to assure publication of results of the health financing work and research in the scientific literature and identifies means by which to widely disseminate findings and their implications for policy and programmes.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Director Health Systems & Public Health, to ensure a continuous updating of situation analyses and related health system needs in selected countries:
  • to identify, in collaboration with countries, priority areas for inclusion in Biennial Collaborative Agreements;
  • to collaborate with WHO's technical programmes to ensure a coherent "health systems approach" in all aspects of WHO support to these countries;
  • to lead policy dialog with health ministries/ministers and partner agencies on health financing policy reforms;
In order to carry out above duties and achieve expected results, the Senior Health Financing Specialist will interact and develop alliance with sensitive stakeholders both at national and international levels.
Essential: Masters in health economics, health policy, public health, medicine or related field.
Desirable: Doctorate (PhD) in health economics or health systems.
Functional skills and knowledge:
  • Proven skills in developing and assessing health financing proposals.
  • Proven abilities in designing, delivering, and institutionalizing health finance policy training activities (e.g. seminars, courses and workshops) in countries and to engage senior health policy makers in constructive dialog.
  • Knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former USSR.
Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Producing results: Demonstrated ability to produce workable and high-quality solutions that meet client needs; monitors progress against objectives and handles problems effectively, taking corrective action when necessary.
  2. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Proven abilities to provide sound policy and technical advice to institutions and governments, to engage senior health policy makers in constructive dialog, and to translate complex conceptual issues into understandable language for non-specialists; track record of presentations at national and international workshops and seminars; history of high quality, policy relevant and concise technical reports.
  3. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership: Proven ability to exhibit leadership and crediblity in dealing with persons inside and outside of WHO, and in so doing gaining their agreement on desired courses of action.
  4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning:Proven abilities in the design and delivery of health policy and systems training activities.
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond: Demonstrated ability to build and maintain mutually beneficial work relationships and alliances inside and outside the Organization, creating synergies to improve results. Ability to work harmoniously with international and national counterparts from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Minimum 10 years of progressive working experience in undertaking policy analysis, research, policy advisory work, teaching, and development/institutionalization of capacity building activities in the area of health financing and health policy analysis, of which:
  • at least 5 years international experience,
  • at least 5 years experience in the WHO European Region in the area of health financing advising Ministries of health from both EU countries and Eastern Europe on health financing.
Proven track record of publishing in peer-reviewed international journals on health financing policy.

Desirable: Experience working with or in other multi- and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector. Experience in health care and clinical services operations research. Experience in planning of human resources for health, political and stakeholder analysis, clinical care performance evaluation. Experience in policy formulation, regulation, financing, purchasing of services, teaching and operations research in integrated health care delivery systems and hospital care. Experience in the WHO European Region.
Essential: A very good command of the English language and working knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to:
  • satisfactory performance,
  • continued need for the function, and;
  • availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

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Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80 734 at single rate
USD 86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 55.1 % 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 may be used as a form of screening

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