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Job Description

5 Year
Bachelor Degree
  • Organization: WHO – World Health Organization
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: Level not specified – Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-16

Objective of the programme

A team comprising of Government Officials and technical staff from development partners is involved in supporting the government in areas Health Financing and Universal Health Coverage, primarily on mainstreaming UHC services across sectors to get early and sustainable result and in implementation of national HF and UHC services. In collaboration with the WHO country team, the incumbent will provide technical support to the Government of Bangladesh, in particular Director (Research), HEU and related directorates and units, in its efforts for scaling up HF and UHC related activities and to provide effective and equitable nation-wide UHC related service delivery. The contracted Programme Officer – HF and UHC (under SSA mechanism) will report to the Technical Officer, Health Financing -WHO, who will also carry out a performance evaluation at the end of the assignment.

The overall nature of the role requires composition of a number of qualitative endowments in implementing plan of actions on policy, strategy and guidelines, capacity building and review of gap analysis alongside continuous monitoring of the progress of the projects; and if/ when require, necessary coordination and advocacy in understanding difficulty, sensitivity, nature and importance of work relations.

Description of duties:

Under the overall guidance of the Team Leader, Health Systems and direct supervision of Technical Officer- Health Financing, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  • Support the effective implementation of MOHFW-WHO’s joint activities pertaining to health financing and universal health coverage.
  • Provide technical, coordination and organizational support to HEU of the MOHFW on the development, adaptation and revision of Health Care Financing Strategy (HCFS) with a view of strengthening health financing functions of the country to advance the progress towards UHC.
  • Support evidence generation, analysis/interpretation and use of evidence for decision making in the areas pertaining to health financing and universal health coverage.
  • Provide coordination, communication support to HEU in capacity building and awareness raising activities linked to health financing and universal health coverage.
  • Provide technical guidance to and facilitate coordination with HEU and stakeholders for HCFS implementation plan development and execution.
  • Monitor MOHFW-WHO activities on health financing and universal health coverage and prepare progress reports and new project proposals as appropriate.
  • Provide inputs and contributions to UHC and overall health systems development efforts in Bangladesh.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned by the supervisors at HEU, MOHFW and health systems Unit at WHO, Bangladesh.

Required Qualifications:



  • Four years of bachelor’s degree in health sciences (medicine, public health or related subject) or social /management sciences (Health Economics, Economics, Sociology, Development Studies, administration or related subject) from a recognized university
  • Postgraduate/Master’s degree in health economics, health policy and planning, public health or any other relevant field.


  • Training/short course on universal health coverage.
  • Training/short course on health financing or health economics.
  • Training/short course on primary health care delivery.



  • At least 5 years of working experience (directly or indirectly) in the area of health financing, health economics or health system development.


  • Working experience in health economic analysis.
  • Working experience in health system development focusing primary health care.
  • Working experience in/with government health system.
  • Experience working in/with UN or International Organizations.

Functional knowledge and Skills:

  • Good in understanding on health systems and health financing of Bangladesh.
  • Ability to develop workplan, and monitoring framework for health project.
  • Ability of develop research proposal, analysis health data and prepare report independently.
  • Ability to interact with and advise government counterparts on technical areas concerned to assign tasks.
  • Ability to establish harmonious working relationship as part of team.
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of personal conduct with counterparts and stakeholders.
  • Excellent knowledge of written English.


  • Teamwork.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Communication.
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
  • Producing Results


Excellent knowledge of Spoken and Written English and Bengali

Duty Station: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Computer Literacy:

Must have good expertise on MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, statistical software (SPSS or STATA) and other essential programmes.

Salary & others benefits:

WHO offers locally competitive packages such as:

  • Monthly salary: BDT 153,695.00 (SSA- 8, Step I) (non-negotiable)
  • Insurance, Leave and Holidays as per WHO rules.

Additional Information:

  • This Vacancy Notice may be used to fill similar positions at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and interviews will be used as a form of screening
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • Any extension of appointment would be subject to programmatic requirements, performance of the incumbent and availability of funds.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify. Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.


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