Employment Opportunities at Health Systems Consult Limited

Health Systems Consult Limited (HSCL) provides public health and development advisory services to clients in the health sector. We assist a range of global donors and funders, non-governmental organisations, the Federal Government as well as private sector firms to successfully implement development programs in the health sector. Our advisory services are formed along the WHO-recommended “six building blocks” for strengthening health systems. Specifically, our services include Health Programmes Design and Implementation, Health Financing and Economic Reviews, Monitoring & Evaluation, Research, Health Systems Strengthening, Policy Analysis and Development, Strengthening Procurement and Supply Chain Systems as well as Human Resources for Health Development. HSCL is an international organization with offices in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

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Job Title: IT and Database Consultant

Location: Abuja
Reporting: Director / Secretary, BHCPF

Background 

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  • The enactment of the National Health Act 2014 and establishment of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Section 11 represents a watershed moment in Nigeria’s path toward providing equitable access to care for Nigerians, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Its implementation is to be based on the Guideline which stipulates the governance, administrative, funding, and monitoring mechanism for the Fund.
  • The BHCPF represents a sustainable model for ensuring equity and financial risk protection for the nation’s vulnerable populations, by guaranteeing effective access to a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services, funded from not less than one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), financial grants from local and international donors, partners, the private sector and philanthropic individuals.
  • The BHCPF is to be managed by a robust governance framework led by the Honourable Minister for Health at the federal level and Commissioners for Health at the state level who approve all proposals and reports at the respective levels.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC) of the BHCPF functions as a national oversight group promoting robust collaboration amongst implementing agencies in the evolution and implementation of the BHCPF, reviewing annual work plans and budgets of federal and state implementing entities, as presented by implementing agencies, for endorsement.
  • Review updates on the flow of funds, performance management and verification of results, evaluate periodic program reports submitted by the implementing agencies, review performance of the implementing entities based on a clear set of agreed-upon Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the BHCPF program, and ensure that funds are disbursed, managed, and accounted for in a transparent manner and following the guideline.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to: Ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The BHCPF secretariat seeks the services of an IT and Database Consultant to provide technical support in the implementation of the fund.

Rationale for the Role 

  • The BHCPF will require a robust database beyond excel, that can be deployed down to the states and if possible health facilities for real time reporting and also has the capability for storing large volume data and advanced data analysis.
  • It is expected that the DHIS 2 or another database already approved by government can be programmed to handle BHCPF data.
  • Capacity will be required at all levels to manage the database and support will be required at the central level to deal with issues such as bugs, that come up from time to time.

Scope of Work  
Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Work with the M&E consultant to identify the database requirements to effectively implement the M&E plan and system
  • Develop user requirements for the database and present same to the secretariat and partners to build consensus
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis of the databases currently used by the FMOH and its partners and recommend the best one for the BHCPF
  • Support in vendor selection if it a system that requires a third-party vendor for development/customization and deployment
  • Ensure that all requirements from the M&E plan are built into the database
  • Coordinate capacity cuddling for the federal level and states on the use of the database for reporting analyzing and presenting data
  • Provide day-to-day trouble shooting support to the secretariat on the use of the database
  • Build capacity of at least one FMOH staff to be a power user/administrator of the database and managing issues that might arise

Qualifications and Experience 

  • Advanced training in informational technology or a related field
  • At least 5 years experience in developing, deploying and trouble shooting databases for large data
  • Knowledge of the health sector and some of the M&E platforms currently being used by the FMOH and its partners
  • Strong quantitative analytic skills v.    Ability to train and mentor others
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work with diverse stakeholder needs with different needs
  • Good team player

Duration of Consultancy

  • The duration of this consultancy is 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Financial Management Consultant

Location: Abuja
Reporting:  Director / Secretary BHCPF
Duration of Consultancy: The duration of this consultancy is 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Background

  • The enactment of the National Health Act 2014 and establishment of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Section 11 represents a watershed moment in Nigeria’s path toward providing equitable access to care for Nigerians, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Its implementation is to be based on the Guideline which stipulates the governance, administrative, funding, and monitoring mechanism for the Fund.
  • The BHCPF represents a sustainable model for ensuring equity and financial risk protection for the nation’s vulnerable populations, by guaranteeing effective access to a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services, funded from not less than one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), financial grants from local and international donors, partners, the private sector and philanthropic individuals.
  • The BHCPF is to be managed by a robust governance framework led by the Honourable Minister for Health at the federal level and Commissioners for Health at the state level who approve all proposals and reports at the respective levels.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC) of the BHCPF functions as a national oversight group promoting robust collaboration amongst implementing agencies in the evolution and implementation of the BHCPF, reviewing annual work plans and budgets of federal and state implementing entities, as presented by implementing agencies, for endorsement. Review updates on the flow of funds, performance management and verification of results, evaluate periodic program reports submitted by the implementing agencies, review performance of the implementing entities based on a clear set of agreed-upon Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the BHCPF program, and ensure that funds are disbursed, managed, and accounted for in a transparent manner and following the guideline.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to: Ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The BHCPF secretariat seeks the services of a Financial Management Consultant to provide technical support in the implementation of the fund.

