Consultant - Governance of mixed health systems

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Purpose of consultancy

To provide technical expertise to the System’s Governance and Stewardship Unit on the governance of the private sector in health.


Within the Special programme on Primary Health Care (SP-PHC), the mission of the System's Governance and Stewardship (SGS) Unit is to support countries in achieving effective governance of the health system toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and ensuring all key roles of governments are fulfilled: policy and planning, the organisation of the whole health system, the regulation of health services, financing, human resources and technologies.

In 2020 the WHO’s Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector for Universal Health Coverage developed and released a Strategy Report that seeks to redress critical gaps in health system governance for the effective engagement of the private sector to maximize efforts towards achieving UHC goals. To operationalize the Strategy Report and support member states with technical guidance on the governance of the health system as whole, SGS set up a Country Connector on Private Sector in Health. The aim of the Country Connector is to bring together global, regional and local stakeholders and build a platform to share experiences across countries; connect them to the resources, tools and guidance needed for stronger health system governance and better public policy toward the private sector in health; and collaboratively develop technical support documents to help countries effectively engage with the private sector and build a safer, more resilient and better prepared health system. The Country Connector’s secretariat is hosted by SGS, which as such will be in charge of a number of activities, including: (1) co-lead the activities of the Country Connector network on engaging the private sector; (2) lead relevant research analysis on the engagement with the private sector in health to achieve UHC.

To take forward the existing and expected work portfolio, the SGS team requires a consultant to support the development of its time-sensitive technical outputs.


  • Deliverable 1: Contribute to the set up and organization of a global facilitated training course on the governance of the private sector in health. Expected by: February 2025

    • Activity 1.1: Contribute to the development of comprehensive training materials, generating background materials, creating modules that balance theoretical knowledge with practical applications, and providing technical inputs.
    • Activity 1.2: Facilitate the Team Lead’s interaction with instructors by ensuring alignment on course objectives and content and engage key stakeholders to understand their expectations and incorporate relevant insights into the course structure.
    • Activity 1.3: Contribute to the design of mechanisms for collecting feedback from participants and stakeholders during and after the training, collaborating with WHO staff to analyse feedback and implement necessary revisions to enhance the effectiveness of the training course.
    • Activity 1.4: Draft technical content to support the development of relevant materials for the Country Connector activities.
  • Deliverable 2: Contribute to the preparation of technical materials to be reviewed and discussed with the Technical Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector for UHC. Expected by: February 2025

    • Activity 2.1: Contribute to the development of comprehensive technical materials for presentation to the TAG.
    • Activity 2.2: Facilitate the set-up and plan of TAG meetings, both in-person and online by providing logistics and technical support to ensure seamless communication and information sharing among members.
  • Deliverable 3. Contribute to the implementation of a WHO progression pathway for the governance of mixed health systems. Expected by: December 2024

    • Activity 3.1: Collaborate with WHO staff in organizing and conducting in-country assessments, through the development of country context background documents.
    • Activity 3.2: Contribute to the analysis of information collected and to the drafting of the final reports.
  • Deliverable 4. Contribute to the development of a scoping review on the six governance behaviours for private sector engagement. Expected by: July 2024

    • Activity 4.1: Contribute to analyzing the results of a scoping review on the six governance behaviours for private sector engagement.
    • Activity 4.2: Participate in consultations with key WHO staff and external partners to gather additional insights and perspectives.
    • Activity 4.3: Collaborate with WHO staff in finalizing the scoping review report, ensuring clarity, coherence, and alignment with WHO's standard.
  • Deliverable 5. Contribute to the development and enhancement of the Country Connector on the Private Sector in Health project works. Expected by: December 2024

    • Activity 5.1: Attend and actively contribute to meetings of the Country Connector on Private Sector in health, providing expertise on the topics discussed.
    • Activity 5.2: Contribute to the development of a standard operating procedure (SOP) that outlines efficient processes for the various workstreams within the Country Connector projects, ensuring the SOP aligns with project objectives and facilitates effective collaboration among team members.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • University degree in health science, international relations or related field.


  • Advanced university degree in Global Health or Public Health.



  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience working in public health/global health/private health sector or the engagement of the private sector in health and/or other related areas.
  • Experience in conducting technical support activities on global and public health aspects.


  • Relevant working experience with WHO, UN agencies or other international development partners.
  • UN experience in analysis and writing on health systems, particularly on private sector engagement topics.
  • Working experience at the regional and/or country level.


  • Technical competence in health systems and health systems governance issues.
  • Demonstrated skills in technical report writing, research, webpage management and standard Microsoft office applications.
  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently to deadlines.
  • Strong cross-cultural communications and ability to work in teams.

Languages required:


Expert knowledge of English.


Intermediate knowledge of another UN language.


Off site: Home-based.


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:

11 months.

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