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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/14/FT183
Title: Health system strengthening specialist, Angola
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (2) years
Date: 14 April 2014
Application Deadline: 12 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Luanda, Angola
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/HSS Health Systems and Services (AF/HSS)
To strengthen WHO presence in policy dialogues, strategic planning and health sector agenda within the context of the Angola Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS), the global development initiatives, advocating health as a development agenda and health development partnership

Description of duties:
1. Provide WHO support to the MoH for effective engagement with other sectors and development partners and agencies in policy dialogue, strategic planning and health systems;
2. Support capacity building to the MoH and to other relevant ministries in health economics analyses, including costing of health services and plans for the realization of the goals of regional and global initiatives, eg., MDGs; choice of interventions based on cost-effectiveness analysis; national and sub-national health and disease specific accounts; economic viability analysis of health financing schemes, efficiency and equity measurements, etc.;
3. Support the MOH in the area of generation and utilization of evidence based planning, and on the use of technical and allocative efficiency on the inputs and processes within the Health System in decision-making;
4. In collaboration with MoH counterparts, undertake and disseminate studies related to partial and full economic evaluation of health services, including economic cost of priority public health problems, cost of health facilities (e.g. health centres, hospitals), economic evaluation (including cost-effectiveness analysis), economic viability analysis of health financing mechanisms, equity analysis, analysis of the effects/impacts of changes in government macroeconomic policies on the health sector;
5. Provide technical support to MOH in:
(i) development of the health component of Poverty Reduction Strategies, including Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers,
(ii) preparation of health investment plans for scaling up pro-poor interventions,
(iii) design and implementation of pro-poor financing mechanisms,
(iv) preparation of proposals for funding from global financial initiatives,
(v) design and application of resource allocation formula,
(vi) negotiations with Ministries of Finance and donors for support to the health sector.

Achievement activities include: Provide support to MOH and other ministries in their effort to advocate for health as a development agenda within the framework of macro-economics and health initiatives and preparation and organization of health donors technical and advocacy meetings.

Medical Doctor with specialization in health economics, social sciences or in health planning and management.

1. Knowledge and experience of health sector planning and development; health systems strengthening, knowledge of global health and development initiative, experience in policy analysis, health economics (including health financing, national health account, economic evaluation, macro-economics of health).
2. Ability to integrate multi- disciplinary perspectives and good negotiations skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills;
3. Knowledge of the health component of Poverty Reduction Strategies, including the relationship between poverty and ill health.
4. Good knowledge of the relationship between macro aspects of the national economy and public health.

Good knowledge of spread-sheets (e.g. Excel), non-parametric and parametric (econometrics) methods and softwares

At least 7 years of practical experience in health systems strengthening, health system reforms and/or health economics at national and international levels providing assessment and advice on policy issues in operational and/or research contexts. Experience in health economics, including health financing methods, national health accounts and economic evaluation of health programmes/interventions.

Proficient in Portuguese or Spanish and English required with working knowledge of French

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67611 at single rate
USD 72605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 83.1 % 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.

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