World Bank recruits 01 Senior Health Economist / Specialist
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Senior Health Economist / Specialist
Job # : req10756Organization : World BankSector : Health/Nutrition/PopulationGrade : GGTerm Duration : 4 years 0 monthsRecruitment Type : International RecruitmentLocation : Maputo,MozambiqueRequired Language(s) : EnglishPreferred Language(s) : French, PortugueseClosing Date : 2/26/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description
Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The vision of the WBG is the eradication of extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and the promotion of shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent in each country. To achieve that vision, three priority areas have been defined (i) accelerate economic growth; (ii) build human capital; and (iii) foster resilience. The strategy leverages the combined strength of the WBG institutions and their ability to partner with the public and private sectors to deliver customized development solutions backed by finance, world class knowledge and convening services. It has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.
The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
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 because of illnesses. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices. The HNP Global Practice works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. The HNP Global Practice supports Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana efforts as well as regional efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable; (ii) expand access to high-quality HNP services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen heath-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multisectoral policies and investments for better health outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.
AFRICA REGION CONTEXT
Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years that has helped to reduce poverty levels in the continent. Yet, as Africa’s population expands, the region faces a critical challenge of creating the foundations for long-term inclusive growth. Many countries still contend with high levels of child and maternal mortality, malnutrition is far too common, and most health systems are not able to deal effectively with epidemics and the growing burden of chronic diseases. These challenges call for renewed commitments and accelerated progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—the principle that everyone receives needed health services without financial hardship.
Most African countries have integrated UHC as a goal in their national health strategies. Yet, progress in translating commitments to UHC into expanded domestic resources for health, effective development assistance, and ultimately, equitable and quality health services, and increased financial protection has been slow. To accelerate progress toward UHC in Africa, the countries will require political leadership and a clear strategic vision to achieve their UHC targets and to be able to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths, strengthen resilience to public health emergencies, reduce financial hardship linked to illness, and strengthen the foundations for long-term economic growth.
The HNP team in Africa is divided into four units, each covering threes CMUs. HAEH1 covers the Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Mozambique CMUs which comprise of thirteen countries, and is responsible for a large program of operational and analytic work. The unit is looking for a seasoned Senior Health Economist/Health Specialist with strong operational experience to join the unit’s Quality Team and to support or lead teams in processing operations and analytical tasks.
Duties and Accountabilities :
The Senior Health Economist/Health Specialist will have the following key responsibilities, inter alia:
• Lead, co-lead or support implementation support of the Bank’s HNP operational portfolio in HAEH1, as well as the preparation of selected national and/or regional operations. This will be including leading, co-leading or contributing to technical discussions and monitoring of the Bank portfolio on a day-to-day basis in close collaboration with the relevant government agencies and development partners;• Lead or co-lead and contribute to high-quality analytical and advisory services tasks in HAEH1• Participate in and contribute to technical assistance work to support relevant capacity-building activities including workshops, seminars, etc.• Participate in and contribute to policy dialogue with government counterparts — including at the national and sub-national levels — and with other relevant stakeholders.• Help teams with building and maintaining partnerships and networks within the Bank (in HNP as well as other sectors) and with external partners.• Contribute to sector-specific or cross-sectoral inputs for various operational products/outputs (e.g. sector/country briefings, background reports, portfolio performance reviews, etc.);• Review and contribute to sector-specific or cross-sectoral policy and other documents;• Organize and lead/ participate in missions of the health team;• Respond to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties.• Carry out any other activity required as part of the health and human capital portfolio.• Mentor junior staff in the unit and country office.
The Senior Economist/Senior Health Specialist will report to the Practice Manager (Health Nutrition and Population) for Eastern and Southern Africa (HAEH1). For day-to-day operational work, the Senior Health Specialist / Economist will serve as Task Team Leader on assigned tasks and also work closely with other Task Team Leaders and the Human Development Program Leader. The Senior Health Economist/Health Specialist will be subject to all World Bank regulations and guidelines applicable to staff.
• Graduate degrees (Masters degree required, PhD or equivalent would be an asset) in health economics, health financing, public health, epidemiology, business administration or professional degree (medicine, nursing). Candidates without a core qualification in at least one of these domains need not apply. Candidates with combined degrees will have an added advantage.
• Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: health systems, health economics, public health, program management, service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, operations research in health. Experience in two or more of these areas is advantageous.
• A drive for results, including a proven track record of high standards/accountability for work products, meeting deadlines, an ability to prioritize tasks within his/her work program and strategies for working collectively with others on the team to deliver products of the highest caliber.
• A proven track-record of leading or making substantive contributions to complex operational engagements, including as TTL, co-TTL or team member with significant operational responsibilities. Diplomatic and client-engagement skills, and proven success working as a team member.
• A proven track-record of leading policy dialogue, policy reforms, and/or service delivery innovations, and of working across sector boundaries. Demonstrated track record of synthesizing complex analytics and results into user-friendly written outputs.
• Proven analytical skills linking economic and/or technical thinking and quantitative analysis, and the ability to inform high-level policy dialogue through strong communications (including writing) skills.
• Experience working in fragile and emergency context in the health sector would be an advantage.
• Ability to design and analyze cross-sectional household and facility-level surveys as well as macro-level time-series data would be an advantage. Familiarity with statistical analyses, econometric methods, and related software, for example STATA.
• Fluency in English (excellent oral and written communication skills) is essential, with ability to prepare documents on complex subjects, speak and write persuasively, and present ideas clearly and concisely. Fluency in French and Portuguese is an advantage.
In addition to the above, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following WBG competencies:
• Integrative Skills — Understands core issues and knows where to get additional expertise when needed. Task team member in integrative products and provides analytical written inputs.• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena — Understands policy making process and role of the health sector in that process. Is able to find relevant information and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions and to distill operationally relevant recommendations and lessons from this analysis for clients.• Policy Dialogue Skills — Identifies and assesses policy issues and communicates findings/points of view verbally and through economic reports and papers. Plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders as part of Bank teams.• Client Orientation — Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.• Drive for Results — Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion — Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
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