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Technical Consultant – Assessing public health procurement methods at the sub-national levels in selected Sub-Saharan African countries

[Ref.: OC4H 1118-02]

Application Closing Date: 2nd December 2018

Duration: approx. 22 – 28 working days

Start and End Date: 2 January – 28 February 2019

Location of Consultancy: remote with travel to selected countries



Each year, governments around the world spend significant sums of public funds on health-related contracts for everything from medicines to major infrastructure projects, such as hospitals. Given the vast sums of money tied up in procurement by the state, it is not surprising that the OECD cites procurement as governments’ greatest corruption risk.[1] In 57 per cent of the 427 bribery cases concluded under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, bribes were paid to win public contracts.[2] Ensuring effective procurement processes can result in high-quality and cost-effective products being purchased in the correct volume, at the right time, at the right price, and that are aligned with health needs.

The Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) Initiative is a multi-country 3-year project implemented by Transparency International’s Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Programme (PHP). The objective of the project is to facilitate the implementation of open contracting in the health sector in key priority countries in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia as a way to curb corruption and ensure better use of scarce public funds for health.

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. The 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.


The purpose of this assignment is to map and assess public health procurement methods at the sub-national levels in selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to highlight weaknesses, strengths, opportunities and blockers, including in relation to open contracting as a way to enhance transparency and efficiency, and curb corruption.

The mapping and assessment will support establishing a baseline for future and more detailed analysis of the project and its impact.


The primary deliverable of this consultancy is a completed, detailed report that map procurement models in selected countries, with a specific attention on sub-national models in both centralised and decentralised systems. Procurement models are assessed against each other and against international standards. The report will include a SWOT analysis and key recommendations for governments and if appropriate, specifically for TI-PHP.

The report will be completed using the TI-PHP report format and the desired length of the report is between 35-45 pages excluding Executive Summary and Bibliography. Furthermore, a presentation of research findings will be provided to TI-PHP, including a PowerPoint presentation.

All deliverables must be completed by the 28th of February 2019, the latest. The report output will be completed in accordance with the Transparency International Style Guide. The final design of the report will be completed by the TI’s Communications Department.


Any extensions to the timeline will be discussed and agreed in advance.


TI-PHP aims to produce publications of an exceptionally high standard that can be used to drive policy change, to advocate on matters concerning corruption in the health sector and to identify new approaches to old problems, which TI-PHP and partners can pilot. The consultant will be responsible for delivering the agreed project outputs using a methodology and approach as agreed by TIPHP. The Consultant will achieve this by working collaboratively with TIPHP and relevant partners.


  • Conduct comprehensive desk research on the procurement models in selected Sub-Saharan African countries
  • Conduct interviews with key experts (incl. TI national chapters) and high level government officials as required
  • Regular liaison with TI-PHP
  • Presentation of report findings to TI-PHP (including PowerPoint)
  • Delivery of final report as per the agreed timeline


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 TIPHP. The anticipated number of working days is 22-26 days, including travel days (if required).

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.



  • Master or PhD university degree in global health or corruption or political science or related field from a reputed institution or equivalent experience
  • Proven relevant professional experience in developing solutions-focused research reports for advocacy organisations
  • Substantial experience of conducting desk research and literature review
  • Proven experience in liaising with and interviewing high level government official and experts
  • Excellent drafting and report writing capacities in English language
  • Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity



  • Thematic knowledge in the area of anti-corruption in global health
  • Previous experience researching and drafting reports on health topics 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



  • English


Applications (in English language) must be sent by email to setzo@transparency.org by 11:59pm on 30 November 2018 with Ref.: OC4H 1118-02 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
  • A sample of previous work (confidentiality guaranteed)
  • The approach and proposed data collection methods based on the information provided in these Terms of Reference including proposed timeline if different from that quoted above
  • 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
  • Completed VAT form for tenders


Editorial control

Research publications are published under the TIPH name and therefore editorial control rests with TIPH. Once a research text has been agreed in final draft, TIPH typically adapts it to publish reports and papers with policy recommendations.


Researchers are acknowledged in the publication as are those who have made a significant contribution. Researchers and key contributors are given sight of the final text before publication, including introductions, summaries and policy recommendations written by TIPH, and are entitled to ask for their name to be removed from the acknowledgements if they are not in agreement with the final publication.

Intellectual Property & Copyright

The IP for the research and copyright for all research commissioned by TIPH and all our publications rests with TIPH. However, it is our aim to disseminate any of the training materials and related outputs to as many people as possible. Hence, it is feasible to agree non-exclusive licenses for stakeholders that wish to incorporate the materials into their own training materials.

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.


[1] http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2015/11/18/many-developing-countries-can-improve-publicservices-through-fair-and-open-procurement-practices-says-wbg-report [Accessed: 12/12/2016].

[2] Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2014. OECD Foreign Bribery Report: An Analysis of the Crime of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials, p.8.


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