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Advisor on Decentralisation in Health Care Sector

For our programme "U-LEAD with Europe", we are looking for an

"Advisor on Decentralisation in Health Care Sector (full time)" to join our team based in Kyiv.


Decentralisation is a top priority in the extensive reform programme that the Ukrainian government has been undertaking since spring 2014. Important legislation has been adopted since 2014 providing an enabling environment for reforms. However, in order to succeed, the decentralisation reform will require an unprecedented reinforcement in administrative capacities of the relevant institutions. U-LEAD (Ukraine - Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development) is a Special Measure which is conducted as a multi-donor action by the EU and its member states Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Estonia to support the Ukrainian government in the implementation of the decentralisation reform. In this framework, the programme provides advice to the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Services (MinRegion) on how to establish new mechanisms of institutional support in the implementation of decentralisation reform, including sectoral reforms, e.g. the Central Reform Office (CRO) and the Local Government Development Centre (LGDC) with its 24 Regional Centres.

The Central Reform Office (CRO) is the central institution of support for the MinRegion in the implementation of the national decentralisation reform. The CRO Support Unit of U-LEAD works towards strengthening this platform in its function. The Sectoral Decentralisation Team works specifically on the harmonisation of decentralisation reform in the health care sector with overall decentralisation principles contained in the Concept of the Reform of Local Self-Government and Territorial Organisation of Power approved by the Government in 2014, and to support local self-government authorities in assuming their responsibilities with regards to the provision of services.


In general, the Advisor on Decentralisation in Health Care Sector will be responsible for:

  • providing expertise and advice on decentralisation in healthcare to support the achievement of programme goals
  • plan and coordinate the implementation of U-LEAD activities on health care decentralisation
  • establish and maintain a network of cooperation with stakeholders from the government, development partners and civil society and others who support health care and decentralisation reforms


To fulfil her/his responsibilities, the Advisor on Decentralisation in Health Care Sector performs the following tasks:

  • ensures implementation of programme activities in the area of health care decentralisation in cooperation with central and regional authorities, local self-government bodies, donor programs, NGOs and other stakeholders and develops proposals for the identification of further needs of support
  • cooperates closely with regional centres of the LGDC and U-LEAD Hubs on the implementation of programme activities relating to health care decentralisation at the regional level
  • manages contracted activities related to health decentralisation
  • analyses the progress of overall health care reform and its implementation
  • liaises closely with CRO Coordination on health care reform related issues
  • participates in joint working groups on health care decentralisation at national plans and organises events dedicated to issues belonging to his/her area of responsibility
  • initiates and ensures the conduct of trainings and workshops organized by the programme or other development partners on healthcare decentralisation
  • provides input to programme related monitoring and communication activities (reports, publications etc.)
  • cooperates with other programme units like communication and capacity development
  • takes over other related tasks and functions by request of programme management


  • University degree (public management, medicine, pharmacy or public health, social sciences etc.) and at least 5 years working experience (with Bachelor degree) and 3 years (with Master degree) in public administration, healthcare or similar
  • Proven expertise in project management and international cooperation
  • Thorough knowledge of the government's reform agenda, in particular in the field of healthcare and preferably in decentralisation, as well as familiarity with key actors responsible for the implementation of the reform
  • Excellent communication, networking and presentation skills
  • Native speaker Ukrainian; excellent command of the English language
  • Good computer skills (e.g. MS Office Suite incl. Excel, Powerpoint etc.)

Personal competences

  • Strong organisational, planning and managerial competences
  • Team player with excellent intercultural competences
  • Proactive, innovative and hands-on attitude
  • Ability to work flexibly and independently, also under stressful conditions
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills


Starting as soon as possible, preferably as of 1st of July 2017. The contract duration is until the end of December 2019. GIZ is an equal opportunity employer and offers an attractive and challenging working environment with opportunities for skill enhancement.

We are looking forward to your application in English , comprising your CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for the job until 9 of June 2017.