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Job Description:

Duration of the contract: 6 months

The Global Financing Facility (Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice)

The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) is a multi-stakeholder global partnership housed at the World Bank that is committed to ensuring all women, children and adolescents can survive and thrive. Launched in July 2015, the GFF supports 36 low and lower-middle income countries with catalytic financing and technical assistance to develop and implement prioritized national health plans to scale up access to affordable, quality care for women, children and adolescents. The GFF also works with countries to maximize the use of domestic financing and external support for better, more sustainable health results. The GFF is squarely focused on prioritizing and scaling up evidence-driven investments to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition through targeted strengthening of primary health care systems – to save lives and as a critical first step toward accelerating progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GFF has pioneered a shift from traditional development approaches to a more sustainable way forward where governments lead and bring global partners together to support a prioritized, costed national plan. Through this partnership, the GFF aims to mobilize additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund), financing from International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the crowding in of additional domestic and external resources. This approach has catalyzed high-impact investments for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in the world’s most vulnerable countries. 

Objectives:

The objective of this assignment is to support smooth implementation of the tasks of the proposed health delivery team to ensure effective implementation of health programs at all levels of the health system.

Responsibilities:

Policy advisory and capacity building

  • Provide health financing technical assistance to the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Office of the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Health Financing Unit under the Directorate of Policy, Planning and Information, SLeSHI Secretariat and other directorates and departments as required
  • Advise the Minister on the possible recapitalization/relaunch of the cost recovery program for essential medicines, large essential medicines procurement and infrastructure developments, including via the set-up of public-private partnerships
  • Take a key role in conducting economic evaluations/analysis (cost-benefit, effectiveness and/or utility analysis) to inform decision-making.
  • Build capacity of the health financing unit in carrying out its HF and policy advisory tasks, including economic evaluation analyses
  • Support policy formulation, training and capacity building of Ministry of Health units, around UHC and health financing policies, e.g., SLeSHI establishment and implementation plan, the health financing strategy and the implementation of the UHC roadmap
  • Support the implementation of ‘quick wins’ identified as part of the Minister’s agenda, the Medium-Term National Development Plan, the Health Sector Strategic Plan, the Health Financing Strategy, and the UHC roadmap

Domestic resource mobilisation and utilization

  • Advocate for political support for the implementation of the NHSSP and UHC roadmap among stakeholders such as MoHS, Ministry of Finance (MoF), parliament, etc., supporting discussions on GoSL financing strategy for health
  • Provide technical support (i.e., planning, budgeting/costing, technical and allocative efficiency, evidence briefs and similar analyses) and build the capacity of the MoHS’ budget committee to enable them to prepare the annual budget,  advocate for it with MoF, and supervise its implementation
  • Provide planning and costing support to ensure that a comprehensive national program (e.g., National Health Sector Strategic Plan and/or other major projects like the Life Stages Programs and Benchmarks Approach) is developed and can be used by the Minister to solicit support from donors based on donors’ comparative advantage.
  • Assess adequacy and efficiency of resource allocations using financial gap analyses. Using expenditure tracking data, undertake donors and MoHS budget execution and effectiveness analyses, working closely with DFR, MoHS and the Senior Budget Officer at Budget Bureau, MoF.
  • Identify bottlenecks to effective execution of the health budget and advise the Minister on how to address the issues.

Donor coordination

  • Support the government in the institutionalization of the resource mapping and expenditure tracking, in coordination with NHA as needed, to ensure availability of data on fund flows that can be used regularly to inform policy decision making
  • Ensure that resource mapping and expenditure tracking data is used to improve donor coordination, align external resources to government priorities, and improve donor budgets’ execution. This may include active engagement in projects preparation and budget planning.
  • Support the set-up of a functional Health Financing partner group and/or Health Financing technical working group, to facilitate coordination
  • Take a coordinating function as P4H country focal person between MOH and donors to better align technical assistance on health financing funded by DPs (specifically, NHA, RMET, PERs)
  • Participate in the exchange with the P4H and SHFA global network to leverage global technical expertise/ comparative experience into the country work (and experiences from SL back to global level)
  • Carry out any other activity required and respond to ad hoc requests from internal and external parties related to the above topics

Deliverables:

Report on activities conducted:

  • Monthly activity reports clearly documenting tasks undertaken.
  • Quarterly progress reports on all activities undertaken during the quarter, including achievements and challenges
  • A comprehensive annual report which vividly documents key achievements and impacts during the consultancy period.

