Health Economist

WHO - World Health Organization, South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st December, 2017

Job Description

The main objective is to strengthen country capabilities in designing managing and evaluating health care financing policies and programs and in economic analysis, planning and health information systems.


Under the supervision of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will carry out the following duties: Contribute to the economics analysis of health financing policies and strategies including assessing, designing and monitoring of National Health Insurance in South Arica in line with WHO orientation and framework to Universal Health coverage. Undertake economic analysis to generate evidences for advancing non-communicable disease control policies and programs. Contribute to building capacities in the use of economic analysis or approached tools in health policy, planning and management including cost analysis in health facilities and provider payment mechanisms.  Contribute to strengthening capacity of health economic analysis through formal and informal trainings. Contribute to developing national health information system including improvement of data collection and national health accounts. Support research in health economics either carried out with national teams or contracted out to research institutions. Advance WHO policies, programs and guidelines in health financing through analysis of health care financing strategies aimed at providing recommendations for improving health care financing. Facilitate coordination among development partners under the Harmonization for Health in Africa framework as appropriate upon WR's request. Cover the activities in economics and financing related to health as they emerge.Other office activities upon WR's request.



  • Essential: First university degree in Economics or Health Economics
  • Desirable: Post Graduate Diploma in Economics or Public Health


  • Essential: At least 5 years of experience at national and international levels in health economics and health care financing.
  • Experience in transitional and middle-income countries.
  • Experience with health insurance funds regulation and health system financing options.
  • Experience with National Health Accounts


  • Prior Health economics publication record desirable as indicator of measurably effective analytical economics and writing skills.
  • Experience in economics of non-communicable disease control.


  • Analytical Skills in health economics and health care financing.
  • Knowledge of principles of Project Management and operation research and applied statistics to health economics.
  • Ability to adapt to multinational environment.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Communication

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 58,583 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1098 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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