The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. The project will support country-level efforts to reduce financial barriers to health care, ensure equitable access to essential health services for all people, and improve the quality of health care. Equally important, it will equip host countries to sustain progress after the project ends. It will do so by ensuring that local institutions and organizations have the technical capacity and expertise to independently design, implement, and manage continued health system strengthening activities.
Abt Associates seeks a qualified Urban Health Technical Advisor for the upcoming USAID-funded Local Health System Sustainability (LHSS) Bangladesh Activity. USAID Bangladesh is supporting the Government of Bangladesh in its efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030. Bangladesh has directed attention toward improving coverage, efficiency, and quality of essential health care services, with a particular focus on improved governance, stewardship, financing, monitoring, and community engagement in urban areas. It is critical in order to achieve UHC that the GOB strengthens its capacity and commitment to financing self-reliance of the health sector.
LHSS’s work will span three key objectives:
Objective 1: Improved governance in financial management and health service delivery
- Assist GOB to strengthen regulatory functions to establish the National Health Security Office
- Improved public financial management for health
- Improved coordination among urban health stakeholders
- Increased domestic resource mobilization
Objective 2: Models for financial protection (FP) and service delivery (SD) tested and scaled
- Provide technical assistance to existing financial protection models
- Develop and implement new service delivery models in urban areas
- Provide technical assistance to strengthen existing urban health functions
- Strengthen civil and community oversite and engagement with health service delivery in urban areas
Objective 3: Increased private sector investment for health
- Identify and design potential models for blended finance instruments to advance health outcomes
The Urban Health Technical Advisor will, under the overall supervision of the Chief of Party, engage in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Local Government, etc. Additional stakeholders for engagement include DFID, World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, University of Dhaka/Health Economics Department, ICCDR,b and others as identified. USAID mechanisms with current and planned programming in Bangladesh (e.g. MaMoni MNCSP, AUAFP, AUHC, MTaPS, RDM, etc.) will be consulted on related activities in order to provide coordinated and complementary technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
The Urban Health Technical Advisor will work closely with the Chief of Party to support the GOB to establish and strengthen the capacity of the government to oversee and implement urban health programs, and to tailor and advise on the implement urban health programs at the local government level. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day collaboration with partners, oversight of consultants’ work, and represent LHSS in situations when the Chief of Party is unavailable.
The primary responsibility of the Urban Health Technical Advisor will be adapting and executing the work related to Objective 1.3, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4. This includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
- Represent LHSS to foster relationships and collaboration with other stakeholders in the urban health sectors.
- Identify the appropriate support for the aforementioned stakeholders need by critically co-assessing needs around urban health and ensure that LHSS activities meet established timelines and standards.
- Travel independently to subnational levels and build collaboration with and solicit feedback from stakeholders to build capacity as needed around urban health.
- Work with the appropriate national bodies (MoHFW, HEU, MoF, etc.) to develop their capacity to act as stewards for urban health functions in Bangladesh.
As work progresses, the Urban Health Technical Advisor likely will also oversee LHSS Regional Urban Health Advisors working to support urban health work.
- The Urban Health Technical Advisor is expected to have the depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of key roles and responsibilities.
- Master’s Degree (minimum), in Public Health, Management, Medicine, Health Administration, or other relevant field.
- Eight to ten years of relevant professional experience in managing progressively complex urban health programs. Experience in working in USAID programs is preferred (but not required).
- Familiar with Government of Bangladesh budgeting, planning, health financing, timelines, and stakeholders.
- Recognized expertise in urban health, with demonstrated success in improving governance of urban health service delivery, providing technical assistance to strengthen urban health functions, and strengthening civil and community oversite and engagement with health service delivery in urban areas.
- Proven track record of working effectively with government counterparts at various levels, ideally in South Asia. Experience in Bangladesh is highly preferred.
- Substantial developing country context experience, combining urban health functions with health systems strengthening. Previous experience building capacity and/or mentoring on these topics in a developing country context desirable.
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills and ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary teams.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID, ministry officials, and other development partners and a proven track record of interacting with other projects, high-level host country governments and international agencies.
- A proven, successful record of achieving results. The Urban Health Technical Advisor will be required to sustain the key roles and responsibilities largely independently, and requires the initiative to ensure work is progressing.
- Fluency in English and Bangali is required.
- Bangladesh nationals encouraged to apply.
- Master’s Degree and 8-10 years of relevant experience OR the equivalent of education and relevant professional work experience