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Senior Health Economist & HRH Policy Advisor: InterHealth Jobs in Kenya

Capacity Kenya is a USAID funded project implemented by IntraHealth International Inc. and partners. The goal of the program is to strengthen human resources for health systems of the public, faith-based and private sectors to ensure improved delivery of primary health care (PHC) and, ultimately, to improve health outcomes for the Kenyan people.

The successful candidate will provide technical advice in areas of HRH strategy, costing, projections, cost-effectiveness, and policy management to the health ministries.

S/he will lead work in HRH topic areas related to planning, budgeting and tracking expenditure in Kenya’s health system sector. The position will be part of senior program management team reporting to the

Deputy Program Director

Closing date: 09 Apr 2010
Location: Kenya - Nairobi

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to the ministries of health on the interpretation and implementation of HRH strategic plan, and supporting them to align it to the broader public sector HR reforms.
  • Provide technical leadership and advice on the processes of developing the public health sector Annual Operations Plans (AOP) for HRH and apply appropriate analytical tools to guide health policy dialogue and strategy with focus on health system development, health outcomes, financing and human resource.
  • Apply local, regional and global experiences to catalyze dialogues and inform health sector reforms as they relate to Human Resource for Health.
  • Work closely with the Sector Planning Departments of MOH and MOPH ministries to design, conduct and coordinate research in core technical areas related to health policies, budgets and financing as well as areas relevant to the project.
  • Forecast the health outcomes and economic impacts of human resources for health interventions and policies and work with the HR Directorates at the ministries of health to develop cost policy recommendations.
  • Guide Capacity Kenya team on how to align their interventions and programs to the appropriate units and departments with the two health ministries.
  • Provide technical support to ensure improved HRH planning and management expertise within the central health ministries and within provinces.
  • Working from the national HR IS to project workforce requirements, costing for different staffing ratios and identify pre-service training requirements based on attrition.
  • Offer ongoing technical assistance to the secretariat for the National HRH Inter-agency Coordination Committee to improve its oversight role on HRH Planning and Policy.
Qualification and Experience
  • Post-graduate degree in health economics and/or health policy.
  • Knowledge of the functioning and dynamics of the government of Kenya with specific emphasis to policy making process.
  • At least 10 years combined experience and competencies in HR system management, health financing and/or health policy and management.
  • Experience in providing advice on health systems and health related policies.
  • Ability to work in teams and cross organizational boundaries.
  • Proven ability to manage/support advocacy and negotiations for policy and budget reforms in the public sector.
  • Knowledge of relevant employment and labor laws applicable in Kenya.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential matters discreetly and to gain the trust and confidence of colleagues and clients.
How to apply

If your background, experience and competencies match the above specifications please send your detailed CV indicating daytime telephone numbers, address and names of three referees to the address below not later than April 9, 2010, quoting the position reference on both the envelope and application letter to:

 jobskenya @

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