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Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: HRH and Capacity Building Advisor – IHP Nigeria

Reference No.: req10481
Location: Bauchi

Project Overview and Role

  • Bauchi’s State level Human Resources for Health (HRH) Advisor will be responsible for providing leadership in human resources policies, capacity building, training, task sharing activities and supportive supervision for an upcoming USAID award in Nigeria. The State level HRH Advisor will provide technical assistance at the State primary health care, with private sector and community level activities.
  • This integrated health project aims to contribute to reductions in child and maternal morbidity and mortality in Bauchi state, and to increase the capacity of health workforce (public and private) to sustainably support quality PHC service delivery.
  • Also, the position will provide support to strengthen primary healthcare and private sector services to enhance access, referrals and linkages between the community and formal PHC system. The project will operate over a 5-year period.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance on HRH specific interventions through PHC facility, private sector and community-based platforms.Guidance must be sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Bauchi State and USAID.
  • Provide technical leadership, and build local capacity using proven approaches on task/sharing through the revised WHO guidelines and Nigeria’s national task/shifting guidelines.
  • Support the monitoring and analysis of health workforce needs, based on improved quality, completeness and timeliness of HRH data, including on production, numbers, distribution and retention of health workers, and analysis of skill mix and competencies required to meet current and future health service needs.
  • Provide guidance to facility (public and private) and community-based structures (CHIPS) to enhance community-based HRH for appropriate training, mentoring and supportive supervision.
  • Provide technical solutions to address and improve the shortage, maldistribution and uneven performance of state health care workers.
  • Support the development and implementation of State strategic plans for Human Resources for Health that are based on best available evidence and are designed to support improvements in RMNCH+NM.
  • Build-up partnerships and networks, with development partners, other USAID projects, bilateral and multilateral agencies.
  • Support the development and implementation of Bauchi’s IHP strategy on HRH, within the context of the PHC strategy on health system strengthening to improve maternal and child health.
  • Provide technical advice and support to State authorities as requested to ensure HRH development in accordance with health service requirements and overall health sector priorities and plans, based on best available evidence.
  • Support strengthen health workforce governance, including health workforce policy and strategy; regulations and incentives, and engagement with the private sector..
  • Participate in relevant multi-state activities to develop capacity in priority HRH areas, by interaction with other USAID projects. Collaborate and promote, effective partnership between health professional regulatory bodies & professional associations for both public and private healthcare providers, and among international development agencies working on HRH.
  • Contribute to and coordinate with the program’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team on activities to ensure that the program meets set targets in accordance with national and USG standards.
  • Represent program at state level stakeholder meetings and technical working groups in relation to service/quality improvement of RMNCH and related technical areas.

Management:

  • Contribute to annual work planning, training plans and quarterly reports and other required technical reports.
  • Contribute to timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of program activities and results.
  • Ensure quality program implementation consistent with MOH Nigerian Guidelines, global best practices and USAID Nigerian Strategic Directions.
  • Evaluate program progress against deliverables on a quarterly basis
    With the State Technical Director, oversee program design, implementation, quality assurance and monitoring of work plan.
  • Coordinate with the other members of the technical team and NGO partners to develop and implement feasible facility and community-based approaches
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor which contribute to the achievement of program goals.

Required Qualifications
State level HRH Advisor must be a proven leader in the field of with senior-level management experience in public health programs. The Advisor will have expertise and up-to-date knowledge and skills in human resources for health policy, planning, transformative education, management, retention and HR information development and use; substantial knowledge of public health and health systems, with an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between human resources and the development of health systems for PHC. HRH policy and practice S/he must be well recognized by the HRH community in Nigeria. The Advisor must be intimately familiar with the context in Nigeria and have in-country experience with USAID programs. Additional qualifications include:

  • An experienced HRH Advisor or any other closely related health care professional; other related courses (e.g. MPH, MSC, MBA or other relevant degree) will be an advantage.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience working in HRH in Africa, preferably in Nigeria
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with/or on private sector regulatory systems and/or private health sector engagement
  • Demonstrated expertise in working directly with host-country senior government officials and policy makers in HRH and MNCH.
  • Experience working with host-country partners, organizations, and institutions
  • Strong skills in design, implementation and monitoring of program components; e.g. services, training, supportive supervision, clinical mentoring, patient counseling, advocacy and coordination.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with African experts and partners in developing technical materials and providing training to improve service delivery, advocacy and resource mobilization for expanding quality improvement of RMNCH services.
  • Experience with technical leadership for programs funded by USAID and/or other donor programs in developing countries, with significant Nigeria experience.
  • Strong verbal, listening, writing, and intrapersonal skills essential for effective coordination among several institutions and staff involved in a broad range of activities.
  •  Fluent in English, (written and oral communication) and Hausa and/or Fulfulde.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Nigeria as necessary.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Consultant (To Provide Basic Health Care Provision)

Location: Ebonyi

Details

  • Consultancy to provide technical support to the two gateways of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) which includes the Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency (EBSHIA) and Ebonyi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EBSPHCDA) and the State Steering Committee to ensure effective implementation and utilization of funds. This support might extend to other stakeholders as pertains to the operations of the BHCPF

Type of Contract:

  • This is a firm-fixed price deliverable-based contract. The consultant is expected to satisfactorily accomplish the deliverables before he/she gets paid for that deliverable. The IHP Chief of Party reserves the right to confirm if a deliverable is delivered adequately or otherwise. No price change is expected after contract is signed. IHP will not pay for cost of any deliverable that is not complete, of quality or on time.

