21 March 2019

Vacancy Notice – DEVCO.B4

International Cooperation Officer/Health Economist 

Job Description type
International Cooperation Officer/Health Economist;

DEVCO.B4 Culture, Education, Health; DG for International Development and Cooperation (DEVCO), European Commission, Brussels

Contract Agent Group IV - Sysper 302295

The Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development is responsible for designing EU development policies and for the implementation of the Commission's external aid instruments.

We are

The health team that is part of the unit in charge of the culture, education and health sectors. Regarding quality support to bilateral EU programmes the main focus is on supporting national health policies, plans and strategies: strengthening health systems (human resources for health, access to medicines, financing, management and regulation) through policy dialogue and financial support at country level, influence of key global health initiatives to align and complement the geographic and other programmes for universal health coverage (UHC 2030): For a rights-based approach to better and more equitable health outcomes, including SRHR. There are 17 bilateral health programmes worth 1.3 billion EUR in the current 2014-2020 period.

The unit is also responsible for preparation and implementation of globally financed programmes. This includes ensuring Board presence and follow up of global and regional initiatives in health (e.g. Global Fund, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Financing Facility GFF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Fund (UNFPA)). In the current 2014-2020 budget period, the EU spends another 1.3 billion EUR through these global health initiatives and organisations.

The Unit also ensures that development-related aspects of global policies are appropriately considered through working with the Commission DGs in charge (e.g. SANTE / World Health Assembly and WHO, ECHO for health security and LRRD, TRADE for trade-related aspects of access to medicines, RTD for research and innovation on in support of development cooperation policy objectives), and through work with the related UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA etc.). In the same context the Unit leads on the interaction with the related sector departments of major development partners (EU MS, WB, UNICEF, etc.) and take care of the training, information and raising awareness of the sector focal points in the EU Delegations.

The unit currently has 26 staff, of which 8 in the health team.

We are looking for

A highly motivated colleague that assists the health team in policy and strategy formulation and analytical work in the field of health economics and financing in development cooperation. This includes economic and financial analysis and design of health sector programmes, broader public financial management systems, and access to finance for the private sector; conception and management of thematic health programmes; and provision of quality support to health programmes under the Commission's bilateral cooperation with developing countries.

We are looking for the following profile:


  • Master’s degree in (health) economics, finance, public health, or related discipline. Training in health economics and finance essential professional skills and experience:
  • At least 5 years of full-time professional experience in areas relevant to finance, public health, or health systems management, preferably in the design, management, or evaluation of sector strategies/policies and/or projects/programmes.
  • Experience of development cooperation’s cycle of operations and financing instruments, including innovative financing instruments.
  • Excellent expertise in finance, public health, and/or health systems
  • Deep knowledge of the global health architecture
  • Excellent understanding of the reality of developing countries. Field experience in developing countries is considered an asset.
  • Capacity to handle complex files and work under pressure.
  • Team worker with a strong sense of initiative, capacity to establish constructive working relations with a diversity of colleagues and partners and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Proven capacity to analyse, synthetize reports and draft concisely and clearly.

language(s) necessary for the performance of duties:

  • Excellent drafting skills in English. Ability to work well in French. Any other language will be an asset.

Contract Agents of Function Group (FG) IV in the Commission, candidates having passed an FG IV EPSO CAST, and candidates at least registered as FG IV in the EPSO database may apply.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a short letter of motivation to the following mailbox: EUROPEAID-B4@ec.europa.eu

Deadline for application: 27 March 2019