Purpose of consultancy
The purpose of the WHO Country Office Bangladesh on “Health Systems Expert” roster is to establish a pool of high level expertise on core health systems functions and issues that can be rapidly and flexibly deployed for future assignments to various departments of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh. The experts on the roster will work at varying levels of seniority to contribute to evidence generation and knowledge brokering across several technical areas and issues related to health system building blocks.
The members of the roster form a pool of strategic and senior technical resource. They will work closely with the Health Systems team at WHO Country Office of Bangladesh, and senior policy makers from various departments within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Bangladesh in a dynamic and high-pressure environment.
They will deliver a mix of inputs as appropriate: providing technical guidance; developing policy documents; national guidelines, standards, and strategies; generating and communicating evidence.
The Health Systems team at WCO-Bangladesh is working closely with various departments of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on issues related to Health Systems and Policies. It is also at the forefront of evidence generation and knowledge brokering for health policies and systems. Its mission is to support and promote evidence-informed health policymaking and systems strengthening through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health systems and policies in Bangladesh.
Summary of assigned duties:
Experts on the roster would be invited to undertake specific, and clearly defined assignments in the areas of health system for which they have been selected as per their specific profile and expertise. These will range widely from capacity building and presenting evidence, to participation in a policy dialogue, to delivering a research project.
Duties could be but not limited to:
1. Provide expertise in one or more of the following key health system areas:
1.1 Health Financing (including the economics of health, health financing policy and planning, strategic purchasing, provider payment mechanism for services, investment case in health, health expenditure tracking, health equity, public financial management, financial risk protection on health, value for money, costing, and sustainability etc.)
1.2 Service delivery (including integrated health service delivery, people centered health systems, primary health care system strengthening, transforming service delivery standards and mechanisms, tele-medicines, and caring for ageing populations etc.)
1.3 Governance (at provider level, health system level, inter-sectoral coordination including regulation for universal coverage, AMR, public health, and health in all policies)
1.4 Health systems performance assessment (including measurement, leadership and management, service quality, patient safety, IPC and blood safety, responsiveness, efficiency and equity)
1.5 Health workforce (including skill mix and staffing norms, career pathway, planning, projection, distribution, retention, motivation, mobility, and informal care)
1.6 Innovation in organization and technologies and implementing change (innovation strategies; scaling up and rolling out; the transferability of policy options)
1.7 Access to medical products (availability and stockouts analysis, market structure for pharmaceuticals, accessibility of medical products including drugs, diagnostics and medical products)
1.8 Health information (quality, completeness shared health record, architecture blueprint, transparency, integration and interoperability of health database, telemedicine, governance structure of information management systems and development of dashboard, repository etc.)
1.9 Development and implementation of digital health strategic action plan
2. Take part in generating evidence to support Bangladesh in their efforts to strengthen health systems. This will entail a mix of the following
2.1 Scoping and horizon scanning activities to identify policy concerns; mapping existing research and data; and identifying policy relevant gaps in evidence
2.2 Background research including literature review, comprehensive synthesis of existing evidence and / or primary research to fill policy relevant gaps
2.3 Development of conceptual frameworks, definitions, study structures, templates and proposals for empirical studies
2.4 Advancing and advising on research/study methodologies to ensure generation of quality evidence responsive to policy needs. needs
2.5 Supporting and / or co-leading secondary research or analytic projects
Deliverables will be specific to individual consultancy and terms of reference.
For NO-A: University degree in medicine, social science, management, economics or policy from recognized university.
For NO-B & NO-C: Basic University degree in medicine, social science, management, economics or policy with advanced university degree in health policy and planning, health economics, health financing, human resource for health, health information management, essential medicines or health systems policy and research from recognized university.
For NO-D: Advanced university degree in medicine, social science, management, economics or policy with specialization in health policy and planning, health economics, health financing, human resource for health, health information management, essential medicines or health systems policy and research from recognized university.
Doctorate degree in medicine, social science, management, economics, health policy and planning, health economics, health financing, human resource for health, health information management, essential medicines or health systems policy and research.
Below mentioned experience for specific grade level at national level is essential in ANY of the following health systems functions:
- Integrated health service delivery
- Health financing
- Public financial management
- Access to medicine and medical products
- Human resources for health
- Health Information management and digital health
- Governance and policy planning
- Health policy and systems research