Raphael Girod

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Raphael Girod has eighteen (18) years of experience in development cooperation – of which six (6) years as an Evaluating & Monitoring professional for European Countries contracted partners. Since starting as external evaluator and health projects coordinator, Raphael Girod has been working with a special focus on Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) and Financial sector.

 

 

From September 2014 onwards, he has launched analytical services related to  mathematical modeling for Public Health programmes.

During his last assignment, Raphael Girod has been working for the Swiss Tropical and Public health Institute (Swiss TPH) from January 2012 till January 2014 as Project Leader.

As Senior Public Health and Financial Specialist in relation to the Swiss TPH mandate for Local Fund Agent on behalf of the Global Fund in regards to Burkina Faso portfolio, he was responsible for overseeing a team of 4 collaborators focusing on the performance of health sector programs.

 

His key qualifications include:

  • Big data management through bayesian statistics for surveys and mathematical modeling
  • Institutional capacity building in relation to coordination of health activities – Administration and management of health activities
  • Financial and organizational audit – Definition of financial Internal Control department objectives: Identification of risks, setting up points of control, performance indicators and specific procedures in connection with risks and frauds
  • Mastery of the project cycle management. Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed logical framework, strategic implementation and activities carried out

 

Training at UCLA Los Angeles – September 2014

During the courses, hosted by Bayesia in September at UCLA, we learn about the foundations of Probabilistic Graphical Models and Bayesian networks, and how to use them for applied research framework with BayesiaLab

Training UCLA

 

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Since 1998, Raphael Girod has gained significant experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, internal control and financial procedures with a variety of organizations such as: drug purchasing non-governmental organizations, international consulting firms specialized in business outsourcing and Ministries of Health / Public Health.

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As a pragmatic and experienced monitoring and evaluation practitioner, Raphael Girod has overseas experience in Africa (Sierra Leone- Senegal – Niger Uganda – Burundi – Guinea Conakry – Rwanda – Republic Democratic of Congo – Ivory Coast  – Benin – Burkina Faso Swaziland – Cameroon) and to a lesser extend in Asia (Timor Leste- Indonesia-Cambodia–Thailand-India-Afghanistan-Pakistan).

Education/Qualifications

Institution [Date from-to]

Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:

Faculty of medicine –University Henri Poincarre de Nancy I Vandoeuvre les Nancy2000-2001 University diploma of  Public Health »Health and Development » ProgrammeOptional subjects : Primary Health Care & Development – Health Population Evaluation – Public & Community Health – Health & Poverty
“Institut pour les Professions des Affaires et du Commerce” – IPAC09.1992 – 06.1994 Maitrise” Bac +4: Higher Cycle of ManagementSubjects : Business Strategy – Marketing – Accounting & Finance – Legislation – Business Law
BIOFORCE – Development1988 – 1989 Diploma Bac+ 2 : « Agent de Développement International – optional subject : Administration »
I.U.T. Electricity Engineering1985 – 1987 Industrial informaticsOptional subject: Information and System

Professional Experience

Oct 06-Decembre 2011 Consultant as Senior Monitor and Health Economic expert (see below under paragraph “Consulting experience”)

Mid and long terms assigments

Jun 05 –May 06

Health project Coordinator in Guinea Conakry for the 8th FED  European Union (EU), (total budget: 5 Mio Euro)

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, coordination of technical assistance for carrying out the activities as planned in the EU Health Coordination program

Supervision of the short term experts in connection with the involved subjects: analysis of the relevance of the proposed implementation of the National Health Strategy, studies and methodology in order to implement new tariffs in regional hospitals, setting up national policies and regulation for drug sector.

Management of the activities: (i) formulation of the « Terms of Reference » for the experts and selection, (ii) technical guidance support, coordination and evaluation of the activities such as: Third Hospital Forum, national meeting with the topic of new health financing strategies in Guinea, study about the excluded groups from the health care system, updating the health supervision procedures, formulation of the health strategy at the regional level.

Preparation, resource mobilization, implementation and evaluation for two others projects related to the drug sector and the urban health approach: Provision of continuous technical support such as the selection of implementing partners, management of an Equity Fund targeting the poorest people, identification of the unregistered practitioners at Conakry, marketing the essentials drugs and drug management trainings for the Guinean main pooled drug purchasing organization.

