Concern Worldwide, as an international humanitarian organisation, began its work in Bangladesh in 1972. Under the Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2017–2021), Concern Worldwide Bangladesh had prioritized four programming contexts (Char, Urban, Haor, and Coastal areas) to address the underlying causes of extreme poverty through the implementation of different programmes in Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Climate Change and Adaptation, and Disaster Risk Reduction and other interventions.
Concern is currently implementing two urban health projects which aim to improve the health and nutrition status of the urban poor in Bangladesh through the delivery of sustainable health services, managed through a coordinated, national urban health delivery system. Concern’s health and nutrition projects focus on improving access and utilization of free essential service packages of quality health care nutrition and population services by the extreme poor. In addition to strengthening coordination and integration mechanisms of urban health care delivery under the leadership of City Corporations and Municipalities, the projects have introduced innovative health financing mechanisms through the introduction of SMART card based health voucher schemes and affordable micro health insurance for the urban extreme poor. As part of current strategic plan, Concern Worldwide will support innovative approaches of direct provision of essential services in health and WASH where government services do not reach, such as in hard to reach areas, and promote scaling up by government. Our strategic focus is to strengthen governance to ensure access to and utilization of quality health services by the extreme poor in Bangladesh.
DFID has initiated a process to design a new programme that aims to provide equitable essential healthcare including family planning, maternal & new-born care and nutrition for the disadvantaged populations in Bangladesh. As a highly effective organisation for the extreme poor, Concern Worldwide is planning to submit a strong and confident proposal to improve access and quality of health care for the under or unreached population in those areas.
2. Key features of the proposed project
• Provide continuum of quality reproductive health care, including family planning, maternal, new born & child health and nutrition services starting from community to clinics.
• Protecting the poor including disabled people from financial hardship and ensure access to correct information and services, especially for women and girls.
• Supporting demand generation and policy advocacy through social behaviour change communication, mass campaigning and address gender based violence.
• Strengthening system and linking with public facilities, taking into consideration country-specific needs and context at policy, strategic and operational levels to ensure smooth exit.
• Leading the innovation and establishment of a sustainable health services with strengthening platform for community involvement and capacity building for future sustainability.
• Increase resilience and building capacity on emergency preparedness among service providers and community people in hard to reach areas.
3. Purpose of the Consultancy:
The purpose of the consultancy is to lead the conceptualization and proposal development in response to DFID’s call on “Essential Healthcare for the disadvantaged in Bangladesh”. In the process, it is expected that the consultant will build on the preliminary analysis prepared by the proposal development team and continue to lead that team to design and develop the full proposal. The consultant interact with various level of experts (in house or external), Ministry, Government organization, Donors, NGOs, private organization or other organizations as required to understand the overall health sector context and where the Concern led consortium can add the greatest value in strengthening the provision of health care in Bangladesh. It is particularly important to understand Concern Worldwide’s current engagement in the health sector at global and national level and how this supports and reinforces DFID’s expectation from the call. As most of the donors are gradually phasing out financial support to health sector in Bangladesh, how government and private sector’s engagement can contribute in the sustainability after the end of the project will be a key component of Concern’s proposal to DFID.
4. Specific Tasks to be undertaken by the consultant
• Review relevant literature, research, reports and studies
• Study and understand DFID’s guidelines and expectations about required forms, formats and methodologies in the proposal design
• Conduct field visit to assess the needs and gaps in service provision plus conduct any required meetings and Key Informant Interviews with relevant organization, individuals, Donor community, Government organization and officials, NGOs, private sector relevant organization, research or relevant institutions.
• Organize and facilitate design workshops as the lead agency with relevant participants/stakeholders from partner organizations
• Conceptualization, visualization, feedback, validation and reflection of the proposed project
• Review the analysis of the problem to be addressed, develop the theory of change, logframe and narrative of activities
• Budget and financial planning, administrative and logistics planning and human resources planning
• Development and write the first draft of the Proposal
• Finalize the second draft proposal after incorporation of comments and feedback
• Finalize the proposal
• Final proposal, with theory of change, logframe, HR plan, budget and all required supporting documentation ready to upload or submit to DFID as per standard guideline and template
• All softcopy and hardcopy of reports, photographs and data
• Sign a Confidentiality and Contract Agreement
6. Essential and Desirable Experience/Qualifications
• Master’s level qualification in health, public health, MNCH or closely related subject.
• Minimum demonstrated experience of 5 years in serving as a lead technical writer on donor proposals for DFID, USAID, the European Commission or other major institutional donors and/or development of technical, programmatic deliverables. With a successful track record in securing institutional donor funding.
• Strong programme development background with experience of developing, designing and implementing high quality health programmes.
• Strong understanding of the health care system in Bangladesh
• Strong understanding of DFID, its strategy for Bangladesh and its funding mechanisms and stream.
• A high level of English language skills, with excellent writing skills.
7. Lines of Communication
The Consultant will report to Helen Ware, Director of Programmes, Concern Bangladesh
8. Duration and Location:
This consultancy is required for an estimated 30 days and tentative starting date of the consultancy is February 2019. Location of the assignment will be in Bangladesh.
9. Application Process
To apply for this position, prospective candidates are requested to send their applications to Helen Ware Programmes Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, stating in the subject line ‘Support in designing “Essential Healthcare for the disadvantaged in Bangladesh’. Applications should be submitted by the 14th of February 2019* and include the following:
• Cover letter and CV, highlighting relevant qualification in health, public health and experience as lead proposal developer or related assignment completed with detail of client name, address, contact persons & communication detail.
• Proposed methodology and timeline
• Proposal development budget, including consultant fees
*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
Week 1 – Background reading complete, review of problem analysis and design workshop
Week 2 – Travel to field sites, Theory of Change, Logframe developed
Week 3 – First draft of the full proposal circulated for review
Week 4 – Review feedback and finalize proposal
- Master’s level qualification in health, public health, MNCH or closely related subject.
- Minimum demonstrated experience of 5 years in serving as a lead technical writer on donor proposals for DFID, USAID, the European Commission or other major institutional donors and/or development of technical, programmatic deliverables. With a successful track record in securing institutional donor funding.
- Strong programme development background with experience of developing, designing and implementing high quality health programmes.
- Strong understanding of the health care system in Bangladesh
- Strong understanding of DFID, its strategy for Bangladesh and its funding mechanisms and stream.
- A high level of English language skills, with excellent writing skills.