NHIF Board starts hunt for new CEO as Kamunyo's term ends

The Board of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has called on eligible Kenyans to apply as it starts the search of a new CEO.

The Board says it will hire through a competitive recruitment exercise.

"Aware of the major reforms underway at the Fund as part of the Kenya Kwanza's transformative agenda, the Board has decided to open up the position of Chief Executive Officer for a competitive recruitment exercise.

The Board Chairman Michael Kamau says the incumbent CEO, Dr Peter Kamunyo's term ends on April 14, 2023.

"The employment contract of the Chief Executive Officer of NHIF, Dr. Peter Kamunyo, comes to an end on 14lh April 2023,"

Dr Peter Kamunyo Gathege was appointed NHIF's Chief Executive Officer on April 14, 2020.

Dr Kamunyo is a healthcare executive with 21 years of experience ranging from clinical practice and healthcare management, medical insurance, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare supply chain and strategic purchasing.

Prior to his appointment, he had been the CEO of MedSource Group Limited for close to three years.

He has contributed to regional and global cooperate governance and efficient private sector participation as a non-executive board member at the Kenya Healthcare Federation and the East Africa Healthcare Federation.

He holds a master of science degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. Prior to his master's degree, he attained a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and surgery and a postgraduate diploma in Sexual Transmitted Infections and HIV Management, both from the University of Nairobi.

With an added advantage of holding a Certificate of Proficiency in Insurance from the Kenya College of Insurance, the NHIF Board says it is confident that "Dr Kamunyo's expertise and experience will enable him to steer the Fund to achieving its core mandate of the implementation of the reforms in repositioning NHIF as a strategic purchaser of healthcare benefits towards the delivery of universal health coverage."

The announcement comes after NHIF had earlier shortlisted three candidates in February for the position following a series of interviews conducted by the fund's board. The board however directed the job search to start afresh, prompting the re-advertisement.

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