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New Job Vacancies at World Health Organization (WHO), 2019 - Consultant - Health Economist (TB investment Cases)

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Jobs in South Africa (SA) 2019: New Job Vacancies at World Health Organization (WHO), 2019
Consultant - Health Economist (TB investment Cases) - (1904729)
Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract duration: N/A
Job Posting: Oct 23, 2019, 12:58:02 PM
Closing Date: Nov 7, 2019, 1:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Multiple locations
Organization: HQ/GTB Global TB Programme (CDS)
Schedule: Full-time

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Purpose of consultancy:
The purpose of the consultancy is:
To summarize existing guidance, tools and experience related to investment cases for specific diseases (or groups of diseases), including TB;
To identify the data required for the development of a TB investment case, and the extent to which such data are available in high TB burden countries;
To indicate the budget and type of expertise required to support the development of a TB investment case at country level, based on experience to date;
To identify 3-5 high TB burden countries that are suitable candidates for the development of a TB investment case in 2020.
The development of TB investment cases in 3-5 countries will subsequently be supervised and funded by the Global TB Programme at WHO.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of ill-health and the top infectious disease killer worldwide. About 10 million people develop TB each year and in 2017 there were an estimated 1.6 million deaths from the disease (including 0.3 million among HIV-positive people).
In September 2018, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly held its first-ever high-level meeting on TB. The outcome was a political declaration that called for accelerated progress towards ending the TB epidemic by 2030, in line with targets set in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and WHO’s End TB Strategy. A new global target for financing was included in the declaration: to mobilize at least US$13 billion annually for TB prevention and care by 2022 (compared with US$6.4 billion in 2018).

Investment cases can be used to make the case for funding of existing or new projects, programmes, interventions or sectors. They do this by quantifying the benefits of investment and comparing them with the size of the proposed investment, and assessing the return on investment. In the health sector, examples include investment cases for HIV and noncommunicable diseases. An investment case for increased funding of TB interventions has been developed in a few countries: examples are Kenya and South Africa.
As part of its follow-up to the UN high-level meeting, the WHO Global TB Programme has decided to support the development of TB investment cases, initially in 3-5 high TB burden countries. This consultancy is the first step in that process.

Duration of contract:
Two months, tentatively between January to March 2020.


The expected output is a technical report that covers the following major topics:
  • A summary of current guidance and tools that are available to support the development of investment cases for specific diseases (or groups of diseases), including TB;
  • A summary of the methods currently recommended (by WHO and others) for the development of investment cases in the health sector or for specific diseases;
  • A summary of TB investment cases developed to date (e.g. which country, when, how the investment case was used), and lessons learned;
  • Summary of information about the budget and expertise required to develop an investment case;
  • Summary of the data required to develop a TB investment case, and assessment of the extent to which these data available in high TB burden countries;
  • Identification of 3-5 countries that are good candidates for the development of a TB investment case in 2020, with rationale.
  • Summary of current guidance on institutional and context analysis (ICA), which is used to help understand the diverse range of institutions, actors and stakeholders that influence policy at country level. ICA helps to ensure that the numbers, narratives and policy options emerging from economic modelling are heard, understood and acted upon.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Educational Qualifications:
Advanced postgraduate degree (at least Masters level) in economics or closely related subject.
Desirable: -
At least seven years of experience of working in health economics, including:
  • experience of communicable diseases and working on TB
  • experience of conducting and disseminating investment cases for health interventions (or similar, such as full public health value assessments) in low-and-middle income countries.
  • experience of working as part of a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.
Desirable: Experience of working with WHO.

Technical skills and knowledge:

Excellent knowledge of principles and methods related to health economics and financing, in particular those related to economic evaluation in the health sector.
Excellent coordination, planning and organizational skills, and capacity to establish effective working relationships within WHO, with technical partners and with national TB programmes and those working on health financing and economics in ministries of health.


First-hand experience in conducting investment case for health intervention in low and middle-income countries.
Excellent knowledge of TBMAC ( and GHCC work (
Excellent knowledge and understanding of existing methodology (from WHO and collaborating. partners) for conducting investment cases (for example, those for noncommunicable diseases and mental health).
Excellent knowledge of dissemination strategies and audiences that need to be reached with investment cases.
Excellent communication (oral and written) skills.
Excellent knowledge of and proven experience using a statistical software (Stata or R).  

Other essential requirements
Excellent organizational skills;
Available to start the consultancy in Q1 2020 (or earlier if possible).
Language requirements:

Essential: Excellent level of English (reading, writing, speaking).
Desirable: Excellent level of French or Spanish or Russian (reading, writing, speaking).
Off site: The consultant is expected to be based in their country of residence.

None, however if need arises all travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.
Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.
Remuneration: (travel costs excluded)
Specialist level – USD 9,000 (monthly rate)

Additional Information:

This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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