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Governance and Management Specialist for Afghanistan Health Sector Reform

I am retained by Palladium to find  candidates for the following vacancy:

Title: Governance and Management Specialist – Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) Project

Work Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Start Date and Duration: ASAP, This is an existing project that ends in 2020

Palladium is seeking a full time Governance and Management Specialist who will lead technical activities under HSR Component 1, “Improved Health Sector Governance and Accountability”   The Governance and Management Specialist will provide technical assistance and capacity building support related to good governance, policy and  sound and transparent management systems, including strategy development, technical analysis, stakeholder consultation and advocacy, and contributing to technical reports and briefs. Responsibilities require global knowledge and best practices in governance and management as it relates to ministries and of state-of-the-art innovations in the broader domain area.


  1. Participate in the design and implementation of technical support activities related to governance, management and policy to assist the Ministry of Health.  
  2. On a daily basis through on the job training and mentoring, build the capacity of MoPH departments to effectively plan, manage, and oversee essential governance and management functions – this may include improving and streamlining priority systems such as procurement, budgeting, etc.. 
  3. Work closely with the Office of the Chief of Staff and Deputy Ministers’ offices to review and simplify the procedures and design a delegation strategy that can free up the time of the MoPH senior leadership for effective guidance, advocacy, and monitoring of the health sector priorities.  
  4. Foster a culture of data demand, transparency, access, and use and lead flagship technical activities such as the upgrade to the health management information system (HMIS), linking data sources into a national data warehouse, and continuing to institutionalize systems data demand and use (DDU). 
  5. Work with MoPH and relevant partners to strengthen ministry departments to be able to sustain capacity building programs and assist MoPH to introduce reforms in response to emerging needs. 
  6. Stays abreast of key developments in (health) governance, policy and regulation in Afghanistan and abroad in order to inform technical support activities. 
  7. Interact and collaborate regularly with the Government of Afghanistan stakeholders relevant to governance such multilateral partners and donor agencies.  
  8. Establish appropriate working groups to advocate for health in all policies including a national Health Policy Committee to encourage shared governance for health by engaging support from finance, justice, and other sectors. 
  9. Assist the MoPH in strengthening their decentralization through stewardship capacity of provincial health offices (PHOs) and “hospital autonomy” facilities and developing a cadre of civil servants competent in their roles and motivated to work in government.  
  10. Strengthen governance and accountability initiatives at all levels and improve community engagement in selected provinces and districts. 
  11. Advance licensing, certification and accreditation systems which includes the continued application and improvement of MRS, including working with the MoPH M&E department to implement related tools.  
  12. Work with partners and other stakeholders to continue to develop and improve private sector environment including legislative efforts, the hospital public-private partnerships (PPPs) program at the MoPH, exploration of small-scale innovative PPPs and franchises, continuation of the private hospital HMIS roll out, continuation of private sector associations development and improved access to capital.  
  13. Provide assistance to others on the HSR team on matters related to governance and related research and evaluation efforts.  
  14. Supervise short-term local consultants and subcontractors assigned to health governance and management activities.  
  15. Represent the project and company in the health governance and management areas in Afghanistan and with others in the professional community. 
  16. Conducts all work to accepted and appropriate standards of research ethics. 
  17. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Five (5) years of international development sector work on projects of similar size and complexity (greater than $30 million);
  • Five (5) years of experience in leadership, governance, public administration and management areas;
  • Five  (5) years of private sector experience--ideally building capacity within the public sector to monitor private sector health enterprises;
  • Experience or background in health governance is desirable but not a requirement;
  • Understanding of Afghanistan ministerial or public management systems a plus;
  • Prior experience in Afghanistan or region is a plus;
  • experience in mentoring staff and building capacity of individuals and teams;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required);
  • Ability and willingness to live in Kabul, Afghanistan full time;
  • Degree in public administration, governance and/or management or related area, advanced degree a plus, additional degree in health related area also a bonus;
  • Multiple country work experience is required


Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role:

The goal of the Health Sector Resiliency Project is to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to foster a strengthened, reformed, and increasingly self-reliant Afghan health system prepared for the decreased donor support anticipated over the coming decade. The HSR Project will act as a resource and a catalyst to the MoPH and other GIRoA entities as it considers and implements critical sector-wide reforms that will be required to make the system more resilient and sustainable.  The HSR Project will primarily focus on governance, health finance and human resources for health and will engage both the public and private components of the health sector
HSR builds on the accomplishments of other USAID projects including COMPRI-A project and Health Policy Project - specifically improving private sector policy environment, building the capacity of key MoPH departments such as Private Sector Coordination, Health Economics and Finance, Licensing and streamlining and improving health sector systems such as the National Health Accounts, Expenditure Management Information System (EMIS), hospital Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement processes, implementing private hospital Minimum Required Standards (MRS) to ensure safety and quality, private sector HIS, and the private health center licensing process.
HSR will stimulate and provide assistance to the MoPH to conceptualize and operationalize the more difficult, longer-term decisions/policies that must be made in order to strengthen the system and make continued advances in the health of Afghans, relying increasingly on domestic resources. These could include decisions surrounding how to improve efficiencies and increase the potential for sustainability such as staff rationalization, financial compensation and hiring modalities; organizational restructuring; the contents and cost of the Basic Package of Health Services and Essential Package of Hospital Services; strengthening engagement with the private sector; health facility rationalization; and streamlining the MoPH’s stewardship role.

How to Apply: Please submit a current CV and cover letter, that clearly shows how applicant meets qualifications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The subject line should read: "Governance and Management Specialist - Afghanistan”.   Applicants should also include a list of three names for references.

Applications Close Date: Open until filled.