Supply Financing Consultant

UN Children's Fund, Denmark

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd October, 2019


Job Description

BACKGROUND:

Malawi has one of the most successful Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in the Africa Region. For many years, the program sustained a high coverage of immunization above 80%. However, despite having sustained high coverage of immunization up to 2012, there was a significant decline of fully immunized children from 81% in 2010 to 76% in 2015 (MDHS 205/16).

The Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSPII) targets to achieve 95% of children under one year of age fully immunized by 2021. The EPI program therefore aims to improve on the 76% of fully immunized children aged 12-23 months that was achieved in 2015/16 and to reduce the geographical inequity as well.

The Immunization Programme in Malawi has experienced a number of financing challenges, affecting the sustainability of the programme. In addition to the funding challenges, other immunization financing issues have been identified, including the need to strengthen planning, forecasting, budgeting and costing of vaccine procurement.

UNICEF, among other in-country Development Partners, have been providing support to help address the immunization financing challenges and will continue its technical support to the Ministry of Health to develop a sustainable financing plan for immunization program, and additionally will extend its support into the nutrition supply financing area.

UNICEF is currently looking for a consultant to continue the initiated immunization financing assistance to the Ministry of Health & Population, as well as extend the support to the nutrition supply financing component.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

Under the direct supervision by Chief of Health Section in Malawi, with technical guidance from Finance Specialist in UNICEF Supply Division (SD), Copenhagen, and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF Malawi Health, Supply and Social Policy staff, UNICEF Regional Office, and UNICEF Program Division at HQ, the consultant’s duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Finalization of the Vaccine Procurement/Immunization Budgeting Process Mapping / Bottlenecks Analysis (the initial mapping / analysis was conducted in Q2 2019), including multi-year vaccine procurement budget, as well as conducting the nutrition supply chain planning, financing and budgeting bottlenecks’ analysis, including through the stakeholders’ consultations. The Mapping / Analysis of the budgeting process to be conducted both at the central as well as the sub-national level, should cover the following:
  • the budget development stage: quantification and forecasting and its alignment with the costing, long-term budget planning (development of multi-year budget, including identification of funding sources and potential gaps), quality of budget proposal submissions;
  • budget execution stage: funds disbursement;
  • expenditures reporting stage, including review of reporting templates used at the central and the sub-national level;
  • potential inefficiencies of the budgeting process (especially in the procurement planning and budget execution);
  • interlinks between the central and sub-national health/immunization and nutrition budgeting;
  • listing bottlenecks in the overall immunization and nutrition supply chain (if any have been identified during the mapping / bottlenecks analysis process).
  • Review potential supply financing solutions, including current initiatives, to help increase the fiscal space for health (i.e. Health Fund);

Present the outcomes of the Mapping / Analysis, as well as the review of potential supply financing solutions to the Government Partners. Based on the outcomes, and in close consultation with the Government (both MoH and MoF):

  • Develop an action plan to address the identified challenges;
  • Develop a capacity building plan for Government Partners (including in the quantification, forecasting and budgeting for vaccines, nutrition and related logistics);
  • If necessary, provide support in the development of relevant vaccine procurement budgeting tools and methodologies;
  • Develop resource mobilization advocacy tool for sustainable financing for immunization and nutrition programme.
  • Based on the above analyses, provide inputs to the development of the Health Financing Strategy as well as the Joint Action Plan for the sustainable immunization and nutrition financing.
  • Provide capacity building / training to teams of MOH on forecasting, budgeting and efficient financial planning for Country’s Multiyear plan.

KEY DELIVERABLES:

  • Develop an inception report and a workplan of consultancy assignment (5% time allocation)
  • The consultant will develop an inception report and a workplan of the consultancy assignment.
  • Finalize the Vaccine Procurement/Immunization Budgeting Process Mapping / Bottlenecks Analysis, including multi-year vaccine procurement budget, as well as conduct the nutrition supply chain planning, financing and budgeting bottlenecks’ analysis (30% time allocation)
  • In close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office, the MoH and UNICEF SD, the consultant will finalize the Vaccine Procurement/Immunization Budgeting Process Mapping / Bottlenecks Analysis, including multi-year vaccine procurement budget, as well as conduct the nutrition supply chain planning, financing and budgeting bottlenecks’ analysis.
  • Review the potential supply financing solutions, including current initiatives, to help increase the fiscal space for health (10% time allocation)
  • In close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office, the MoH and UNICEF SD, the consultant will review the potential supply financing solutions, including current initiatives, to help increase the fiscal space for health.
  • Present the outcomes of the Mapping / Analysis, as well as the review of potential supply financing solutions to the Government Partners. Based on the outcomes: develop an action plan to address the identified challenges; develop a capacity building plan for Government Partners (including in the quantification, forecasting and budgeting for vaccines, nutrition and related logistics); if necessary, provide support in the development of relevant vaccine procurement budgeting tools and methodologies; develop resource mobilization advocacy tool for sustainable financing for immunization programme.
  • (20% time allocation)
  • In close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office, the MoH and UNICEF SD, the consultant will present the outcomes of the Mapping / Analysis, as well as the review of potential supply financing solutions to the Government Partners. Based on the outcomes: develop an action plan to address the identified challenges; develop a capacity building plan for Government Partners (including in the quantification, forecasting and budgeting for vaccines and related logistics); if necessary, provide support in the development of relevant vaccine procurement budgeting tools and methodologies; develop resource mobilization advocacy tool for sustainable financing for immunization programme.
  • Based on the above analyses, provide inputs to the development of the Health Financing Strategy as well as the Joint Action Plan for the sustainable immunization and nutrition financing (15% time allocation)
  • In close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office, the MoH and UNICEF SD, and based on the above analyses, the consultant will provide inputs to the development of the Health Financing Strategy as well as the Joint Action Plan for the sustainable immunization and nutrition financing.
  • Provide capacity building / training to teams of MOH on forecasting and efficient financial planning for Country’s Multiyear plan (10% time allocation).
  • In close collaboration with UNICEF Country Office, the MoH and UNICEF SD, the consultant will provide capacity building / training to teams of MOH on forecasting and efficient financial planning for Country’s Multiyear plan

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Business, Public Health, Development or Public Finance, (Health) Economics / or in another relevant discipline for health / supply financing
  • Work Experience: Minimum ten years’ professional relevant work experience in health fiscal space analysis, health / immunization financing, setting up financial solutions for health (including trust funds etc).
  • Competencies: The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies that are considered to be necessary to this consultancy

Core Competencies

  • Excellent communicator of verbal and written concepts to a government and international audience.
  • Able to quickly understand instructions, to proactively seek clarification when needed.
  • Able to work well in a team environment.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526461


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