Research Associate Planning and Coordination Advisor: Bangladesh

The Research Associate will lead the planning and coordination activities as part of a Technical Assistance Support team for the newly established Programme Management and Monitoring Unit (PMMU) in the Planning Wing of the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW).

MEASURE Evaluation, a global USAID-funded project focusing on population, health and nutrition monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities based at the Carolina Population Center (, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has an immediate opening for a Research Associate to lead the planning and coordination activities as part of a Technical Assistance Support team for the newly established Programme Management and Monitoring Unit (PMMU) in the Planning Wing of the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW).  The Technical Assistance Support Team will support the PMMU to plan, coordinate, analyze and use research, evaluation and routine data to monitor and manage the implementation of the Health Population and Nutrition Sector Development Program (HPNSDP) and promote evidence-based decision making.

The position will report to the Chief Technical Advisor, Technical Assistance Support Team. The position will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is co-located with PMMU. Serving as the Planning and Coordination (P&C) Advisor, the incumbent will supervise two to three specialist positions and will collaborate with one or more local organizations in support of the PMMU GOB staff in coordinating and planning for regular performance monitoring, verification and evaluation responsibilities under the HPNSDP Strategy.  Working with the Deputy Chief/Senior Assistant Chief, the P&C Advisor will provide strategic and programmatic guidance related to planning, coordination and governance of HPNSDP implementation. The P&C Advisor will provide technical assistance for the overall coordination and planning for regular performance reviews of the HPNSDP.

Principal Functions

40% - Provide strategic and programmatic guidance related to planning, coordination and governance of HPNSDP implementation. This will include (but is not limited to) providing technical assistance to Line Directors in the development of annual workplans and revisions to Operational Plans (as necessary); expert technical support for the bi-annual and annual review of the HPNSDP operational plan performance and foreign aid use and sharing findings of reports with policy makers and other partners; tracking the progress of decisions resulting from the bi-annual and annual performance review consultations; coordinate and provide support to the Annual Program Review Independent Review Team and Mid-Term Review Team; provide technical assistance in planning, budgeting, monitoring and assessment of OP progress and monitoring of performance-based indicators (e.g., DAAR indicators).

40% - Ensure strong communication and effective coordination with relevant stakeholders.  Activities include (but are not limited to) facilitating consultative meetings with the PMMU and different task groups including (but not limited to) Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health (MNCH), Nutrition, Public Health, M&E, Procurement, Financial Management, Gender Equity and Voice and the Local Consultative Group (LCG); coordinating meetings with relevant MOHFW staff, Development Partners, NGOs, and other key stakeholders to update them on HPNSDP performance and share information related to implementation of decisions taken by different Task Group; provide support to ensure coordination between different Ministries (including the MOLGRD&E), agencies, Line Directors and DPs regarding planning and budgeting related to the governance role of MOHFW; maintain close liaison with DPs and other implementing partners to ensure that the results from monitoring and research activities of specific projects (e.g., USAID-funded TRAction Project) are included in HPNSDP program monitoring; coordinate technical assistance needs with other technical experts to ensure relevant assistance for HPNSDP is provided (this may include developing TORs and selection of national/international technical experts for specific activities).

10% - Provide technical expertise to build the capacity of the MOHFW in policy analysis. This may involve mentoring, assisting with the preparation of reports, and assistance in obtaining data necessary to calculate indicators and other studies.

10% - Work with technical staff within MEASURE Evaluation to ensure that MEASURE Evaluation technical strategies are incorporated into the activities of the Technical Assistance Support Unit as relevant and appropriate; document project progress and results through routine project reporting systems a; prepare journal articles and other publications for wider audiences based on the work of the Technical Assistance Support Unit as appropriate; participate in MEASURE Evaluation Bangladesh team meetings and coordinate with Activity Leads for survey and routine health information system strengthening activities in Bangladesh.


Ph.D. degree in Public Health or in a related discipline is highly preferable, although a Masters degree will be considered if the applicant has 8 years or more of relevant international assistance in the public health arena in planning and coordination, policy analysis and capacity building and experience working in Bangladesh.


Experience in planning, management and coordination in sector-wide approaches to health as well as monitoring and evaluation of health, population and nutrition programs in developing countries is required.  The candidate should have a minimum of 8 years experience including providing key technical and managerial leadership to large-scale donor-funded health programs in developing and transitioning countries. The candidate should have demonstrated experience of working with health ministries, including designing and implementing strategies for health policy and governance, implementation and coordination, and monitoring of performance. 

The Candidate must have demonstrated experience in successfully fulfilling performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of program activities. The candidate should have strong experience in and understanding of institutional capacity building.  The candidate should have direct senior staff supervision experience. S/he must have a proven track record in working collaboratively and diplomatically with a broad range of government, officials, development partner, NGO and private sector stakeholders. S/he must have a demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, mentor and direct all levels of staff while creating a positive team environment.

The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience working in Bangladesh and comprehensive knowledge of a sector-wide approach to health and structural issues in Bangladesh strongly preferred. Fluency in English and Bangla required. Availability to live internationally, plus several trips to the U.S. annually required.

Application and More Information

Apply by submitting cover letter addressed to MEASURE Evaluation and CV to the following email address:

This application deadline has been extended from May 13 to May 28, 2012.