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EU - Health Facility Vietnam

Asia + Oceania
Duration in month
Start date
Project description
Health is one of the two focal sectors of EU bilateral aid in Vietnam for the period 2007-2013. In its Annual Action Programme 2013, the EC has decided to support the development of Vietnamese public health system towards equity, improved quality and efficiency in order to meet the growing and diverse need for health care of Vietnamese citizens. A total amount of 114 million euros has been earmarked to finance a programme called " EU Health Sector Policy Support Programme phase 2: Towards Equity and Quality of Health Services in Vietnam (EU-HSPSP 2)". This programme will be implemented mainly through budget support and a contribution agreement with the World Bank.
In order to provide an ad-hoc support to the stakeholders involved in the health sector reform the budget support operation is supporting, a "Health Facility" will be set-up. This facility aims to respond to the needs of short & medium term expertise and training of main stakeholders (Ministry of Health and decentralised health services, Vietnamese Social Security,...) in the areas such as: 1) Health financing reforms, in particular health insurance capacity development; 2) Health management information systems and capacity related to statistics and data management for both institutions; 3) Health budgeting, planning and decentralization; 4) Health policy dialogue; 5) Health Services Quality; 6) Health Governance.
In addition this Facility will also be in charge of the communication and visibility of the whole programme. In this respect, a communication and visibly plan will have to be defined and implemented by the Facility.
The EU Health Facility is conceived as a flexible tool to support the EU assistance to the health sector especially through the EU-HSPSP2. The Facility will assist Vietnamese stakeholders and the EU Delegation in supporting systemic health sector reforms (to the benefit of the poor and near poor) and delivering results related to EU-HSPSP2 objectives. It will provide expertise on demand from the identified stakeholders, and within the areas defined in the objective and purpose of the Facility. In addition, within the specific areas of activity, it will also organise as required trainings, workshops, surveys, research and/or any other relevant modality, as defined in workplan(s) agreed upon by the EU Delegation.
The EU Health Facility is responsible for undertaking the following activities, under the guidance and supervision of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, on the basis of the agreed work plans and ad-hoc requests approved by the EU Delegation. The format of the work plans and ad hoc requests will be defined together with the EU Delegation during the inception phase of the Facility.

Examples of activities:
• Drafting and publication of policy-oriented research and study;
• Fielding of international technical assistance;
• Exchange of best practices, expertise, know-how & lessons learned between Vietnam and the EU;
• Organisation of meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences;
• Organisation of training for officials and medical staff;
• Development and implementation of a communication and visibility plan for the EU support to the health sector in Vietnam.

The Contractor shall ensure the capitalisation and sharing of knowledge related to the implementation of the project. It concerns observations oftechnical and pedagogical value, which are interesting for other professionals, and which do not infringe with the obligations of article 14 of the General Conditions of the Contract. For sharing such information, the Contractor shall use the web platform.
Service description
The Consultant will provide technical assistance to assist the Government of Vietnam essentially through short-term expertise (which can be a succession of repeated short-term interventions of the same expert). However, in order to coordinate the inputs and ensure the overall coherence of the approach, a team of Key experts will be posted in Hanoi.

Facility Coordinator

Economy (Health)
Long term
End recruitment
Job description
He/she will be in charge of the coordination and the logistical management of the short term experts, as well as the financial management, the planning and the reporting of the facility.
Job qualification
Qualifications and skills
• Master degree in law, economics, social science, or equivalent.
• Good knowledge of public administration;
• Good skills in drafting reports, TORs and other documents;
• Strong inter-personality and good leadership skills;
• Sensitivity/knowledge of Asian economy, culture and customs.
• Excellent English expression both orally and in writing;

General professional experience
• At least 10 years of experience in project management, including project planning, budgeting, disbursement and progress monitoring in developing countries;

Specific professional experience
• A minimum of 5 years of experience as a key expert in project coordination;
• Knowledge of, and working experience in, Vietnam would be an asset;
• Proven knowledge and experience of EU project management procedures would be an asset;
• Proven International experience working in development cooperation in the health sector in developing countries would be an asset.
Mission duration and start date
• Vietnam: Hanoi & Provinces.
• The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam.
• The intended start date is 1st December 2014 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 36 months from this date.
Subject to the availability of funds within the contract at the end of the 36-month period, the contract can be further extended in time if deem required.
The foreseen workload for key experts is of 660 working days over 3 years for each key expert.
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Interested candidates shall send their CV (no cover letter required) to: Francesca Toniolo by September, 3 2014 at the latest.
Candidates are kindly requested to mention the title of the project "EU - Health Facility Vietnam" in the subject of their email.
CVs are to be submitted using the model attached.
CVs shall be focused on the aspects that are requested by the Terms of Reference, and shall include the candidate's contact details (email and phone number), as well as the contact details of the reference persons.
Due to the high number of applications receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.