Seeking regional partner for Gavi peer learning initiative

 

Expression of Interest

Invitation Notice

Regional Network Coordination Partner: The Learning Network for Countries in Transition 

 

Context

A large number of countries receiving support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) are transitioning or expected to transition out of support in the next few years. By 2020, half of the 73 Gavi countries are projected to have transitioned, be currently transitioning, or be close to entering the accelerated transition phase for Gavi support. This transition is a new challenge faced by middle-income countries, so there is an opportunity to capture experiences as countries go through the process and to utilize country-to-country peer learning to address common challenges in immunization financing and programming. Sharing and synthesizing experiences across countries can generate new knowledge and lead to a rich source of information for how to apply good practices.

To this end, a new initiative, the Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT, pronounced as “linked”) was launched in May 2017 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi. Results for Development (R4D) is leading network coordination and technical facilitation, drawing on partners and experts as needed. LNCT was launched with an initial cohort of thirteen countries (Angola, Armenia, the Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam), focusing on countries from several regions that are already in the accelerated transition or fully self-financing phases, with the exception of one (Sudan),.

 

Vision of success

LNCT will increase the diversity of stakeholders and quality of dialogue on Gavi transition issues within and among transitioning countries. It will increase the available evidence on drivers of successful transition, and empower immunization program managers and policymakers to engage in early and effective transition planning, make better resource allocation and programmatic decisions, and apply new ideas gained from connections to peer mentors and online resources. LNCT activities will contribute to the achievement of the Gavi goals for improved sustainability of national immunization programs by reducing the chance that vaccines will be dropped, helping to maintain or increase coverage, and building the skills and ability to introduce new vaccines in the future. 

As network coordinator, R4D regional partner aims to reach a series of milestones in the next few years, with support from a regional partner:

 

Description of services

R4D is seeking to partner with an organization based in a member country region, including West/Central/South-East Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe region. The organization would support R4D in network coordination and technical facilitation. Key requirements of the work, in partnership with R4D, will include:

  1. Facilitate knowledge exchange on technical topics: Provide technical expertise and technical facilitation in English and/ or a working language of the network (French, Russian) during meetings (both in person or virtually as needed) on topics related to Gavi transition including, for example, immunization financing, procurement of vaccines and injection supplies, supply chain and logistics, and/or programmatic components (TBD).

  2. Build community and sustain the collaborative process: Based on identified demand, help to convene countries 1-3 times yearly (in-person or virtually) on a global or regional basis on specific technical topics. Facilitate cross-country exchanges such as study tours, etc. Organize translation and interpretation, when necessary, in relevant regional languages (French, Russian). Maintain communication with country participants.

  3. Co-develop clear and agreed output(s) related to priority technical topics: Through literature review and interviews with partner organizations/ country stakeholders, examine and catalog existing approaches, tools, and resources on identified technical topics. Identify other country experiences regionally/ globally that would provide good learning opportunities. Refine identified topics through an understanding of country demand, experiences, and gaps in knowledge (collected through surveys, skype calls, webinars). Support the development of clearly defined, practical products that come out of each country learning exchange through writing or technical content, review, editing, dissemination etc. 

  4. Support LNCT country core groups: Support the development or strengthening of a core group of stakeholders and associated focal points in country. Help facilitate activities in-country, support participation in cross-country knowledge exchange, help to ensure lessons learned are shared as they evolve, and support a knowledge broker function.

  5. Help with broader dissemination of LNCT messages, approaches, and lessons: Providing additional content to the website and through social media, speaking at meetings and conferences, peer publications, etc. 

 

Profile of organization(s)

The partner organization should fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A recognized institution operating in global health, health financing, policy, and/or international development

  2. Proven experience and technical expertise in health, specifically immunization. Previous experience in organizing multi-country peer-learning or communities of practice would be an asset

  3. Logistical capacity to organize (and host) multi-country meetings of high level stakeholders from Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance

  4. Based in one of the regions represented by the thirteen member countries (i.e. West/Central/South-East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe)

  5. University degrees in public health, health economics, business administration, social sciences, public affairs, with training and/or experience in health financing

  6. Excellent research and analytic skills; Excellent writing and presentation skills

  7. Language proficiency in both written and oral English. Proficiency in Russian or French highly desirable

  8. Evidence of capacity to have staff dedicated to the work 

 

 

Expected level of effort

The first phase of this initiative will last through 2019, with expectations to continue. The ideal organization would show interest and capacity to engage for the duration of this phase. Level of effort for staff should be determined by the organization in order to meet the key objectives of the work. Funding levels for specific partnerships will be determined when the scope of the engagement is defined and a budget mutually agreed. 

 

Deadline and instructions for submission

Interested organizations should provide a logical, well-structured expression of interest (EOI) consistent with the terms outlined above of no more than 2-pages, plus attachments. The EOI should include:

  1. Overview and understanding of the request

  2. Proposed approach to undertake the work

  3. Summary of organizational qualifications. Relevant experience may be attached as an annex

  4. Organization and team composition including CVs of all key staff who will be engaged on the assignment attached as an annex 

For questions, please contact Candice Hwang at chwang@r4d.org. Organizations should submit EOIs to info@lnct.global by July 31st, 2017. EOI’s will be reviewed and selected qualified organizations will be contacted for further materials. 

 

Download EoI document here