Kenya: Programme Officer – Health Care Financing (Short Term Expert, KENYAN NATIONALS ONLY)

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Dec 2017

A. Back ground

The objective of the GIZ Sector Programme in the current phase is that at the national and county-level, state and non-state actors in the sector implement relevant strategies to improve coverage with high quality primary health care services especially for the poor and members of the informal sector. To achieve this objective support has been designed in the area of quality management, health financing and strengthening of governance in the devolved structures.

The overall goal of the German Development Cooperation (GDC) is to support the Government of Kenya to improve the health situation of disadvantaged population groups, especially of workers in the informal sector and their families, as well as women and young people from poorer sections of the population. The GIZ‐Health Sector Programme (GIZ-HSP) focuses on three strategic areas – information technology supported quality and process management, healthcare financing and sector governance. Support is provided at both the national and county levels and is aligned to the government’s overall goals, as defined in the Kenya Health Policy 2012‐2030. The counties being supported under the current phase are Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga and Kwale.

Under the healthcare financing component, GIZ‐HSP works at the National level with the National Hospital insurance Fund to increase coverage of poor and informal populations to a pre-payment scheme At the County Level with; the County Health in four counties Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga and Kwale to increase coverage of organized informal sector groups.

B. Scope of assignment and responsibilities.

Implementation of the component objectives, the development and implementation of national and county policies, strategies and sector reforms and cross-sectoral approaches in the area of ​​health financing.

Implementation of Healthcare Financing component activities in the context of cooperation with Partner organizations.


1. Management and coordination

The technical professional

· Coordinates and assists in preparing and conducting component activities and carries out other activities required for implementing these activities.

· Conducts research of various health financing activities this includes carrying out desk reviews, determining research methodology and research tool development, data collection, data analysis and report writing.

· Conducts reviews of critical documents on healthcare financing and develops fact-sheets and policy briefs and summary documents

· Participates in formulating research papers for international peer reviewed journals and conferences.

· Compilation and submission of regular work plans and progress reports on Healthcare Financing activities.

· Identification and prioritization of processes within the health system that require support to improve efficiency specifically institutional reforms needed for sustainable Healthcare financing mechanisms.

· Contribute to the development of joint approaches of German Development Cooperation.

2. Communication and networking

The technical professional;

· Develops and maintains contact with all important stakeholders

· Ensures knowledge management: collects processes and distributes relevant information, monitors communication on data management system.

· Development of synergies with development partners by identifying common objectives and seeking collaboration in jointly planned strategies and work plans and co-financing to implement sustainable Health financing mechanisms.

· Represent and contribute to the performance of county- related task including initiation and attendance of meetings, attendance of technical working groups, technical support to the county, reports on component related county indicators and any other task required to ensure achievement of indicators per county.

3. Other duties/additional tasks

· Work with consultants to develop strategic processes and outputs for the implementation of key Healthcare financing activities.

· Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the programme manager or component manager

How to apply:

Required qualifications, competences and experience

Required Qualifications

· University degree in Health Economics, Public health, Actuarial studies or relevant field.

· Back ground in Actuarial Studies and Expertise in Designing Health Insurance benefit packages will be an added advantage.

· Working experience of at least 3 years in the area of health financing/health system strengthening.

· Comprehensive knowledge of the health financing system in Kenya.

· Good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software,) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office), statistical software

Other knowledge, additional competences

· Strong organizational competence

· Training in any medical field will be an added advantage.

· Comprehensive knowledge of the health financing system in Kenya.

· Willingness to travel to county regularly

· Good communication skills.

Vacancy Reference Number: JA/HSP/HCF/107/2017
Applications SHOULD BE DONE online at the website:
By: 27th December 2017
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.