Affordable Quality Healthcare Project (AQH) aims to ensure that the health of the population of Kosovo improves, with strengthened healthcare providers and managers able to meet the needs of the patients (especially vulnerable groups).
Swiss Cooperation Office Kosovo | Published July 9, 2014 - Deadline August 18, 2014
Part 1: Tasks and responsibilities for the preparation of the project and elaboration of a Project Document (an inception phase of maximum 9 months is envisaged)
- Initiate a participatory project development process in order to develop ownership among key stakeholders and elaborate the details of the project, in close collaboration with SDC.
- Elaboration of a detailed hierarchy of objectives, theory of change, action lines and related strategies of the project.
- Elaborate a clear intervention strategy and approaches to be adopted in view of seizing opportunities for scaling up and ensuring the sustainability of interventions.
- Selection of partner municipalities including the conclusion of preliminary agreements with selected municipalities. Clear criteria, preliminarily agreed with SDC, shall guide the selection process.
- Elaborate a thorough risk assessment and risk management framework, with a specific focus on the risk of corruption.
- Identify entry points and devise respective plans for addressing SDC’s transversal themes, gender equity and good governance. A special attention should be paid to social inclusion of vulnerable and excluded groups.
- Prepare a thorough stakeholder analysis, identifying possible drivers and restrainers of change, understanding prevailing power relations, and define the Project’s approach related to strategic partnerships and cooperation.
- Define and operationalize the Project set up, organization and management, in close collaboration with SDC.
- Develop a monitoring system, including the establishment of a baseline related to outcome and impact indicators agreed upon with SDC. The basis for conducting a cost benefit analysis should also be established.
- Identify and plan synergies between the Project and SDC’s intervention in local government and decentralization (DEMOS, AKM) as well as SDC’s interventions in enhancing private sector development (PPSE and EYE). Special attention shall be paid to SDC’s contribution to the WB (Swiss Trust Fund: Improving Financial Protection and Quality of Care) in order to ensure a programmatic approach.
- Ensure coordination with other important development projects supporting healthcare reform, in particular with the WB’s KHP and Lux Dev. Explore and promote the applicability of the Providing for Health (P4H) approach.
- Close and continuous cooperation and discussion with SDC Head Office, SCO Kosovo and other relevant local stakeholders.
- On the basis of the above, elaboration of a Project Document and respective annexes. The document has to be presented to SDC latest by the end of the sixth month of inception phase. SDC reserves the right to ask for amendments to the presented Project Document.
Part 2: Implementation of the Project
- Overall management and coordination of and implementation of the Project according to the Project Document and the approved SDC Credit Proposal. The Project Management shall strive to fulfil a facilitation role, and avoid creating parallel implementing structures, which are less sustainable.
- Management of staff, consultants, and eventual subcontractors.
- Provision of technical assistance to partner municipalities, health facilities and respective institutions at the central level.
- Operational and financial planning, management and reporting.
- Monitoring of the planned activities, outputs, outcomes and impact.
- Build a solid network with respective actors and stakeholders in Kosovo’s health sector
- Exchange and coordinate with SDC and its relevant partners in Kosovo, in the region and beyond.
- Knowledge management and know-how transfer to local stakeholders. In addition, ensure sharing of experiences and good practices with other SDC health programmes in Eastern Europe.
Profile of the Bidding Organisation
A bidder must be an institution, organization or company with a sound background in implementing complex health development projects, preferably with a broad experience base in transition countries, ideally in the Western Balkans and/or Kosovo. The organization shall have proven management capacity related to complex, large, multitier and multiactor health support projects. Because of the broad scope of the project, the bidder must have – besides its experiences and knowledge - access to an established network of specialists in sub- fields of public health, such as health system management and financing, capacity development of health professionals, health promotion, and community mobilization. Consultants with specific expertise may be subcontracted by the implementer. This has to be reflected in the technical and financial offer of the bid.