Director-Research And Planning

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The National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) is a body corporate established under the National Health Insurance Act No 2 of 2018. The Act’s primary mandate is to provide for sound financing for the national health system in order to provide universal access to quality insured health services to all Zambians.

In fulfilling this mandate, we are now recruiting for the following role

Job Purpose

Reporting tothe Director General, the Director of Research and Planning has theresponsibility for the planning, research, and information activities that arean essential pre-requisite to the formulation of coherent policies in thesuccessful implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Zambia.The Research and Planning Director will advise and support all mattersconcerning the formulation of draft long-term policies in health insurance in theAuthority and ensure that the same are approved and implemented. The Directorwill, as per the stipulations of the NHI Act No. 2 of 2018, undertake researchin health insurance to services utilisation to inform policy formulation forthe attainment of Universal Health Coverage.

The role will alsosuperintend over the design, execution, and review of actuarial activities aswell as the coordination of stakeholders and co-operating partners’activities and resource mobilisation. It will also be in charge of coordinatingstrategic planning, developing and implementing a robust monitoring andevaluation regime in NHIMA. Working closely with Human Resource, the role willensure there is direct linkage between personal Key Performance Indicators toorganisational strategic outcomes.

The role holderwill also be a member of the Executive Team and is expected to participate inAuthority management activities that may be outside the Research & PlanningDirectorate.

Key Responsibilities

Key Functions/Responsibilities

The key functions of the role will include but not limited to;

  • Plan, coordinate and implement research activities in order to generate information that will guide and inform the Authority operational plans, policies and all other interventions;
  • Coordinate and implement the strategic plan of the Authority as it relates to the Directorate and Authority;
  • Collect, collate and analyse data on health services utilisation, disease prevalence, wages, contributions and health services costs to inform the solvency of the Fund through actuarial assessments;
  • Facilitate and coordinate the carrying out of comprehensive actuarial assessments as may be required from time to time;
  • Coordinate timely preparations of Authority annual plans and evaluations to facilitate the acquisition of additional resources for the sustainability of the Fund;
  • Prepare and monitor forecasts of population growth, mobility and the distribution and severity of morbidity and diseases for insurance planning;
  • Monitor the implementation of strategic and operational plans to ensure quality, quantity, timeliness and results in relation to planned objectives and expected outcomes;
  • Conduct periodic monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of health insurance policies for presentation to the Director General and the Board;
  • Coordinate the tracking of the National Status of Health Insurance in order to inform government on progress towards Universal Health Coverage;
  • Be the in-house Authority Think Tank through collaborative research and ensure timely publication of research papers on emerging concepts and findings relating to National Health Insurance implementation;
  • Provide linkages with key stakeholders and partners and collect information for resource mobilisation;
  • Supervise and manage the Research & Planning Team;
  • Participate and engage in all management activities of the Authority that may be outside the Directorate; and
  • Perform any other function as may be directed by the Director General and the Board.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Grade 12 School Certificate with at least five (5) credits that should include English and Mathematics;
  • Degree in a Finance, Accounting, Insurance, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Actuary or any related field; and/or
  • Masters Degree in any business, insurance, health economics or public health with bias towards health care financing/health insurance.

Competencies required for this Role

Education

  • Grade 12 School Certificate with at least five (5) credits that should include English and Mathematics;
  • Degree in a Finance, Accounting, Insurance, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Actuary or any related field; and/or
  • Masters Degree in any business, insurance, health economics or public health with bias towards health care financing/health insurance.

Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of industry experience in health care financing, policy development and implementation;
  • Significant experience working with co-operating partners in the health care financing landscape in Zambia and Sub-Sahara Africa; and
  • Significant knowledge on Zambia’s National Health Strategic Plans, policies and strategies coupled with the in-depth knowledge of the National Health Insurance Act No. 2 of 2018.

To apply for this job please visit careers.nhima.co.zm .

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