HP+ Malawi: Health Economist (Full Time Position)

  • 6 months ago
  • Lilongwe
  • Number of vacancies 1 opening
  • Job experience 5 year

Job Description

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Job Title     : Health Economist

Location    : Lilongwe 

Employer  : Palladium

Category    :  Finance Jobs in Malawi

To support the MOHP in its health sector reforms, HP+ is seeking a Health Economist to be seconded full time to the MOHP’s Department of Planning and Policy Development (DPPD).

The successful candidate will provide high-level technical assistance to the MOHP at the national level to support health sector reform in the areas of health financing and policy analysis and development.

The position is a fixed-term contract through September 2020, with an annual renewal thereafter depending on performance, MOHP and USAID priorities, and the availability of funding.

The Health Economist will be responsible for developing her/his scope of work with the MOHP to advance the MOHP’s Policy and Planning Department’s annual work plan. Areas of work will likely include finalizing the health financing strategy; supporting government finalization of policies, bills, and guidelines to advance health sector reform; supporting hospital autonomy reform of five central hospitals; and other district health system reform activities.

The Health Economist will produce briefing papers/ reports on Health Financing with technical recommendations expected to contribute to decisions made by Senior Management Team in the Ministry of Health and Population. The Health Economist will submit his or her advice, reports and technical opinions to the Director of Planning and Policy Development.

The duty location for this position is Ministry of Health and Population Headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi. Applicants should be legally authorized to work in Malawi.

The incumbent of this position will be working hand in hand with other members of staff in the Department of Planning and Policy Development (DPPD).

The Health Economist will report for day-to-day assignment to the DPPD Director within the Ministry, who will be the direct supervisor of the Health Economist.

The HP+ Malawi Country Director will also provide management oversight for this position in line with Palladium policies and procedures.

The Health Economist will be required to provide HP+ with updates on activity status and progress, and share results, best practices and lessons learned. Additional technical support will be available through Palladium global technical experts including the US- based health-financing team.


The Health Economist shall serve as the direct liaison between Health Policy Plus and the Ministry of Health and Population on issues related to Health financing and costing of health services, in liaison with the Country Director and other HP+ technical advisors. Outlined below are some of the Specific Tasks for the Health Economist:

  • Provide high-level, state-of-the-art technical assistance to the MOHP on key health sector/health financing reform activities.
  • Participate in relevant policy and guidelines development.
  • Recommend steps to strengthen technical efficiency and the equitable allocation of resource use in the sector.
    Assist in improving the quantity and quality of information of health financing in general in Malawi.
  • Support Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning related to health financing and costing work, using the findings to improve work in Malawi on a continuing basis, and ensuring the exchange of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Conduct absorptive capacity analysis and suggest practical steps to the Ministry of Health and Population.
  • Address the challenges of the Global Health Initiatives/Funds (e.g. Gates Foundation, PEPFAR, GAVI, and HSJF) particularly in terms of unpredictability and long-term sustainability.
  • Assist in further strengthening the strategy on universal health coverage and equitable access to health care.
  • Assist with research and dissemination efforts as needed.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of performance-based financing programmes and advise accordingly on its improvement.
  • Participate in the process of developing the regulatory framework and management and organization of health insurance in Malawi.
  • Coordinating and facilitating Health Financing technical working group (TWG) and other meetings and consultations.
  • Participate in National Health Accounts (NHA), Public Expenditure Reviews (PER) and resource mapping studies.
  • Contribute to finalization and implementation of the Health Financing strategy.
  • Provide timely updates (at least twice per month) to the HP+ Malawi team on work progress and contribute to activity reports and success stories as needed. Assist with identifying new activities or partnerships that will advance MOHP and HP+ project goals.
  • Collaborate regularly with US based HP+ headquarters health financing team.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned from time to time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in relevant field (health economics, business administration, actuarial sciences). Formal training in health economics and PhD preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years work experience with at least 5 years in health economics and/or health financing, including substantial experience in Sub-Saharan Africa; experience working on health insurance and costing studies preferred.
  • Experience performing quantitative data analysis; fluency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience working within or in partnership with senior levels of government required.
  • Experience conducting policy analysis and providing high-level policy advice to senior decision-makers.
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal and networking skills and ability to work well with senior government counterparts, consultants, and within a cross-cultural and virtual team.
  • Experience working with multilateral and bilateral donors.
  • Understanding of governmental structures and processes in Malawi; understanding of current health sector reform policies and programs in Malawi.
  • Demonstrated skills in capacity building, mentoring, and organizational development.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Only Malawi nationals or those authorized to work in Malawi will be considered. No international benefits or relocation benefits will be offered. 

Contact [email protected] with any questions or issues with the application process. 

Applicants should include their CV (three pages max) and a cover letter (two pages max) outlining how they meet the requirements along with a proposed salary rate in their application submission.

Deadline for applications is May 7th, 2020.


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