Senior Health Economist at WHO, Barcelona, Spain


Deadline: 1 June 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Senior Health Economist in Barcelona, Spain. The duration of this post is 2 years.

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The Senior Health Economist will provide comprehensive health financing policy guidance and high level technical advice to Member States on developing, implementing, analysing and evaluating health financing policies in the context of health system strengthening strategies for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).


The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Senior Health Economist will perform the following functions:

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  • Provide evidence-informed policy advice to Member States in designing the overall health financing system and its functions of revenue collection, pooling, strategic purchasing and benefit design, with a focus on countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) and South-eastern Europe (SEE).
  • Produce country-specific analytical reports on health financing systems and reform proposals.
  • Coordinate the health financing component of technical support to selected countries participating in donor-funded large-scale health system transformation projects with the aim of making progress towards UHC.
  • Lead policy dialogue with high-level officials from health and finance ministries on health financing policy and collaborate with partner agencies (European Commission, OECD, The World Bank etc.) to ensure synergy and greater policy impact.
  • Support the development and delivery of capacity building and training activities of the Barcelona GDO including the regional, sub-regional and country-specific courses on (i) health financing for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and (ii) health system strengthening for improved health outcomes in specific disease areas.
  • Contribute to the regional monitoring of financial protection using the methodology and approach developed for the European Region including support to policy dialogue in countries of FSU and SEE to foster implementation of policy recommendations to sustain progress towards UHC.
  • Collaborate within DSP and with other technical divisions as well as WHO headquarters to promote a comprehensive and aligned support to Member States on health financing.
  • Participate in the preparation of the work plan, budget, implementation reports and perform other related duties as assigned.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • University degree (Master’s level or equivalent) in economics, health financing, health economics, health systems management or health policy.
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience at national and international levels providing technical assistance and advice on the following areas: health financing and health systems strengthening; analysis and implementation of health financing policies with particular emphasis on strategic purchasing; delivery of capacity building activities and policy dialogue events on health financing.
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience with/in countries of the former Soviet Union.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of WHO recommendations and policy guidance in the areas of strengthening health systems and health financing policies for countries of the WHO European Region.
  • Proven skills in health expenditure analysis and experience in costing of and budgeting for health services, and contracting providers of health services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with health and finance ministries, health insurance funds, purchasing agencies, and key national or international stakeholders or partners.
  • Excellent communications skills including the ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Expert knowledge of English.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit WHO.