Private Sector Consultancy

Job Summary

IHP is looking for consultants to work with the State Ministry of Health (SMOH), the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the IHP technical team in Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto states to provide technical assistance for the development of a market-based private sector engagement strategy based on the findings and recommendations of the IHP Private Sector Landscape Analyses (PSLA) in the states

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements

Type of Contract
  • This is a firm fixed price deliverable-based contract. The consultant(s) are expected to satisfactorily accomplish the deliverables before they get paid for that deliverable. The IHP Chief of Party reserves the right to confirm if a deliverable is delivered adequately or otherwise. No price change is expected after contract is signed.
  • IHP will not pay for cost of any deliverable that is not complete, of quality or on time.
Anticipated Contract Term
  • The anticipated performance period for the consultancy in each state is February 15, 2021 to May 30, 2021.
  • As a firm fixed price consultancy based on deliverables, Palladium will only pay for deliverables that have met the standards and expectations of the program and which is also delivered within assigned timelines.

  • The Integrated Health Program (IHP) is a USAID-funded five-year project with a mandate to improve health systems, improve access to and increase quality of primary health care in designated states (Sokoto, Bauchi, Kebbi, Ebonyi and the FCT). IHP 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. IHP will help public health and policy leaders attach higher priority to their national and sub-national health needs, secure sustainable financing, advance health equity, and monitor policy implementation to ensure gains stay on track. IHP aims to secure long-term enduring change by working with coalitions both inside and outside of health and showing common cause with neglected populations and other development actors. Central elements of IHP revolve around building in country capacity, institutionalizing achievements of past investments, and promoting country ownership of programs and initiatives.
  • Applications are expected to be submitted on or before the due date as shown on the front page of this RFP.
  • Applicants can apply for more than one or all three (3) of the focus states of this RFP.
  • Applications received will have a validity period of six months.
  • Palladium will set up an evaluation committee who will meet to review all applications received within two weeks after the application period has closed. Top candidates may further be invited for an interview by the evaluation committee which will be conducted a week after the first evaluation. Depending on availability of the members of the evaluation committee and the exigences of the program, evaluation may be conducted at times which may be shorter or longer than stated here.
  • Palladium will most likely issue the contract to the successful contractor from this process within 30 to 60 days after submission. Palladium’s ability to issue such contracts may be contingent upon USAID approval and when donor approval is required, timelines for contract award may be longer than stated. Palladium hopes that the services to be rendered on this consultancy will commence on February 1, 2021.
Scope of Work and Standards
  • According to National Health Accounts 2017 data, private sector facilities account for 53.5% of the essential services delivered in Nigeria. The 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey found that the private sector is reported as an important source of primary health care services for treatment of fever/malaria (62.3%), modern contraceptives (42.2%), treatment for children with symptoms of ARI (50%), and less so for facility- based deliveries (13%). In-depth data and information on the private sector in Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto states are limited and in December 2019 - June 2020, IHP conducted Private Sector Landscape Assessments (PSLAs) in those states to gain deeper insight into the for-profit private health sector’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • The PSLAs provide several recommendations for strengthening private health sector engagement in health. IHP will work closely with relevant state departments, private health sector and other stakeholders in Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto states to prioritize and implement some of the key recommendations of the PSLAs.
  • This Expression of Interest is open to professional(s) in Nigeria who may or may not be resident in any of the IHP states but who are technically capable of providing the required services in either one, two or all of the focus states (Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto). This will be a fixed price contract that pays for pre-defined milestones and deliverables.
Roles and Responsibilities
In collaboration and consultation with IHP’s field and HQ experts, undertake the following activities in each
1. Organize and facilitate a multi-day stakeholder engagement workshop to initiate discussions with key government and private sector stakeholders on how to increase private sector engagement in the health sector. The workshop is envisioned to target different groups of stakeholders across several different sessions and will start with presenting key findings from the state PSLA. The consultant will:
1.1.Arrange for IHP to present the findings of the state PSLA.
1.2.Consult closely with the IHP state team to leverage existing relationships with SMOH, other state government officials, and private sector stakeholders to identify key influencers.
1.3. Lead workshop preparations in close collaboration with the State MOH and IHP state team, including ensuring that proper protocols are followed for government officials, invitations, etc.
1.4.Prepare the list of participants (government, private sector, and key stakeholders), agenda, organize, and facilitate the multi-day workshop in collaboration with SMOH and the IHP state team, ensuring participation from key stakeholders.
1.5.Facilitate a plenary of the senior officials from the government, private health sector and partners at the workshop and guide a consensus around the next steps for the PSLA recommendations.
1.6.Write a report of the workshop and agreed upon next steps.

2. Follow-up on agreed upon next steps from the workshop, support development of a private sector engagement strategy and advocate for its inclusion in the new five-year State Strategic Health Plan (2021-
2025) currently under development:
2.1.Facilitate setting up of a multi-stakeholder taskforce for development of a state PSE strategy. The taskforce will be comprised of the Government, private health sector, national and international organizations.
2.2.Facilitate the taskforce meetings, set agenda, lead discussions, and collect buy-in of the taskforce members on the strategic plan.
2.3.As necessary, conduct discussions with key stakeholders to get their buy-in on the PSE strategy.
2.4.Work closely with the SMOH and IHP to develop the outline/framework of the strategic plan, facilitate presentation of the framework to the taskforce and finalize the framework.
2.5.Work closely with the SMOH and IHP to draft the first version of the PSE strategy and support the SMOH in presenting it during a stakeholders’ workshop. The first version of the strategic plan should include illustrative resources requirements (inputs such as human resources) for implementation of the strategy and an M&E results framework.
2.6.Elicit feedback on the drafts from IHP in-country and Palladium HQ and incorporate into the draft documents.
2.7. Incorporate the feedback of stakeholders and assist the SMOH in preparing the final draft of the PSE strategy.
2.8.Assist the SMOH with dissemination of the strategic plan to stakeholders through a dissemination workshop.
2.9.Advocate for inclusion in the next State Strategic Health Plan (2021-2025).

3. Strengthen SMOH, the Private Health Facilities Registration and Regulating Authority (PHFRRA) (or its equivalent) and a multi-disciplinary team to lead private sector regulation discussions and oversee
coordination and operationalization efforts.
3.1.Support SMOH to draft terms of reference, support kick-off meeting, development of annual workplan, and quarterly meetings of multi-disciplinary team to lead private sector engagement in
the state.
3.2.Support the SMOH/PHFRRA in developing an operational plan for the SMOH/PHFRRA unit and the multidisciplinary team.
3.3.Support SMOH/ PHFRRA in the development of a capacity building plan that allows for planning for adequate resources and staffing and setting of short- and medium-term goals.
3.4.Conduct training for the SMOH/PHFRRA and the multidisciplinary team members to operationalize the PSE strategy.

Eligibility Requirements
• Master’s degree in business administration, economics, health economics, public administration, public health or a relevant field.
• At least 10 years of experience in strengthening government stewardship (preferably for the private sector), systems strengthening, public-private partnerships, policy/strategy development in health (preferably) or other relevant sectors in Nigeria.
• Experience of working with private sector required, more specifically and with the private health sector or private sector in support of health preferred.
• Experience in multi-sectoral coordination and networking with a diverse range of stakeholders.
• Experience carrying out similar assignments in Nigeria particularly at the sub-national level.

Required skills
• Analytical skills
• Fluency in English and Hausa
• Good interpersonal skills
• Strong written and oral communication skills (negotiation, facilitation, presentation of results)

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