Overview

Health Financing Consultant

Abt Associates seeks a qualified candidate to support the Local Health System Sustainability Project’s East Africa Activity (LHSS East Africa). The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. LHSS East Africa in particular will work in partnership with USAID Washington, the USAID Kenya and East Africa Mission (USAID/KEA), bilateral Missions in the region, regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs), national and local governments, private sector stakeholders, regional and local partners, and relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the health of vulnerable and mobile populations crossing borders in the region. The goal of the Activity is to contribute towards the increased access to and use of affordable and continuous quality health care in cross-border areas.

The period of performance of the Activity is from October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023. The Activity will work at the RIGOs-level and six cross-border sites level over the two year period. The Activity will operate within three Kenya/Uganda cross-border health units (CBHUs) in its first year. The consultant is expected to operate in Nairobi, Kenya, with frequent travels to the three cross-border sites, dependent on local COVID-19 restrictions.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The consultant will lead the execution of the following tasks:

Conduct data collection and key informant interviews with RIGOs and national government stakeholders as needed to obtain information on current cross-border risk pooling and other financing schemes;
Conduct feasibility assessments involving the introduction of financial protection schemes including health insurance in the cross-border sites;
Assist Activity team in the analysis and synthetization of findings from data collection and assessments for inputs into a comprehensive landscape analysis report;
Participate during development of a report on cross-border health financing options, tailored to the relevant country and cross-border context;
Participate during co-designing/tailoring/adaptation and conducting selected continuous clinical quality health care trainings, along with “Business for Health” trainings, to improve private health services capacity gaps

 
QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public health, health management, health information system, financing, IT, or medicine, is required
Minimum of 4 years’ prior experience working in the public and/or private sectors
Working experience and/or knowledge of cross-border health financing issues sufficient to implement the Activity’s portfolio of interventions
Experience in data collection to interpret and analyze results for decision making
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team
Fluent local language writing/speaking skills is required
Fluency in writing and speaking in English is required
Experience in rapid implementation and readily assessing gaps and current capabilities to provide technical assistance

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

The period of performance for the above work is January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022, with a possibility of extension for the Activity two-year period.

ESTIMATED LEVEL OF EFFORT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT

The anticipated level of effort for the duration of the period is 20 days. Abt reserves the right to increase or decrease the estimated LOE based on programmatic needs

 

MODE OF APPLICATION

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About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development. Specific areas we work in include: • Health • Education and workforce development • Climate change and the environment • Food security and agriculture • Housing and communities • Survey and data collection