Consultant - Health financing

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2022
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022
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Purpose of consultancy

To maximize the impact of WKC research on sustainable financing in the context of population ageing.

Background ย 

The WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centreโ€”WKC) was established in 1995 with the endorsement of the WHO Executive Board and the generous financial and material support from the Kobe Group. A recent review of the WKC established the vision of WKC as a global centre of excellence for UHC and innovation, and the mission to promote innovation and research for equitable and sustainable UHC, building on its comparative advantage in the areas of UHC, health financing, ageing and health emergency and disaster risk management, and drawing on lessons from Japan and the Asia Pacific Region and more widely to inform global policy development.

As populations age, policymakers are increasingly concerned about health care expenditures and how health services can be paid for. At the same time, population ageing and depopulation can impact health care financing systems that rely on payroll contributions, thus leading to concerns about generating sufficient and stable revenues to pay for health and social services. More research is needed to investigate the policy choices that affect changes in health expenditure growth and revenues. Health resource constraints place pressure on policymakers to maximize all available health resources and reduce waste and inefficiencies. A key determinant of total spending is policy decisions about how patients are managed, and funds are allocated throughout the health care system.ย 

To maximize the impact of WKCโ€™s research on sustainable financing, and ensure that products are of high quality, WKC seeks a consultant to contribute to increasing the quality and quantity of relevant technical products and facilitate their dissemination. ย 


The consultant will produce the following deliverables:

Deliverable 1 (expected by: the end of Month 11)
Completed chapters that contribute to the joint WKC/EURO Observatory book on making the case for investing in long-term care.ย 
Task 1: Contribute to the research on making the case for investments in long-term care (LTC) systems (

In cooperation with the European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies and in cooperation with WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO), and relevant WHO technical units:

1.1ย Contribute to the design and technical review of documents for a book making the case for investing in LTC.ย 
1.2ย Contribute to the identification of relevant text boxes about the Japan/Kansai region for inclusion in the book.ย 
1.3ย Participate in technical meetings and discussions to finalize the book.ย 
1.4ย Facilitate the broad dissemination of all technical products through social media, webinars, trainings and other creative means.ย 

Deliverable 2 (expected by: the end of Month 11)
Completed reviews of background papers and draft WHO Technical Product on financing LTC.ย 

Task 2. Contribute to the production of a WHO Technical product focused on financing LTCย 

In cooperation with the relevant WHO technical units:ย 

2.1 Review the commissioned background papers in the areas of gender equity, public financing, and Kansai-based experiences relevant to low- and middle-income countries.
2.2 Participate in technical meetings and discussions regarding the WHO Technical Product, including the design and finalization of this product in cooperation with WHO colleagues.
2.3 Contribute to writing relevant sections on eligibility criteria relevant to LTC financing.ย 
2.4 Facilitate broad dissemination. ย 

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


Minimum first university degree in health economics, development economics, public policy or related areas. ย 


Advanced university degree in a related field.



At least 5 years of relevant experience in an academic or research institution.


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, analyse and synthesize quantitative data.
  • Familiarity with qualitative data analysis.
  • Knowledge of health systems and economics of population ageing.
  • Demonstrated skills in concise technical writing, and a strong publication record.

    Languages required:

    Essential: ย 

    Expert knowledge of English.


    Off site: Home-based.ย 


    Ad hoc travel may be required for task-related meetings, but not for the foreseeable future while all WKC staff work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. ย 

    Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


    Band level B - USD 350 - 499 per day.

    Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


    Expected duration of contract:ย 

    11 months (part-time - 5 days per month). Target start date: 1 September 2022.

    Additional Information

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    • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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