Do you want to contribute to fair financing for universal health coverage (UHC) worldwide?

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has a vacant full-time temporary position for two years, in the Cluster for Global Health in the Division for Health Services.

We seek a candidate with a relevant social science background and expertise on health financing, particularly in the area of priority setting and purchasing, but preferably also in the areas of revenue generation and pooling. The ideal candidate will also have expertise on procedural aspects of health policy-making, including the use of deliberative processes and public participation.

Universal health coverage (UHC) is on top of the global health agenda, aspiring to ensure that everyone receives quality health services when they need them, without facing financial hardship paying for the services. A key question is how to ensure fair financing for UHC. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is leading an interdisciplinary project on fair financing for UHC together with the World Bank and with the support of the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting. The aim of the project is to develop a guidance document that can support national decision makers in their pursuit of fair financing for UHC. The recruited candidate will manage digital consultations with an international group of experts in health financing, health economics, global health law, ethics and philosophy, write background papers on equity issues related to health financing that will inform these expert consultations and informed by these insights develop the final guidance document together with the project partners.
The Division for Health Services is one of four divisions in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The Cluster for Global Health consists of about 40 researchers and advisors contributing to research, global level analysis and bilateral cooperation with partners in LMICs. Important areas of work include institutional development and health systems strengthening, global health preparedness and health security, maternal and child health, digital health information systems, climate change and broad cooperation with national public health institutes. The division collaborates closely with universities, as well as with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The division also include clusters of departments working specifically on health technology assessment (HTA) and health services research, both with experts relevant for this project. 

  • In this position you will collaborate with the project lead in the drafting and finalizing a guidance document that can support national decision makers in their pursuit of fair financing for UHC
  • Synthesize and integrate insights from relevant empirical and normative literature in the domain of health financing
  • Lead the development of discussion papers that can inform expert consultations
  • Organize online consultations with international experts, and produce reports informed by synthesized insights from these consultations
  • Publish analyses and research from discussion papers in international scientific journals
  • Develop and execute plans for disseminating the final report’s key messages
  • Be involved in the institute’s work on supporting the use of health technology assessments and strengthening decision support for evidence-informed health policymaking with our partners in low and middle-income countries
  • Other tasks may be assigned
  • Minimum master's degree in a relevant social science degree, e.g. economics, health economics, political science or public policy
  • Doctorate in a relevant subject area is desirable
  • In-depth understanding of key health financing functions (e.g., revenue generation, pooling and purchasing) and the design of decision-making processes involving these functions
  • Skills to synthesize insights from empirical and normative literature in the domain of health financing
  • Previous experience (in academic and/or policy) working on equity issues relating to health financing, particularly allocation of scarce resources
  • Experience with national and/or global health policy-making processes is desirable
  • Technical and institutional expertise on the use of health technology assessments and other decision support tools to inform health benefit package design in low- and middle-income countries is desirable
  • Experience working in low-and middle-income countries is desirable
  • Very good English skills, both written and oral
Personlige egenskaper
  • You are an engaged, motivated and positive
  • You are motivated by work in interdisciplinary teams
  • You have a high level of intercultural skills and cross-cultural understanding
  • You have strong communication and collaboration skills, and you are a team player
  • You are organized and work in a structured way with strong project management and follow-up
  • You are independent, responsible and committed to results
Vi tilbyr
  • An attractive, versatile and innovative position in a work environment which prides itself on high professional competence and committed colleagues
  • International environment with energy and creativity
  • High degree of independence and opportunities for professional development
  • A position as advisor/senior advisor with salary commensurate according to the Norwegian wage scales
  • Benefits from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Flexible working hours
  • An inclusive workplace committed to diversity