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Consultant - Health systems financing, social health protection, political economy and partnership collaboration


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Anywhere
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-26

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Purpose of consultancy

The consultant will provide guidance to the P4H Coordination Desk (P4H-CD) in testing the P4H Political Economy Tool (P4H-PET) in the area of health financing/social health protection (HF/SHP) partnership collaboration. This activity is quoted in Output 5 of the P4H 2021-2022 work plan as one of the innovative workstream and will be carried out in two countries. His/her functions focus on facilitating the pilot testing and documentation of the P4H-PET in two countries.


P4H is the global network for health financing and social health protection. Created in 2007, it is made up of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank (WB), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the African Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Fund (GFTAM), the Global Financing Facility (GFF), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United States and the two schools of public health (SPH) of Seoul National University (SNU), the Republic of Korea, and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

The P4H Network aims to promote equitable and sustainable health financing systems to advance towards UHC by strengthening contributions and creating synergies. The P4H Network Result Framework includes 5 outputs, among which are innovations in health financing and piloting P4H political economy tool is one of the specific activities planned under this workstream. Today, P4H Country Focal Persons (CFPs) are engaged in country specific UHC related health financing and social protection reforms and policy-making processes which influenced by a variety of social, economic and politic determinants. In support of their work, P4H developed a political economy tool to enhance CFPs’ awareness of political economy. The tool proposes to start political economy analysis relative to country’s health financing and social health protection systems and reform priorities. It proposes a political economy approach to P4H work with four political economy variables: ideas, ideologies, interests and institutions. Its practical use is discussed in three different phases to develop personal awareness, build relationships and support structured analysis. A set of sample questions relating to specific actions adaptable in different country contexts is proposed.


Output 1: Conduct dialogue on political economy of partnership collaboration in the area of health financing and social health protection in the P4H Network.

  • Activity 1.1. Update information and knowledge on power dynamics and power sharing practices in collaboration with political economy experts and the P4H team including CFPs.
  • Activity 1.2. Based on the P4H ToR and workplan, develop a proposal on the piloting of the P4H-PET in support of health systems financing (e.g. public finance management) and social health protection (e.g. social health insurance reforms).

Expected output 1 (by 15 March 2022): Revised version of the P4H-PET & written proposal for the two pilots to participate in the expected outcomes of the P4H network.

Output 2: Organize and facilitate pilot tests of the P4H-PET in close coordination with P4H-CFPs.

  • Activity 2.1. Introduce and discuss the concept note with CFPs in at least two pilot countries.
  • Activity 2.2. Facilitate conceptualization, customization, and implementation of the pilot in relation to country specific health financing and social health protection reform.

Expected output 2 (by 1st June 2022): Draft country pilot report.

Output 3: Discuss and document practical application of the P4H-PET

  • Activity 3.1. Discuss, present and document piloting of the P4H-PET in each country.
  • Activity 3.2. Produce an analytical report with recommendations to validate and apply the P4H-PET to support P4H partnership collaborative work in countries.

Expected output 3 (by 30th June 2022): Minutes of country meetings and final country reports.

Output 4: Disseminate the analytical report and findings with joint publication

  • Activity 4.1. Present and disseminate the analytical report through P4H communication channels and organized events.
  • Activity 4.2. Facilitate a P4H publication on political economy of partnership collaboration.

Expected output 4 (by 15th July 2022): Final consolidated and analytical report.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


Advanced degree in public health with specialty in health financing, economics, political economy, and social science.



Over 10 years of experience in field of health financing, social health protection, political economy and partnership collaboration.


  • Familiarity with the P4H digital platform or similar network website(s)/platform(s).
  • Proven skills in multidisciplinary team working.
  • Knowledge of health financing and social health protection partnership landscapes.
  • Knowledge of country specific health financing and social health protection reforms and politics.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Home based – Off-site.


To attend the P4H Coordination Team meeting – Geneva – end of February 2022 to be confirmed

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level C – USD 10,000 - 12,500 per month

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

5 months.
From 1st March 2022 to 25th July 2022

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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