The Project Management Specialist (Health) is assigned to the Health Team in USAID/Afghanistan's Office of Health & Nutrition. The Office of Health & Nutrition is the primary liaison between the U.S. Government (USG) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA). The Health Team primarily liaises with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and with several bilateral and multilateral donor agencies in health sector in Afghanistan. Basically, I provide technical, administrative, financial, and management assistance to USAID/Afghanistan. I serve as programme specialist for health and population activities and assist USAID in implementing the Agency's sector-wide health activities in Afghanistan. In addition, I am responsible for managing and coordinating project activities with officials in the Ministry of Public Health as well as with other ministries and international agencies associated with the implementation of health and population projects.
To what extent did the MBA IHM prepare you for the challenges of your current job? Which knowledge or skills have been especially useful?
The MBA-IHM programme at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management provided me the opportunity to explore the different models of healthcare system and their functions with different regulations and management style that empowered me to propose significant reform and provide better advice for improving healthcare system in Afghanistan. In addition, over the course of MBA programme, I had the opportunity to further strengthen my knowledge about techniques applied in financial and managerial accounting. In particular, some fundamental of accounting principles and the regulatory framework governing the construction of the main financial statements that enabled me in understanding and developing financial statements.
What was your favourite module and why?
My favorite module was Value Chain Management since this module addressed the flow of tangible goods within an organisation and in the whole healthcare value chain, taking into account the specifics in a healthcare environment including the principles of logistics, supply management and facility management.
How important are alumni for a business school? What do you think alumni can do for their alma mater?
I believe alumni play an important role specially sharing best practices and lessons learned with each other which enhance the knowledge of everyone in healthcare and hospital management.