 

Skills:

Qualifications:

  • Minimum academic requirements – advanced degree in Health Economics, or related subject (Public Health,  Economics) with significant coursework in health economics

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in health system strengthening, public health program management, monitoring and evaluation of health programs. At least 5 years in health financing, health economics, operations research in health economics, related to developing countries
  • Experience in working in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Sierra Leone, is required.
  • Previous work experience in Sierra Leone health sector is a plus
  • Previous work experience in public financial management and public budget cycle is a plus
  • Previous experience in economic evaluation is a plus
  • Experience in the implementation of donor projects, particularly major donors in the health sector
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytical, financial, and evaluative skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities effectively, often within a required timeframe and adapting to changing requirements
  • Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations
  • Fluency in English language is required.

Candidates can submit their applications to is: atengbeh@worldbank.org (Angus Tengbeh)
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The initial 6-months contract is renewable based on performance and funding availability

Location:
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Post Date:
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, janvier 31, 2022
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Job Description:

Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice Context

The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship as a result of illnesses. In the quest for UHC, the HNP Global Practice is building on progress made in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, an array of analytical and advisory services, strategic partnerships with partner institutions and other financing agencies, and an active lending portfolio. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices.

Health Financing Global Solution Group (HF GSG)

In its effort to enable progress toward UHC, the HNP GP is enhancing its support to countries in building sustainable health financing systems.  WBG task teams lead this support in response to demand from clients, complementing and strengthening ongoing operations and advisory services and analytics (ASA).  They collaborate with colleagues from other GPs, such as Macroeconomic & Fiscal Management and Governance in a Health Financing Global Solutions Group (GSG) to continuously improve the quality and impact of country support and shape the global health financing agenda. 

The Global Financing Facility

The GFF is a country driven partnership that aims to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children, and thereby prevent up to 3.8 million maternal deaths, 101 million child deaths, and 21 million stillbirths in high burden countries by 2030. It acts as a pathfinder in a new era of financing for development by pioneering a model that shifts away from focusing solely on official development assistance to an approach that combines external support, domestic financing, and innovative sources for resource mobilization and delivery (including the private sector) in a synergistic way. 

The GFF health financing team is responsible for supporting countries mobilize additional resources for health and improve the use of those resources to improve health outcomes and progress towards the health-related SDGs.

The consultant will support both the HF GSG and the GFF Health Financing team during the period of this contract.

Skills:

The consultant will provide support to both the HF GSG and the GFF Health Financing team and s/he will work under the direction of the HF Global Lead and the GFF Health Financing lead. The consultant will have the following tasks:

  • Review health budget documents and extract relevant data to conduct rapid assessments of budgets 
  • Maintain database of health budgets; follow up with country teams to triangulate and verify data collected.
  • Contribute to discussions and work on analysis of the health budgets
  • Draft and participate in the writing of reports, policy notes, briefs, blogs, and other documents related to the budget reviews
  • In addition, the consultant will be expected to support other related activities as agreed with the task team lead.
  • Provide technical assistance on health financing issues to GFF countries in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GFF Investment Cases;
  • Support GFF countries in the tracking and analysis of domestic and external resources in health, with the aim of increasing efficiency of health spending and improving resource mobilization.
  • Support countries in the analysis of relevant public financial management issues:  reviews of public expenditure, budget preparation, execution and monitoring;
  • Support results monitoring through the development of narratives and preparing inputs for Investor Group meetings and reports;
  • Create data analyses, tools, templates, policy briefs, and other process-based resources for internal and external country and global stakeholders;
  • Provide technical support within the GFF Secretariat on health financing issues upon demand.

Qualifications

  • Masters in economics, health economics, public health, development or a related field, with strong research and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience in health systems and health financing and/or public sector financing, public financial management, budgets and budget processes, especially in LMICs at the national and subnational levels;
  • Knowledge of National Health Accounts health expenditure data is desirable.
  • Ability to compile and summarize background information and review literature as needed.
  • Five or more years of relevant work experience, at least three of which should be in health system strengthening, health economics, health financing, health research, public policy, public sector finance, health economics, consulting, or other relevant field;
  • Structured thinker with experience analyzing complex datasets to identify key trends and to translate them into compelling messages for decision makers;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellence in high-pressure situations, set priorities and adapt to rapidly changing environments;
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills
  • Experience drafting technical material, e.g. concept notes and briefing papers.
  • Excellent computational skills, including familiarity and experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively in teams.
  • Ability to remain flexible to requests from country clients, and senior staff members.