Rationale for the Role

  • The Financial Management Consultant will support the secretariat to ensure that all finance related processes are carried out in accordance with leading practices within the framework of applicable laws.

Scope of Work

  • Under the general supervision of the Director/Secretary of MOC, the Financial Management consultant shall provide support, capacity building and assistance to MOC Secretariat and other project’s staff.
  • This will include; financial management system review, designing the reporting guideline, budgeting/work plan/financial planning and/or analysis template, design financial and monthly management accounts format that suits the FMOH, partners and other stakeholders, amongst others.

The Financial Management consultant will carry out the following tasks:

  • Lead the review/development and deployment of a BHCPF Financial Management Manual and Tools for all levels of implementation
  • Administer all activities for management and financial resource management
  • Build stakeholders capacity on financial management with the view to establish a critical mass of experts in financial management for BHCPF
  • Ensure that effective training programs in financial management are designed for executive secretariat units
  • In collaboration with the consolidated accounts department of OAGF, review and improve the accounting system to meet donor’s requirement
  • Train the financial management team on budget preparation, budget monitoring and variance analysis reporting in line with the national chart of accounts (NOA)
  • Assist in drafting of procurement procedural manual in line with Bureau of Public Procurement.
  • Develop key performance indicators (KPI) for the financial management team.
  • Supervise the identification, procurement, deployment and use of a suitable accounting/financial management software that complies with OGAF and broad government and partner financial reporting requirements
  • Develop terms of reference for external auditors and internal framework for use of audit report to improve fund utilization, transparency and accountability.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, and Experience
The consultant should be a senior professional with an Advanced Degree in a relevant field and possess the following:

  • Advanced Degree in Finance, Financial Management, Audit or related field and
  • Possession of professional certificates such as ACA, CA, CPA, ACCA or its equivalent will be an advantage
  • Minimum of 5 years progressive experience in financial and grant management, financial control, audit of public or private institutions.
  • Demonstrable experience in building financial management systems for organizations or projects
  • Familiarity with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) reporting.
  • Conversant with Nigeria public financial management reforms
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • IT skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and ERPs
  • Good oral and written communications skills including the ability to prepare good quality reports.

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Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant

Location: Abuja
Reporting: Director / Secretary BHCPF

Background

  • The enactment of the National Health Act 2014 and the establishment of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Section 11 represents a watershed moment in Nigeria’s path toward providing equitable access to care for Nigerians, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Its implementation is to be based on the Guideline which stipulates the governance, administrative, funding, and monitoring mechanism for the Fund.
  • The BHCPF represents a sustainable model for ensuring equity and financial risk protection for the nation’s vulnerable populations, by guaranteeing effective access to a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services, funded from not less than one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), financial grants from local and international donors, partners, the private sector and philanthropic individuals.
  • The BHCPF is to be managed by a robust governance framework led by the Honourable Minister for Health at the federal level and Commissioners for Health at the state level who approve all proposals and reports at the respective levels.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC) of the BHCPF functions as a national oversight group promoting robust collaboration amongst implementing agencies in the evolution and implementation of the BHCPF, reviewing annual work plans and budgets of federal and state implementing entities, as presented by implementing agencies, for endorsement. Review updates on the flow of funds, performance management and verification of results, evaluate periodic program reports submitted by the implementing agencies, review performance of the implementing entities based on a clear set of agreed-upon Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the BHCPF program, and ensure that funds are disbursed, managed, and accounted for in a transparent manner and following the guideline.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to: Ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The BHCPF secretariat seeks the services of a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant to provide technical support in the implementation of the fund.

Rationale for the Role

  • The monitoring and evaluation function aims to ensure that the progress and results of the program are monitored, communicated, evaluated, and acted upon in a timely, efficient, and results-oriented manner.
  • For this, the M&E Consultant will coordinate with the Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC) Secretariat in line with existing government monitoring and related evaluation policies, guidance, and tools.

Scope of Work 

  • Under the Director and Secretary of BHCPF, the consultant will provide technical support on all M&E-related activities under BHCPF.
  • The M&E consultant will develop an M&E framework and guidelines for the program.
  • The M&E consultant will also be responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of M&E activities by BHCPF.
  • Moreover, the M&E consultant will be required to provide ongoing technical support and quality assurance to ensure that M&E activities and reporting are implemented effectively, efficiently, and harmoniously.

