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Consultant (UHC)

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Industry:
N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
1
Job Type:
Consultant ( First Shift (Day) )
Department:
WHO
Job Location:
Islamabad
Gender:
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Bachelors
Degree Title:
First university degree in Public Health or Management
Career Level:
Consultant
Minimum Experience:
2 Years(At least 2 years of relevant experience in public health or coordination of health and social or humanitarian project. Desirable: Working experience in an international organization, NGO, government institute etc.)
Apply By:
May 29, 2018
Posted On:
May 22, 2018
Job Description

Level: equivalent to NOB

 

1. Purpose of the Consultancy

To assess the development of National human resource for health (HRH) vision and follow up activities like provincial HRH registry & strategic framework, which will help to realize the targets of UHC in Pakistan.

 

2. Background

Universal Health Coverage (UHC); every one-everywhere, is the theme for World Health Day 2018. Pakistan has committed itself to the Sustainable Development Goals of which health lies at the centre of development. The goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage sets the scene for collaborative national and international efforts to provide quality health services to all people and communities without financial hardships.

Pakistan is the lowest spender on health among its peer country and health expenditure on health as percent of GDP remained below 1% over last decades. As a result the out of Pocket expenditure is also the highest in Pakistan. Access to and affordability of essential medicines are integral to universal health coverage, particularly as a large part of out of pocket and public expenditures is on medicines. Prime Minister Health Insurance Programme is a welcomed initiative to reduce the out of pocket expenditure. Prime Minister Health Insurance Programme is covering secondary and tertiary care of above 2.5 Million poor at the initial phase from 24 districts.

The PMNHP is also planning to support the recently introduced family practice approach in 12 districts of Pakistan in collaboration with the WHO which is a pioneer approach to provide services based on the PHC principles and will be the future overarching strategy for service delivery. It will allow better coverage and access of population to health services.

This project is funded by the Government of Japan in order to assist 5 countries of the region including: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Pakistan to move towards UHC.

 

The vision and objective of Japanese project is as under: 

  1. Devolving political power and health responsibility to provincial level

  2. Expansion of financial protection through National Health Insurance Program

  3. Moving towards establishing family practice based Primary Health Care approach in the country

  4. Ensuring adequate number, quality and skill mix of health professionals

  5. Strengthening public-private partnerships for UHC

 

The key priority activities of the project are: 

  1. Comprehensive National and Provincial Health Sector Reviews from UHC perspective

  2. Localization of health related SDGs and regular monitoring and reporting

  3. High-level policy dialogue to scale up public financing and limit the high OOP expenditure

  4. Develop a health financing strategy that responds to the devolved country setting

  5. Expansion of national and provincial health insurance schemes

  6. Implementation of the family practice approach in 12 model districts

  7. Designing of UHC Priority Benefit Package to be delivered in model districts

  8. Development and implementation of health workforce policy and regulation

  9. Development of national quality policy for health services

 

3. Planned timelines (subject to confirmation) 

Start date:           1st June 2018 

End date:             31st March 2019

 

4. Work to be performed 

  1. Review the available National and Provincial Health Sector strategies and plans from UHC perspective in collaboration with a team from provincial health departments and Ministry of Health at federal level (desk review, consultation, interview, etc) and identify the gaps and opportunities.

  2. Contribute in organizing National and provincial consultations to review and finalize changes that need to be applied on Health Sector Strategies and Plans.

  3. Provide technical advice in the preparation of SDGs review report.

  4. Prepare terms of reference and concept note for third party evaluation of the National Health Insurance Programs and contribute in evaluating and presenting outcomes to the concerned partners.

  5. In collaboration with a team of consultants, review and adapt the EMRO priority benefit package based on Pakistan socioeconomic and existing health system infrastructure and capacity, and come out with package of services that should be available at each level of care.

  6. Coordinate and closely work with the district and provincial health authorities for assessing the implementation of Family Practice approach. Undertake field visit to provincial, district and sub district level to oversee the FP implementation activities and provide feedback to counterparts in the MOH.

  7. Submit Quarterly report on assessing the implementation of the family practice approach in 12 model districts.

  8. Coordinate with EMRO on Patient safety friendly hospital Initiative assessment and training of selected hospital managers.

  9. Draft with federal and provincial health departments a Provincial human resource for health (HRH) plan in line with National HRH strategy 2030.

  10. Collect views and observations from the field work for organising a consultation to develop a UHC road map based on existing national and provincial policies and evidence.

 

Indicators to be monitored: 

  • National and provincial UHC review documents availed

  • Pakistan Voluntary Review report on SDGs endorsed

  • Health financing strategy developed and endorsed

  • Third party evaluation of Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Program undertaken

  • PC-1 for expansion of national health insurance program developed

  • Endorsed priority benefit package based on Pakistan socioeconomic and existing health system infrastructure and capacity

  • Family Practice District implementation plan assessed in 12 model districts

  • Number of the hospitals staff/ managers trained on PSFHI

  • HRH provincial Plan in line with National HRH Vision drafted and submitted for endorsement

  • Views and observations are collected to help in developing a Roadmap for UHC

 

Deliverables: 

  • Reviewed National and Provincial Health Sector strategies and plans from UHC perspective

  • Review report on SDGs endorsed by provincial health departments

  • Result of third party evaluation of the National Health Insurance Programs

  • Priority benefit package based on Pakistan socioeconomic and existing health system infrastructure and capacity

  • Endorsed PC-1 for expansion of national health insurance program developed

  • Quarterly report on assessing the implementation of the project including family practice approach in 12 model districts

  • Report of the PSFHI assessment and training selected hospital managers

  • Provincial HRH draft plan in line with National HRH strategy 2030

  • Recommendations for developing a UHC roadmap for Pakistan

 

5. Technical Supervision

The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of:

  • Responsible Officer: Dr Jamal Nasher, Coordinator ISD
  • Manager: Dr Mohammed Assai, Head of the WHO country Office Pakistan

 

6. Specific requirements 

Qualifications required: 

First university degree in Public Health or Management 

Experience required: 

At least 2 years of relevant experience in public health or coordination of health and social or humanitarian project 

Desirable: Working experience in an international organization, NGO, government institute etc. 

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge: 

    • Knowledge of country situation with regard to health system development;

    • Knowledge of coordination, partnership and resource mobilization

    • Adequate knowledge related to health policy, planning, financing and programme design/ project writing;

    • Knowledge about Sustainable Development Goal and Universal Health Coverage;

    • Ability to develop good relationship, with national and provincial partners to ensure quality of collaborative response to health system strengthening;

    • Excellent communication, report writing and analytical skills;

      Language requirements:

      Advanced in English, desirable in Urdu as well

      Other skills

      Proficiency in MS Office applications planning, data management and service delivery

 

7. Place of assignment: Islamabad, Pakistan

8. Medical clearance

  • The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

9. Travel

  • The Consultant is expected to travel according to the itinerary and estimated schedule below:

Travel dates: From: 1 June 2018 To: 31 March 2019

Location: On periodical basis and when is required

Purpose: Monitoring implementation of project, capacity building and advocacy for UHC and HSS and facilitation of provincial and district meetings and partnership with potential partners and other UN agencies

All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.

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