Consultancy for Health Financing, Cairo, Egypt At WHO – World Health Organization

Consultancy for Health Financing

( 2308215 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 80 days

Job Posting: Sep 10, 2023, 9:22:05 AM

  •  Purpose of consultancy

This consultancy aims to provide technical expertise to the Government of Egypt (GoE) in its efforts to achieve progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) through strengthening its Universal Health Insurance (UHI) system and guiding its national health strategy.

WHO will contract with international consultant with high-level expertise in health financing to provide strategic and technical support by executing health financing analytical work and convening high level policy dialogues on key topics related to UHI implementation in addition to guiding contribution to Egypt Health Strategy 2030. The consultant will be responsible for the overall completion of the work and expected deliverables.

  •  Background

Egypt endorsed the UHI law in 2018 and started its implementation in 2019. With proper implementation, UHI provides the means to ensuring that everyone has access to needed quality health services without suffering financial hardship. The government plan is to roll-out the system geographically in six phases over a 10-year period. By then, all Egyptians are to be covered on a mandatory basis through whole family membership.

The UHI law aims at covering the whole population by allocating credible funding and introducing new diversified financing mechanisms that relies predominantly on public sources. The system reforms financing functions and redefines cost-sharing arrangements to ensure financial protection for the population. Three organizations have been created as per the UHI law: the Universal Health Insurance Authority (UHIA) as the payer, Egypt Healthcare Authority (EHA) as the public provider, indicating a split in service provision from the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), and the General Authority for Healthcare Accreditation and Regulation (GAHAR).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is now leading the process of setting the national strategy for health 2030. This is a Multistakeholder strategy that defines the country’s vision, policy directions and strategies for ensuring the health of its population.

WHO is committed to supporting GoE in its pursuit to achieve UHC, by addressing current and upcoming challenges. WHO Egypt worked with GoE to operationalize this concept and make UHC a reality. WHO support is based on the priorities needed for health systems strengthening and health security, ranging from Health governance and leadership, Health workforce development, health services quality enhancement, implementing equitable health financing reforms, medical products and devices support.

The WHO country office in Egypt has been contracted by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) as the Independent Verification Agency (IVA) to ensure verification of Performance Based Conditions (PBCs) achievement of the World Bank project to strengthen UHI system in Egypt.

  •  Work to be performed

Output 1: Produce analytical work and conduct policy dialogues on health financing in Egypt in relation to the UHI implementation:

Deliverable 1.1: Develop a policy brief and conduct policy dialogue on issues around benefit package design and revision processes for the UHI system.

Deliverable 1.2: Develop a policy brief and conduct policy dialogue on issues around public private partnership in healthcare system including contracting in the UHI system.

Deliverable 1.3: Develop a policy brief and conduct policy dialogue on issues around public financial management in healthcare system in general and in the UHI system in particular.

Deliverable 1.4: Provide technical expertise and develop materials for a high-level stakeholder event to discuss and disseminate the findings and contribute to the technical materials related to national conference.

Output 2: Provide strategic and technical expertise on health financing, health system, and Egypt health strategy 2030:

Deliverable 2.1: Provide technical guidance and contribute with WHO team to the development of a health sector profile, health system strategy, and WHO country cooperation strategy.

Deliverable 2.2: Contribute with WHO team to the national health accounts update.

Deliverable 2.3: Develop a policy brief and conduct policy dialogue reviewing and assessing health systems’ contribution to the whole economy.

Deliverable 2.4: Provide technical guidance to WHO Egypt team on its role as an independent verification agency for the World bank on UHI system strengthening.

  •  Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Education: master’s degree in health economics, health financing, health systems, public health, or related field.

Experience: Over 10 years of professional experience in the area of public health, health systems, health economics, health financing, social protection or related field. Prior knowledge of the Egyptian health system and health financing system would be an asset.

Skills/technical skills and knowledge: Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and training experience.

Excellent skills in conducting strategic analysis.

Excellent knowledge of health systems reforms.

Computer skills: good knowledge of the Microsoft Office including Word.

  •  Languages and level required: Expert Knowledge of English
  •  Location: The selected consultant is expected to undertake most of the work virtually with 2 to 3 (5 to 10 days) missions to Egypt throughout the contract period.
  •  Planned timelines

Start date: 15/October/ 2023

End date: 15/September/2024

  •  Medical clearance

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

  •  Travel

The selected consultant is expected to undertake most of the work virtually with 2 to 3 missions (5 to 10 days each) to Egypt throughout the contract period. The cost of travel arrangements and perdiems during missions will be paid independently from the contract payment.

Additional Information

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