Health Specialist/Health Economist at World Bank Group

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  • Company: World Bank Group
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Healthcare/Medical Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description


The central contribution of the Health, Nutrition, and Population (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 because of illnesses. The HNP Global Practice supports country and regional efforts to: (i) improve health outcomes, especially for the poor and most vulnerable; (ii) expand access to high-quality HNP services, interventions and technologies that give the most value for money; (iii) strengthen health systems for results; (iv) establish and improve health financing mechanisms that promote efficiency, equity and sustainability of investments; (v) strengthen heath-relevant institutions within and outside the health sector; (vi) harness multi sectoral policies and investments for better health outcomes; and (vii) develop and learn from rigorous impact evaluations.


The HNP team in Africa is divided into four units, two for Eastern and Southern Africa and two for Western and Central Africa. Each of the units covers threes CMUs. HAEH2 covers the DRC, Kenya, and South Africa CMUs, which collectively comprise of thirteen countries across Eastern and Southern Africa and is responsible for a large program of operational and analytic work.

Somalia is transitioning towards increased stability through institutional and political reforms, which began with the adoption of a provisional constitution and a Federal Government in 2012. The federal system established under the 2012 provisional constitution carved out four new Federal Member States (FMS), resulting in a total of six under the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). Service delivery challenges are also underpinned by very limited financing for health in Somalia. Real per capita expenditure on health is approximately US$13 per person per year (2019), far below Sub-Saharan Africa’s average of US$204 (2019).

Somalia became a Global Financing Facility (GFF) country in 2019, an important step towards reducing health sector fragmentation, improving partner alignment, and strengthening the Government’s stewardship role, which will be further supported by the Project. Somalia is currently developing an Investment Case (IC) to improve health outcomes by enhancing health service coverage and quality, developing Government stewardship capacity, and mapping resources available in the health sector to improve partner alignment and reduce health sector fragmentation.


Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The unit is looking for a motivated individual to join the Kenya team as a Health Specialist/Economist supporting the HNP portfolio of health projects and analytical work in Somalia. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Note : This is a nationally recruited position intended for Somali nationals or other nationalities of Somali origin. Applicants who do not meet either of these criteria will not be shortlisted. Remuneration is based on the national market in Kenya.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The Health Specialist/Economist will have the following key responsibilities, inter alia:

  • Provide implementation support, as needed, to the Bank’s HNP portfolio in Somalia, which includes: (i) Improving Healthcare Services in Somalia (“Damal Caafimaad” Project; (ii) COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency project; (iii) health components under (a) Somalia Crisis Recovery Project (SCRP) and (b) Recurrent Cost and Reform Financing (RCRF) Project; and (iv) support for several health Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs).
  • Contribute to the technical discussions and monitoring of the Bank portfolio in close collaboration with the relevant government agencies and development partners.
  • Assist the task team with policy dialogue, communications, and interactions with government counterparts, country stakeholders as well as development partners.
  • Contribute to sector-specific inputs for various operational products/outputs (e.g., sector/country briefings, background reports, portfolio performance reviews, etc.).
  • Contribute to and participate in missions of the health team in Somalia as directed.
  • Respond to ad hoc information requests from internal and external parties.

The work will be substantive in nature, requiring frequent missions in the field and interactions with various external and internal counterparts in Somalia.

The Health Specialist/ Economist will report to the HNP Practice Manager for HAEH2. As a field-based staff member, the selected Health Specialist or Health Economist will work closely with the respective Task Team Leaders from HNP GP and other GPs as well as with staff of the the Country Management Unit (CMU). The Health Specialist/Economist will be subject to all World Bank regulations and guidelines applicable to staff.

Selection Criteria
  • At least a Master’s degree in health economics, public health, or a related field. A PhD would be considered an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years of full-time relevant professional experience is required.
  • Consistent record of working on health, nutrition, and population issues.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with the health sector in developing countries, including institutional set up, health policies and programs, challenges, and priorities.
  • Demonstrated expertise in policy dialogue and the ability to interact effectively with Government officials and a range of partners at various levels.
  • Prior experience working with/on health systems in Somalia and/or other FCS environments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Prior experience in an international development institution (public, NGO or private) or academia is preferred.
  • Ability to analyze cross-sectional household and facility-level survey data as well as macro-level time-series budgetary and other relevant data.
  • Familiarity with statistical analyses, econometric methods, and related software, preferably STATA.
  • Demonstrated track record of synthesizing complex analytics and results into user-friendly outputs, including PowerPoint presentations, Policy Briefs and Working Papers.
  • Shown analytical skills linking strategic and quantitative analysis, and the ability to inform high-level policy dialogue through strong communications (including writing) skills, including data visualization skills.
  • Respectful and client-engagement skills, and demonstrated success working with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and handle multiple tasks, meet changing priorities, and deliver high-quality analysis and work on-time.
  • Willingness to travel extensively in country and possible to other countries as necessary, including to remote rural areas.
  • Fluency in English (excellent oral and written communication skills) is required, with ability to prepare documents on complex subjects, speak and write persuasively, and present ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Fluency in Somali is required.
Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 4 April. 2022
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