Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. With its head quarter in Ireland, Concern has been working in Bangladesh since 1972.

The “Promoting sustainable health and nutrition opportunities for marginalized urban extreme poor population (PROSHOMON)” project focuses to improve the health and nutrition status of the urban extreme poor by increasing accessibility, coverage, comprehensiveness and sustainability of existing primary health and nutrition services.

Concern Worldwide is inviting Expression of Interests (EOIs) from reputed and experienced consultancy firms/consultants to conduct a Research to Compare the Effectiveness of the Smart Health Card Scheme over the Paper-based Scheme and the Optimum Level of Financial Coverage for the Benefit Package to Improve Health and Nutrition Status of Extreme Poor in Urban Bangladesh. The research will be commissioned under the PROSHOMON Project of Concern Worldwide Bangladesh.

Purpose of the Consultancy: The purpose of the research is to compare the effectiveness of the Smart Health Card scheme (PROSHOMON) over the paper-based scheme (EU Health and Nutrition Project) and determine the financial coverage of the benefit package for such health-financing scheme for the urban extreme poor. The findings will inform policy decisions on the selection of implementation modalities of health voucher schemes.

Objective of the assignment:

  • Review current CSP 2017-2021, Urban Contextual Analysis, results framework and other key project documents of PROSHOMON and EU Health and Nutrition Projects.
  • Review other national and international literature, programme documents of health financing, health protection for health systems strengthening, social safety net issues and interpret the findings of this research.
  • Determine the context, challenges and sustainability of health financing in urban areas in Bangladesh.
  • Obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) and or Ethical Review Committee (ERC) approval from a recognized institute in Bangladesh for this research.
  • Review and follow the standard survey tools developed and or agreed by Concern

Qualification Requirements for the Lead Researcher:

  • PhD degree with evidence of scholarly research work.
  • At least ten (10) years of proven experience in the supervision of scientific research for health financing, public health and health economics issues.
  • S/he will require the ability to lead a research group in geographically dispersed area.
  • S/he will require, in particular, the ability to administer health financing or public health or health economics research projects at nationally or internationally
  • Evidence of international research work .

Terms of Reference: Click here to download.

Interested firm/consultants with relevant experience can submit a Technical and a Financial proposal along with TIN Certificate and a cover letter, detailing the suitability for the assignment and current contact information by email to recruitment.bgd@concern.net

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Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Safeguarding Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Safeguarding Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

Deadline: 12 March 2020

Concern Worldwide, Bangladesh reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the proposals without showing any reason whatsoever.

Any form of persuasion shall result disqualification of the EOI