Team Leader for the Health Financing Programme – Options Consultancy Services Limited – Nairobi

We are seeking a consultant to coordinate the support to establishing equitable access to affordable, quality health care and strengthening the National Health Insurance System through improved access to health insurance for the informal sector.

The team leader’s role will comprise two aspects:

Steering and Management
Overall responsibility for project oversight and management of technical assistance team
Coordinate all technical assistance inputs to ensure synergies across key tasks and alignment with NHIF’s needs and processes.
Liaise closely with the MoH, NHIF and Counties on all technical and managerial aspects of implementation
Facilitate effective stakeholder engagement to ensure smooth implementation and buy-in
Ensure timely reporting to KFW and NHIF including quarterly progress reporting
Project Management

Develop project management framework and continuous monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation.Review the Project conceptual framework to identify key inputs, processes, outputs and impact
Oversee the development of project management tools
Support of Technical Implementation Aspects
Develop implementation options and detailed design and implementation concept to cover low income informal sector households in the selected counties with a health protection scheme. This should include recommendations to the NHIF on the following: (i) premium contributions; (ii) reimbursement procedures; (iii) contracting arrangements with accredited providers information and sensitisation campaigns;

Ensure technical assistance approaches lead to stronger capacity within the NHIF including but not limited to data management, actuarial analysis, strategic purchasing, procurement and ICT

Provide strategic advice and technical support to all aspects of the work, in consultation with the MoH and NHIF, including: (i) the County selection process; (ii) the drafting and signing of the MoUs with the selected Counties specifying tasks and responsibilities, especially financial contributions from Counties to the health protection scheme; (iii) the M&E framework including the baseline assessment and presenting the findings to the steering committee; (iv) review of NHIF business processes and upgrading of NHIF ICT systems; (v) the development of fraud detection and control mechanisms.

Person specification
Post-graduate degree in either health economics, social science, project management, actuarial science,finance or related field

The expert must have the following competences:

Demonstrated working experience regarding the health system in Kenya or regional countries (regional countries = countries of Sub Saharan Africa)
Excellent interpersonal skills required for high level strategic engagement with ministries, departments and agencies, development partners and other stakeholders
Outstanding influencing skills and able to work sensitively and effectively at multiple levels with partners from across government and the donor community.
Significant experience managing teams and coordinating inputs from a range of technical specialists.
Good writing and presentation skills, and ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences
Proven experience with the implementation of similar projects (e.g. health financing, UHC, health insurance) and the administration of large budgets.
Knowledge of and understanding of different models of capacity building
A collaborative and flexible approach with an ability to develop strong working relationships
Understanding of KfW procurement guidelines desirable.
About Options and the programme

Options Consultancy Services Limited was established in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. We are a leading UK-based consultancy organisation providing technical and management expertise in the health and social sectors to governments and international development partners to transform the health of women and children. We provide information, expertise and influence to governments, health workers, NGOs and businesses to catalyse change so that health services can be accessed by the people who need them most.

In the framework of the German Financial Cooperation with Kenya, a Project to support health insurance for poorer informal sector households was developed. The program intends to contribute to improved access to equitable and affordable quality health services for low income informal sector households in selected counties.

The objective of the program is to contribute to establishing equitable access to affordable, quality health care and strengthening the National Health Insurance System through improved access to health insurance for the informal sector.

The Target group are households with informal employment, low, irregular incomes and without health insurance cover in the target counties.

The Project will be implemented in up to 10 counties, which will be selected on the basis of an open call for proposals. The process of the county selection is implemented by a Tender Committee comprising of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), supported by the consultant to be selected. The consultant will specifically support the MoH in organizing the submission of the call for proposals to the counties and the evaluation of results.

To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Bérangère de Villenaut Candidates should state the role (Team Leader for the Health Financing Programme in Kenya) in the subject header.
Closing date for applications is: 20/08/2017
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed before the close date
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 21/08/2017
Other information

Options is an equal opportunities employer
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