Back Consultant - Medical Procurement Specialist - Caracas (Venezuela)

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Purpose / Project Description:

Mercy Corps, in consortium with Oxfam and REACH, and in direct collaboration with Acción Solidaria (AS), support the Dr. Pastor Oropeza Maternal and Child Hospital in Caricuao since 2020, through a process of rehabilitation of the most critical health infrastructure that has been weakened in the hospital, to help maintain the assistance of specialized services to pregnant women, infants and newborns.

Building on the success of the past project (HIP 2020), in which the neonatal mortality rate was reduced by double digits (from 23 to 8 per 1,000 births), Mercy Corps, Acción Solidaria and the Hospital seek to expand through this project the Coverage of support from the neonatology area to the labor and delivery room area, thus addressing and additional link in the maternal and child health circuit.

Consultant Objectives:

The consultancy serves 5 purposes:

Provide technical expertise and knowledge in the procurement process of medical equipment and supplies, validating the documentation associated to this process. Develop technical, logistic and operational requirements and criteria for the procurement process established. Develop training requirements and materials to be included in the purchase of these items, assuring best practices and a proper use of these equipment. Map out potential providers to be considered in this purchase. Ensure the proper delivery and installation of the procured equipment and materials.

Consultant Activities:

The consultant will:

Validate, update and adapt a needs assessment at a public hospital level, related to the purchase of medical equipment and supplies, and the repair of medical equipment. Conduct field visits to the hospital in coordination with Mercy Corps staff and the hospital's authorities to compile and validate key medical information/data. Prepare technical documentation (Requirements and specifications) for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies. Assist on the preparation of the tender documentation related to the purchase activities of medical equipment and supplies. Assist in the process of delivery of medical equipment from selected providers. Coordinate, review and validate the proper installation and setup of medical equipment from selected providers. Provide support on the tender decision process for the selection of the medical equipment providers.

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

Provide an updated needs assessment of the purchase of medical equipment and supplies, including the evaluation criteria. Provide guidelines on technical and tender documentation for medical supply and equipment procurement Provide recommendations on the tender decision process for the selection of providers.

Timeframe / Schedule:

July 5, 2022 - August 2, 2022 (20 business days).

The Consultant will report to: Marcel Navas, Venezuela Country Leader

The Consultant will work closely with:

Regional and Country program team Regional technical advisors ‌ MEL and finance teams External stakeholders (e.g. local partners)

Required Experience & Skills:

7-8 years of experience in program management, including 5 years leading field assessments and technical assistance. MA/MSc‌ ‌in‌ Public Health, epidemiology, health policy & management, or related field;‌ Experience‌ ‌procuring health equipment and supplies, as well as delivery of health services and/or supplies. Experience ‌ collecting and evaluating data, and ‌synthesizing‌ ‌information. Experience managing relationships with multiple stakeholders and program participants across sectors Ability to work remotely and coordinate with multiple team members based in different locations Fluency in Spanish. English fluency is a plus.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Closing Date: 11:59pm (UK Time) on Thursday 14 July 2022

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