Request for Proposal (RFP): Contractor to support the HIV costing of strategies, 2015/HTM/HIV/004
World Health Organization | Published May 18, 2015 - Deadline May 29, 2015
The HIV department in WHO is preparing strategies for HIV, Hepatitis and STIs with a series of consultations, which will prepare these strategies for approval by the World Health Assembly in 2016. The three strategies are separate but it is important there are strong synergies between them, and to the wider work of WHO and UNAIDS.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Purpose of this assignment
The main objective of this assignment is to present the costing of the components of these strategies, which will accompany the goals, targets and actions. Where possible a consistent framework should be used, and it is essential the costing is based on commonly agreed costing assumptions aligned with partners. The three strategy draft strategy documents are available from the WHO HIV department web site.
Scope of Work
The assignment is from 08 June 2015 to 31 January 2016 and the contractor will work under the supervision of Coordinator, Strategic Information and Planning Unit, Department of HIV/AIDS.
The contractor will consult with the technical Strategic Information and Planning, and Strategy, teams in the design, structure and final form of the costing work and key assumptions, and adapt this to the consultation process.
The outputs of the present contract are detailed below.
Provision of a full costing document of the goals, targets and actions in the three strategies. This should include the common assumptions and framework used, the key data, and the costing findings. The report should cover the following key areas:
Summary of strategy process, of costing of other strategies including WHO, UNAIDS and partner programs and the frameworks used
Key findings of the costing, the major breakdowns and findings for the period 2016-21
Major uncertainties and factors in the costing
Summary of key assumptions in the costing
Burden of infections, prevalence, mortality, co-infections
Cost frameworks used and relation to partner costing
Cost assumptions by intervention, key population, region
Cross cutting costing components: health systems, community components, data systems
Costing of key components of the strategy
By intervention area, region, population
By goal, target, objective and action
For the health sector, other sectors, and partners
Including of innovations and efficiencies over time
Major uncertainties and assumptions in the costing
Where feasible returns on the strategies: in financial (including health financing and catastrophic health expenditures) and lives saved (morbidity and mortality)
Development of simple tools to assess the impact and costing of the cascade of services needed to deliver on these strategies, and achieve targets such as 90, 90, 90.
Key findings of the costing
Analysis of the cost components and distribution of costs
Cost per objective, target, and action
Costs over time and returns
The role of innovations and efficiencies over time
What are the major drivers and programmatic issues
Simple costing approaches and models to support countries cascade of services
Cost tables by time, intervention, strategy component
Breakdown by region and partner
Full tables of assumptions and worksheets
Technical description of the costing model
Provision of costing sections for each of the three strategies. This should include
Clear summary of the costing findings and assumptions targeted at policy dialogue
Background text and tables of the costing
Figures and Tables which can strongly communicate the findings in the strategy
Additional slides and materials to consult on and communicate strongly the costing of the strategies, and incorporation of feedback from partners and those involved in the strategy consultation. This includes participating in WHO meetings on strategy and country strategic information and services cascades, and provision of technical support to these meetings, including presentations and any analytical tools.
Background analysis, modelling and consultation with partners and WHO. It is understood that the amount of work will vary by disease, for example HIV can draw strongly on the work of UNAIDS, Hepatitis will require a greater investment of time in primary data and analysis. The group should establish and or use basic reference groups to support technical buy in to the work. The HIV component should be based on UNAIDS costing, the hepatitis should be based on the global investment case included in the draft strategy, and STI based on the WHO program and data. Technical support for global and country meetings may be requested for the strategy, for cascade meetings where country data is presented, and with partners.
Timeframe & Deliverables
Initial report with methods, data to be used, and assumptions
20 June 2015
Costing sections for the three strategies, for consultation
15 August 2015
Slides and materials to consult and communicate the costing work
01 September 2015
Final technical document with feedback from consultations and partners
31 January 2016
The contractual partner will work under the supervision of Coordinator, Strategic Information and Planning Unit, Department of HIV/AIDS.
The detailed timeframe above includes deliverables and milestones, against which performance will be monitored on a monthly basis.
Location and Travel
The contractual partner will be requested to work off-site.
Interactions will be mostly through electronic and telecom media (email, audio conferencing, Webex).
Any duty travel related to this contract will be organized separately, following the WHO Rules and Regulations on duty travel.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSIGNMENT
Educational background: University degree in a medical field or its equivalent.
Professional experience: 6 to 8 years.
Skills and Competencies
The work will require experience with HIV, hepatitis and STI costing and epidemiology, relevant modeling and access to partner modeling consortiums, and the demonstrated ability to link costing to goals, targets, actions and impact.
Previous work experience with WHO or other international institutions in the field of HIV and Hepatitis would be an asset.
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
No later than 29 May 2015, 12:00 CET the bidder shall submit:
A covering letter signed by the bidder or the respective authority when the bidder is not an individual.
The Proposal (including, but not restricted to: technical and financial documents, CV).
Email for submissions of proposal: firstname.lastname@example.org (use subject: Bid Ref 2015/HTM/HIV/004)
Mailing address for submission of proposal:
World Health Organization
Mrs Maryann Akpama
Bid Ref: 2015/HTM/HIV/004
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