Candidates with the following qualifications will have an advantage:

  • French language skills;
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Excel modeling and analysis;
  • World Bank Group operational experience
Location:
Washington DC
Post Date:
Monday, octobre 18, 2021
Application Deadline: Thursday, octobre 28, 2021
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Job Description:

 I – Background and context

The Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) is a country driven partnership that aims to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children, and thereby prevent up to 3.8 million maternal deaths, 101 million child deaths, and 21 million stillbirths in high burden countries by 2030.  The GFF seeks to support countries with an integrated health system approach that looks for the best solutions for better RMNCAH outcomes.

The GFF acts as a pathfinder in a new era of financing for development by pioneering a model that shifts away from focusing solely on official development assistance to an approach that combines external support, domestic financing, and innovative solutions for resource mobilization and delivery (including the private sector) in a synergistic way.  To do this, the GFF aims to reduce inefficiency in health spending through smarter financing.  Furthermore, the GFF aims to mobilize additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund), financing from International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the crowding-in of additional domestic and external resources.  The GFF also leverages the private sector expertise of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, to attract private sector resources to priority investment areas.

The GFF Secretariat is responsible for supporting countries, managing the GFF Trust Fund, supporting the GFF Investors Group, and the governance mechanism for the GFF.  The Secretariat is based at the World Bank, situated in the HNP Global Practice. The GFF health financing team is responsible for supporting countries mobilize additional resources for health and improve the use of those resources to improve health outcomes and progress towards the health-related SDGs.

A core aspect of the GFF’s health financing team is supporting countries in resource (budget) mapping (RM) and expenditure tracking (ET) of investment cases (or the country’s national health plan). The RM and ET exercise provides a comprehensive picture of funding gaps, and alignment of donor and government funding with the aim of supporting the health sector of low- and middle-income countries to mobilize additional resources, improve allocative efficiency, and better coordinate planning efforts.

GFF countries fall under different categories in their capacity for, and experience in conducting RMET. Countries in the first category (or early stage) have recently started or are in the process of starting their RM/ET; they will need extensive external technical assistance in conducting RMET. As countries move towards the third category (final stage), ministries of health and relevant institutions will have sufficient expertise to lead the process. The nature of technical support for such countries will be lighter touch, focused on improving use of data and analysis from RMET for decision-making.

As part of the GFF expansion phase, support is needed to help countries with RMET. The focus will be on early stage countries requiring heavy support but will also extend to other countries. The GFF is in the process of building a pool of short-term consultants who can be deployed to provide TA to ministries of health on RMET and contribute to enhance in-country technical skills in this area.

III –Responsibilities

  • Conduct or manage health sector resource mapping and expenditure tracking in GFF countries requesting technical assistance;
  • Build capacity of government officials in conducting RMET, using the resource mapping tool, and analyzing data;
  • Support use of data and analysis from RMET for decision-making (e.g. future budget allocation), and donor alignment;
  • Support integration of financial management systems, RMET databases, and health information systems to systemize results monitoring in advanced stage GFF countries;
  • Create or modify tools, templates, analyses, policy briefs, presentations, and other resources for a range of stakeholders -- in-country and global;
  • Contribute to global RMET activities, e.g. improving global stakeholder coordination;
  • Represent GFF in external forums as needed in collaboration with other World Bank officials;
  • Perform other activities pertaining to health financing:
    • Provide technical assistance on health financing issues to GFF countries in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GFF Investment Case;
    • Support countries in the analysis of relevant public financial management issues,  reviews of public expenditure, budget preparation, execution and monitoring;
    • Support results monitoring through the development of narratives and preparing inputs for Investor Group meetings and reports;
    • Provide technical support within the GFF Secretariat on health financing issues


III – Timing and Duration

The timing, duration and terms of contracts will be based on the needs and the experience and availability of consultants.

