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Regional Health Policy Fellows (UPecon-HPDP)

Posted on | August 18, 2011 | No Comments

hpdp logoThe Health Policy Development Program (HPDP)

The HPDP is a USAID-supported, 5-year initiative implemented by the UPecon Foundation, Inc. It aims to assist the Department of Health (DOH) in its institutional role of shaping the policy environment towards achieving better health outcomes, a more responsive health system, and equitable health care financing.

The HPDP also supports initiatives to strengthen the country’s regional health activities through the conduct of workshops and other activities that enhance efforts towards the achievement of health sector reform goals. The Health Policy Fellowship Program will help complement local health activities through the creation and mobilization a pool of young professionals for work on health policy and related tasks at the level of the regions (Centers for Health Development – CHDs).

HPDP is looking for young professionals interested to pursue a career in health policy work at the regional level through its Health Policy (HP) Fellowship Program.

Regional Health Policy Fellows

The HP Fellowship Program provides exciting opportunities in policy work through internship with the DOH-Centers for Health Development (CHD) as well as with other attached agencies. Learning opportunities come from strengthening the capacities of CHDs in assisting LGUs implement health reform through local health investment plans.

As part of the program, HP Fellows will be provided opportunities to:

a. Perform technical staff work along with counterparts based in DOH- CHDs and partner agencies on a full-time basis;

b. Attend short courses and workshops on health policy and related disciplines;

c. Participate in various policy fora and discussions; and

d. Meet regularly with designated HPDP and DOH/CHD mentors.

The HP Fellows are also expected to produce technical reports and coordinate HPDP and DOH activities at the regional level.

Interested applicants must be graduates of degree programs in medicine or other health-related courses, public administration, economics and other social sciences, finance, management, communications, information technology, statistics, mathematics and other related disciplines. They must express interest in health policy and systems development work.

Successful applicants will be engaged for a minimum of six months and assigned at respective DOH regional offices (CHDs). HPDP offers a highly competitive compensation package for the fellowship, depending on individual qualifications.

To apply, please submit: (1) letter of application, (2) updated curriculum vitae, and (3) copies of official transcript of records or true copy of grades, to the Chief of Party, HPDP, Room 322, Encarnacion Hall, UP School of Economics, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101. Applications should be submitted on or before August 26, 2011 and postmarked no later than said date.

For inquiries, please email Ms. Donabelle de Guzman, Health Policy Fellowship Program Coordinator, at upecon.hpdp@gmail.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions
1.)    Is there a deadline for application?
The deadline for applications is on August 26, 2011. However, applications will still be received after this date when the positions remain unfilled.

2.)    When is the starting date of the fellowship?
The target date for the start of the fellowships is as soon as possible.

3.)    Can application materials also be sent through email?
Yes. Please send application materials to upecon.hpdp@gmail.com. However, applicants who are shortlisted for interview must bring hard copies of their submitted materials to complete the selection process.

4.)    Do the applicants have to be from the regions?
It is preferred. The Health Policy Fellowships Program – Regional Fellows prefers those who come from, is already physically present in and would be staying at the regions where the will be assigned/deployed. This helps ensure that the selected Fellow will be well versed with the local language, is familiar with local health situations and would continue contributing to the region’s health initiatives even after the fellowship. The Fellow, however, will have to be ready to travel to Metro Manila or other sites for trainings, workshops or other activities, as requested by HPDP.

Applicants who are not from the regions for assignment/deployment are nevertheless welcome.

5.)    Do you accept applicants based in Metro Manila?
Yes. NCR is considered one of the 17 regions in the country. Furthermore, there may be other assignments that are Manila-based.

6.)    How much is the compensation?
The compensation is very competitive and is adjusted to the Fellow’s qualifications. Negotiations for the salary will be done after the Fellow has been selected.

7.)    Is it a fulltime post?
Yes. It is a fulltime post. Fellows will not be allowed to take on other jobs during the 6-month fellowship. This ensures that the Fellow will devote his/her entire time, attention and dedication to the program.

8.)    Can the other academic and related documents be sent in /made to follow when they are available?
Yes. However, these would be required (or their equivalent documents) before the Fellow is formally contracted and engaged.

9.)    What is the selection process?
All applications received will be pre-screened by HPDP. The short listed applicants will be forwarded to the CHDs (Regional DOH Offices) or other DOH offices of deployment for concurrence. Those who are shortlisted will be interviewed either in the CHDs or in Manila.

10.)    How will the applicants be informed of the results?
Applicants included in the short list will be informed either by telephone or through email.

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