Advisor – Health System Strengthening
CARE Bangladesh

Career Opportunity

Position: Advisor – Health System Strengthening

This position is subject to project award and funding

Position Title: Advisor – Health System Strengthening under USAID Community Nutrition and Health Activity

Number of Positions: 01

Location: CARE Bangladesh Dhaka Office

Duration: Duration of the Contract will be for Five (05) years

I.             Job Summary:  

CARE is one of the world's leading international humanitarian and development organisations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 104 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. CARE put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized.

CARE seeks an Advisor - Health System Strengthening (HSS) for an anticipated USAID-funded Nutrition project in Bangladesh. The goal of this project is to improve the nutrition outcomes of pregnant and lactating women, and children less than five years old in Bangladesh. As part of supporting Bangladesh to achieve its Journey to Self-Reliance, it will address the inequitable nutrition outcomes of the most vulnerable segments of the population through a targeted community-health system strengthening approach.

The Advisor-HSS will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party and other technical leads to ensure engagement with existing health system and integration of health & nutrition within health system throughout project duration. S/he will provide strategic oversight and technical guidance to, and resolve challenges in improving health system for better nutrition outcomes. This involves continually monitoring program tasks, better planning for health system work and activities against results; minimizing duplication of personnel activities; providing technical support to implementing partners and defining, developing and using standard operating procedures and guidelines.

The Advisor-HSS is also expected to promote learning and innovation from the assigned work areas. This includes adapting tools and systems; promoting data-driven, evidence-based actions; expanding successful activities’ breadth and depth; building capacity to work in new ways; and communicating best practices to relevant parties.


II. Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Oversee the coordinated planning (of activities and resources) and implementation of strengthening health system component in line with program strategies, technical standards, and expected results.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Chief of Party and other technical component leads, ensure the adequacy of planning, monitoring and reporting and competence for the effective scale up of program interventions to meet established programmatic and financial targets and timeframes.
  • Develop and implement systems/techniques that address health system gaps and other pertinent sectoral issues for nutrition outcomes. Resolve/facilitate the resolution of technical issues.
  • Coordinate at national and sub-national level for solutions with resources to minimize and overcome health system gaps in the project locations for nutrition outcomes.
  • Provide strategic oversight of component tasks and activities, including participating in budget discussions and planning.
  • Conduct monitoring visits to observe field activities to see progress of results.
  • Serve on the program’s Senior Management Team.
  • Promote quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout program duration.
  • Mentor and supervise direct report/s, including the system coordinators.

Adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems

As part of this role, the job holder will be expected to adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems as part of their day-to-day duties, and comply, at all times, to safety & security protocols and directives, including reporting. Staff must maintain situational and self – awareness and be aware of the safety – security related consequences of their actions upon themselves, their team and the organization as a whole.


CARE is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and expects staff to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at all times.  CARE expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our Code of Conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate this commitment are recruited to work with us.


III. Reporting to:  

Chief of Party


IV. Working Condition:  

This position is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh


  1. Qualification:
  • Minimum of 08 years’ experience leading, managing and implementing efforts to improve health system specially community health system for pregnant women, lactating mother and U5 children.
  • Minimum Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, local and international staff.
  • Ability to respond on short notice and plan and execute several activities at once.
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Proven experience hiring, training, and supervising technical teams.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Proven experience working in Bangladesh health system at senior level.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; knowledge of Bangla preferred.
  1. Core Competencies
  • Highly adaptable personality who can identify areas of change and lead in the application of those adjustments.
  • Able to lead complex teams, each with individual, and often, competing mandates.
  • Ability to translate development challenges into opportunities.
  • Strong communication skills and capacity to relay complex messages in simple and easy to follow content and methods.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing complex technical teams.
  • Strong team leadership skills.
  • Good networking, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Ensure and Promote GEDI and be GEDI sensitive, creating an enabling environment where diversity can flourish and all staff and stakeholders experience inclusion and appreciation.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.


Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving candidate. In addition, CARE offers Provident Fund, Gratuity, Festival Bonus, Leave Encashment, Life and Health Insurance, Working Mother Benefits, Day Care Facilities etc.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site: on or before July 31, 2021. 


  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • To ensure transparent processes during recruitment, internal candidates should discuss potential applications with their Line Managers to ensure endorsement of their applications by respective Line Managers.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.
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