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Ref.
2022/NEIPHIB/7976

Job offer type
Field staff jobs

Type of contract
Fixed-term contract (CDD)

Activity sectors
Health systems

Deadline date
12/02/2023 23:59

Contract
Wage portage

Duration
20 months

Mission description

Description of the mission:

Under the authority of the Team Leader based in Paris, the mission of the National Coordinator will be to support the Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium.  

Working in pairs together with the national teams of the Belgium Ministry, he/she will coordinate and support the implementation of activities for both work streams described below in the presentation of the project.

Main Activities :

The national coordinator will support, at national level, the teams of the beneficiary Member State and the Team Leader in implementing the following activities:

  • Support the scoping and organisation of work on both workstreams;
  • Prepare, consolidate and follow the work plan;
  • Identify technical needs of the project and main stakeholders to be part of the projects. As a consequence participate in identifying qualified short-term experts to address these technical needs, coordinate their mobilisation and monitor their work, under Team Leader global supervision;
  • Monitor the activities implementation.

In addition the national coordinator will :

  • Support the Ministry in preparing materials for the advisory group sessions (steering body of the project);
  • Participate to the working group gathering stakeholders of the three Member States on the WS1;
  • Identify risks related to the technical execution of the program and implementation of alternative solutions;
  • Support the adaptation of the work plan in accordance to the observed technical and financial risks.
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Project or context description

The COVID-19 pandemic put additional pressure on the sustainability of health systems, with significant increases in public health expenditure in 2020 and 2021. This has put health systems in the spotlight, exposing existing weaknesses and highlighting the urgent need to strengthen the quality, resilience and sustainability of health systems.

The EU provides a wide range of funds and tools for supporting health systems and their transformation. However, Member States often struggle to access these funds and combine efficiently the use of the different funds and tools with their national health needs. The funding landscape at EU level is complex and the process of mutual learning between Member States is challenging.

In addition, public health authorities often struggle to demonstrate the effectiveness of existing policies and their financing needs when advocating for additional resources. There is a need to increase the profile and priority of implementing public health policies and bring awareness to the budgetary constraints and sustainability challenges faced by the Ministries of Health. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health systems has clearly demonstrated the importance of sustainable investments in health, thus providing the momentum to strive for better, sustainable and efficient healthcare systems.

This project is a joint initiative aiming to address three Member States’ needs (Austria, Belgium and Slovenia) in reaching EU funding available for improving the quality of health systems, and in effectively advocating at national and EU level for additional resources for health financing and investment, while ensuring synergies and mutual learning between the Member States.

The project is structured around two workstreams:

-           Work stream 1 aims at strengthening the capacity of the three Member States’ Ministries of Health in developing analytical approaches and tools, to make the case for public investment/financing in health at national and EU level. The final goal is to reinforce the dialogue between Minsitry of health and Ministry of finance and to demonstrate clear evidence of the socioeconomic benefits of already undertaken or planned public investments in health.

-           Work stream 2 aims at strengthening the capacity of the three Member States in reaching EU funding available for health sector. To do so the project will settle a Resources Hub that should bring some hands-on support to Member States to prepare their requests of funding.

Required profile

Qualifications and competences:

  • Higher education qualification, level Master’s or equivalent, in Public Health, Social Sciences or relevant area;
  • Strong knowledge of challenges regarding national health system, public health, health financing and investment in health;
  • Ability to work fully in English and/or in French or/and Dutch
  • Proven skills in intercultural communication, public relations, project coordination;
  • Excellent writing and relational skills;
  • Ability to work in a team and remotely;
  • Ability to work in a team in a culture that is gender-neutral and free from gender-based violence (no sexist actions or comments, no discrimination, escalating reported cases of gender-based violence, etc.) and to attest of the follow-up of the gender MOOC of Expertise France;
  • Autonomy, responsiveness and proactiveness;
  • Command of the Outlook Suite.

Professional experience:

  • 5 to 7 years of relevant experience of working in or with institutions or with EU funding mechanisms, if possible related to health sector ;
  • Proven experience in the field of integrated care would be an asset;
  • Experience in submitting request to access EU funding mechanisms would be an asset;
  • Experience of work with the European Commission would be an asset;
  • Experience in organising international events and multichannel communication events would be an asset.

Additional information

  • Location of the mission: Belgium, based in the premises of the Federal Public Service Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium or homebased
  • 75-80% (indicative time; full time can be envisaged)
  • Service supply contract may be envisaged
  • Duration of the mission: 20 months

Nota Bene: the dedicated tools and approaches targeted under WS1 include:

  • Strengthening the role of Ministries of Health in processes that support investments over the short to medium term.
  • Strengthening the role of Ministries of Health in spending reviews in order to gather evidence and demonstrate the effectiveness of existing policies (current expenditure) and of financing needs when advocating for additional resources.
  • An enhanced role in the appraisal of public investments – through e.g. better cost-benefit analysis of planned investments – can also help Ministries of Health to demonstrate the value for money of planned investments.
  • Another approach includes improving the role of Ministries of Health in performance budgeting, for instance through the identification of better outcome and performance indicators linked to the budget for health that can provide evidence on value for money.
  • Economic modelling for policy analysis in health: easy-to-manage, reduced-form (i.e. non-theoretical) model(s) for (i) short to medium term, and/or (ii) long term scenario analysis.

Deadline for application : 12/02/2023 23:59

Expertise France is the public agency of French international technical cooperation. The agency operates around four priorities:

  • democratic, economic and financial governance;
  • security and stability of countries in crisis/post-crisis situations;
  • sustainable development;
  • strengthening health systems, social protection and employment.

In these areas, Expertise France carries out engineering and implementation missions for capacity building projects, mobilizes technical expertise and acts as an aggregator of projects involving public expertise and private know-how.

With an activity volume of 233 million euros, more than 400 projects in portfolio in 80 countries, and 63,000 days of expertise, Expertise France focuses its action towards France’s solidarity policy, influence and economic diplomacy.

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