Senior National Consultant
Objective of the programme
Snakebite is a persistent predominantly a rural emergency health problem in Bangladesh. Most common victims are young, working rural people engaged in farming and cultivation making snakebite an important occupational health hazard. There is an estimation of ~6000 deaths and 700000 bites annually imposing a great burden on health care system and also economy of the country. The incidence is likely to increase during natural disasters like floods. Snakebite is also associated with an unknown number of significant disabilities. Bangladesh has a continued interest in addressing snakebite. Bangladesh is committed to provide quality care to the affected community in conditions related to providing universal health care (UHC). Snakebite envenoming is preventable. The risk for snakebite envenoming can be reduced through community education and often through measures for preventing other diseases.
In 2019, WHO released full details of its strategy (2019-2030) to prevent and control snakebite envenoming, a neglected tropical disease that affects 1.8–2.7 million people each year, claiming 81 000–138 000 lives and causing 400 000 cases of permanent disability. The WHO SEA regional office also released the draft regional strategy and action plan for snakebite envenoming for mitigation of snakebite in the member countries. The aims of the both document is to halve the numbers of deaths and cases of disability due to snakebite envenoming over the next 12 years through a programme that targets affected communities and their health systems, and by ensuring access to safe, effective treatment through increased cooperation, collaboration and partnership at all levels. In addition, WHO published a roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases (2021-2030).
To achieve the global target, it requires development of a national strategy and development of costed action plan regarding snakebite programme and to engage across all relevant sectors for increased action and coordination.
NCDC program under DGHS and MoH&FW, is in charge for snake bite related activities and responsible for coordinating among multi-sector stakeholders at different level as well as policy guidance, evidence uptake in policy making .Under 4th HPNSP and in the NCDC operational plan, strengthening National snakebite envenoming program has been envisaged as an important activity to improve multisectoral, multi-stakeholder and multilevel implementation of Snakebite specific and sensitive approaches. Considering the fact, NCDC is therefore, planned to develop national strategy and costed action plan for prevention and control of snakebite envenoming. To achieve the global target, it requires revision/development of a national strategy and development of costed action plan regarding snakebite programme and to engage across all relevant sectors for increased action and coordination. In this regard, Director NCDC, DGHS, MoH&FW has requested to engage two consultants for short time to support development of national strategy and costed action plan for prevention and control of snakebite envenoming so that these huge activities as per WHO Global and regional guidance can be adopted by the national program of Bangladesh. The action plan and its costing should be developed based on the national strategy. Therefore, development of national strategy, action plan and costing of the action plan need to be implemented simultaneously in order to allow consultants to communicate and coordinate with each other so that they can review unit cost, implementation challenges and feasibilities and resolve those accordingly in order to have a realistic national action plan. The national strategy and costed action plan will be used to strengthen the national program in terms of service quality and resource mobilization.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will provide support through performing of the following duties:
- Provide technical support to National Snakebite program in the development of National Strategic Plan and action plan.
- Review of background documents covering the work of the national program (national strategy plan, guidelines) and review the global and regional strategy and recommendations; relevant part of new neglected tropical disease (NTD) roadmap (2021-2030)
- Meet with the relevant stakeholders to discuss about strength, weakness, threat and opportunities of the program
- Review existing support through partnership mapping of current activities, resources and anticipated changes;
- Prepare first draft of the National Strategic Plan and action plan submit to the national program for review and feedback
- Collection of opinion from different stakeholders. Analysis of country situation; visit relevant departments or collect data from relevant departments e.g. MOH, DGHS, agriculture, environment, forest; selected relevant health facilities at different tiers of health care located at divisional, district, upazila level to collect relevant data and to observer the current situation;
- Collaborate and coordinate with another consultant who will support to estimate costing of the action plan to review implementation challenges and feasibilities of the action plan and resolve those accordingly in order to have a realistic action plan.
- Support finalization of national strategic plans following the process i.e. prepare draft report, sharing with relevant stakeholders, collection and incorporation of recommendations of stakeholders, finalization of the strategy.
- Submit final documents
- Perform any other relevant/similar duties as required
Advanced Medical degree or equivalent university degree in health. Postgraduate degree in medicine or public health or equivalent from a recognized university. Advanced training in snakebite with experience in Global or regional snakebite activities.
Doctoral level qualification in any of the above fields would be an added advantage.
- The consultant must have comprehensive understanding of the snakebite envenoming and neglected tropical diseases in the view of public health relevant policies and minimum fifteen (15) years of professional experience in dealing with relevant public policies, legislations, plans and strategies of Bangladesh. Evidences of engagement on NTDs/snakebite relevant policy formulation and review in Bangladesh and international is required.
- Excellent knowledge and experience on snakebite program, and in-depth knowledge of the Bangladesh health system. Working experience with relevant development agencies and government including National snakebite Program is required.
- Comprehensive understanding or experience in development of or dealing with country policies, national action plan, HPN sector plan, strategies of development entities is required.
- Working experience in WHO, Government of Bangladesh and /or other UN agencies would be an advantage
- Familiar with public as well as development partners’ policies, priorities, structure and procedures relevant to NTDs/Snakebite.
- Member of any committees of Bangladesh National CDC/NTDs/Snakebite or any other public health committee will be an added advantage
- Technical expertise
- Fostering integration and teamwork
- Producing results
- Communicating in effective and credible way
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Strong (written and oral) command of English and Bangla.
- Excellent knowledge of MS office applications and computer skills including the ability to make high quality technical presentations and data analysis
Additional functional knowledge and skills:
Strong written communication and analytical skills is required. At least five national or international publications in English is desirable. Similar consultancy (policy related or analytical report) with international agencies/ national program in English is required.
Salary & others benefits:
Monthly salary: BDT 848,600.00 ( NO-C Max)
Limited Insurance Coverage as per WHO rules.
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