Sunday, September 22, 2013

National Consultant (Investment Case Analysis)

Vacancy Announcement

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bangladesh is seeking applications for the following consultancy position available for six months in Health Section.

Position: National Consultant (Investment Case Analysis)

Level: NO-B

Duty Station: Dhaka

Purpose of the Assignment:
The purpose of the assignment is to develop Investment Cases through a rigorous application, adaptation and contextualization of the Equity platform/MBB tool to frame high impact, cost effective strategic options for 3 districts and 1 urban slum area in Bangladesh. Urban and district Investment Case will also integrate the  Level Three Monitoring (L3M) log frame adopted by UNICEF Bangladesh for a set of proven evidence based interventions in Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, WASH. The purpose of the current assignment is to provide technical support to DGHS and UNICEF to plan and implement Investment Case activities in 3 districts and 1 urban areas of Bangladesh. Support includes relevant data compilation, organizing consultative and capacity building workshops, coordination with key stakeholders (Health Economics Unit within the Ministry, Planning wing of DGHS, MIS, focal point persons within DGHS, district officials, DPs including World Bank, DFID) data analysis, and developing the final Investment Case report. The outcome of this 6 months temporary assignment will thus be a document for MoHFW to show the pathways to accelerating the achievement of MDG targets for reducing maternal, neonatal and child morbidity and mortality through modifications and refinements in strategic interventions and changes in resource allocation at urban and district level.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Provide an overall technical support in conducting Investment Case exercise and facilitate consultation with relevant stakeholders
Develop a work plan with timeline, methodology and identify resources required for different activities to complete the assignment. The work plan would include broad information requirements of the assignment along with sources of the requisite information
Facilitate the district team and selected agency in situation analysis of selected area, lead data mapping, facilitate data collection, lead data verification; facilitate bottleneck analysis of social service delivery following Tanahashi approach
Assist BCO in planning and organizing capacity building (preparation workshop for urban and district Investment Case) workshop on IC for focal point persons, UNICEF programme staff, concerned officers of the DGHS, DGFP, MIS, Planning Wing, and MOH&FW (health economics unit), and other stakeholders.
Detailed review of existing secondary data source,  including MICS, BDHS 2011, LMS, BDInfo, HMIS, baseline survey reports (MNH, MNCS baseline) and different annual status reports of UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, World Bank, etc and collect required raw data (for district and upazila breakdown) from above  sources. Also identify data gaps and develop plan to collect identified data.
Data collection 3 districts and 1 in urban slum area (especially coverage Investment Case, health system design, epidemiology) including cost/fiscal/budget finance/national health account data (spread over several months)
Data processing and preliminary analysis
Hold Investment Case..??  in each district of selected 3 districts and 1 urban slum (including budget and financial cost analysis) results dissemination, bottleneck analysis, and strategic planning workshop in Dhaka with the health programmes/ selected health system managers, Finance Departments and other development partners and discuss different scenarios with the objective of choosing best options under the each district context.
Get common understanding of Investment Case
Identify bottlenecks, constraints and opportunities in selected unions for the selected interventions
Identify strategies to overcome bottlenecks
Selection of the best buys and develop strategic plan and budget
Writing draft Investment Case report
Present and discuss with Government and partners the Investment Case results during selected policy and advocacy workshops (i.e. HNPSP donor consortium meeting) at both district and national levels and reflect comments/inputs
Finalize writing of Final  Bangladesh Investment Case and Submit to Government and partners.
Produce  a guideline and proposed action plan for development of INVESTMENT CASE in other districts
Qualifications and experience required for the assignment:

Post-graduation in Public Health, Health Planning, Health Economics or Health Finance would be basic requirement.
At least 7 years past experience in district/ national level planning and budgeting in social sector preferably in public health would be essential.
Adequate knowledge of economic models and simulation models in social sector.
Competency in worksheets and good knowledge of health-related surveys (MICS, DHS)/ studies would be essential.
A good knowledge of PRSP, MTDF and National MNCH Programme will be desirable.
Excellent interpersonal and writing skills and be able to follow tight deadlines will be essential.
The candidate desirably possess skills mix in the following area;

health related survey/data collection/data management/analysis
statistical skills (SPSS, STATA )
economic and simulation models
health planning/financing and budgeting
interpersonal skills, good writing skills,  and team work
How to apply:
Applications with bio-data and completed P-11 (UN Personal History Form available at UNICEF website ( should be sent to the Chief, Human Resources, UNICEF, 1 Minto Road, Shahbagh, Dhaka by 29 September, 2013. Please write the name of the position on the top of envelope. A soft copy of your P-11 may be forwarded to Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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