Facilitators for five workshops gathering international donors for the purpose of drafting a political and operational action plan with regard to the drug sector

Drafting the proposal for the next European Union Health program based on the strategies envisaged by the National Health Development Plan.

Sep 01 – May 05

Chief of the Internal Control department (since Feb 03), ACCENTURE

Financial Shared Services Centre in Central Europe, Czech Republic Accenture has launched the first Financial Shared Services Centre (FFSC) in Central Europe – Outsourcing business sector.

Responsible for:

Definition of Internal Control department objectives: Identify, control and provide the information required to perform service-related and support activities.

Identification of risks – Setting up points of control, performance indicators and specific procedures in connection with risks and frauds – Regular meetings with supervisors for the purpose of sharing Internal Control insights and setting up specific action plans.

Counterpart for external audit from PWC and Ernst &Young

Management team training with regard to the Sourcing Capability Model: an assessment tool to improve the relationship between the FSSC and the internal and external stakeholders.

Reporting to the Service Management for taking appropriate management action when issues arose, for identifying the best practices and managing contract changes.

Supervisor for General Accounting till Feb 03:

Responsible for:

Supervision (9 people) of accounting activities

Intercompany finance activities for consolidation purposes, securisation and selling of receivables / « titrisation », decade of payment. Improvement and harmonization of procedures

Implementation of the Quality Control Database aiming at documenting the significant processes which contribute to achieving service delivery as per the Service Level Agreements

Apr 98 –Dec 99

Director in Democratic Republic of Congo, ASRAMES

Essential Drug Management OrganizationIn charge of the proposals for the international donors; drafting of the operational and financial reports (Dutch Government; European Development Fund; UNICEF)
Reporting of strategy, activities, budget and finance to the members of the Administration Board (every three months) and General Assembly (once a year)
Drafting a purchasing manual aiming at implementing a Quality Management System for the Drug Purchasing department: Development of purchasing strategy, Knowledge of markets and products, Analysis of needs, Suppliers’ assessment and selection, Negotiation and contract process, Management / Follow-up of the Agreements and of the suppliers’ performance, Action plans management and purchasing performance follow-up. Formulation of strategic policy with purpose of enhancing recovery rate (Sanitary Information System; Quality Label; Monitoring framework), and launching & management of a drug donation project; Drafting of technical and financial information needs for the stock management so as to improve storekeeping practises (Access)

Jun 96 –Mar 98

Finance Manager, ATLAS Logistic, France

In charge of financial reports to the donors such as DG ECHO, HCR, WFP and UNICEF (budgets 2.7 Mio Euros in 1997 and 2.3 Mio Euros in 1996)

Monitoring of administration documents (drafting of the contracts), financial statements (budget follow-up, simulation of the prospective cash-flow) and accounting procedures (control of the spending: cash and bank ledgers, programming of the accounting software) for all international projects. Implementation of an internal control and operational data collecting procedures for the purpose of analytical accounting (Bosnia & Congo Brazzaville ) Appointed as the NGO representative for an external audit requested by HCR (Mali / Feb. 97)

Key achievements: systematic validation of the financial reports from donors,
streamlining the financial reporting process. Drafting of financial and administrative guidelines

Jul 94 –Feb 96

Finance advisor with insurance company Mutuelles du Mans, France Selling of financial services to individuals and small companies – Patrimony management

Administrative director with Editions du Mekong, Cambodia

Definition of the strategic policy and monitoring of the subsidiaries (France-Thailand-Vietnam)

Teacher with AACF (international relief organization), Cambodia

AACF in partnership with the Ministry of Education – University of  Kamchai Mea  Courses taught: corporate accounting; macro economy; human resources management

Sep 89 – Aug 92

Administrator – logistician in Sierra Leone Guadeloupe- Belize,  AACF, External Operations, France

Logistic manager within the framework of nutritional and medical mission for displaced people and a nationwide immunization campaign against rabies. Administration duties : Budget follow up in relation to: Food distribution for displaced people, car and building maintenance, administrative activities, vaccine stock control, cool chain control

Consulting Experience

 Typical terms of reference of the missions

Nov 11-

Dec 11

Health Economist expert in Democratic Republic of Congo, GFA Consulting group, Germany

Technical assistance mission aiming at (1) improving operational processes related to health programs management unit CAG-AGEFIN: Cellule d’Appui et de Gestion-CAG (in charge of the SWAp approach) /Fiduciary agency/ AGEFIN (principal of financial outsourcing with private sector, namely KPMG for RDC), (2) drafting internal control guide with a special focus on risk based approach and financial oversight and (3) appraising information sharing system and current institutional arrangements of various services at different levels of the health system (Directions and Programs including Secretary General, Cabinet of the Minister, etc.)

