Consultant Health Economist (Grade N0B) – (2105293)

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Consultant Health Economist (Grade N0B) - (2105293)

  • Post Date:October 25, 2021
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  • Career Level Consultant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 month
Closing Date: Nov 5, 2021, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Organization: AF_ZWE Zimbabwe
Schedule: Full-time

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Purpose of the Consultancy

The incumbent will support the Ministry of Health (MoH) and 1) provide Economic technical support in the development of economic models for the investment case, 2) planning and presentation of health economics section and 3) information dissemination for the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health. This will be conducted in close collaboration with the WHO Country Office in Zimbabwe, AFRO, HQ and other key stakeholders in Zimbabwe.


Mental health conditions are a growing public health concern in all parts of the world. Strengthening policy and increasing interest and investment in mental health is a major goal for public health and sustainable development. Mental health is a growing area of concern in Zimbabwe, as it is at the global level. Evidence suggests that the burden of mental illness in Zimbabwe is high and increasing. The Government of Zimbabwe recognizes mental health as a serious public health and development concern. Mental health was recognised as a priority in the most recent National Health Strategy for Zimbabwe (2016-2020), and the current Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) Mental Health Strategic Plan key areas include to improve awareness of mental health and improve community engagement. ,

Planned timelines for the APW

  • Start date: ASAP
  • End date: December 2021

Work to be performed

Method(s) to carry out the activity

The methodology of the mental health investment case is described in WHO/UNDP’s guidance note for mental health investment cases. The Contractual Partner shall act as the Health Economist with support from members of the Special Initiative Taskforce. In coordination with WHO Zimbabwe country office and the Department of Mental Health in the Ministry of Health and Child care, the incumbent will be responsible for the following where it relates to the Investment case of Mental Health:

  • Participate in a schedule of online/virtual meetings to ensure timely completion of work necessary.
  • Provide information regarding mental health financing in Zimbabwe to feed into the investment case as requested.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation investment case interviews
  • Assist in planning and presentation of health economics section of the investment case
  • Assist in the dissemination of information after the investment case has been completed


  • Output 1: Needs assessment • Identify the necessary information for the development of the mental health investment case
    • Conduct needs assessment to define core/optional indicators which are required to understand the mental health investment case
    • A brief summary of the report in the form of an infographic By 15 October 2021
  • Output 2: Develop the protocol to collect data and funding proposal for mental health services • Develop the protocol to collect mental health financial data
    • Develop the funding proposal for mental health services By the end of October 2021
  • Output 3: Support in conducting the mentalk health investment case in Zimbabwe • A set of PowerPoint slides to be used by national policy makers in their own further dialogues and advocacy
    • A set of Excel spreadsheets containing the datasets used in the writing of the report. By December 2021

Technical Supervision

Responsible Officer: Email:
Manager: Dr Debra Machando Email: [email protected]

Specific requirements

Qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: Economics, public health, or any related fields from a recognized university

Experience required:

  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience in health, including public health programmes required. Relevant experience in mental health program planning, communications and operations; familiar with the health system and community system of the country
  • Experience working with the UN system or other global/international organizations is an advantage

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Good technical writing skills, good facilitation skills, knowledgeable in basic computer programs, efficient organizational and management skills
  • Technical competence in the field of mental health and MHPSS Experience with community mental health and community development
  • Must have access to Zimbabwe health data including DHIS2

Language requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Working knowledge of other UN language is an advantage


  • Communicating in a credible, effective and culturally competent way
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Producing results

Place of assignment: Harare, Zimbabwe

Medical clearance

The contractual partner will be engaged using an Agreement for Performance of Work (APW). It is not expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.