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National consultancy to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in assessing the need for patronage and mobile team services to improve immunization in Tajikistan (re-advertisement)

Apply now Job no: 522002
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Tajikistan
Categories: Health, NO-3, Consultancy

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Background
Tajikistan achieved and sustained high immunization coverage for all antigens in past five years. Despite the success, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population (MOHSPP) and development partners are concerned with the decrease in the immunization outcomes. The MOHSPPP together with the development partners identified the main bottlenecks of achieving immunization outcomes and proposed interventions to address them through the Health System Strengthening (HSS) initiative.

In September 2015, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) approved the second Health System Strengthening (HSS) grant for Tajikistan for five years. The project aims to achieve and maintain high immunization coverage in low performing and hard-to-reach areas through strengthening the public health system and increase demand for immunization. The actual implementation of the project started in the mid of 2017. Most activities supported by the GAVI HSS grant will be implemented in 10 selected districts (Vanj, Lakhsh, Tojikobod, Sangvor, Dusti, Sh. Shohin, Khovaling, Baljuvon, Panjakent, and Kuhistoni-Mastchoh), except for the partner enhancement and upgrading of cold chain capacity, which will be implemented countrywide.

The current GAVI HSS project is implemented by the MOHSPP and three leading agencies namely UNICEF, WHO and UNDP. UNICEF is responsible for strengthening of vaccination outreach services, communication and cold chain components of the project. Towards actualising the outreach component of the project UNICEF is about to provide a technical support to the MOHSPP in conducting needs assessment in the 10 districts of Tajikistan to identify the need for mobile team and patronage services among the population. Based on the assessment findings UNICEF would support the MOHSPP in designing an advocacy plan and providing recommendations for revision of the existing regulatory framework and job description for mobile and patronage team to address the gaps identified by the assessment through a participatory approach.

Therefore, UNICEF is looking for a qualified national specialist to provide technical support to the MOHSPP in assessment of the need for patronage/home-visiting and mobile team services, and based on the results, to provide recommendations for strengthening patronage/home-visiting and mobile team services in Tajikistan with a focus on immunization.

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OBJECTIVE:

The proposed consultancy aims to provide technical support to the MOHSPP in conducting a comprehensive review of home visiting and mobile clinic services through assessment of current services, definition of service package, identification of required skills to deliver the services, revision of job descriptions and providing capacity building/supportive supervision trainings to home visiting and mobile clinic staff.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

The contracted national consultant will be responsible for the tasks as stipulated below:

  1. Review the existing documents/strategies/policies, including the report developed by an international consultant on home visiting and mobile team services to analyze the current situation in the country
  2. Conduct need assessment and identify the role of patronage and mobile tram services to reach out the most vulnerable groups and areas to provide essential services including identifying the delivered at home newborns and referring them to the closest health facilities for vaccination
  3. Conduct meetings with relevant stakeholders to facilitate input of relevant government departments in analyzing the implications of the findings on the existing system framework
  4. In consultation with the MOHSP conduct a round table/workshop for the relevant stakeholders to present the assessment findings, provide recommendations and design an advocacy plan for implementation of the changes required for the existing regulatory framework
  5. Based on the outcomes of the need assessment and in consultation with the MOHSPP identify/develop a basic services package for home visiting and mobile teams and based on this revise the job descriptions of the teams. 
  6. Identify/develop a supportive supervision mechanism/ tools for both home visiting and mobile team services
  7. Develop a training module and provide training for patronage nurses and mobile teams on delivering the newly defined home visiting and mobile team service package focusing on the vaccination of children
  8. Provide recommendations for strengthening home visiting/patronage services in order to improve immunization coverage and child wellbeing and 
  9. Prepare progress and final reports on the activities and provide recommendations for smooth HSS project implementation

METHODOLOGY:

To accomplish the set objectives and tasks the national consultant is expected to closely work with the experts from MOHSP, HSS working group members, and district/city health managers to collect data on the home visiting and mobile team services and in consultation with the MOHSP to revise the existing regulatory framework for home visiting and mobile team services. With support from the district/city health managers, conduct meetings with the community to identify the need for patronage and mobile team services among the local population. Meet with key stakeholders and identify the home-visiting and mobile team service package and revise the job descriptions of the home visiting nurses and mobile team. Provide training to the selected patronage and mobile teams on delivering the identified package and provide supportive supervision to the team. Conduct meetings with experts from the MOHSPP and HSS working group members to discuss the possibility of providing incentives for home visiting nurses and mobile team.
 
