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Social Health Protection and Financial Management Technical Assistant in Luang Prabang (SHP & FM TA-LPB)

PROJECT NAME:     Contribution toward Universal Health Coverage (C-UHC)

PROJECT CODE:      442596

COUNTRY:                Lao People’s Democratic Republic

DURATION:              Full time position

DUTY STATION:      Luang Prabang

REPORT TO:             SRC Regional SHP TA in collaboration with PHIB

CC: SRC Program Manager and SRC Country Coordinator



Project background:


The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) has been working in the Lao PDR since 1988 with strong focus on social health protection, service delivery and determinants of health in close partnership with the Lao Red Cross (LRC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).


Since 2014, the SRC has been implementing the “Contribution towards Universal Health Coverage (CUHC)” project to contribute to the Lao PDR’s attainment of the SDG’s Target 3.8, mainly through enhancing 1) Social Health  Protection (SHP) mechanism to ensure adequate access to health services for all; 2) Health Systems Management (HSM) especially on financial management and drug accounting to strengthen health facility management; and 3) Mother, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services which contributes to the enhancement of quality of care.


Building on the achievements of the current project, the SRC decided to extend its supports for another 3 years from November, 1st 2017 to October, 31th 2020 with stronger focus on providing technical assistance to the central MOH/National Health Insurance Bureau (NHIB) and Department of Finance (DOF) on SHP and HSM, and operational support to the provincial and district health authorities in four target provinces (Sekong, Saravan, Attapeu and Luang Prabang).


Missions and Responsibilities:


The SRC is seeking three highly motivated persons to fill the position of Social Health Protection and Financial Management Technical Assistant (TA) based in Luang Prabang / Saravan / Attapeu provinces.


A main responsibility of the TA is to provide technical assistance to 1) the PHIB (Provincial Health Insurance Bureau) and DHIBs (District Health Insurance Bureau) on operation and management of social health protection schemes (fund management, internal control, monitoring, verification of claims, promotion/feedback); and 2) the Provincial Health Office (PHO) Finance, and Food and Drug (FDD) unit on health facility financial management and drug accounting system.


Functions and tasks:


  1. Internal Audit/Verification:

  • Assist the PHIB to perform monthly technical and financial audit on health insurance claims at provincial level, and quarterly technical and financial audit down to district (DHIB) and facility level (DH and HCs).
  • Assist the PHIB in appraising the correctness and reliability of PHIB accounting records
  • Assist the PHIB in tracking the payment/reimbursement to the health facilities.
  • Assist the PHIB in monthly reporting of health insurance claim data (HIS or ATD)
  • Assist the PHIB or MPO in verifying health insurance claims at village and health facility level.
  1. Financial Management:

  • Provide technical assistance to the PHO Finance and FDD unit on the financial management and drug accounting tools (implementation, reporting, follow-up)
  • Provide technical assistance to health facilities on management of revenues (as per Decree 349) including distribution of staff incentives.


  1. Capacity building:

  • Provide on the job training to the PHIB on internal control/monitoring/verification of claims.
  • Assist the PHIB to set-up the internal control/monitoring/verification system.
  • Assist the PHIB in conducting supportive supervision monitoring of DHIBs/health facilities.
  • Assist and join the PHO Finance and FDD unit’s joint supportive supervision monitoring on financial management and drug accounting at district and facility level.
  • Assist the PHO Finance and FDD unit in providing on the job training to the DHO/Health Facilities.


  1. Database:

  • Support the PHIB/DHIBs in monthly monitoring, consolidating and reporting of health insurance data.


  1. Administration and project implementation

  • Assist the PHO/PHIB to prepare the quarterly District Management Committees (DMC).
  • Assist the PHO/PHIB to prepare the quarterly Provincial Management Committees (PMC).
  • Assist drafting of monthly and quarterly PHIB-SHP implementation reports.




  1. Reports to the SRC CUHC project management team based in Vientiane (SRC regional TA, SRC Country Coordinator, SRC Program Manager)
  2. Works with provincial and district health officers (PHIB/DHIB, PHO Finance unit, PHO Statistic unit, PHO MCH unit)




  • Clear interest in development and health work
  • Well understanding of health financing and social health protection
  • Good knowledge of the Lao Health System and the priorities of the health policy
  • Professional standards in fund management and accuracy/transparency
  • Maturity and confidentiality on sensible project information
  • High responsiveness and capacity for initiatives
  • Excellent communication capacity to maintain relationship with the project team and with government officials
  • Capacity to travel to rural areas and work independently
  • Experience with project management and concern for effective and efficient use of resources
  • Capacity to work extra hours when needed




  • Bachelor degree in economics, business administration, financial management, public health, social development or other related fields
  • Experience of work in a similar position for at least 3 years (in development project is a plus)
  • Conversant with common computer programs (MS word, excel and presentation)
  • Experience in official procedures with the Lao government
  • Good at report writing
  • Fair in the Laotian and English language


Duty Station and work place:


The positions will be based in Luang Prabang / Saravan / Attapeu with regular travel to districts and health facilities every month (minimum two weeks/month).


Starting date and duration:


The selected candidates are expected to start work from November 1, 2017 until October 31, 2020.


How to apply:


To apply, please send a resume to by October 10th, 2017 with “SHP FM TA-LPB” and preferred province (Luang Prabang, Saravan, Attapeu) in the e-mail subject line.

Swiss Red Cross
3 years
Oct 10th 2017
Luang Prabang Province
Bounlam Souvannasab
020 22247989
2017-09-11 14:46:22

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