Afghanistan health system has made considerable progress over the period of 2002 – 2012 because of Ministry of Public Health leadership, sound public health policies, innovative service delivery, careful program monitoring and evaluation, and development assistance. The number of functioning health facilities has increased from 496 in 2002 to more than 2,000 in 2012, while at the same time the proportion of facilities with female staff has much increased. Since the establishment of a new administration in 2002, the Government has given the utmost importance to addressing the high maternal and child mortality, especially in rural areas. MOPH undertook a series of critical and strategic steps: it defined a Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and later an Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS); it established a system for contracting on a large scale with international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for delivery of these services. The services of BPHS have recently been expanded to include mental health, disability and nutrition services. MOPH also prioritized M&E of health sector performance. Through the deployment of predominantly local consultants, MOPH addressed the human resource capacity constraints in terms of managing NGO contracts, tracking health sector progress through rigorous impact level monitoring and performing its stewardship functions effectively.
MoPH committed to the principles of good governance and stewardship and will maintain its role as the steward of the health sector and ensure oversight, transparency, accountability and legitimacy at the health sector through developing and implementing appropriate policies, mechanisms and actions. In addition, the MoPH wants to further improve its policy and planning functions through hiring a competent national staff whom would perform under the direct supervision of General Directorate of Policy, Planning and External Relations and provides sound technical assistance and capacity building to this directorate.
Scope of the work: The Advisor will be responsible for the provision of technical advices in formulating health policies, regulations, and guidelines and will be supportive to the team of DGP&P& Ext. Relations and development partners in making health and financial plan and ensuring that MoPH priorities are reflected in the health planning process at all levels.