Senior Technical Advisor to Minister of Health

  • Posted on 7 April 2021
  • Honduras
  • Closing on 30 April 2021

Job Description

Scope of Work:

  • Provide technical, policy and strategic planning support to the top leadership of SESAL with a particular focus on the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the stringent regulatory authority.
  • Provide technical support to the office of the Minister of Health to strengthen high level coordination for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine. This will include coordination support for the development of financial and budgetary management, communication, and information system, of COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan.
  • Participate in Senior Management meetings and take lead in follow up actions as requested.
  • Identify emerging priority policy and strategic issues from the Senior Management meetings, and initiate follow up actions in consultation with the Minister of Health and other senior staff of SESAL.
  • Provide expert support to strengthen coordination and synergy of SESAL activities with activities supported by donors, multilateral organizations, NGOs, and other key stakeholders at the national level.
  • Participate in multi-stakeholder technical and policy working groups with a particular focus on planning and deployment of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Strengthen system for exchange of technical information, providing expert technical guidance and identify opportunities for technical and programmatic partnerships and collaboration for effective implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination with focus on communication, information system, financial and budgetary management of vaccine deployment plan.
  • Actively participate in the development of plans and approaches for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccine at the national level and keep the Minister of Health abreast of the progress made on priority topics especially those related with communication, information system and financial areas.
  • Review priority strategy documents for COVID-19 vaccine rollout and ensure that the Minister’s office is updated on the changes, revisions, and improvements in these documents. Support review of policy briefs and other priority technical documents.
  • Review the vaccine deployment data and prepare short reports and executive summaries.
  • Provide technical support to the Minister’s office on the next steps and decision making of the vaccine rollout plans at national and regional level with special focus on communication, information system and financial management.
  • Collaborate with relevant departments of SESAL, including the Expanded Program of Immunization and Information Management Unit; and follow up to ensure high level inputs are incorporated in the policies and plans for deployment of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Monitor, collect, and collate information on international best practices in the deployment of COVID-19 vaccine and support its rapid adaptation to the local context in collaboration with relevant department (s) of SESAL.
  • Take the lead in supporting relevant departments of SESAL, including the Expanded Program of Immunization and Information Management Unit; to convene periodic review of vaccine deployment with the aim to improve performance and ensure compliance with standards.
  • Collaborate with relevant SESAL departments in the development of applied research projects that allow the evaluation of vaccine rollout strategies, approaches, effects, and adverse events.
  • Work closely with other HP+ experts to support the Ministry of Health.

Key Result Areas:

  • Improved coordination between the Minister’s office and departments responsible for deployment of COVID-19 vaccine with emphasis on communication, information system, financial and budgetary management.
  • Increased alignment of Senior Management priorities with priorities reflected in policies, strategies and plans developed by the relevant departments.
  • Keep the Minister’s office well informed of the progress with the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Keep USAID Honduras well informed of the progress with the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Essential coordination structures between key stakeholders in place and improved.

Key Deliverables:

  • Weekly executive summary reports developed and submitted to the Minister’s office.
  • Monthly reports on key activities the consultant has undertaken to support the Minister’s office submit to HP+ and USAID.
  • Trip reports submitted to HP+.
  • Evidence (copy) of policy briefs, non-confidential high-level recommendations, and other senior level advice to HP+ as part of the monthly report.
  • Reports, policy briefs and presentations as requested.



Required Qualifications:

Requirements:

  • Health professional at doctoral level such as Doctor of Medicine, PhD or equivalent, with a Master of Public Health, Public Health Policies or equivalent from recognized universities.
  • At least 10 years of working at senior level with national or international organizations.
  • At least 3 years of working with vaccination programs or emergency response programs with similar scale and intensity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Honduras or Latin American health system and at least 3 years’ experience of working for or with the health system. Knowledge and expertise in epidemics, vaccines, planning, health management, health financing, health policy and working with the public sector highly desired.
  • Prior experience with the policies and strategies of the Ministry of Health (SESAL).
  • Demonstrated experience in senior level engagement with proven expertise, that can provide the Minister of Health with advice on all the areas related to the vaccine plan, elaboration of technical documents to support the policy, planning and decision making around the national plan, and provide daily and weekly reports on the status of the plan advancement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish.

Selection Criteria:

Experience (40%)

  • At least 10 years of working at senior level with national or international organizations.
  • Prior experience with the policies and strategies of the Ministry of Health (SESAL).
  • At least 3 years’ experience of working for or with the health system.
  • At least 3 years of working with vaccination programs or emergency response programs with similar scale and intensity.
  • Demonstrated experience in senior level engagement with proven expertise, that can provide the Minister of Health with advice on all the areas related to the vaccine plan, elaboration of technical documents to support the policy, planning and decision making around the national plan, and provide daily and weekly reports on the status of the plan advancement.
  • International consultants preferred.

Technical (30%)

  • Health professional at doctoral level such as Doctor of Medicine, PhD or equivalent, with a Master of Public Health, Public Health Policies or equivalent from recognized universities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Honduras or Latin American health system.
  • Knowledge and expertise in epidemics, vaccines, planning, health management, health financing, health policy and working with the public sector highly desired.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish required.

Cost (30%)

  • Proposed daily rate.
  • Current residence in Honduras preferred.

About the Organization

Company Overview:

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