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Procurement Consultant - Quality Assurance of Health Products
|Application Deadline :||15-Nov-20 (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 :||130 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 November 2020 to 30 June 2021|
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.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.
UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund is a powerful contributor to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including SDG 3 and UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021); through this partnership, UNDP plays a key role in supporting countries facing challenging circumstances to deliver the SDGs, to strengthen institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services (Outcome 3) and a return to sustainable development pathways in post conflict and post-disaster settings (Outcome 6). In strategic terms, in 2016 and 2017 the partnership between UNDP and the Global Fund was marked by increased convergence among implementation support, capacity development/systems strengthening and policy.
First, UNDP continued to strengthen its status as a key implementer of Global Fund grants in crisis and early recovery environments, including procurement and supply management and quality assurance of health products in line with UNDP’s Quality Assurance Policy for Health Products (2018) (QA Policy). Second, UNDP responded to increasing demand for capacity development from national entities and the Global Fund to strengthen resilient systems for health through a new generation of capacity development plans. A key area for support is on procurement and supply chain management, including quality assurance. And third, as UNDP’s policy and implementation roles increasingly converge and reinforce each other, UNDP is supporting the Global Fund to increase engagement on human rights, key populations and gender aspects of disease responses at a strategic, policy and program level (as priority objectives in the Global Fund Strategy, “Investing to End Epidemics” (2017-2022). As of January 2017, UNDP served as the temporary Principal Recipient (PR) for 34 Global Fund grants covering 19 countries and 3 regional grants. Given the importance of the partnership with the Global Fund, UNDP continues to provide high value-added services both in its PR role, increasingly as a significant technical partner to governments, and to civil society organizations (CSOs) who implement Global Fund grants. This is overseen by the BBPS/HHD Global Fund/Health Implementation Support Team (GF/HIST) in close coordination with Country Offices, Regional Bureaus, the Legal Office and the Bureau of Management. In addition, the GF/HIST oversees the implementation of the QA Policy, the revision and refinement of the Policy to reflect lessons learnt in line with international standards.
The national and international health landscapes are rapidly changing: new health initiatives are emerging and bring to light pressing challenges connected with health systems strengthening including, health procurement and supply management that require a new modus operandi to optimize UNDP’s investments into global health. These opportunities go beyond UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund. In addition, there is a need for UNDP to continue to expand opportunities for partnerships with key stakeholders on health procurement including GAVI, World Bank and UNITAID. UNDP has a broad range of partnerships including with technical partners (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, Stop TB) and emergency and humanitarian partners (e.g., UNHCR, IRC, OCHA).
UNDP’s Support to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a critical issue for UNDP. It is as much a health and development emergency as it is a human security crisis. In order to deliver on its mission eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and building resilience to crisis and shocks, UNDP must help countries to urgently and effectively respond to COVID-19 in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Drawing on UNDP’s experience with other outbreaks such as Ebola, HIV, SARS, TB and malaria, as well as our long history of working with the private and public sector, UNDP is helping countries to urgently and effectively respond to COVID-19 as part of its mission to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience to crises and shocks. UNDP, together with our UN family and other partners, are prioritizing, supporting the health response including the procurement and supply of essential health products, under WHO’s leadership, strengthening crisis management and response, and addressing critical social and economic impacts. UNDP is participating as a member of the Joint UN Task Force on Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), providing technical assistance including, quality assurance. UNDP has procured over US$140 million of PPE and Medical Devices (MDs) since the beginning of March 2020. To draw lessons on the implementation of the QA Policy in response the COVID, the GF/HIST will review the work undertaken in coordination with the Bureau of Management Services.
Objective of the assignment
The consultant will support the GF/HIST team in the review, revision, implementation and the monitoring of UNDP’s QA Policy (2018) with a focus on MDs and PPE, drawing lessons learnt from UNDP’s support to countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consultant will support the development of training packages for use by UNDP’s Country Offices and to develop and revise guidance materials, SOPs and tools and support on training activities for UNDP. The Consultant will also contribute to corporate reporting on the implementation of the QA Policy during 2019 with a focus on the COVID-19 response and support on training activities. In addition, the Consultant is expected to review the specifications and QA criteria for MDs and PPE that UNDP is requested to procure by Country Offices and through the joint UN market solicitation processes for MDs and PPE, to assess the sources (manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, products).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Quality Assurance Advisor (Copenhagen), the Consultant will:
Reporting: The consultant will report to the GF HIST Quality Assurance Advisor.
Travel: The Consultant will be home-based.
If unforeseen travel is required, travel costs will be covered by UNDP according to its rules and regulations. Travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between UNDP and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be covered and paid by UNDP. 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.
Evaluation: Applicants will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified below through a desk review or an interview. Applicants will be evaluated based on: Cumulative analysis method that combines the results of technical and financial evaluation results
Technical Evaluation Criteria (maximum 70 %):
Criteria 1: Experience in the international health procurement sectors (20 points);
Criteria 2: Experience in the assessment of quality assurance dossiers of medical devices and personal protective equipment (20 points);
Criteria 3: Experience in the procurement of medical devices for health facilities located in the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) founding member countries (15 points);
Criteria 4: Experience with UN organizations or international NGOs in the area of international health procurement (15 points);
Criteria 5: Good knowledge of WHO norms and standards and international regulations for medical devices and personal protective equipment (20 points);
Criteria 6: Second UN language (10 points).
Financial Evaluation Criteria (maximum 30 %):
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
Payment Method:Payment: All-inclusive daily fee
Project and Resource Management:
Partnership building and teamwork:
Communications and Advocacy:
Required Skills and Experience
GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. rent of dwelling, fee, health insurance, vaccination, visa costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged costs (except of the unforeseen travel costs for missions, if any) must be included in the financial proposal. Unforeseen travel costs for missions, if any, will be paid separately according to UNDP rules and regulations. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. Per diems cannot exceed UN DSA rates (http://icsc.un.org/rootindex.asp).
Security: Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://trip.dss.un.org
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template