Purpose

  • Palladium invites applications from suitably qualified individual consultants to provide technical and capacity-building support to both gateways of the BHCPF in Ebonyi; the Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency (EBSHIA) and Ebonyi state Primary Health Care Development Agency (EBSPHCDA); and the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) in ensuring proper utilization of funds and delivery of quality health services
  • In this Request for Proposal, Palladium expects offerors to develop a custom solution and proposal to Palladium for consideration. Bidders are required to provide justification for the work proposed or methodology to be adopted. This will be the Best Value procurement.
  • The consultant will provide technical and capacity building support to both gateways of the BHCPF in Ebonyi; the Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency (EBSHIA) and Ebonyi state Primary Health Care Development Agency (EBSPHCDA); and the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) in ensuring proper utilization of funds and delivery of quality health services. The Consultant will be to provide technical assistance to the two gateways of the BHCPF, and the Ministry of Health at the state level i.e. Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency (EBSHIA), Ebonyi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EBSPHCDA) and Ebonyi State Ministry of Health (EBSMOH)

Services Description
The specific responsibilities of the Consultant will be to;

Provide technical assistance to the EBSPHCDA to cascade relevant operational guidelines, procedures and templates to the LGHA and PHC levels in the following areas:

  • Support EBSPHCDA to institutionalize a framework/process for ensuring the development, vetting and collation of PHC business plans that are aligned with the state’s service delivery priorities
  • Support EBSPHCDA to develop a framework/process for ensuring the development, collation and submission of retirement and expenditure reports within the timelines prescribed by the NPHCDA to ensure continuous receipt of funds
  • Support EBSPHCDA in implementing the quality assurance and improvement system designed by NPHCDA to improve the quality of services provided by the PHCs.
  • Support the SPHCDA in strengthening the LGHAs’ capacity to provide direct oversight and supportive supervision of BHCPF implementation at the PHC level

Provide technical assistance to support the implementation of BHCPF in the State through the EBSHIA gateway at the State and LGA level in the following areas;

  • Support EBSHIA, in collaboration with the NHIS, to accredit and empanel private facilities into the BHCPF
  • Support EBSHIA to set up systems and processes at the community and/or facility levels to expedite the enrollment of targeted beneficiaries, in line with NHIs guidelines, in BHCPF
  • Build the EBSHIA’s staff capacity to review, verify and report on BHCPF claims submitted by facilities on a timely basis
  • Support EBSHIA to set up structures for timely prospective payments of capitation to PHCs and reimbursement of private and secondary health facilities
  • Support EBSHIA to develop and submit financial and operational reports to NHIS in line with the frequency and timing specified in the BHIS Gateway guidelines

Provide advisory support at State Steering/Oversight Committee meetings to function effectively and also use available data and information to make evidence-based strategic decisions to strengthen the implementation of BHCPF at the State level and LGA level.

The Consultancy will run for a period of three (3) months and the consultant is required to provide guidance on the implementation of BHCPF technical operations and to build the team’s capacity to progressively take on these activities and regularly conduct joint review meetings and joint supervisory visits to facilities for the implementation of BHCPF in the state.

Eligibility Requirements
The consultant must possess the following core competencies:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, Policy and Governance, Health Economics, Development Studies or other relevant field required.
  • Must be an experienced professional in the field of health systems strengthening.
  • Must have a sound knowledge of National Health Act (NHACT) and Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and have capacity building and project management experience in public health programs
  • Proven experience working in Health Systems Strengthening in developing countries, preferably in Nigeria
  • Demonstrable capacity to network and negotiate with key stakeholders across different sectors in support of health.
  • Strong skills in design, implementation and monitoring of program components; e.g. health systems strengthening, supportive supervision, advocacy and coordination.
  • Excellent facilitation and mentoring skills’ supporting decentralized entities to translate policies into strategic plans for implementation
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, and evaluative skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
  • Experience with technical assistance for programs funded by USAID and / or other donor programs in developing countries is an added advantage

Required Technical Competencies:

  • Good interpersonal skills with emphasis on communication, multi-stakeholder coordination, respect and negotiation
  • Good Leadership skills
  • Proficient in the use and application of computer and mobile technology, Microsoft packages (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet Explorer)

 

Job Title: Private Sector Engagement Consultant

Locations: Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto

Details

  • Consultancy services for the development of a market based private sector engagement strategy based on the findings and recommendations of the IHP private Sector Landscape Analysis ( PSLA)

Type of Contract:

  • This is a firm-fixed price deliverable-based contract. The consultant is expected to satisfactorily accomplish the deliverables before he/she gets paid for that deliverable. The IHP Chief of Party reserves the right to confirm if a deliverable is delivered adequately or otherwise. No price change is expected after contract is signed. IHP will not pay for cost of any deliverable that is not complete, of quality or on time.

