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The Government of Rwanda strives to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by enabling equitable access to quality health services for their population as outlined in the Fourth Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP IV). This commitment is made against a backdrop of rising health care costs and uncertainty around the future availability of donor funding. Rwanda is often cited as an example for UHC in Sub-Saharan Africa, in part due to high rates of enrollment in the Mutuelle de santé or CBHI scheme and continuously seeks to reach sustainability and build on its past gains and existing successful strategies. Acknowledging this, the Government aims to employ effective, equitable, efficient and sustainable health care financing approaches and inform reforms of existing financing mechanisms including the national insurance scheme.
CHAI Rwanda’s Sustainable Health Financing (SHF) program works on a day-to-day basis with Government leadership in the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB). The goal of our program is to support the Government to sustainably finance and improve the Mutuelle de santé or Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) scheme, which covers the majority of the population for essential health services, and address key challenges in the health sector, towards the goal of UHC.
CHAI currently seeks two Health Economists to work with the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) to think through and implement strategic reforms in the design, implementation and management decisions of the Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) Scheme to improve the sustainability of the scheme. The Health Economists will be seconded to RSSB to work on a day to day basis with the Director of the Insurance schemes and will report technically to the Deputy Director General Benefits. He or she will build capacity within the RSSB to generate evidence through data analysis that informs key decisions and revisions to policy decisions. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with government leadership on the government’s priority agenda of Universal Health Coverage.
The Health Economists will be responsible for providing direct support to the Deputy Director General Benefits at RSSB on his priorities including;
(i) supporting implementation of health technology assessments
(ii) building capacity in RSSB and of relevant stakeholders to use evidence to inform key decisions and management through research, assessment and analyses.