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Health Policy Plus (HP+): Seeking a qualified firm, that includes a Principal Investigator (PI), to assist in updating existing unit cost estimates for national and province-level key HIV and hepatitis interventions

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Palladium, along with partners, implements the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners' capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.

In Rwanda, HP+ is providing technical assistance to support evidence generation to contribute to the costing of HIV and hepatitis services for purposes of developing sustainability strategies and options for these services.

Scope of Work
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and other Government of Rwanda (GOR) partners would like to understand the costs required in including HIV and hepatitis services into Rwanda’s Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI). The USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project will provide technical support to the MOH and GOR partners to develop scenarios for Rwanda’s HIV response which reflects updated epidemiological, cost, and programmatic data.

HP+ would like to engage a qualified firm, that includes a Principal Investigator (PI), to assist HP+ technical staff in updating existing unit cost estimates for national and province-level key HIV and hepatitis interventions. Based on the findings of secondary cost data on HIV and hepatitis services at health centers and health posts, the firm will work with the HP+ technical team on a study protocol for undertaking a rapid costing of HIV and hepatitis services at health centers and health posts in Rwanda to fill in the data gaps. The protocol will be informed by the GOR, USAID, and stakeholders. The protocol will cover what data will be collected on costs at health centers and health posts, the size of the sample of health centers and health posts to be surveyed, the time frame for data collection and uses of the data by MOH and HP+. The study protocol will be submitted to the IRB or RNEC, whichever is most appropriate. The firm, and specifically the PI will manage this process.

Towards this survey, Palladium, through HP+ is seeking a Rwandan firm to do three primary tasks:

(1) organize and oversee logistics and support for the survey and the Palladium team, while in-country, including but not limited to in country travel, provision of local mobile phones, logistics for holding of workshops and meetings, etc.

(2) carry out field survey work including implementing the survey to gather facility-based data on health care provision in approximately 30 to 40 health centers and posts across the country, hiring and supervising qualified survey data collectors, organizing the approvals, and logistics for the data collection and providing any necessary follow-up to the survey for data validation or clarification.

(3) interface with Ministry of Health, stakeholders and IRB or RNEC, as needed on behalf of the Palladium team when they are not in-country.
The selected firm will work collaboratively with HP+ headquarters staff in Washington, DC. Only firms located in Rwanda, and familiar with the health care system and large-scale survey methods will be considered. Firms having previous experience in undertaking field data collection, working with the health sector in Rwanda, obtaining IRB approvals and providing logistics are important considerations in selection. Previous experience in HIV work is considered a plus.

If you have further queries, please contact Emily Ward Emily.Ward@thepalladiumgroup.com and Jovonna Marcelle Jovonna.Marcelle@theapalladiumgroup.com. Tender submissions close on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5pm EST.