1. Health Status: Afghanistan had a devastated health status twelve years back with one of the highest under-five mortality rate of 257 deaths per 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality ratio of 1,600 deaths per 100,000 live births. In an effort to improve maternal and child health outcomes, the Ministry of Public Health of Government of Afghanistan began implementing the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS) in 2004 through contracting arrangements both in rural and urban areas. Over the last twelve years , with significant international assistance and security support and as a result of implementing the sound strategies such as BPHS, EPHS and Contracting mechanism , momentous progress has been made in improving the coverage of health services delivery. Data from household surveys (between 2003 and 2011) show a significant improvement in the coverage of reproductive and child health services as well as drop in maternal, infant and under-five mortality. According to Afghanistan Mortality Survey (AMS) conducted in 2010, the under-five mortality rate is 97 per 1000 and the maternal mortality ratio is 327 per 100,000 live births.   
  1. Afghanistan Health System and Health Care Services: The Afghanistan health system has made considerable progress over the period of 2002 – 2012 because of MoPH sound public health policies and strategies, innovative service delivery, careful program monitoring and evaluation, and development assistance. The number of functioning health facilities has increased from 496 in 2002 to more than 2,000 in 2012, while at the same time the proportion of facilities with female staff has much increased. MoPH undertook a series of critical and strategic steps: it defined the BPHS and later on the EPHS; it established a system for contracting on a large scale with international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for delivery of these services. The services of BPHS have recently been expanded to include mental health, disability and nutrition services. MoPH also prioritized M&E of health sector performance.
Despite impressive progress in health system development and services delivery, Afghanistan still faces tremendous challenges in provision of equable quality health care. little emphasis has been put on systems development for long term sustainable growth of the sector. In spite of remarkable achievements through Contracting Out mechanism , Grants and Service Contract Management Unit (GCMU) have been faced with many legal queries and reservations from implementing partners , legal authorities and auditors . 
  1. MoPH response: GCMU is a contract management and procurement entity for consultancy services with transparent interface between International Development Partners and the MoPH in capturing and managing the public health funds, especially related to the country wide provision of the BPHS and EPHS through contracting mechanism with International and National NGOs. GCMU, as a procuring entity, repeatedly encounters many legal reservations and queries from the concerned parties including legal authorities, auditors, Attorney General Office, High Office of Anti-Corruption and other stakeholders. Therefore, assistance of a Legal Advisor deems very necessary to provide legal input and advices in all stages of the procurement process as well as help the office with replying to inquiries of different national and international auditing organizations.

The Advisor will be specifically recruited for provision of consultancy on procurement of services and the related contract management in GCMU.   The Advisor need to have good knowledge of MoPH policies/strategies and to deal with third party claims against MOPH arising out of contracts and other related issues. The incumbent is responsible to provide oversight for all activities requiring legal expertise.
The Advisor will be granted a one year contract. However, the Advisor will report on call and the payment will be calculated on daily agreed amount each month. The Advisor will be called whenever his/her advice is needed and he/she shall make available himself/herself on the following official day.  The Advisor will be reporting to the head of GCMU.

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