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Health Specialist/ Health Economist
Job # : req13316Organization : World BankSector : Health/Nutrition/PopulationGrade : GFTerm Duration : 3 years 0 monthsRecruitment Type : Local RecruitmentLocation : Tunis,TunisiaRequired Language(s) : English, FrenchPreferred Language(s) : Arabic Closing Date : 10/15/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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Middle East and North Africa Region
The Middle East and North Africa Region serves twenty countries, of which twelve are active/potentially active IBRD/IDA borrowers (Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, Tunisia and Yemen) and eight are users of the Region’s non-lending services, mostly on a reimbursable basis (Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). The mission of MNA is to foster sustainable growth with a focus on job creation and poverty reduction, economic and social inclusion, and good governance. MNA attaches importance to creating a supportive work environment based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust, and client service, underlined by professional excellence. MNA places high value on diversity. MNA is organized in five Country Departments (CMUs), four Practice Groups (PGs), the Office of the Regional Chief Economist, and the Development Effectiveness Unit (MNADE).
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated MENA’s underlying structural issues. The combination of the pandemic and the collapse in oil prices has affected all aspects of MENA’s economies. Oil prices have recovered somewhat; however, they remain far below levels prior to the first COVID-19 outbreak in the region in February 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread widely through MENA, the World Bank quickly surged support to help blunt severe health and economic damage. The MENA Region launched a Regional Platform to help the countries respond to the health crisis and alleviate the pain of the most vulnerable. The immediate response included financing, policy advice, and technical assistance to help countries cope with the urgent health needs of the pandemic and support safety net systems including cash transfer programs.
With an expanded regional strategy, the World Bank Group aims to help the MENA region weather the current crises, move from stabilization to transformation, unlock its vast economic potential of youth and women, and ease the constraints that hamper their creative energies.
Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) Global Practice
The central contribution of the HNP Global Practice to the World Bank’s twin goals is to enable the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which all people are effectively covered by essential health services, and nobody suffers undue financial hardship as a result of illnesses. In the quest for UHC, the HNP Global Practice is building on progress made in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, an array of analytical and advisory services, strategic partnerships with partner institutions and other financing agencies, and an active lending portfolio. The HNP Global Practice includes staff members in Washington, DC and many country offices. The HNP Global Practices works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that HNP outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the HNP sector. Accordingly, a capacity to work across GP boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving HNP outcomes.
Tunisia is a lower middle-income country that has seen significant improvements in health outcomes, particularly with life expectancy, maternal and child health indicators. Relative to other middle-income countries in the MENA region, it has strong health outcomes and a high share of government spending on health. However, the recent impact of COVID-19 has demonstrated various challenges with the health system, including constraints with physical and human resources, high out-of-pocket spending, as well as inequitably distributed service delivery, with rural areas lagging behind.
The Bank’s program in Tunisia focuses on these key challenges in the sector through policy dialogue, lending and technical assistance, with a focus on COVID-19 response, COVID-19 vaccination, and health system strengthening particularly at the primary care level. The Bank’s activities aim to contribute to improved health outcomes and human capital in Tunisia.
The HNP team for Tunisia includes staff in the Country Office in Tunis, other MENA countries, and Washington DC. To strengthen the team, the WBG is recruiting a GF level Health Specialist/ Health Economist position based in Tunis. The Health Specialist/ Health Economist will support the World Bank’s HNP portfolio in Tunisia, the broader Human Development (HD) agenda, including the ongoing policy dialogue with Government counterparts and partners, preparation of analytical products, and the preparation and implementation of operations in the sector.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Health Specialist/ Health Economist will report to the HNP Practice Manager and will be responsible for the following tasks and duties:Lead and contribute to high-quality analytical and advisory services tasks (and sub-tasks) related to health systems strengthening and human capital, addressing public health challenges, linking health to broader human development topics, and/or related topics in the Middle East and North Africa context.Support task teams in the preparation, implementation support, of lending operations with a focus on health system strengthening, COVID-19 response and vaccination, governance and management, and quality of care, the delivery of people-centered care, and strengthened primary health care, within the context of Universal Health Coverage.Take primary responsibility, under the guidance of project team leaders, for coordinating the monitoring and evaluation of projects with the government, and manage reporting and coordination relationships with development partners.Participate in and contribute to technical assistance work to support relevant capacity-building activities including workshops, seminars, etc.Participate in and contribute to policy dialogue with government counterparts – including at the national and sub-national levels – and with other relevant stakeholders.Help teams with building and maintaining partnerships and networks within the Bank (in HNP as well as other sectors) and with external partners.Provide limited cross-support to selected task teams working on other countries in the region as needed.
At least a Master’s degree in public health, economics, health policy or related discipline, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. A PhD, MD and experience in the health sector would be advantageous. Knowledge of and experience with the health sector in Tunisia – including institutional set up, healthcare delivery management, health system context and reforms, and community engagement.Familiarity with the World Bank or similar donor agency procedures and processes would be advantageous. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior government counterparts, private sector partners and representatives of development partners.Demonstrated track record of synthesizing complex analytics and results into user-friendly written outputs.Proven analytical skills linking health topics, and the ability to inform high-level policy dialogue through strong communications (including writing) skills (in English and French). Fluency in Arabic is an advantage, but not a requirement.Demonstrated ability to use data effectively to monitor large-scale programs and engage in policy dialogue to address gaps signaled by the data.Strong communication and track record on successful working as a team member. Proactive and results-focused work style with strong problem-solving capabilities.Knowledge and experience working in multicultural institution is desirable. In addition to the above, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following WBG competencies:Integrative Skills – Understands core issues and knows where to get additional expertise when needed. Task team member in integrative products and provides analytical written inputs. Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making process and role of the health sector in that process. Is able to find relevant information and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions and to distill operationally relevant recommendations and lessons from this analysis for clients. Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and communicates findings/points of view verbally and through economic reports and papers. Plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders as part of Bank teams. Client Orientation – Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge. Drive for Results – Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables. Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
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