Job no: 527990
Position type: Consultancy
Department/Office: Supply Division, COPENHAGEN
Consultancy: Technical Specialist, Medical Devices
Health Technology Centre, UNICEF Supply Division
Location/ Duration: Off-site working days: part time, maximum 70 days (as needed), over a 1-year duration.
Start Date: December 2019
- The Medical Device Unit (MD) in the Health Technology Center (HTC) is responsible for the provision of technical expertise, establishment of technical specifications, evaluation and procurement of a portfolio of essential health technologies, including medical devices, health equipment and medical consumable supplies, needed in Maternal New-born and Child Health (MNCH) Services in resource limited settings and emergency response, covering both bio-medical and clinical equipment, devices and consumables. In addition, the MDU review and revise technical specifications for the above-mentioned range of products with special reference to current and new regulatory requirements, new market developments and innovations and to ensure the suitability of product specifications to meet the programmatic needs of UNICEF.
- The Technical Team in the MDU strives to maintain the highest quality professional services to support operational procurement, proactively update and expand the supply catalogue with innovative medical supplies to support UNICEF’s evolving strategies, and plan for and support emergency response.
- The workload for the Technical Team in the MDU varies considerably due to tender schedules, technical screenings, regional emergencies, portfolio expansion, and special innovation projects.
PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:
- To support the uninterrupted supply of these life-saving commodities, the MDU requires additional technical expertise to address the needs. The MD unit is therefore seeking candidates with clinical and/or bio-medical education and experience, familiar with the programmatic needs of UNICEF for such devices, to review and update the current technical specifications to ensure the suitability of such products for use in UNICEF country programs, support the development of technical specifications and in the evaluation of tenders.
- UNICEF wishes to enter into one or more ‘as needed’ consultant ‘master’ arrangements to provide technical services for medical equipment and devices in order to maintain a strong portfolio; expand the portfolio to ensure strategic selection of new supplies to support UNICEF’s evolving programmatic strategy; and to ensure timely response to new emergencies that may arise.
- The consultant ‘master’ arrangement will be established between UNICEF SD and the awarded consultant agreement holder.
- The consultant services are to be established on an ‘as-needed’ basis, therefore UNICEF is not obligated to order any minimum quantity of services from the consultancy holders.
- Individual assignments and deliverables, within the scope of this Terms of Reference, will be added to an addendum to the consultant ‘master’ agreement once the assignment terms have been agreed upon by both UNICEF and the consultant.
- UNICEF shall not be liable for any cost in the event that no purchase of Services is made under the consultancy arrangement.
- Consultant arrangements are non-exclusive. UNICEF is entitled to procure the same or similar services from multiple consultant agreement holders to ensure SD can arrange services with the most capable consultant agreement holders in an efficient and timely manner.
Individual assignments may cover the following areas:
- Purpose: The purpose of developing and revising technical specifications is to ensure UNICEF SD provides high quality products of the highest efficiency and economy. The consultant uses specialized product knowledge to draft technical specifications, standards and guidelines for medical equipment and devices requisitioned by UNICEF programs, specialized UN agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations on a procurement services basis, and provide technical guidance on the selection and use of these products.
- Deliverable: The deliverable of the technical specifications is the ‘technical card’ that will be reviewed and approved by the material owner.
- Duration: The typical duration of technical specification development and revision is 2-4 weeks although duration will vary based on complexity and number of products.
- Indications: Indications of success include concise, highly organized, and complete technical cards with generic specifications that are non-ambiguous and achievable and are aligned with UNICEF’s standard format and mandate.
- Purpose: The purpose of technical evaluation is to identify the acceptable offer(s) based on relevant assessments, thus securing the quality, ability and fit-for-purpose of medical equipment and devices. Technical evaluation of quotations, bids and proposals is an essential part of the solicitation process. The technical evaluation is based on the predetermined technical requirements and specifications laid down in the solicitation document. For each product in a bid, the consultant will compare the bidder’s product specifications, regulatory documentation, and quality documentation to the UNICEF specifications and make a recommendation ‘acceptable’ or ‘unacceptable’.
- Deliverable: The deliverable of the evaluation is a report that establishes the acceptability of all bidder’s products along with appropriate justification. Justification involves a line by line comparison of bidder’s offered product attributes, regulatory and quality certifications as compared with UNICEF specifications.
- Duration: The typical duration of a technical evaluation is 2-6 weeks although duration will vary based on complexity and number of products.
- Indications: Indications of success include an objective, traceable evaluation, conclusion and recommendations in a concise, highly organized, and complete report.
