National Health Service, Senior Advisor

at Palladium

Duration:              4 – 6 months

Location:              Kyiv, Ukraine

Company Profile

Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.


Project Profile and Assignment

The purpose of USAID Health Reform Support  is to support a transparent, accountable, and effective health care system that is capable of meeting the health needs of the Ukrainian people. Advancing health sector reforms, enhancing transparency, and tackling corruption will reduce out-of-pocket payments and improve access and availability of high quality, evidence-based health care services for Ukrainians. Eliminating corruption is a cross-cutting theme across all objectives to be achieved by this activity, which include:

  1. Improve health sector governance.

  2. Support the transformation of the healthcare financing model.

  3. Strengthen the health workforce.

  4. Enhance transparency, accountability and responsiveness of the health care system.

  5. Improve service delivery system at all levels.


The HRS project is responsible for supporting the transformation of the health care financing model used by the National Health Service (NHS) of Ukraine. To this end, the HRS project seeks to hire a qualified health purchasing agency expert to be embedded within the newly formed NHS as an advisor to the NHS Director and his staff.  The expert would be responsible for advising the NHS on all aspects of start-up and implementation from a health financing perspective. This would include developing purchasing mechanisms, designing implementing, and monitoring payment pilots before full-scale implementation, and developing the appropriate standard operating procedures to govern beneficiary enrolment and verification, processes for assessing and updating the benefits package, facility contracting and accreditation processes, claims processing and auditing, financial management and reporting, and investment guidelines, among other relevant functions. The consultant would also be responsible for identifying and developing the skills required across the agency to facilitate it to function as a fully-fledged purchasing agency.


Specific tasks the consultant may be involved with include the primary health care capitation pilot, the ambulatory specialized care payment pilot, a hospital payment systems pilot and an assessment of public and private provider capacity to operate under the new health financing model.


This is a fixed-term, full-time consultancy, with the opportunity for extension beyond the initial four to six-month period. The consultant will work closely with HRS project staff in-country and remotely. Expatriates will be considered for this role. The position is based in Kiev. The consultant must be fluent in English, and Ukrainian or other Slavic language skills would be an advantage.


Key Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, implement and test payment mechanisms for consideration within the new healthcare financing model

  • Using best practices from other countries and NHS systems, develop appropriate standard operating procedures related to the key operating functions of a fully functional NHS. This would include systems and processes for various departments within the NHS including benefits package and health, provider affairs, beneficiary affairs, claims processing and audit, financial management and other related functions.

  • Develop recommendations for NHS organizational structure, staff requirements, roles responsibilities and reporting lines in consultation with the NHS leadership to facilitate the accountable and transparent operations of the entity.

  • Support the NHS leadership’s priorities in developing the institution and its capabilities

  • Participate or lead meetings and workshops with NHS staff and other stakeholders

Candidate Requirements

  • At least a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Management, Business Administration, Medicine, or other relevant fields. PhD’s preferred.

  • At least 15 years’ work experience in the health sector, and at least five years working or advising a purchasing agency specifically on critical operating functions within the agency

  • Strong familiarity with the UK health system or countries with similar health systems in Europe or beyond highly preferred.

  • Some familiarity with Ukrainian health systems context and the proposed health financing reforms, and health financing issues is an advantage.

  • Strong familiarity with technical execution and program management of USAID-funded projects; experience working within USAID highly desirable.

  • Excellent English writing, communication, and reporting skills

  • Ukrainian and/or other Slavic language communication skills an advantage

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work within tight deadlines

  • Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness

TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Palladium – Senior Advisor, Ukraine”




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