International consultancy to provide technical assistance for end-grant conference of TB-REP 2.0

PAS Center

I. Background information on the project

Despite notable progress in the past decade, TB is still of public health concern in most of the countries within the WHO European Region. The Eastern European region has the highest rates of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) in the world. According to WHO estimates, 17% of new TB cases and 53% of previously treated cases in the region had rifampicin-resistant TB (RR-TB) in 2017, compared to global figures of 3.5% and 18%, respectively. TB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Project on Advancing People-Centered Quality TB Care – From the New Model of Care Towards Improving DR-TB Early Detection and Treatment Outcomes (TB-REP 2.0 Project), funded by the Global Fund (GF) and implemented by Centre for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Center) as Principal Recipient jointly with the project partners, has been supporting EECA countries to tackle high burden of TB and MDR TB and bring TB care closer to patients. TB-REP 2.0 is focusing on strengthening people-centered approaches in TB care through sustainable transformation of the health systems and meaningful involvement of communities and civil society.

TB-REP 2.0 has been approved for a 3-year period, from 2019 to 2021. The project is covering eleven countries with high incidence of TB in EECA region, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. It is a multi-partner project implemented by the PAS Center, as the principal recipient in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe), TB Europe Coalition (TBEC), TBpeople and Global TB Caucus.

Approaching the end-point of TB-REP 2.0, which is end of December 2021, it is worthwhile taking stock of the progress made in project-participating countries, reviewing how TB-REP 2.0 contributed to it, and addressing challenges encountered and way forward.

In the context of the above, and with the aim to summarize progress made by all partners against project goals during the end-grant conference, PAS Center is seeking to contract an international consultant to provide technical assistance in developing the concept, agenda and other related documents for the end-grant conference of TB-REP 2.0.

II. Scope of work

The objective of the assignment is to conceptualize and coordinate the End of Grant Conference for the TB-REP 2.0 project.

III. Objectives of the assignment

The consultant is expected to develop the following:

  • Develop the end-grant conference concept (English and Russian).

  • Identify speakers among TB-REP 2.0 partners and develop the end-grant conference agenda (English and Russian).

  • Draft the invitation letters for governmental stakeholders, non-governmental stakeholders and other TB-REP 2.0 partners (English and Russian).

  • Consolidate the list of participants.

  • Draft the information circular of the event (English and Russian).

  • Communicate with speakers, sessions moderators in order to receive in time the final presentations for the event (English or Russian).

  • Ensure the facilitation of the event.

  • Develop post-event report.

PAS Center will support –the translation for the second language, and connect the consultant with TB-REP 2.0 partners.

IV. Expected deliverables

The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:

  • End-grant conference concept and agenda (English and Russian).

  • Invitation letters for governmental stakeholders, non-governmental stakeholders and other TB-REP 2.0 partners and list of participants (English and Russian).

  • Information circular of the event (English and Russian).

  • Final presentations for the event (English and Russian).

  • Post-event report (English or Russian).

V. Reporting requirements

The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Program Coordinator of the PAS Center and present the deliverables within the required timeline.

VI. Qualification requirements and basis for evaluation

The Qualification requirements and basis for evaluation (evaluation criteria) and selection of the consultant аrе the following:

General Qualifications (30 points)

  • University degree in public health, social science, healthcare management, organizational management or other relevant field;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the area of public health;

Adequacy for the assignment (45 points):

  • Successful track record in conceptualizing high level meetings/regional conferences and planning, coordinating and facilitating such events.
  • Expertise in effectively working with multiple stakeholders in preparing meetings and conferences;
  • Demonstrated regional or international experience in working on public health related projects;
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze programmatic information and develop required documents based on that;
  • Relevant experience in working with international organizations and/or national agencies implementing externally funded TB programs and projects;
  • Familiarity with TB global agenda, EECA regional and national TB programs, TB governmental and non-governmental stakeholders from EECA region is a great asset.

Language and other qualifications (25 points):

  • Written fluency in English and Russian;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Ability to work independently and with multiple stakeholders, respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to synthesize information and issues;
  • Ability to plan and produce quality results to meet established goals, generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations.

VII. Duration of the assignment

The consultancy will take place from November to December 2021.

VIII. Payment schedule

The consultant will receive the payment upon submission and acceptance the deliverables listed under point IV above.

How to apply

The Center for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Center) has received financing from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria toward the cost of the „Advancing People-Centered Quality TB Care – From the New Model of Care Towards Improving DR-TB Early Detection and Treatment Outcomes” Grant, and intends to apply part of the proceeds to conceptualize and coordinate the End of Grant Conference for the TB-REP 2.0 project.

The PAS Center now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. The Consultants will work in a team having as an outcome the same deliverables. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services. The Consultants are hereby invited to submit their updated CV. Please note that the PAS Center is not bound to accept any of the CVs.

The selection of consultants will be carried out in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (June 2014).

The PAS Center will select the consultants on the basis of comparison of consultants’s qualifications for the assignment and conformity with the TOR’s requirements. The evaluation will be done for each consultant separately.

First-hand information about the ToR can be obtained from the person below during office hours 09.00 to 18.00.

Cristina Celan – Program Officer, PAS Center

E-mail: [email protected]

The deadline for submission of Consultant’s CV is November 3, 2021, 6:00 PM o’clock, Moldova local time

CVs can be submitted by e-mail to the address bellow:

E-mail: [email protected]

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