Health Systems Strengthening Specialist- USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health


Health Systems Strengthening Specialist- USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity is a 5-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. This will be accomplished through supporting the Government of Nepal’s efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn care. Systems Strengthening for Better Health was initiated in January 2018 and will achieve three outcomes: (i) improving access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services, (ii) improving the quality of health services at facility and community levels and (iii) improving health system governance, within the context of decentralization and federalism. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, provincial and municipal governments, facility and community level health service providers and other key stakeholders. Project works at national, provincial and municipal levels in the target geographic areas of Provinces 6 (Karnali) and 5.
Systems Strengthening for Better Health is currently recruiting for below position, and welcomes applications from qualified individuals. This position is based at Birendranagar, Surkhet.

Health Systems Strengthening Specialist

Location: Surkhet, Nepal    
Division: International Development (IDD)
Contract: Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity
Supervisor: Provincial Team Lead

Specific tasks include:

  • Provide direction, leadership, and on-going assessment of the project’s health systems component, including activities to support district and municipal level policymakers on strategic planning, resource allocation, budget execution and monitoring, human resource planning and management and the like
  • Responsible for directing the implementation of health systems strengthening activities in the field
  • Provide technical support at provincial level and oversee the multi-disciplinary teams in the municipalities
  • Provide technical assistance for outputs and activities related to health systems strengthening and governance issues
  • Support provincial and municipal health authorities to use innovative training techniques and train them on these techniques
  • Advocate with newly elected leaders to ensure that sufficient funding is allocated to key health issues
  • Responsible for the ensuring the achievement of expected outcomes and quality review/assurance in the area of health systems strengthening
  • Participate in provincial and municipal level annual reviews and project planning
  • Ensure accurate and timely submission of all required technical reporting and deliverables for the health systems strengthening component of the project

Skills Prerequisites: 

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Management, Health Economics or other relevant field
  • 6 plus years of relevant professional experience   
  • Experience in project implementation and health systems strengthening in Nepal
  • Experience with USAID projects preferred
  • Excellent writing, computer use, management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, initiative, and good judgment
  • Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy



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