Mr. Khanal is an experienced health, governance and coordination expert with thirty plus years of experience with the Government of Nepal (GoN). He served as Under Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), and as Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Information, and Communication. He has considerable professional experience in health system governance, health policy and planning, health service delivery, health research and programme management. His areas of expertise include policy development and review, planning and costing analysis, gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) mainstreaming, among others.
He is currently employed with HERD International as Health Policy and Planning Lead Advisor and is seconded to the Ministry of Health as part of the National Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP). He also serves as member of the Senior Management Team at HERD International.
1995-Masters in Demography from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
1984- Masters in Economics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Work undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned
Adviser – Policy and Planning for HERD: Mr. Khanal has been assisting the senior research and policy development team to design governance related projects and providing technical input in the development of policies, strategies and implementation plan, particularly for local governance, urban health development, gender and social inclusion, among others.
Development of national communications policies and plans: He was a coordinator to prepare the communication sector- Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)’ report. He also coordinated the post-earthquake emergency communication for the GoN.
Technical Working Group member in development of Collaborative Framework: He was one of the members working dedicatedly for the development of Collaborative Framework for strengthening local health governance – a unified effort of MoHP and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD).
Core Group Member for development of National Health Sector Strategy 2015-2020.
Core Group Member for development of National Urban Health Strategy and Implementation Plan
Mr. Khanal was awarded the Best Civil Service Award, 2006 by the Government of Nepal.