Consultant – Governance of the private sector in health, Anywhere At WHO – World Health Organization


Governance of the private sector in health

( 2308704 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months

Job Posting: Oct 6, 2023, 4:06:34 PM

Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the development of frameworks, guidance, and research on the governance of the private sector in health and specifically the development of technical products related to the engagement with the private sector in health to deliver Universal Health Coverage.


Within the Special Programme on Primary Health Care (SP-PHC), the mission of the System’s Governance and Stewardship (SGS) is to support countries in achieving effective governance of the health system toward UHC and ensuring all key roles of governments are fulfilled: policy and planning, the organization of the whole health system, the regulation of health services, financing, human resources and technologies.

In 2020 the WHO’s Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector for Universal Health Coverage developed and released a Strategy Report that seeks to redress critical gaps in health system governance for the effective engagement of the private sector to maximize efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals. To operationalize the Strategy Report and support member states with technical guidance on the governance of the health system as whole, SGS set up a Country Connector on Private Sector in Health.

The aim of the Country Connector is to bring together global, regional and local stakeholders and build a platform to share experiences across countries; connect them to the resources, tools and guidance needed for stronger health system governance and better public policy toward the private sector in health; and collaboratively develop technical support documents to help countries effectively engage with the private sector and build a safer, more resilient and better prepared health system. The Country Connector’s secretariat is hosted by SGS, which as such will be in charge of a number of activities, including the development of relevant technical products to address global issues pertaining to the governance of the private sector in health.



  •  Expected by: August 2024

Contribute to the production of country case studies and synthesis report on data and information currently collected by governments and how this is used for governance of the private sector in health.

  •  Activity 1.1: Conduct a review of existing literature and guidelines related to the topic.
  •  Activity 1.2: Undertake key informant interviews with identified key stakeholders in collaboration with WHO staff.
  •  Activity 1.3: Analyse data collected and draft the case studies and synthesis report based on the information collected.
  •  Activity 1.4: Assist WHO’s staff in collecting feedback from key stakeholders and undertake revisions of the product accordingly.


  •  Expected by: September 2024

Contribute to the development of a report on governance tools available to government to govern the private sector in health.

  •  Activity 2.1: Undertake key informant interviews with identified key stakeholders in collaboration with WHO staff.
  •  Activity 2.2: Analyse data collected through the key informant interviews and draft the document based on the information collected.
  •  Activity 2.3: Consult with key stakeholders to collect feedback and undertake revisions of the product accordingly.
  •  Activity 2.4: Edit the final outcome for publication.


  •  Expected by: December 2024

Contribute to the development of a synthesis of private sector engagement implementation experiences.

  •  Activity 3.1: Undertake a literature review and analyze data collected.
  •  Activity 3.2: Participate in consultations with key WHO staff and external partners to finalize the results.
  •  Activity 3.3: Collaborate with WHO staff in drafting the document.


  •  Expected by: January 2025

Contribute to the production and review technical and strategic documents such as blogs, learning materials and report on relevant topics concerning the governance of the private sector in health.

  •  Activity 4.1: Attend and provide inputs to the meetings of the Country Connector on Private Sector in health.
  •  Activity 4.2: Plan, develop and implement study research on the topic of engaging the private sector in health to achieve health outcomes.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters) in public health.



  •  Over 10 years of relevant experience, at the national and international level, working in public health/global health and development programmes, including a minimum of five (5) years of experience on topics related with the governance of the private sector in health.
  •  Demonstrated professional experience in conducting literature review and publish peer-reviewed articles.
  •  Relevant experience with countries.


  •  Relevant experience working with UN agencies, and other international development partners.
  •  Peer-reviewed publications on health systems policy, health systems governance, and/or health financing.


  •  Demonstrated knowledge of public health and health systems governance functions.
  •  Demonstrated skills in report writing, data management, literature reviews, research, webpage management and standard Microsoft office applications.
  •  Excellent communication (oral and written) skills, including preparation of policy briefs, conduct key informant interviews, prepare meeting presentations and facilitation.
  •  Strong managerial, technical and programmatic skills and knowledge and advocacy skills.
  •  Ability to meet deadlines.
  •  Ability to work independently and remotely.
  •  Strong cross-cultural communications and ability to work in teams.
  •  Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.
  •  Conscientious, with the ability to take the initiative and work independently under general guidance and meet tight deadlines.

Languages required:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.





The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level C

USD 10,000

12,500 per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months.

Additional Information

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