World Health Organization

  • Accra
  • World Health Organization
Job Description:

  • The vision of the Ghana health financing strategy is moving towards universal health coverage. The vision is comprehensive including all types of public and private financing. It balances revenue increases and improved expenditure management including efficiency by expanding access of quality service delivery in a sustainable manner.Health care financing is at the heart of Ghana’s health sector governance. It involves a process by which funds are mobilized from primary (households and firms) and secondary sources (Government and donors). These funds are accumulated in fund pools (health fund and National Health Insurance Fund) and are used to purchase services and products that promote, maintain and restore health.Achieving the health system goals of improving health outcomes, providing financial risk protection and increasing system responsiveness requires direct contributions from health financing and clear relationships to other health system functions.The distribution pattern of health workers is skewed in favour of the more affluent regions, most of which are in the southern half of the country. The highly skilled professionals like medical doctors and specialized personnel (nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, etc) are concentrated in Greater Accra region, as well as in Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals.The other greatest challenge in Ghana relates to absence of a comprehensive and accurate data base on the health workforce, particularly pertaining to numbers, distribution, historical trends, and attrition.

    Description Of Duties

    • > Formulation and implementation of policies on good governance for transparency, accountability and inclusiveness–> Pursuing equity in health financing with special emphases on; risk pooling by targeting resources to services for the poor, vulnerable groups, and public health interventions to reducing catastrophic costs of care–> Implementation of practices for high quality health care service delivery–> Innovation in resource mobilization–> Advocacy for the promotion of financial risk protection and equity with special focus on the poor and vulnerable–> Promotion of performance based service delivery which translates into high value for money.Human resources for health roles;–> Technical support for development, implementation and M&E of the National HRH Policy and Strategy in the context of global/regional Human Resource for Health priorities and/or strategies –> Technical assistance in the development and implementation of effective HRH management practices for recruitment, deployment, retention, including management of migration, and health securityFostering the national education system for production of all types of health workers, with appropriate skills and competencies in order to deliver integrated package of essential health services;Technical assistance for strengthening national HRH information system including national health workforce observatory and national health workforce accounts in the context of health information system

    Required Qualifications

    Education

    Essential : First university degree in Social Sciences, Health economics, Health Financing, Health Systems or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.

    Desirable : An advanced university degree in health systems related field, Human Resources Management or Public Health

    Experience

    Essential : At least five years related experience in public health

    Desirable

    Skills

    Speak and write clearly, adapting communication style and content so they are appropriate to the needs of the intended audienceKeep others informed of the key and relevant issues through reports, publications and documentation of best practicesRemain productive when under pressureMonitor progress against objectives and take corrective actions necessaryProduce high quality resultsWork collaboratively with team members to achieve resultsDevelop strategic plans into clearly defined objectives that take account of changing circumstanceIdentify priorities and define realistic objectives and timelinessAdapt readily and efficiently to changing priorities and demandsPromote WHO’s mission and programmes successfully

    WHO Competencies

    Teamwork

    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

    Communication

    Ensuring the effective use of resources

    Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

    Use of Language Skills

    Essential : Expert knowledge of English.

    Desirable : Beginners knowledge of French.

    REMUNERATION

    Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at GHS 425,183 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

    Additional Information

    • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
    • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
    • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
    • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
    • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
    • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
    • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.

    The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States (https://www.who.int/careers/diversity-equity-and-inclusion) are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to email

    • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
    • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
    • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
    • For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
    • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
    • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
    • Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at email .
    • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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