Sep 11

Senior Monitor Expert in Democratic Republic of Congo, EPTISA

Result Orientated Monitoring (ROM) system for ACP countries

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed logical framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected. The main objective is to provide practical and feasible recommendations, ratings and comments following standard criteria: quality of the design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and long term sustainability.

Title of the project:

Project of Support on the National Plan for Sanitary Development – Euro 51 million. The project participates in the improvement of the sanitary situation of the country. The mission undertook in depth analysis of i) the reform of the financing among which the implementation of the Unit of Support and Management (SWAp) and the Fiduciary Agencies, ii) the processes of decentralization, iii) the financial opportunities brought by the GFATM and the GAVI

May 11

Senior Monitor Expert in India, ECORYS Research and Consulting Result Orientated Monitoring for Asia

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed logical framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected.

Main topics:

1- Supporting the scale-up of HIV services for male-who-have-sex-with-males in India (Naz Foundation International managed project) 2- Community Action  for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policies in Asia (International Alliance managed project)

Apr 11

Senior Monitor Expert in Cameroon, EPTISA Result Orientated Monitoring system for ACP countries

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed logical framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected.

Main topics:

1-Social mobilization and infrastructure investment to fight cholera outbreak in Douala (GIZ managed project)

2- Improving health services availability among key vulnerable population in Eastern Cameroon(International Red Cross managed project)

Jan –Mar 11

Technical Lead Expert in Czech Republic, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland

Reporting on “Homes for elderly” related projects funded by Swiss Development Cooperation. Backstopping and consultancy services for the evaluation of 11 project proposal.

Several key recommendations were issued related to the quality of services through basal simulation certificate, implementation of state-of-the-art model (Erwin Bohm Model), coordination of technical inputs at regional level and analysis of risks

Nov-Dec 10

Health policy and financing Expert in Cameroon, EPOS, Germany

Finalization of the report related to financial mechanisms to promote access to health services for the poor in Cameroon and comparative analysis with different Insurance schemes as applied successfully in Africa and Asia. All types of health insurance were considered (national, private and community-based insurance). Technical contribution to a workshop hold in Cameroon

Sep 10

Senior Monitor Expert in Swaziland, Danish ManagementROM for ACP

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed logical framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected.

Main topics:

1- Community-based response to HIV/AIDS in rural areas of Lubombo Region – Swaziland

2-Community Capacity Building Programme to contribute to a reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with malnutrition and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

Jun 10

Senior Monitor Expert in Timor Leste, ECORYS

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed logical framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected. The main objective is to provide practical and feasible recommendations, ratings and comments following standard criteria: quality of the design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and long term sustainability.

Main topics:

Trust Fund managed by the World Bank aiming at improving availability, accessibility and affordability of health services. The major intermediary beneficiaries were the Ministry of Health, National Institute of Health Sciences) and national drug pooling organization, namely SAMES (Autonomous Medical Supply System)

May 10

Senior Monitor Expert in India, ECORYS

Reporting on health projects implementation.

Main topics:

1- Supporting the scale-up of HIV services for male-who-have-sex-with-males in India through Naz foundation

2- Strengthening Local Response to HIV and AIDS in Orissa

Mar 10

Senior Monitor Expert in Democratic Republic of Congo, Danish Management

ROM for ACP

Reporting on health projects implementation.

