International consultant End term evaluation of project “Strengthening Sustainability in the Health Sector in Developing Countries”


Location : Home based
Application Deadline :23-Feb-21 (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)
15-Mar-2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :15 March- 31st May 2021 for a maximum of 60 working days

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.


Background

UNDP: UNDP is the global development organisation of the UN systems with presence in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has corporate responsibility for developing all relevant policies projects, programme and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provide technical advice to Country Offices; advocate UNDP corporate messages, represent UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogue initiatives, South-South and Triangular co-operation initiatives and engage in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response.  BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve high quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to provide high quality, technical support for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme support activities. UNDP supports countries including those in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions to effectively implement of complex, multilateral and multi-sectoral projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. UNDP partners with countries.

Health and Climate Change: The impact of climate change is being experienced in many  parts of the world with many occurrences ranging from floods, droughts, disease outbreaks including Covid-19, brush fires as experienced in Europe, Australia, USA, and many others. This has placed an added socioeconomic, health and infrastructure burden on many countries especially those located in the global south, some of which are project countries for the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP). In Brazil, a record number of fires ravaged the Amazon region, drawing international attention because of the rainforest’s importance to the global climate. Climate change impacts in India, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia included higher temperatures, increased episodes of flooding and droughts, and a rise in sea level (for coastal areas), threatening livelihoods and the health of millions of citizens. Hospitals were flooded, destroyed by fire and affected by shortages of water and electricity. In all these crises, the health sector is ill-prepared to deal with these natural disasters

While the health sector suffers from the severe impacts of climate change, the evidence also shows that it is an important contributor to global warming, generating significant levels of CO2 emissions during health care service delivery, as well as through the production, distribution, use and disposal of health products. In addition, the health sector also contributes to chemical contamination, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, air and water pollution. A recent report, Health Care’s Climate Footprint, by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) shows that the health sector contributes 4.4 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) net emissions. As such, concerted effort by all partners is required to ensure that sustainable practices are identified and adopted throughout the health care value chain.

 

About SHiPP: To promote compliance with environmental and social standards, the Sustainable Procurement in the Health sector initiative (SPHS) was officially established in May 2012. This initiative is implemented by an Informal Interagency Task Team coordinated  by a secretariat managed by UNDP. The SPHS has ten members—seven are UN Agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, WHO) and three are Multilateral Health Financing Institutions (GAVI, GFATM and UNITAID). Together, the members command a cumulative purchasing power in the global health sector of around USD $5 billion annually, representing a sizeable portion of the global market in pharmaceuticals and other health products. With the financial support from the Swedish Government, UNDP working with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) initiated the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP). The project is implemented directly in 10 countries of Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Moldova, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia and the HCWH’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network is scaling up the successful results in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia and the Philippines. UNDP and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) have identified public procurement as a key entry point for promoting more sustainable production and consumption patterns (SDG 12). The aim of the project is to strengthen sustainability in the health sector in selected countries to ultimately reduce harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture and disposal of medical products. Within this framework, there are three main ways in which the sector can negatively affect the health of people and the environment:

 

  • Patients, health care workers and the public around the world are exposed to environmental and health risks during the implementation of health programs - for example through direct exposure to biological or chemical agents, or health risks from improper health care waste management and the burning of waste.
  • The production of medical products can impact health and well-being – for example, there is increasing concern about pharmaceuticals that accumulate in the environment.
  • The health sector is having an impact on global climate change and planetary health, for example - through the emission of greenhouse gases.

 

End-Term Evaluation: Based on UNDP’s Policy guidelines, evaluation is a judgement made of the relevance, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of development efforts, based on agreed criteria and benchmarks among key partners and stakeholders. It involves a rigorous, systematic and objective process in the design, analysis and interpretation of information to answer specific questions. It provides assessments of what works and why, highlights intended and unintended results, and provides strategic lessons to guide decision-makers and inform stakeholders. The Project Results and Resource Framework and the associated baseline report developed at the start of the project (2018) provides a framework for measuring the performance of this project and for ensuring funding is contributing to the achievement of results. Through the overall M&E system, project results at outcome and output level have been monitored and captured through the semi and annual reporting process and submitted to the donor and the Country Offices.  As this is a multi-country initiative, the interventions implemented by the SHiPP require a mix of methods to assess their effectiveness. The annual work-plans and annual reports provide the official analysis between planning and results thereby are used as tracking measures for milestones and concrete outputs/outcomes. 

                                     

Objectives of the Evaluation: The objectives of the end-evaluation will be to:

  • Evaluate progress achieved against programme objectives and the results framework
  • Evaluate the effects of the modules/interventions
  • Identify factors contributing to successful outcomes and barriers taking into consideration the unique partnership between UNDP and HCWH, a civil society organization and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Evaluate the potential for scaling up results beyond the ten countries
  • Evaluate programme implementation, processes and milestones towards programme objectives
  • Better link achieved results to grant funds and grant supported activities

Institutional Arrangements:

  • The Consultant will report through the SHiPP Manager to the Regional HIV/Health Team leader;
  • The consultant will use his or her own equipment (e.g. lap top) to perform the work.

  Duration of  work : 

  • 15th March 2021- 31st May 2021 for a maximum of 60 working days

 Duty Station

  • Home Based

Annexes to the TOR: https://savinglivesustainably.org/shipp/shipp.html


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of  Work

Evaluation of the SHiPP will require an assessment at multiple levels — global , region and national. In order to assess the effectiveness and show progress in the implementation of the project activities, the end-term evaluations should employ a purposeful mix of quantitative, qualitative and policy measures. The evaluation/assessment methodology should include comprehensive document reviews, qualitative interviews, selected country case studies, and in-depth data analysis. Standardized Data Extraction Tools will need to be developed, tested, adapted, and put into place.

