Technical Advisor- Support to the Health Sector Programme/GIZ

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Technical Advisor- Support to the Health Sector Programme/GIZ

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH currently seeks professionals for Human Resource for Health for the Nepali-German Support to the Health Sector Programme (S2HSP).

Human resources for health (HRH) continue to pose a critical challenge for Nepal with the result that an important part of the population lack access to one or more essential health services, and many more lack access to quality care. A key contributing factor is the shortage, maldistribution and uneven performance of health workers. Health needs are also changing as populations’ age and non-communicable diseases increase, and this has major implications for planning and managing the current and future health workforce. The achievement of universal health coverage and the health related health goals will depend substantially on improving health workers’ availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality. Health workforce issues are recognized as central to attain, sustain and accelerate progress in universal health coverage. The overall objective of the Support to the Health Sector Programme is to strengthen health systems in order to make progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC is furthermore a leading priority of National Health Sector Strategy (NHSS) and will be central to progress on the Sustainable Development Goal for Health.

S2HSP is executed by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and supported by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). S2HSP is in line with the Nepal Health Sector Strategy (NHSS) 2015–2020 and aims to improve access to effective and qualitative healthcare services, particularly for disadvantaged population groups in Nepal. S2HSP is focusing on 5 key result areas: (1) Social Health Insurance, including quality management system and hospital management, (2) Human Resource for Health including Human Resource Development and Management (3) Governance in Health (urban healthcare system and federal health system), (4) Strengthening Health Information Systems and (5) Adolescent Health and Development focusing on school health education, health promotion and prevention using digital solutions for empowering adolescents. The municipalities covered for the thematic area on HRH/S2HSP include Bidur, Nilkantha, Nepalgunj and Godawari.

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No.of Vacancies: 01

Duty Station: Kathmandu  with frequent travel  to the programme intervention areas

Duration: July 2018 till June 2020

Responsibilities:

Within the Programme, the responsibilities of the thematic area of Human Resource for Health is to support the different layers of the federal system on HRH issues through

  • Supporting the analysis and the monitoring of health workforce needs (with focus on the municipalities), based on improved quality, completeness and timeliness of HRH data, including on production, numbers, distribution and retention of health workers, and analysis of skill mix and competencies required to meet current and future health service needs (health coordination unit, etc.)
  • Supporting development and implementation of national strategic plans  for Human Resources for Health that take account of labour market dynamics, are based on best available evidence, and are designed to support progress towards Universal Health Coverage in  Nepal
  • Supporting review and reform of health workforce education and training to adapt to health needs of today and tomorrow
  • Supporting policies to address health workforce migration, retention, and performance, especially in rural and hard-to-reach areas
  • Catalysing research on HRH
  • Building partnerships and networks with political partners, bilateral and multilateral agencies

Description of duties (but are not limited to) 

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Component Leader, the incumbent will:

  • Support the development and implementation of the S2HSP  on HRH in alignment with the national priorities of the MoHP health  strategy on health system strengthening for UHC  and factors to ensure performance and productivity of the health workforce
  • Maintain up to date information on health workforce strengthening developments at country level  with a focus on key trends in  education; health workforce retention and migration; improved HRH governance and data
  • Provide technical advice and support to national authorities as requested to a) ensure HRH development in accordance with health service requirements and overall health sector priorities and plans, based on best available evidence, and to b) strengthen health workforce governance, including health workforce policy and strategy; regulations and incentives, and engagement with other parts of government involved in HRH development, deployment and retention
  • Support improvements in national HRH information systems to generate quality HRH data to monitor progress on HRH, for national reporting needs
  • Work with Ministry of Health and Population and particularly with municipalities  on the development of high quality HRH tools, guidelines as well as capacity development , and provide guidance on the relevance and use of those in other municipalities; work with other colleagues in other thematic areas on cross-cutting health workforce development issues
  • Collaborate with, and promote, effective partnership between health production institutions (academia, CTVET, etc.), health professional regulatory bodies & professional councils/associations, and among international development agencies active in HRH
  • Perform other relevant functions as required by the programme and particularly the HRH component 
  • Records lessons learnt, data, documents on HRH and assists PCR in preparing reports and presentations for dissemination and knowledge management, internal and external
  • Supports surveys, assessments and studies as required 
  • Engages in GIZ supported projects for HRH related programmes in other countries if requested 
  • Assists PCR in knowledge management activities including articles, policy and technical briefs, etc
  • Readiness to frequent travels 
  • And other relevant activities of S2HSP

Required qualification and experience:

Education

  • University Degree in medicine, public health, social or management science, health administration or health service management
  • Professional qualification in health workforce education or management

Experience

  • At least seven years’ relevant experience in human resources for health development – health workforce policy analysis, planning, management, monitoring and research; in providing policy advice on HRH development in accordance with current and future health service requirements, and in advising on effective approaches to different dimensions of HRH institutional capacity development
  • Experience in Nepal in health system development with a focus on HRH a strong asset. Knowledge and experience of health system, and of other major stakeholders and international agencies are an asset

Skills

  • Expert and up-to-date knowledge and skills in human resources for health policy, planning, education, management, retention and HR information development and use; substantial knowledge of public health and health systems, with an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between human resources and the development of health systems for universal health coverage in different political and economic contexts; familiarity with concepts and methods of research in HRH, and skills in synthesizing the latest evidence in HRH policy and practice

GIZ Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Producing results
  • Use of Language Skills
  • Expert knowledge of English and Nepali

The salary and social benefits will correspond to the rule applicable to GIZ national personnel in Nepal. 

Especially women and candidates from underprivileged castes and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

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Applying Procedure

Interested Nepali citizens are requested to send a complete application including CV two referees, to the email address <s2hsp@giz.org.np> by  25th May 2018.

Only applications sent by email will be accepted.(Please write in the subject line while applying by position: for Ref. Nr. 18005 – Technical Advisor”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. No telephone inquiries will be entertained. The organization reserves the right to cancel or postpone the whole recruitment process without providing any reasons whatsoever.

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