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Technical Consultant – Reviewing and strengthening the relevant training courses in the OC4H learning and knowledge platform

[Ref.: OC4H Toolkit 1118-01]

Application Closing Date: 2nd December 2018

Duration: approx. 5 – 15 working days

Start and End Date: 02 January – 28 February 2019

Location of Consultancy: remote with potential travel to selected countries

 

BACKGROUND

The Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) Initiative is multi-country 3-year project implemented by Transparency International’s Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Programme (PHP).

OC4H is currently in its first year of implementation (April 2018 – March 2019) in Uganda and Zambia. We plan to start implementing in Kenya and Nepal by the end of year 1, and in a fifth country in year 2.

OC4H builds on PHP’s previous research and expertise on open contracting. Open contracting (OC) can strengthen public procurement systems, making them more resilient to corruption. It shows who is buying what, from whom and at what price, and it provides information about unsuccessful bids and bidders. Quantitative analysis of these simple transactions shows supplier performance and activity over time. It can reveal patterns and anomalies, which might indicate over-pricing and kickbacks or collusion between competitors; linking this information to other datasets can confirm such suspicions and deter bad practice. Open contracting also helps to ensure that companies on watch-lists cannot win business when they are prohibited from competing. OC can then contribute to create healthy, more competitive markets by increasing the accessibility of tenders and therefore the number of bidders per tender and new entrants to the market, especially local industry stakeholders.

The OC4H project focuses on a relatively new area of work (open contracting in public health procurement), allowing us to test tailored approaches of open contracting in the health sector and to work effectively with different stakeholders, in different countries. Each OC4H project country will have a different emphasis (e.g. health infrastructure, procurement of specific medicines, or strengthening contract management). The choice of maintaining a narrow focus and to work as much as possible at the sub-national levels of government will enable us to generate demonstrable evidence of impact and gather lessons learned that will inform both our advocacy strategy and support rapid scale up.

One of the main deliverable of the project is a learning platform (“the OC4H Toolkit”) to train stakeholders on open contracting, OCDS and more broadly on public health procurement, as well as on using and analysing procurement data.

 

OBJECTIVES

The scoping studies conducted in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia, as well as the initial engagement with the respective governments – particularly procurement officials at the regional and local levels – highlighted the need to better understand public procurement and how open contracting can contribute to build strong public procurement systems.

To address this gap, we are seeking the support of an expert to review and strengthen the relevant training courses in the OC4H Toolkit, an online/offline learning and knowledge platform developed by TI-PHP.

 

DELIVERABLES & TIMELINE

In particular, the Consultant will:

  • Review and strengthen the procurement course, in line with a modular approach that respond to different needs
  • Highlight the different roles within the procurement system and provide practical examples from the selected countries
  • Ensure the procurement module is in line with international procurement standards, including the WHO Basic Principles of Good Procurement Practice
  • Provide practical examples and case studies of procurement best practices from contexts relevant for the OC4H countries of implementation, including where open contracting has been successfully adopted
  • Provide short reading lists for each modules (as and when appropriate) for in-depth analysis
  • Develop tests and/or quizzes for final course assessment, in line with other OC4H Toolkit courses
  • Deliver face-to-face training (at either country or regional level) based on the procurement course as agreed and as needed.

Each course module will be short (between 250 and 400 words) and aimed to give the reader the opportunity to investigate the topic further through accessing more resources (e.g. reading list) or case studies.

TIMELINE

Any extensions to the timeline will be discussed and agreed in advance (e.g. to include face-to-face training).

 

ROLE OF THE CONSULTANT

TI-PHP aims to produce a content for the OC4H Toolkit that is of an exceptionally high standard and that can be used by a diverse audience (government officials, civil society and private sector) and that responds to their different needs. The consultant will be responsible for delivering the agreed project outputs using a methodology and approach as agreed by TI-PHP. The Consultant will achieve this by working collaboratively with TI-PHP and relevant partners.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Review the public procurement course with the aim of strengthening it, through appropriate content and learning resources
  • Align the course to the overall objective of the project, i.e. enhancing transparency and efficiency in public health procurement through the open contracting
  • Keep TI-PHP updated on progress
  • Presentation of the final course to TI-PHP
  • Deliver face-to-face training as agreed with TI-PHP

REMUNERATION & COSTS

The Consultant should provide a detailed breakdown, before any VAT or other charges, of all their estimated costs, including but not limited to; total fee as a lump sum or standard daily or hourly rates, and if applicable, work materials. Any costs related to international travel will be covered by TI-PHP. The anticipated number of working days is 5-15 days, including travel days.

50% of the Consultant’s fee is to be paid in advance, upon signing of contract, and 50% will be paid upon completion of the assignment.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

 

ESSENTIAL PROFILE

  • Master Degree or above (PhD) in global health or corruption or political science or related field from a reputed institution or equivalent experience
  • Proven relevant professional experience in developing training material for a diverse audience
  • Proven understating of how public procurement work and what are its challenges in the health sector
  • Excellent drafting and report writing capacities in English language
  • Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE

  • Thematic knowledge in the area of anti-corruption in global health
  • Previous experience in drafting training material on public procurement for large international organisations, such as UN or INGOs
  • Experience in collecting and managing primary data from a variety of sources and ensuring integrity of data in a development context, with preference for such experience in the health sector

WORKING LANGUAGE

  • English

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Applications (in English language) must be sent by email to setzo@transparency.org by 11:59pm on 30 November 2018 with OC4H Toolkit 1118-01 in the subject line. Applications should contain:

  • A cover letter outlining motivation and evidence that the consultant is qualified to undertake the work as described in the terms of reference
  • Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicants profile and experience
  • Financial offer for undertaking the work with estimation as to the number of days that will be spent on each task
  • Contact details for a least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicants expertise and relevant work experience

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. TI retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties.

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