Specific activities for the consultant will include: The M&E consultant will carry out the following roles:

  • Develop an M&E plan and system for BHCPF including data flow processes, indicators across access, quality, reducing financing barriers, strategic purchasing and primary health care systems strengthening
  • Identify and recommend disbursement-linked indicators
  • Develop an indicator reference dictionary for all the indicators
  • Identify summary indicators for high level stakeholder reporting and more detailed indicator sets for programmatic reporting
  • Liaise with the IT/Database consultant to identify the appropriate database (preferably one of those already in use by FMOH and its partners) and create automated monthly analysis reports for use at the federal and state levels
  • Provide technical assistance to the different levels on data analysis and use of data for decision making
  • Identify M&E capacity gaps at the different levels and recommend training vendors
  • Supervise M&E training at the different levels to ensure that standards are adhered to and expected results are achieved
  • Analyze the performance of the fund against targets
  • Support report writing and dissemination of high-quality analytical work that will contribute to the local knowledge base related to the implementation of the BHCPF Program.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Consultant to ensure that relevant data and evidence form the centrepiece of communication products disseminated.
  • Facilitate information dissemination and dialogue with key stakeholders and strategic use of data.
  • Participate in project management meetings and provide input to findings from data reviews.
  • Recommend operations research that can generate more detailed and valuable findings that cannot be obtained through routine monitoring.

Qualifications

  • The consultant should be a senior professional with an advanced degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 5 years of experience.

The candidate should bring to the position:

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree, preferably in Social Sciences or another relevant field.
  • Experience in developing and deploying M&E systems
  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis, and production of reports.
  • Proficiency in data analysis using software tools such as R, Stata, SPSS, and NVIVO,
  • Excellent understanding of results-based management.
  • Ability to produce well-written reports that demonstrate excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to travel and work to meet tight deadlines.
  • A good understanding of BHCPF and other health financing-related projects.

Duration Of Consultancy

  • The duration of this consultancy is 12 months, with the possibility of extension

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Health Financing Consultant

Location: Abuja
Reporting: Director / Secretary BHCPF
Duration Of Consultancy: The duration of this consultancy is 12 months, with the possibility of extension

Background

  • The enactment of the National Health Act 2014 and establishment of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Section 11 represents a watershed moment in Nigeria’s path toward providing equitable access to care for Nigerians, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Its implementation is to be based on the Guideline which stipulates the governance, administrative, funding, and monitoring mechanism for the Fund.
  • The BHCPF represents a sustainable model for ensuring equity and financial risk protection for the nation’s vulnerable populations, by guaranteeing effective access to a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services, funded from not less than one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), financial grants from local and international donors, partners, the private sector and philanthropic individuals.
  • The BHCPF is to be managed by a robust governance framework led by the Honourable Minister for Health at the federal level and Commissioners for Health at the state level who approve all proposals and reports at the respective levels.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC) of the BHCPF functions as a national oversight group promoting robust collaboration amongst implementing agencies in the evolution and implementation of the BHCPF, reviewing annual work plans and budgets of federal and state implementing entities, as presented by implementing agencies, for endorsement. Review updates on the flow of funds, performance management and verification of results, evaluate periodic program reports submitted by the implementing agencies, review performance of the implementing entities based on a clear set of agreed-upon Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the BHCPF program, and ensure that funds are disbursed, managed, and accounted for in a transparent manner and following the guideline.
  • The overall objective of the BHCPF is to: Ensure the provision of a Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) to all Nigerians and strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.
  • The BHCPF secretariat seeks the services of a Health Financing expert to provide technical support in the implementation of the fund.

Rationale for the Role

  • The Health Financing Consultant will support strategic deployment of resources for optimized output.
  • S/he will provide support to strengthen systems for resource mobilization, claims administration and payments processing.

Scope of Work 

  • The Health Financing Expert will provide strategic support to the Foundation in the understanding and analyzing BHCPF implementation at state level. This will be critical to understanding the detailed support for each of the ten BMGF focal states.
  • Research and identify specific areas of intervention for the foundation with regards to the implementation of BHCPF and within the boundaries of the foundation’s health financing strategy.
  • Conduct additional rapid analytics, literature/desk reviews and/or other grey literature as may be required to fill information gaps on HCF, specifically focused on BHCPF & NHIS at both Federal & state level.
  • Under the Director and Secretary BHCPF, the consultant will provide technical support on all Health Financing-related activities under BHCPF.
  • The consultant will revise and strengthen frameworks for claims management, and verification. S/he will use program data to lead the revision of tariffs and rates used on the BHCPF.

Qualifications
The consultant should be a senior professional with an advanced degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 10 years of experience. The candidate should also possess:

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree, preferably in Health Economics, Health Financing, Public Health, or another relevant field.
  • Experience in designing and implementing Health Financing Projects
  • Excellent understanding of results-based management.
  • Ability to produce well-written reports that demonstrate excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Strong team leadership and management track record with demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to work with other relevant stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a high-quality products in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to travel as required on the program and ability to work on different assignments simultaneously to meet assignment timelines.
  • A full understanding of BHCPF and other similar health financing-related projects.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a Cover Letter (no more than a page) and an updated CV in one document to: recruitment@hscgroup.org stating the advertised position as the subject of the email.

 

Application Closing Date: 7th April, 2022

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