Main topics:

1- Institutional support for the development of health system in the district of Tanganyika

2- Improvement of the technical capabilities at the level of decentralized entities in Walungu and Mwanga- East RDC

Dec 09-Feb 10

Health Economic Expert in Czech Republic, Niger and Burkina Faso, Particip

Evaluation mission aiming at assessing the overall impact of DG ECHO’s actions in the Western Sahel region. In charge of the Financial study about the feasibility to replicate in a cost-effective way the inclusion of nutrition programmes within the Primary Health Care system. Identification of strategic and operational recommendations to replicate and scale up the nutritional programmes.

Aug 09 –Oct 09

Leader of Evaluation expert mission in Czech Republic and Benin, World Food Program

Reporting on nutrition and health status of People Living with HIV and AIDS project implementation.

Full scale evaluation field visit. Drafting of the pre mission (innovative methodology and tools applied) and final evaluation report. Field data collected through focus groups, surveys and questionnaires.

Structuring and managing qualitative and quantitative data through statistic methodologies

May 09

Senior Monitor Expert in Indonesia, ECORYS

Reporting on health projects implementation.

Main topics:

1- Trust Fund in partnership with World Bank aiming at improving the effectiveness of public finance management in Indonesia through the support to the Government Financial Management and Revenue Administration Programme, 2- Prevention, control and treatment of HIV/AIDS through evidence-based programmes

Feb 09 –Mar 09

Technical Expert in Poland and Hungary, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland

Reporting on health and child care related projects funded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the package of 6 appraisal assignments.

Topics:

National programme for telediagnostics for pathologists, Drug rehabilitation centre for youth, National mobile unit for lung diagnostics, regional programme for audio-metric screening, Program of Prophylactic Examinations for Mother and Child, Prophylaxis and detection of tuberculosis and lung diseases

Nov 08 –Jan 09

Evaluation Expert in Czech Republic and Ivory Coast

World Food ProgramReporting on nutrition and health status of children, pregnant and lactating women, People Living with HIV and AIDS project implementation.

Full scale evaluation field visit, resulting in the elaboration of the Evaluation report. Field data were collected through focus groups, surveys and questionnaires.

Structuring and managing qualitative and quantitative data through statistic methodologies

Jun 08 –Oct 08

Senior Monitor Expert in Thailand, Cambodia, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, ECORYS Research and Consulting

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed Logical Framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected. The main objective is to provide practical and feasible recommendations, ratings and comments following standard criteria: quality of the design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and long term sustainability.

Main topics:

Thailand/Cambodge :

1- Community Action on HIV/AIDS Prevention integrated with Care and Impact Mitigation Efforts

2- Increasing relevance & effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention

India:

1-Development of models & approaches for support & care of People living with HIV/AIDS

2- Guaranteeing health rights & needs of tribes in malaria, TB and HIV prone regions

Afghanistan:

1- Support to the Institutional Development of the Ministry of Public Health,

2- Legal support for women and girls

Pakistan:

1- Improvement of Maternal and Reproductive Health among Low Income Women through Partnerships with Government and Community

2- Best Practice Models of Integrated HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care and Support with Key Vulnerable Communities

May 08

Technical Expert in Czech Republic, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute,Switzerland

Reporting on health and child care related projects funded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the package of 5 appraisal assignments.

Topics: Diagnostics of inherited metabolic disorders, Mapping and prevention of obesity in children, Gait Assessment for Orthopaedic Surgery in Children, Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics of Haemophilia, Molecular Epidemiology of Serious Airborne Bacterial Infections

Oct 06 –Nov 07

Senior Monitor Expert in Republic Democratic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Haiti, Niger, Uganda, Senegal and Sierra Leone, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)

Reporting on health projects implementation and evaluation of the agreed Logical Framework, strategic implementation, tools and procedures used and activities carried out as well as related indicators collected. The main objective is to provide practical and feasible recommendations, ratings and comments following standard criteria: quality of the design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and long term sustainability.

Main topics:

Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development projects – Maternal Mortality Prevention – National program for STD control including HIV/AIDS – Innovative approach for delivering AIDS related medical services at the level of the health centres – Health sector wide approach and fiduciary agency – National health training policy – Funds management for purchasing health services – Health Information System

Key achievements:

Practical and useful recommendations have been selected and response sheet feedback from the EU Delegation was always positive. Seven European Development Fund,  three Ex post health and four NGOs projects EC funded projects were monitored