Call for Expression of Interest (EoI)
Consultancy to develop the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre manual (Handbook) in Sierra Leone and Liberia using the WHO PHEOC Framework
Project Number: 19.2059.4-007.00
Cosoft No: 83427365
The Regional Programme support to Pandemic Prevention in the ECOWAS Region -RPPP was implemented by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the region, initially for 5 years (from 2016) with funding appropriated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European union. This phase ended in June 2021. A second phase has been approved and started on August 2021 as a technical cooperation (TC) follow-up module "Support to pandemic prevention in the ECOWAS region" – RPPP2. It is commissioned by BMZ with a duration of three years (07/2021 to 06/2024) and co-funded by the European Union with the aims to improve disease protection for the population in the ECOWAS region (programme objective). Under the objective "Promoting priority health strategies and pro-grammes", the project’s target indicators reflect Priority Programme 3 of the West African Health Organization's (WAHO) Strategic Plan: Epidemics and Health Emergencies.
The current TC module makes a direct contribution to the programme's overall objective by strengthening the One Health (OH) focused pandemic prevention and control system in the ECOWAS space with the official beneficiaries being the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC), the Regional Animal Health Centre and corresponding state member National Coordinating institutions.
The RCSDC at the regional level and the NCIs at the national level play a central role in a functioning regional pandemic prevention and control system. The RCSDC advises and supports the NCIs in ECOWAS member states in building and strengthening core capacities in accordance with the IHR (2005), such as pandemic preparedness and response, risk communication, crisis management, laboratory capacities, human resources and disease monitoring and control. Despite improvements in the implementation of the IHR (2005) core capacity building attained since 2016, insufficiency in the functionality of EOC remain within member states NCIs across the region. This has the potential to hamper the capacity of NCIs to perform epidemic and pandemic prevention and mitigation functions as well as the emergency preparedness and response coordination capacities of the NCIs.
The RPPP2 project is supporting the roll out of Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS), in Ghana and Nigeria.
The project has a direct focus on NCIs in six (6) countries, including Liberia; Togo Guinea; Burkina Faso; Mali and Sierra Leone in which the module mandate relates to strengthening selected International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacities including those in relation to multisectoral coordination, Risk Communication and Community Engagement and public health emergency operations (fully functional emergency response centres). In pursuing this mandate, the RPPP aims to support the standardization of normative technical guidelines pertaining to the functionality of the Emergency Operations Centre.
To this effect, therefore RPPP is seeking a highly experienced and resourceful consultant to align national PHEOC operating manual (handbook) in Sierra Leone and Liberia, to the regional WHO framework for Public Health Emergency Operations Centre including the legislative context which legitimizes the emergency preparedness and response function and authority of the EOC.
The following prequalification documents are required from prospective bidders:
a) A copy of their resume
b) A copy of the highest academic degree achieved
c) Reference of international organisation for which candidate has worked
Submission of Expressions of Interest
Only prequalified bidders will be contacted with detailed Terms of Reference and tender documentation for submission of technical and financial bids. The eligible candidates should also be able to demonstrate their ability and willingness to travel to Liberia to attend and/or moderate in person consultancy related workshop.