- Purpose: Global life sciences sector growth correlates highly with countries’ general economic strength and health care spending levels. As these attributes are constantly changing, UNICEF strives to understand and anticipate supply- and demand-side market shifts to guide portfolio changes and for stock and supply planning. The purpose of market research is to provide up-to-date market information, identify market gaps, and provide specific recommendations for introducing new products, obsoleting outdated products, initiating market-shaping activities, and initiating new innovations.
- Deliverables: The output of the market analysis is a report that details target demographics, market trends, current market conditions, market challenges and concerns, priorities, opportunities, and alternatives.
- Duration: The typical duration of market research is 4 weeks including field missions and travel although duration will vary based on complexity, number of regions, and depth of analysis.
- Indications: Indications of success are a highly organized, and complete report providing objective evidence, analysis, conclusions and recommendations for UNICEF procurement and market-shaping strategy.
User needs assessment:
- Purpose: Health needs are changing and new challenges from chronic and infectious diseases as well as emergencies must be faced. Timely and accurate information is essential if health services in developing countries are to meet the needs of their populations. The purpose of the needs assessment is to gather the information required to ensure regional access to the most appropriate, cost-efficient medical equipment and devices.
- Deliverables: The deliverable of the user needs assessment is a report that details regional health care structure, regional health burdens, regional health policy and strategy, technology gap analysis, a list of key stakeholders and technology recommendations.
- Duration: The typical duration of technical specification development and revision is 4 weeks including field missions and travel although duration will vary based on complexity, number of regions, and depth of analysis.
- Indications: Indications of success are a concise, highly organized, and complete report providing objective evidence, analysis, conclusions and recommendations for UNICEF follow-up.
DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:
These consultant arrangements are being established to enable ‘as-needed’ consultant services. Therefore, the individual assignments, details, communication plan, responsibilities and project schedule will be fully detailed in an assignment-specific ‘Terms of Reference’. These terms of reference will be shared with the consultant(s) who will then provide an estimated duration, level of effort, and overall costs for each assignment based upon the daily rate agreed in the consultant agreement. Individual assignments will be added to an addendum to the consultant ‘master’ agreement.
- A completed Advanced University degree (Master’s Degree)* in health sciences, biomedical engineering, medical, pharmaceutical, nursing, and/or public health is required. Experience in medical devices, innovation, maternal, new-born and child health will be an asset.
*A completed 1st University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree), in health sciences, biomedical engineering, medical, pharmaceutical, nursing, and/or public health along with 10 years of relevant experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.
- Minimum 8 years of progressive relevant professional experience is required. Extensive hands-on working experience in facilities providing health services is required.
- Knowledge of technical and quality requirements of essential health technologies, including medical devices, health equipment and consumables for Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) Services in resource limited settings and emergency response is required.
- Quality Assurance experience in public or private sector and experience in institutional procurement of medical devices would be an advantage.
- Field experience in developing countries and knowledge of regulatory requirements is an asset.
- Knowledge of UN procurement processes is an asset.
- Technical Breadth: Must be capable of independent leadership in technical support in procurement and supply management of medical equipment and devices. Should have significant professional strength and leadership as responsibilities fall in a range of functional areas (leading and supervision, relating and networking, analyzing and applying technical expertise).
- Innovation and Conceptualization: Considered fully competent to apply both standardized approaches and models and innovative approaches to sourcing of quality, innovative products and advising on the deployment of such in health systems in collaboration with government counterparts and partners.
- Networking: Ability to effectively liaise with and draw on knowledge institutions inputs to identify innovations and lessons learned.
Language: Proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
- Cover letter/application.
- Financial quote of daily rate in US Dollars. Financial quote should be inclusive of service fees, and living expenses (if consultancy is not home-based).
- CV for individual(s) who will be accountable for the work deliverables.
- Examples of previous, relevant work.
- At least 2 References
- P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html ).
Applications should be submitted before 3 December 2019. Please indicate your availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.
UNICEF considers best value for money as a criteria for evaluating potential candidates. As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the ‘best value for money’ principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.
Successful applicants may be invited to a telephone interview and will be evaluated by the following criteria:
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 70 points)
Overall Response (20 points)
Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response
Overall match between the TOR requirements and proposal
Technical Capacity (50 points)
Relevance of consultant’s education and experience with similar projects and as per required qualifications
Quality of previous work
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (max. 30 points)
TOTAL SCORE (max. 100 points)
Advertised: Nov 19 2019 Romance Standard Time
Application close: Dec 03 2019 Romance Standard Time
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