Consultant – To support on the National Health Accounts (NHA) in the AFRO region





Health accounts have been the standard way for countries to monitor health expenditures. The accounting framework System of Health Accounts (SHA 2011) generates consistent, comprehensive, and disaggregated data on health spending in a country, providing the evidence base to guide countries’ policy making towards UHC.

In recent years, with an increase in the number of countries estimating their health expenditure, with growing regularity, many countries face challenges to improve the timeliness and quality of data collection and analysis. In countries where local human resources capacity is constrained, the progress of institutionalization of health accounts into routine work has been slow. During the pandemic, it is also observed that the production of health accounts is disrupted due to various factors.

WHO works with Member States and partners to support the production and use of health accounts information in countries. Technical assistance from WHO includes supporting countries in conducting health accounts studies targeting at policy relevant expenditure tracking; and organizing meetings and training workshops to support capacity building and knowledge exchange across countries. Further WHO publishes high-level health expenditure aggregates on the Global Health Expenditure Database (GHED) through its annual update process.



Support AFR countries in conducting health accounts studies.

Support WHO in delivering training workshops and/or capacity building activities to strengthen health accounts capacity building and institutional institutionalization in countries upon request.

Support the WHO Global Health Expenditure Database (GHED) annual update for the African Region


  • Prepare health accounts study 2020 and cross tables, including methodological annex describing the estimation process for special COVID-19 spending reporting items and PHC spending.
  • Support the country teams in drafting country health accounts reports on request.
  • Support countries to increase uptake of evidence from National Health Accounts (NHA) into policy and planning and document lessons.
  • Prepare basic health accounts training materials/slides, including introduction of the new HAPT tool as appropriate.
  • Support WHO in delivering the training workshops.
  • Liaise with and facilitate review of mini tables for AFR countries in format provided by WHO.
  • Attend training sessions for consultants organized by WHO.
  • Support country consultation and validation process
  • Attend training sessions for consultants organized by WHO.
  • Support country consultation and validation process.


Cross tables, data analysis and country health accounts report.

Training provided to requesting countries 2023 “Mini” health expenditure estimates reviewed for AFR Member States.


April 2023 to October 2023.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Master’s degree in statistics, financial management, economics, demography, public health, or related field.



  • At least 7 years experiences in supporting health expenditure tracking especially in African countries or lower-middle- or low-income contexts.
  • Competence in the use of the Health Accounts Production Tool
  • Knowledge on health systems especially in health financing, health economics.


  • Expertise in completing the OECD Joint Health Accounts Questionnaire (JHAQ) will be an advantage.


  • Sound communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills including the ability to make high quality technical presentations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications
  • Proficiency in analytical software’s such as R, STATA, SPSS, etc


Excellent communication skills – written and spoken – in English, with working knowledge of French, or vice versa.


On site: WHO Regional Office in Africa, Congo Brazzaville.

The consultant will support work of the Health Financing and Investment (HFI) team in the WHO Regional Office in Africa. He/she will provide technical support in the National Health Accounts to the countries listed below and other countries when required. He/She might travel to those countries.

Countries to be supported: 


Purpose: Provide technical support to conduct National Health Accounts (NHA) data collection, analysis, and reporting


Purpose: Conduct National Health Accounts (NHA) data collection, analysis and reporting and COVID expenditure reporting 2020-2022.


Purpose: Provide technical support to conduct National Health Accounts (NHA) data collection, analysis, and reporting

South Africa

Purpose: Provide technical support to conduct National Health Accounts (NHA) data collection, analysis, and reporting


Purpose: Provide technical support to conduct National Health Accounts studies for Zanzibar


Purpose: Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health to conduct the 9th cycle of the National Health Accounts covering Financial Years 2019/20 and 2020/21.


Purpose: Conduct trainings and provide technical support on the National Health Accounts (NHA).

Monthly rate at upper band level B (P4) – USD $8,500 per month.

Duration of consultancy 

Six (6) months (from 20 April 2023 to 20 October 2023).

Additional Information:

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