Interests:Health policy, planning and financing; health system strengthening; monitoring of health sector performance; evaluation of programmes and sector plans, effective development cooperation.
Skills:Economic analysis; policy analysis; programme planning; design of monitoring and evaluation; report writing.
Background and relevant experience:Veronica is an economist by training who has worked in management consultancy and international health for over 25 years. Her experience includes four years in the Planning Unit of Ministry of Health, Uganda and two years experience in health planning in the Swaziland Government. She worked for the specialist health consultancy firm, HLSP, for over ten years as a consultant or manager. She has been a consultant for bilateral and multilateral development organisations including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Australian, Dutch and Danish aid, European Commission, WHO, Global Fund, Asian Development Bank, GAVI and World Bank. Her earlier consultancy experience was in UK public sector reform, efficiency studies and evaluations. In 2014-15 she worked in the Core team (secretariat) of the International Health Partnership (IHP+), based in WHO in Geneva.
In the last five years, Veronica has worked on a range of assignments on international health and aid at global and country levels. These include:
- IHP+, 2014-15: Member and from January 2015 leading the WHO side of the Core Team of this partnership which promotes effective development cooperation in health. Work included developing the new strategy for post 2015, review of health cooperation practices in Ethiopia and management of partnership events and work programme.
- Australian aid, 2014: Design of a joint malaria programme between Australia, China and Papua New Guinea.
- DFID/OPTIONS, 2013: Design of value for money assessment for a multi-partner maternal and child health programme, Sierra Leone.
- Australian aid: Inputs to design of performance based incentives in an Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project run by Save the Children in Pakistan.
- Global Fund, 2013: Part of a team reviewing Global Fund experience and policy in fragile states.
- WHO, 2012: Support to Ministry of Health, Sudan in finalising the health sector strategy.
- Australian aid, 2012: Inputs to a review of progress on their strategic results framework.
- Global Fund, 2011: Conducted an independent review of the Global Fund’s Key Performance Indicators, to assess their validity and consider how they need to develop.
- WHO/IHP+, 2010-2012: Support for implementation, lesson learning and updating of Joint Assessment of National health Strategies (JANS). This included participating in the Uganda JANS team, recording the lessons learned from joint assessments in 5 countries and writing a guidance paper on options for JANS.
- DFID, 2009: Produced papers on experience of working with non-state actors in the health sector, looking at the rationale, different approaches and evidence on cost effectiveness
- DFID, 2007-2012: Support to DFID on the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm), an innovative mechanism to subsidise access to malaria medicines. This included work on design and representing DFID on the Global Fund Committee overseeing AMFm.
- DFID, 2007: review of experience with Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in health in six African countries.
- DANIDA, 2007: Evaluated DANIDA’s support to health and AIDS in Uganda over a 20 year period.