Health Specialist Extended Term Consultant
The World Bank
(International trade and development)
Remote (Asia Time Zone Permitted)
DescriptionThe World Bank’s health engagement began early in the Myanmar political and economic transition. Since 2013, the program of support has expanded to include financing and knowledge services that aim at strengthening the health system to advance Myanmar towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to be prepared There are currently two ongoing projects: the Essential Health Services Access Project (EHSAP), with additional financing of US$100 million of IDA credit and US$10 million Global Financing Facility grant, that aims to assist the country to achieve the UHC goal of 2030 by expanding the coverage of essential services, especially for pregnant women, newborns and children; and the Myanmar COVID-19 Emergency Response Project (M-CERP) with financing of US$50 million IDA credit and US$8 million of Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility grant, which has an objective of supporting Myanmar in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak and strengthen national systems for public health emergency preparedness. Specifically, M-CERP aims to enhance hospital preparedness and surge capacity in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect health workers, and minimize the severity of COVID-19 illness and associated deaths. In addition to the two IDA financed operations, implemented by the Ministry of Health and Sports, the World Bank is also supporting the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement, to implement the maternal and child cash transfers for improved nutrition in two of the most populous states/regions with the largest number of stunted children in the country. Moreover, as the support in Myanmar focuses on promoting inclusion and peace across its portfolio, the World Bank health team works closely with other projects, led by Social Protection, Education, Governance, Social Development/Community Driven Development, to ensure inclusive access to social services.Beyond financing, the Bank is involved in several Advisory and Analytical Services (ASAs), financed by Bank Budget and Trust Funds. The purpose of these activities is to support Myanmar in generating evidence and building capacity of its health systems for Universal Health Coverage and pandemic preparedness. The areas of support include human capital analytics, technical assistance, and capacity building in the areas of sustainable health financing, public financial management, delivery of essential services, and health security.The two ongoing projects and the ASAs have many planned outputs and activities. Delivering them in a timely and effective manner requires extensive operational and technical support, strong dialogue, close collaboration and coordination with donors and partners, and facilitation to enable active and meaningful participation of non-governmental stakeholders in the health sector, such as the private and ethnic health providers and NGOs. In addition, given a diverse country context and increasing prominence of region and state level authorities, the engagement at the subnational level is also growing in importance. The World Bank is recruiting a development practitioner to join the Health team based in Myanmar in their dialogue and support to the Government, private sector actors, ethnic health providers, and NGOs to advance the country towards UHC and health security.Expected Responsibilities:The World Bank’s Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) Global Practice is seeking a Health Specialist Extended Term Consultant to play a key role on the Myanmar HNP team, supporting both operational and analytical activities within the country HNP portfolio. The position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar and the candidate will report to the HNP Practice Manager for East Asia and Pacific while working under the guidance of the HNP Task Team Leaders (TTL) in Myanmar for day to day activities. The overall responsibility of the Health Specialist ETC is to support the Bank’s HNP engagement in Myanmar including both lending operations as well as the advisory, technical assistance and analytical streams of work. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to play an important role in the HNP portfolio in Myanmar, including strengthening client relations with the Ministry of Health and Sports and other key government counterparts in the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry, providing technical and operational assistance, , and maintaining and building partnerships with other key development actors, such as donors, Ethnic Health Providers, and NGOs, in the health sector.Client Relations• Dialogue with government officials related to progress and bottlenecks in the implementation of the projects and the analytical and advisory activities• Establish and maintain a regular and frequent communication with counterpart teams (i.e. Project Management Support) to be able to respond and raise issues in a timely manner• Respond to counterparts’ request for support and clarification• Follow up on and keep track of actions agreed to between the Government and the World Bank • Support preparation and organization of implementation support missions including coordination and dialogue with government and development partner counterpartsTechnical and Operational Support• Lead technical work and dialogue on a select set of issues, including challenges of conflict, fragility, and exclusion• Prepare updates, presentations, and briefs for World Bank management, senior government officials, donors and development partners• Provide feedback on documents, such as workplans and progress reports, and prepare updates on results/deliverables• Contribute to team discussions and support Country Management• Contribute to the preparation of Implementation Status and Results Reports of the EHSAP and M-CERP, aide-memoire, and mission reports• Organize learning events and workshops, including development of agenda and materials• Oversee the Knowledge Leaders for UHC Facebook page, which has over 1400 members• Contribute to the delivery of outputs of the advisory and analytical activities• Participate and contribute to the functioning of the Executive Working Group on Health Systems Strengthening, which WB has secretariat function, and contribute to WB’s engagement in the National Health Cluster, Executive Working Group on Communicable Diseases, Myanmar Health Sector Coordination Committee, and Health Financing Technical Strategy Group/Working GroupPartnership• Represent the World Bank in meetings with development partners to ensure effective coordination and collaboration• Lead the facilitation of consultations and meetings with NGOs, ethnic health providers, and other stakeholdersSelection Criteria• At least seven years of experience working in international development organizations and in dialogue with Government• A post-graduate degree in health with a specialization in health systems, health financing, global health, health policy and management, and/or public health or health economics (Masters or higher) • Deep understanding of Universal Health Coverage and health systems issues and challenges• Extensive experience in working with national government (i.e. Ministries of Health, Ministries of Finance, etc.) and other partners at national and sub-national level in policy formulation as well as experience in supporting implementation of programs. • Sound knowledge of Myanmar political, economic and social transition/context, including familiarity with health systems issues and policies in Myanmar as well as the sectoral reform processes• Fluent in Myanmar language (strong communication skills)• Excellent writing and speaking skills in EnglishNote: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.