KEY DELIVERABLES and PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

 

Deliverables

Deadline

Payment Schedule

1

Desk review conducted, needs assessment methodology and tool developed, and approved

30 May 2019

40% upon timely and satisfactory completion of the deliverables

2

Needs assesment conducted, data collected, data analysed and assesment report developed, finalized and submitted

15 June 2019

3

Meetings conducted, inputs obtained, presentation of the findings conducted, and recommendations/advocacy plan developed and submitted

30 June 2019

4

Full service package for home visiting and mobile teams identified and developed

20 July 2019

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5

Job descriptions for home visiting nurses and mobile clinic team reviewed, revised and submitted for approval

30 July 2019

6

Training materials for patronage and mobile team on delivering the newly defined home visiting and mobile clinic service package developed, training conducted

15 August 2019

7

Training report summerizing the process of the assignment submitted

25 August 2019

6

Final report, summarizing the outcomes of the assignment as well as a set of recommendations and follow-up actions submitted

15 September 2019

20% upon timely and satisfactory completion of the deliverables

The evaluation of the results will be based on:
1. Technical and professional competence (quality of the products delivered to UNICEF);
2. Scope of work (e.g. No. of meetings with the stakeholders);
3. Quality of work (quality of methodology, draft and final report);
4. Quantity of work (completing the tasks indicated in the table above within the set timeframe)

In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant's work

Estimated duration of contract and remuneration: The total duration of the assignment will be five (5) months (60 working days) from 25 May to 15 October 2019.

 Reporting to: Health Specialist, UNICEF Tajikistan

Insurances: UNICEF does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for consultants and individual contractors, and consultants and individual contractors are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming all costs related to required inoculations, vaccinations and medical examinations.  
Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate. The responsibility of UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation for service-incurred death, injury or illness as per the provisions detailed below.

Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Ethical considerations: Adequate measures should be taken to ensure that the process responds to quality and ethical requirements. The contracted consultant should be sensitive to beliefs, manners, and customs and act with integrity and honesty in their relationships with all stakeholders. It should also protect the anonymity and confidentiality of individual information.

Mandatory trainings: Consultants and individual contractors, regardless of contract duration, must complete the applicable mandatory trainings. The link will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

 Education: Advanced degree in public health, social science, planning, and other related disciplines.

Work Experience: Five to eight years of professional experience in planning, evaluation and developing strategies/plan of action/programs in the area of immunization, primary health care, public health.  

Competencies: Knowledge of health system and experience in working with national, oblast and district health authorities;

Technical Knowledge: Excellent facilitation, analytical and report writing skills.

Language: Fluency in Tajik/Russian. Knowledge of English language is an asset.

EVALUATION PROCESS:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
1. Cover letter/application/CV;

2. A technical proposal with proposed methodology/approach to managing the project, showing understanding of tasks;

3. Financial quote for the consultancy in USD per deliverable, stating also the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate in USD;

4. Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables;

5. At least 2 References

During the selection, the ratio between the technical evaluation and commercial offer is 70 to 30.

Queries can be sent to: tad-procurement@unicef.org  with subject line National consultancy to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in assessing the need for patronage and mobile team and strengthening patronage/home-visiting and mobile team services to improve immunization in Tajikistan”.  Applications must be received in the system by 27 May 2019 on our website: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.php

Please indicate your availability and rate per deliverable in TJS to undertake the terms of reference above. 

Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. UNICEF considers best value for money as criteria for evaluating potential candidates.  As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the "best value for money" principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis methodology. The award of the Contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a weighted set of technical and financial criteria.* Technical Criteria weight - 70%;* Financial Criteria weight - 30%;

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 70 points) 70% 70
Overall Response (25 points): 
- Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response-15
- Overall match between the TOR requirements and proposal-10

Proposed Methodology and Approach (20 points): 

- Quality of proposed approach/methodology-10
- Quality of proposed work plan-10

Technical Capacity (25 points): 

- Advanced degree in public health, social science, planning, and other related disciplines -5
- Five - eight years of professional experience in planning, evaluation and developing strategies/plan of action/programs in the area of immunization, primary health care, public health -5
- Proven experience in conducting feasibility studies, health market survey and needs assessment for health investments, health sector business processes re-engineering -5
- Knowledge of health system and experience in working with national, oblast and district health authorities -5
- Fluency in Tajik/Russian. Knowledge of English language is an asset -5

 FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (max. 30 points) (daily rate, lump sum, per deliverable) 30% 30

TOTAL SCORE (max. 100 points)  

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in Technical Criteria evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Proposal: Please provide a rate all-inclusive price (in US dollars) for delivery of professional services in accordance with the assignments described under this TOR.

The formula for the rating of the Financial Proposals will be as follows: FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF's core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
 
Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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