Work with HS4TB HQ staff, the NTLP and USAID Kenya to develop and agree on a matrix for county selection; and lead assessment of the annual planning and budgeting systems and processes at county level.
Background and Description of Services to be Provided
Health Systems for TB (HS4TB) is a five-year USAID-supported global project led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) that supports achievement of TB outcomes through health systems strengthening (HSS) approaches. USAID, in collaboration with the National TB and Lung Disease Division (NTLP) and Government of Kenya, is engaged in TB elimination efforts in Kenya focused on enhancing financing for and improving governance of TB activities at both national and county Levels of the Kenyan health system.
The HS4TB project will first support the NTLP to develop a TB resource mobilization plan in collaboration with counties and then develop an options analysis for outsourcing TB services in Kenya to improve program outcomes in TB elimination.
HS4TB/Kenya project will co-create a TB financing roadmap for Kenya, support integration of TB programming more effectively into the county planning and budgeting cycle, and advocate and identify opportunities for increased domestic financing of TB. HS4TB will also support the generation and use of evidence to select clinical and non-clinical TB interventions and activities that could be contracted out to the private sector. The primary accountability of the Consultant will be as follows:
- Work with HS4TB HQ staff, the NTLP and USAID Kenya to develop and agree on a matrix for county selection.
- Lead assessment of the annual planning and budgeting systems and processes at county level.
The major activities and responsibilities related to leading the assessment will include the following:
- Collect guidelines on all relevant county-level budgeting and planning processes, from multi sectoral planning processes (such as county integrated development plans); to health-specific and TB-specific planning and budgeting.
- Map the current role and participation of the county TB coordinators in the overall county planning and budgeting cycle, county integrated development plans (CIDPs) and work plans for G2G funding; identify points of alignment and departure between TB coordinators’ role and the overall county planning and budgeting processes.
- Assess gaps between the guidelines for TB planning and budgeting and practice and in collaboration with HS4TB HQ team and the NTLP produce a plan to bring practices into alignment with guidelines.
- Draft an assessment report with findings and provide recommendations to better align and embed the county TB coordinators within the county systems and processes for planning and budgeting
- Participate in an NTLP led stakeholder meeting to validate gaps and advocate for prioritization of TB planning and budgeting at the county level
- Fully populated matrix for country selection
- Assessment report on the alignment between county TB planning and budgeting processes with overall county planning and budget. The report must include specific, actionable recommendations to address identified gaps in TB planning and budgeting.
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Health Systems for TB (HS4TB) is a five-year USAID-supported global project led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) that supports achievement of TB outcomes through health systems strengthening (HSS) approaches.
USAID, in collaboration with National TB and Lung Disease Division and Government of Kenya, is engaged in TB elimination efforts in Kenya focused on enhancing financing for and improving governance of TB activities at both National and County Levels of the Kenyan health system.
The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) is the project technical lead. The position reports to the Country Project Director (CPD). In close coordination with the CPD, the STA will-
- Provide technical leadership for the project’s financing and governance activities.
- Lead annual workplan development, particularly focusing on the technical strategies and approaches to ensure sustainable interventions
- Manage the implementation of HS4TB Kenya technical activities ensuring that they:
achieve the expected results and are adequately and timely implemented
are responsive to the needs and expectations of local partners
contribute to a clear health financing system strengthening approach, and
have clear strategies to sustain them through local ownership
- Establish strong working relationships with the National TB and Lung Disease Department and expand HS4TB’s technical linkages with all relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders
- Facilitate county level intervention and consultation with the council of governors relative to HS4TB approved intervention
- Ensure timely support to TB National and County Technical working Groups, Steering Committee meetings, and technical consultations as and when required
- Guide other advisors/ and or consultants in their work
- Work closely with the local M&E Specialist and Global MEL team to support indicator development, tracking and their timely reporting to USAID
- Develop quarterly, annual progress as well as ad-hoc reports in line with Mission requirements and HS4TB reporting to assure the timely and quality production of program deliverables.
- Lead or participate in key assessments, gap analysis and intervention design in collaboration with key TB financing stakeholders
- Perform other duties as assigned by Country Project Director and HQ based Portfolio manager
REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION
Masters’ degree in health policy and finance, health economics, health systems, public health or a related field is preferred.
REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE
- Seven (7) years’ experience or more in leading teams and/or managing projects with a health financing focus
- At least 5 years’ experience working with the county governments, Ministry of Health or other government ministries on financing and governance of health programs required
- Experience in working with USAID-funded projects strongly preferred
- Experience with public health programs supported by bilateral agencies, such as USAID, and international agencies, such as WHO and World Bank, preferred
- Demonstrated technical managerial and organizational skills in a developing country setting with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Demonstrated expertise in health financing; particularly in domestic resource mobilization and/or contract management and outsourcing
- Demonstrated ability to develop and write technical reports
- Results driven and demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team to produce results on time
- Demonstrated skill in quickly assessing priorities and opportunities and managing a variety of activities with attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with donor, project stakeholders, in-country collaborators, and staff at all levels of the organization
- Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills in local and English language
- Ability to work in a cross-cultural team
CORE JOB COMPETENCIES:
- Delivering technical products through systems approaches
- Action Oriented
- Drive for Results
- Information Sharing
- Managing and Measuring Work
- Priority Setting
- Problem Solving
- Decision Quality
- Time Management
- Motivating Others
Core Personal Competencies:
- Ethics and Values
- Integrity and Trust
- Interpersonal Savvy
Core MSH competencies:
- Problem Solving
- Creativity and Innovation
- Quality and Timeliness of Work
- Quality of work and Team Relationships
- Resource Utilization