It is critical that the wide range of interventions included in this project are independently evaluated, and that their complementarities and synergies are fully understood, not only to maximize the individual effectiveness of project activities, but also to learn how synergies between different interventions may ultimately work in tandem to contribute to the same desired outcome. This is true within countries, as well as across countries. The evaluation should therefore seek to draw lessons relating to the effectiveness and sustainability of the interventions themselves, as well as any patterns that are discernable across different types of sustainability interventions, etc. Selected country case studies will contribute significantly in illuminating these patterns. In the short term, the evaluation should provide information on how these modules and interventions are linked to the progress of the project. In the longer term, this work will help to maximize contributions to the longer-term desired outcomes and sustainable change at different levels of programming.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the EECA Regional HIV/Health Team leader, working with the Project Manager, and in collaboration with the HCWH SHIPP Director and Coordinator,[1] the Lead Consultant will ensure the following deliverables:

[1] the consultant will as necessary engage with other members of the UNDP and HCWH teams over the course of the consultancy.

 Expected outputs and deliverables

  1. Inception Report, providing a detailed description of proposed methodology and approach for the assignment
  2. Draft evaluation report synthesizing lessons learned within and across countries.
  3. Semi finalized comprehensive end-Term evaluation report for the entire project. [Among other things, the end-term evaluations will seek to assess progressive changes in the policy framework, sustainability practices, identification of more sustainable substances and product substitution and other actions on the ground.]
  4. A Final end-term evaluation report synthesizing lessons learned within and across countries.

 

No.

Deliverables / Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Review and Approvals Required

1

Inception Report for the assignment

10

PMT

2

Draft evaluation report synthesizing lessons learned within and across countries.

20

PMT

3

A semi finalized comprehensive end-term evaluation report for the entire project. [Among other things, the end-term evaluations will seek to assess changes in the policy framework, strategies, knowledge products and their implementation, sustainability[1] practices by health systems and suppliers, and actions on the ground, potential for broader scaling of results globally and sustainability of observed outcomes[2].]

40

PMT

4

An end-term evaluation report synthesizing lessons learned within and across countries

200

PMT

 

 

[1] What progress has been made towards low-carbon, less toxic and resource conservation among project implementers.

[2] To what extent have knowledge products (tools and resources) developed by SHiPP been adopted by hospitals, health systems and UN procurement officers?


Competencies

Corporate

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional:

  • Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs;
  • Sound judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage competing priorities.


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications of the successful Individual Contractor

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced (masters/PhD) University degree in Development, Climate Change, Public Health, health economy/statistics or any related Social Sciences.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant International level experience in Public Health, Climate Change, Planetary health or other related fields is required;
  • 5 years of proven experience in project evaluation (similar evaluation experiences within the UN system will be considered an asset);
  • Knowledge of health system procurement processes especially in the UN system desirable;
  • Knowledge of UN and/or UNDP procedures, grant applications and program implementation is highly desirable.

 Language and other skills:

  • Excellent written and spoken English while knowledge of other UN languages will be added advantage;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, ERP etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The Prospective Service Provider will indicate the cost of services for each deliverable in US dollars when applying for this consultancy. The Proposer will be paid based on the effective UN exchange rate (where applicable), and only after approving authority confirms the successful completion of each deliverable as stipulated hereunder. In accordance with UNDP rules, the lump sum contract amount to be offered should consider the professional fee inclusive of living allowances, communications, taxes, out of pocket expenses, and other ancillary costs.

A winning Proposer shall then be paid, as per the following payment schedule:

 

Instalment of Payment/ Period

Deliverables or Documents to be Delivered

Approval should be obtained

Percentage of Payment

1st Instalment

Submission of an acceptable Inception Report

Team Leader

10%

2nd Instalment

Submission of an acceptable 1st draft evaluation report synthesizing lessons learned within and across countries

30%

3rd Instalment

Submission of a revised comprehensive end line evaluation report for the entire project.

Team Leader

40%

4th Instalment

Delivery of the Final End line Evaluation Report

20%

 

 Recommended Presentation of Offer

For purposes of generating proposals whose contents are uniformly presented and to facilitate their comparative review, your Technical Proposal document must have at least the preferred content as outlined in the IC Standard Bid Document (SBD).

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; UNDP Procurement site JOB ID -  75215, https://procurement-notices.undp.org/.  (Note: the system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file);
  2. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, showing ability to utilize evaluation methodologies; 
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. 

 Criteria for Selecting the Best Offer

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the combined weighted method, where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest ranked score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. In this regard, the respective weight of the proposals is:
  • Technical Criteria weight is 70%
  • Financial Criteria weight is 30%
  • Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

 

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

Technical Competence (based on CV, Proposal and interview (if required)

70%

100

  • 5 years of proven experience in project evaluation (similar evaluation experiences within the UN system will be considered an asset)

 

50

  • Advanced (masters/PhD) University degree in Development, Climate Change, Public Health, health economy/statistics or any related Social Sciences

 

10

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant International level experience in Public Health, Climate Change, Planetary health or other related fields

 

15

  • Knowledge of UN and/or UNDP procedures, grant applications and program implementation is highly desirable.

 

 

15

  • Knowledge of health system procurement processes desirable

 

10

 Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation Financial Evaluation Criteria (maximum 30 points): p = y (µ/z), where p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal µ = price of the lowest priced proposal z = price of the proposal being evaluated

30%

30

Total Score

Technical Score  * 70% + Financial Score * 30%



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