World Health Organization (WHO)
Work on accountability transparency and anti-corruption in health
( 2300866 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months
Job Posting: Feb 3, 2023, 7:35:45 AM
Purpose of consultancy
To provide technical guidance to support the operation of the Global Network on Accountability Transparency and Anti-Corruption in Health.
In some countries, up to 80% of non-salary health funds never reach local facilities and consequently do not benefit patients in need. It is projected that at least 6% of total global health spend is lost to corruption each year. This equates to approximately $455 billion USD, or $85 billion USD more than the $370 billion USD per annum needed to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Not only does corruption cause severe financial waste, it undermines the trust that underpins effective, equitable, and responsive healthcare. It also costs lives, with an estimated 140,000 child deaths annually being attributed to corruption and waste.
Anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability (ACTA) measures are needed to improve health system efficiency, reduce the waste of financial and material resources, to safeguard public trust in health systems and broader governance institutions, and most importantly, to ensure that health financing reaches its intended purposes and beneficiaries.
To date, work on ACTA in health has been largely fragmented and disparate and marked reductions in health sector corruption have yet to be achieved. There is increasing evidence to support applying a sectoral approach to ACTA. Strategic coordination within the health and ACTA communities is required for a collective response to corruption. To effectively address corruption, relevant stakeholder groups, including governments, international organizations, funders, and practitioners, need to obtain a robust understanding of the impact of corruption in health, be able to identify and measure corruption and corruption risks, know how to develop effective and feasible interventions, and be enabled to implement and evaluate such measures.
In response to these challenges and opportunities, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners has established the Global Network for Accountability, Transparency and Anti-Corruption in Health (GNACTA) (or the “network”). It is a multistakeholder and multisectoral initiative with the primary objective to strategically prevent and address corruption in the health sector for the betterment of global health outcomes.
- (March 2023- December 2023): Develop program and supporting documents for the network:
- Draft, consultation and finalization of Scope and Purpose documents x 8 (31 March, 30 April, 31 May, 30 June, 31 July, 30 September, 31 October, 30 November).
- Draft, consultation and finalization of Provisional Programme x 8 (31 March, 30 April, 31 May, 30 June, 31 July, 30 September, 31 October, 30 November).
- Draft and finalization of webinar summaries for dissemination x 8 (31 March, 30 April, 31 May, 30 June, 31 July, 30 September, 31 October, 30 November).
- (March 2023- December 2023): Carry out technical research and finalize the preparation of documents for the network:
- Concept note development, consultation and finalization.
- Development of a knowledge management strategy for the Network.
Development of Terms of Reference for Steering Group and Scientific Committee.
Drafting technical documentation for Steering Group and working group meetings, including meeting reports (31 March, 30 April, 31 May, 30 June, 31 July, 30 September, 31 October, 30 November, 31 December).
- (March 2023- December 2023): Contribute to the development of the workplan of the Network, including the following tasks:
- Development of interview questions and finalize list of interviewees.
- Delivery of key informant interviews with WHO staff, including summaries.
- Drafting, consultation and finalization of technical report summarizing interview findings.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.
- Advanced degree in law, political science, economics, public health, or related field.
- 5-7 years of relevant experience working on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability.
- Demonstrated knowledge on anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in health.
- Demonstrated understanding of the field of anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in health.
- Familiarity with relevant international organizations and donors.
- Strong planning and organizing skills, including ability to identify priority activities and, assignments, adjust priorities as required and, in general, use time efficiently.
- Proven ability to research and synthesize complex information, to show good judgement to generate new ideas and approaches.
- Demonstrated capacity in drafting, producing, disseminating and facilitating the uptake of policy briefings and knowledge synthesis products.
- Excellent written communication skills, including proven ability to write clear and concise documents, including donor and technical reports, submissions and briefing documents.
- Excellent oral communication skills, including the capacity to lead discussions on anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in health.
- Ability to work independently, to prioritize tasks and to set schedules to meet deadlines.
- Ability to engage, communicate and collaborate effectively and diplomatically with external partners.
- Ability to work in collaboration with multiple partners.
- Expert knowledge of English.
- Intermediate knowledge of French or another UN language.
The consultant is expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level B-USD 7,000
9,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
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