Anticipated Contract Term:

  • The anticipated performance period for the consultancy is February 14, 2021 – May 30, 2021. As a firm fixed price consultancy based on deliverables, Palladium will only pay for deliverables that have met the standards and expectations of the program and which is also delivered within assigned timelines.

Purpose

  • IHP is looking for consultants to work with the State Ministry of Health (SMOH), the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the IHP technical team in Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto states to provide technical assistance for the development of a market-based private sector engagement strategy based on the findings and recommendations of the IHP Private Sector Landscape Analyses (PSLA) in the states

Anticipated Contract Term:

  • The anticipated performance period for the consultancy in each state is February 15, 2021 to May 30, 2021. As a firm fixed price consultancy based on deliverables, Palladium will only pay for deliverables that have met the standards and expectations of the program and which is also delivered within assigned timelines.

Roles and Responsibilities
In collaboration and consultation with IHP’s field and HQ experts, undertake the following activities in each state: Organize and facilitate a multi-day stakeholder engagement workshop to initiate discussions with key government and private sector stakeholders on how to increase private sector engagement in the health sector. The workshop is envisioned to target different groups of stakeholders across several different sessions and will start with presenting key findings from the state PSLA. The consultant will:

  • Arrange for IHP to present the findings of the state PSLA.
  • Consult closely with the IHP state team to leverage existing relationships with SMOH, other state government officials, and private sector stakeholders to identify key influencers.
  • Lead workshop preparations in close collaboration with the State MOH and IHP state team, including ensuring that proper protocols are followed for government officials, invitations, etc.
  • Prepare the list of participants (government, private sector, and key stakeholders), agenda, organize, and facilitate the multi-day workshop in collaboration with SMOH and the IHP state team, ensuring participation from key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate a plenary of the senior officials from the government, private health sector and partners at the workshop and guide a consensus around the next steps for the PSLA recommendations.
  • Write a report of the workshop and agreed-upon next steps.

Follow-up on agreed-upon next steps from the workshop, support development of a private sector engagement strategy and advocate for its inclusion in the new five-year State Strategic Health Plan (2021-2025) currently under development: 2.1. Facilitate setting up of a multi-stakeholder taskforce for development of a state PSE strategy. The taskforce will be comprised of the Government, private health sector, national and international organizations:

  • Facilitate the taskforce meetings, set agenda, lead discussions, and collect buy-in of the taskforce members on the strategic plan.
  • As necessary, conduct discussions with key stakeholders to get their buy-in on the PSE strategy.
  • Work closely with the SMOH and IHP to develop the outline/framework of the strategic plan, facilitate presentation of the framework to the taskforce and finalize the framework.
  • Work closely with the SMOH and IHP to draft the first version of the PSE strategy and support the SMOH in presenting it during a stakeholders’ workshop. The first version of the strategic plan should include illustrative resources requirements (inputs such as human resources) for implementation of the strategy and an M&E results framework.
  • Elicit feedback on the drafts from IHP in-country and Palladium HQ and incorporate into the draft documents.
  • Incorporate the feedback of stakeholders and assist the SMOH in preparing the final draft of the PSE strategy.
  • Assist the SMOH with dissemination of the strategic plan to stakeholders through a dissemination workshop.
  • Advocate for inclusion in the next State Strategic Health Plan (2021-2025).

Strengthen SMOH, the Private Health Facilities Registration and Regulating Authority (PHFRRA) (or its equivalent) and a multi-disciplinary team to lead private sector regulation discussions and oversee coordination and operationalization efforts. 3.1. Support SMOH to draft terms of reference, support kick-off meeting, development of annual workplan, and quarterly meetings of multi-disciplinary team to lead private sector engagement in the state:

  • Support the SMOH/PHFRRA in developing an operational plan for the SMOH/PHFRRA unit and the multidisciplinary team.
  • Support SMOH/ PHFRRA in the development of a capacity building plan that allows for planning for adequate resources and staffing and setting of short- and medium-term goals.
  • Conduct training for the SMOH/PHFRRA and the multidisciplinary team members to operationalize the PSE strategy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Health Economics, Public Administration, Public Health or a relevant field.
  • At least 10 years of experience in strengthening government stewardship (preferably for the private sector), systems strengthening, public-private partnerships, policy/strategy development in health (preferably) or other relevant sectors in Nigeria.
  • Experience of working with private sector required, more specifically and with the private health sector or private sector in support of health preferred.
  • Experience in multi-sectoral coordination and networking with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Experience carrying out similar assignments in Nigeria particularly at the sub-national level.

Required Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Fluency in English and Hausa
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (negotiation, facilitation, presentation of results)

Deadline: 11.59pm (WAT) 28th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates (Bidders) are expected to submit both technical and financial bids and in two separate emails to: consultancy@ihp-nigeria.com stating as part of the subject matter of the email whether “Technical Bid” or “Financial Bid” and also quoting the RFP number as it appears on the cover page. Applications received will have a validity period of six months.

For more details concerning this consultancy and other associated application tools, please: Click here for more Information (MS Word)

Note: No late application will be received after the deadline.

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