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Duties & Responsibilities:
The World Bank is seeking to place in the World Bank Kathmandu office a Senior Health Specialist with public health, nutrition, or health economics qualifications and experience as detailed below, to support the health engagement in Nepal. The staff will closely work with the Kathmandu based HNP and the broader Human Development team engaged in the Nepal program. S/he will report to the Practice Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice responsible for the South Asia HNP portfolio.
The Senior Health Specialist will have the following principal duties and accountabilities:
Manage on a day-to-day basis the HNP portfolio and policy dialogue with the government and development partners in Nepal. Coordinate missions and provide implementation support to the ongoing projects in the health sector and oversee the work of consultants and technical specialists.
Promote the integration of health sector priority themes into the Bank’s financing and analytical products, as well as country engagement strategies.
Provide technical resources, learning and guidance and carry out analytical and operational tasks in key health areas, including through identification of both policy and programmatic barriers and opportunities.
Coordinate closely with Human Development colleagues, staff from other GPs and partners to support the government’s health and human development agenda at the country level.
Support the government and related stakeholders with hands-on technical and operational assistance on the implementation of all Bank-financed activities.
Conduct periodic site visits to supervise implementation of ongoing projects and assist with the preparation of new projects.
Represent the World Bank in Government and donor partner planning and coordination meetings as well as in working groups for the HNP sector.
Develop, write and disseminate case studies and papers on lessons learned with the governments, Bank staff, and international partners, and provide regular updates on health sector development and relevant social economic context.
Contribute to policy dialogue and operational tasks in other sectors that have implication on HNP outcomes.
Participate in and support training and workshops as needed.
Contribute to operational and strategic discussions in the country office and in the Country Management Unit, with the Government and Development Partners about overall development challenges in the country, the HNP sector role in them and the World Bank Group overall engagement.
Provide selective support to other country or regional programs in the region based on need and strengths of the successful candidate.
At least a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline but with health focus (health and nutrition, public health, health economics, public policy, social sciences). A PhD would be an advantage.
Minimum of 8 years as senior specialist or in senior program management positions in one or more of the following areas: public health program management, service delivery, health systems development, health economics, and/or operations research in health. Experience in two or more of these areas is advantageous.
Experience working closely with government counterparts in the health sector in Nepal.
Demonstrated evidence of technical excellence and operational expertise in the health sector/health systems strengthening;
Familiarity with donor-financed health programs and with the international aid architecture will be an advantage;
Familiarity with analytical tools and ability to translate theoretical concepts into practical approaches for operational work.
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and understanding of project management concepts, as they relate to the implementation of complex, multi-functional projects in varied geographical and economic conditions.
Superior client orientation, interpersonal and diplomatic skills, ability to support dialogue with high level government officials.
A track record of teamwork and ability to produce high-quality results and outputs under pressure with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability to function within and across diverse teams in operational and analytical work;
Strong communication and presentation skills in English and Nepali.