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Consultancy to develop a multi-country policy, referral and treatment guidelines for TB/DR TB diagnosis, prevention, care and control in migrants and settings with refugees, Internally Displaced Populations (IDPS) and returnees
|Location :||Homebased with travel to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||24-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||05 June 2019 – 15 November 2019 (The maximum number of mandays are 60 days).|
This consultancy is requested by the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok Regional Hub) which acts as the Principal Recipient for the TB/MDR-TB interventions among Afghan refugees, returnees and mobile populations in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan (The Programme), funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghanistan) has one of the highest numbers of refugees, returnees and internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in the region. In 2017, over 610,000 Afghans returned from Iran and Pakistan. This includes 60,000 registered refugees that returned from Pakistan, 100,000 undocumented returnees from Pakistan, and over 450,000 undocumented returnees from Iran. In 2016, following the arrival of more than 1 million documented and undocumented Afghan returnees, the existing capacity to absorb new arrivals in country is under significant strain and negative coping mechanisms such as remigration are increasingly prevalent.
Returns are taking place against a backdrop of increased internal displacement due to conflict and the nationwide drought (the worst in a lifetime- affecting over 3 million Afghans and resulting in massive displacement across the western region) and high civilian casualties due to persisting instability in several regions of Afghanistan. During 2018, over 300,000 individuals were newly displaced, while over 500,000 individuals were displaced in 2017. The continuing insecurity and limited capacity to absorb returning Afghans and those displaced within Afghanistan could lead to secondary displacement and onward movement.
Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have established strong national tuberculosis (TB) programs which have to date successfully ensured appropriate TB diagnosis, care and control services to populations, including migrants, refugees, returnees and IDPs. However, some of the TB services provided are not yet fully harmonized among the three countries. Moreover, the information on migrants, refugees, returnees and IDPs with TB is not routinely collected within the National TB Program networks of the three countries, and if it is, it is fragmented and not standardized.
Although in the previous years, there were some attempts among the NTPs of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan to collaborate in order to strengthen TB services provision to migrants and refugees moving across national borders, there is still no formal coordination mechanism to ensure i) harmonized strategy and policy development ii) implementation of a system to exchange standardized information on TB among migrants, refugees and returnees, iii) standardized and mutually supportive capacity building approaches, iv) regional approach to advocate for sustainable TB services for migrants, refugees, IDPs and returnees, v) regional and in-country dialogue on human rights and gender issues which affect access of target population to TB services and vi) development of a regional network of partners.
There are three target groups important for cross-border collaboration on TB control and finding missing TB/MDR-TB cases amongst mobile Afghan populations:
Summary of the current treatment regimens is provided in Annex 1.
First line treatment is currently seen as being aligned. This is yet to be confirmed with involvement of the WHO-EMRO. All three countries are still using Category II treatment regiments, which all are planning to phase out. From 2020 there would be no Category II regimen in the three project countries.
Second line treatment algorithms are mostly aligned, except for:
 The number of returnees from abroad increased by 24% in 2016 alone, compared to the period between 2012 and 2015, followed by a notable 52% decrease in returns in 2017. During all three-time frames, Nangarhar received the most returnees (499,194), nearly twice as many as Kabul (256,145)
 All EMR member states will be oriented on the revised MDR policies and guidelines and EMRO will provide guidance in the transition planning in April 2019
Duties and Responsibilities
Consultancy to develop a multi-country policy and referral and treatment guidelines for TB/DR TB prevention, care and control in migrants and settings with refugees, Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) and returnees. The policy and referral and treatment guidelines will be aligned to the national strategies and guidelines.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following activities are expected to be completed as part of this assignment:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The following are the expected outputs and deliverables:
The Consultant shall report to the Team Leader for the Asia and the Pacific Health team at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The work will be facilitated by with the UNDP Geneva Health Implementation support team in close coordination with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) and the Stop TB partnership.
Duration of the Assignment:
The duration of the assignment is for 60 working days, 5 June 2019 to 15 November 2019.
The position is home based with possible travel to Afghanistan; Iran and Pakistan.
The fare will always be “most direct, most economical” and any difference in price with the preferred route will be paid for by the expert.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel
 in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan
 As listed in the outputs section below
 As listed in the section 5
 This includes : the procedures to be used in the United Nations’ reception facilities at the borders for the voluntary returnees; referral of refugees who are on treatment; refugees who are on Tb ttt and are deported by the national authorities; cross-border referral of refugees who are on MDR ttt etc.
 This includes the content of the cross-border transfer form to be used.
Required Skills and Experience
Skills/Technical skills and knowledge:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment :
The Consultant must send a financial proposal based on the lump sum amount.
The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed out-put based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class, he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following 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 set of weighted technical criteria ( Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified
Annex I - TOR_Consultancy to develop a multi-country policy, referral and treatment guidelines
Annex II- General Condition of Contract
Annex III - Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal
All documents can be downloaded at :http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=55565
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.