Skills:

IV – Qualifications

To be considered, candidates must have:

  • Master’s degree in economics, public health, health systems, public policy, finance, business administration or related subjects;
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience, at least three of which should be in health sector, preferably in health financing;
  • Previous experience in working on resource mapping and expenditure tracking (preferably in health) or similar areas such as national health accounts, financial analysis;
  • Knowledge of and experience in health systems, financing, and/or public sector financing, especially in LMICs at the national and subnational levels;
  • Proficiency in MS excel modeling and data analysis;
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build strategic relationships with government partners, donors and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellence in high-pressure situations, set priorities and adapt to rapidly changing environments;
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills
  • Strong writer, facilitator and communicator with an ability to distill key messages and explain complex concepts to varied audiences;

Candidates with the following qualifications will have an advantage:

  • French language skills;
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Excel (e.g. VBA programming), tool/template design, and/or user experience
  • Previous experience in facilitating trainings related to health financing data collection and use;
  • Previous World Bank Group experience;

V – Application Instructions

Interested applicants are invited to send their CV and cover letter to sandhya@worldbank.org with the subject:  Re: RMET Consultant CV Submission

Location:
Post Date:
Monday, June 28, 2021
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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Job Description:

I – Background and context

The Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) is a country driven partnership that aims to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths and improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children, and thereby prevent up to 3.8 million maternal deaths, 101 million child deaths, and 21 million stillbirths in high burden countries by 2030. The GFF seeks to support countries with an integrated health system approach that looks for the best solutions for better RMNCAH outcomes.

The GFF acts as a pathfinder in a new era of financing for development by pioneering a model that shifts away from focusing solely on official development assistance to an approach that combines external support, domestic financing, and innovative sources for resource mobilization and delivery (including the private sector) in a synergistic way.  To do this, the GFF aims to reduce inefficiency in health spending through smarter financing. Furthermore, the GFF aims to mobilize additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund), financing from International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the crowding-in of additional domestic and external resources. The GFF also leverages the private sector expertise of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, to attract private sector resources to priority investment areas.

The GFF Secretariat is responsible for supporting countries, managing the GFF Trust Fund, supporting the GFF Investors Group, and the governance mechanism for the GFF. The Secretariat is based at the World Bank, situated in the HNP Global Practice. The GFF health financing team is responsible for supporting countries mobilize additional resources for health and improve the use of those resources to improve health outcomes and progress towards the health-related SDGs.

This consultancy is to support the work of the GFF health financing team.

II – Responsibilities

Specific duties of each consultancy will vary depending on the candidate profile and anticipated technical need. In general, consultant(s) may expect to work on activities such as:

  • Provide technical assistance on health financing issues to GFF countries in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GFF Investment Cases;
  • Support GFF countries in the tracking and analysis of domestic and external resources in health, with the aim of increasing efficiency of health spending and improving resource mobilization.
  • Support countries in the analysis of relevant public financial management issues:  reviews of public expenditure, budget preparation, execution and monitoring;
  • Support results monitoring through the development of narratives and preparing inputs for Investor Group meetings and reports;
  • Create data analyses, tools, templates, policy briefs, and other process-based resources for internal and external country and global stakeholders;
  • Provide technical support within the GFF Secretariat on health financing issues upon demand.


III – Timing and Duration

The timing, duration and terms of contracts will be based on the needs and the experience and availability of consultants. 

Skills:

IV – Qualifications

To be considered, candidates must have:

  • Master’s degree in economics, public health, health systems, public policy, finance, business administration or related subjects;
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience, at least three of which should be in health system strengthening, health economics, health financing, health research, public policy, public sector finance, health economics, consulting, or other relevant field;
  • Knowledge of and experience in health systems and health financing and/or public sector financing, especially in LMICs at the national and subnational levels;
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build strategic relationships with government partners, donors and other stakeholders;
  • Structured thinker with experience analyzing complex datasets to identify key trends and to translate them into compelling messages for decision makers;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellence in high-pressure situations, set priorities and adapt to rapidly changing environments;
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills
  • Strong writer, facilitator and oral communicator, able to distill and explain complex concepts to varied audiences.

Candidates with the following qualifications will have an advantage:

  • French language skills;
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Excel modeling and analysis;
  • Knowledge of public financial management systems and related technologies;
  • World Bank Group operational experience

V – Application Instructions

Interested applicants are invited to send their CV and cover letter to sandhya@worldbank.org with the subject:  Re: HF Consultant CV Submission

Location:
Post Date:
Monday, June 28, 2021
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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