Back Consultancy Title: Institutional Development Consultant - Technical Assistance (TA) Partnership Models for Immunization and Health Supply Chain Strengthening.

  • Added Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 05 July 2019

Institutional Development Consultant - Technical Assistance (TA) Partnership Models for Immunization and Health Supply Chain Strengthening.

Duration: 80 days

Location: Remote with HQ and field travels

HQ Travel: Yes

Field Missions/Travel: Yes

Start Date: August 2019

Background

UNICEF is seeking a consultant to support in defining and implementing sustainable TA partnerships models for immunization and health supply chain strengthening in regions and countries. The consultant will build upon existing approaches and apply these experiences to develop and sustainable approach that is locally-owned and driven.

GAVI emphasizes effective vaccine management (EVM) as one of the key elements for improving vaccine coverage and equity in countries. EVM is a continuous improvement process that monitors and assesses vaccine supply chains and its performance and the new improved EVM assessment tool (EVM 2.0) incorporates management and leadership indicators, in addition to operational indicators in its design.

The addition of management and leadership indicators better aligns the EVM 2.0 process with GAVI’s Immunization Supply Chain Strategy, 2015-2020, and will support its efforts to strengthen supply chain leadership, as one of the key supply chain fundamentals along with cold chain equipment; continuous improvement planning; data for management; and system design.

Immunization supply chains require dedicated and competent managers as well as an adequate number of skilled, accountable, motivated and empowered personnel at all levels of the health system. These personnel will also be responsible for the EVM processes and implementation of the EVM 2.0 tool to assist in defining immunization supply chain (ISC) capacity development needs.

As part of the Alliance efforts to drive sustainability of country-led capacity development in EVM and health supply chain management, partners are considering a new model of capacity building. We aim to move from a current/historical model of conducting assessments and procuring external technical support to model which seeks to build institutional capacities and increase private sector supply of services.

In the context of EVM, this means leveraging on institutional partnership within the ecosystem to complement UNICEF’s and WHO’s competencies, working together to catalyse and shape new competitive and self-sustainable markets at the regional and local levels. This also involves identifying service providers (consulting companies, academic service provider, centres of excellence, South-to-South exchanges, etc.) who can provide expertise to governments in EVM assessments, improvement planning, and continuous improvement cycles as self-sustaining entities.

In this new model, service providers will contribute to a new paradigm using the approach of learning collaboratives which transform the recipient of the external technical assistance (TA) to co-creators and co-implementers that can provide field knowledge, contextualized guidance and ultimately become champions of innovations and improvements for implementation of EVM and health supply chain improvements.

Development partners (UNICEF, WHO and others) will focus on the task of criteria setting for institutional selection, certification, on-boarding and quality assurance mechanisms to ensure partner compliance with EVM and health supply chain standards in the process. These service providers will include public, private or public-private partnership with a vision to drive immunization and health supply chain performance while maintaining financial stability and operational effectiveness.

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The consultant will propose sustainable partnership models for effective TA provision at regional and country levels. In addition, the consultant will develop an action framework for HR and leadership strengthening following results of EVM and health supply chain assessments linked to the sustainable partnership models. The consultant will be responsible for the following key responsibilities:

Collaborate with GAVI immunization supply chain partners as a reference group to define sustainable institutional partnership models. Align models with SC leadership, TA architecture and capacity development approaches for continuous improvement plans. Research and reflect upon lessons learned and successes from existing and new TA models including best practices in public and private sector (UNAIDS Technical Support Hubs; Regional Centre of Excellence in Rwanda; LOGIVAC in Benin; WHO collaborating centres, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and others). Coordinate the development and implementation of institutional partnership models for the selection, certification and onboarding of TA service providers. Work with relevant partners and institutions to define an action framework for HR and leadership strengthening following results of EVM and health supply chain assessments. Manage field testing and implementation with ISC partners.

OUTPUT(S)

The main outputs for this consultancy include the following:

Draft workplan Options paper and presentation on sustainable institutional partnership models for comprehensive TA provision in immunization and health supply chain strengthening. Guide and checklist for selection, certification and onboarding of TA service providers at regional and country level. Regional and/or country workplan for initiating and implementing institutional partnership. One-page action framework for HR and leadership strengthening using regional and country TA service providers. Progress report on implementation in one region/country capturing results, lesson learned and next steps

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

Education:

Advanced university degree in public health, management, international development and/or organizational development, human resource management, education or related field

Work Experience:

At least 10 years of professional work experience in organizational development with expertise in programme management and strategic planning, including extensive experience in systems strengthening. At least five (5) years’ experience in a developing country context with change management, networking and communications experience, and ability to reach consensus among governments and implementing partners. Experience in the planning and delivery of technical assistance in international development Experience interfacing with national ministries of health, academic institutions and partners is an advantage Proven conceptual understanding and strong practical experience with applying organizational development, capacity development framework and principles to strengthen policies, institutions and workforce. Strong understanding of sustainable partnerships models in the public and private sectors.

Languages: Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN language is advantageous.

Competency Profile:

1) Core Values

Commitment Diversity and Inclusion

Integrity

2) Core Competencies

Communication Drive for results Working with people

Planning and organising

3) Key Functional Competencies

Relating and Networking Persuading and influencing Analysing Applying Technical Expertise Adapting and Responding to Change

Languages:

Fluency in English. Second UN language is an advantage.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

Cover letter/application. Consultancy cost per day CV References.

Applications must be submitted through the UNICEF electronic application system by July 05, 2019.

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation procedure will focus on both technical and financial suitability. The weights of 80% and 20% shall be applied for technical and financial compliance respectively.

CONSULTANT EVALUATION CRITERIA

1. TECHNICAL EVALUATION (Max. 80 points)

Max. Points Obtainable

Applicant

Technical Capacity

1.1

10 years of professional work experience in public health with expertise in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, and the adaptation and application of strategic planning processes, incl. extensive experience in health systems & community systems strengthening, and senior level international development management.

20

1.2

At least 5 years’ experience in a developing country context in change management, networking and communications, with demonstrated proficiency in reaching consensus among governments and implementing partners.

15

1.3

Experience in the planning and delivery of technical assistance.

15

Sub-Total Technical Capacity

Facilitation and Reporting

1.4

Experience interfacing with national ministries of health, academic institutions and partners is an advantage

10

1.5

Proven conceptual understanding of and strong practical experience with applying organizational development, capacity development framework and principles to strengthen policies, institutions and workforce.

10

1.6

Strong understanding of sustainable partnerships models in the public and private sectors.

10

Sub-Total Facilitation and Reporting

TECHNICAL EVALUATION- Total Points

2. FINANCIAL EVALUATION (Max. 20 points)

Max. Points Obtainable

Applicant

2.1

Fee

20

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL- Weight Combined Score

TOTAL SCORE (Max. 100 points)

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