GAVI ALLIANCE: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUPPORTING COUNTRY APPLICATIONS AND PLANNING FOR PREVENTATIVE ORAL CHOLERA VACCINE CAMPAIGNS

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  • Post Date: April 12, 2024
Job Description

GAVI THE VACCINE ALLIANCE

(037-2024-gavi-rfp)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUPPORTING COUNTRY APPLICATIONS AND PLANNING FOR PREVENTATIVE ORAL CHOLERA VACCINE CAMPAIGNS

Rfp closing date: 13 May, 2024

Address technical, financial proposals and required documents via email to procurement@gavi.org

Background and Introduction:

Gavi Alliance’s (“Gavi”) mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.

Gavi is a unique organisation that aligns public and private resources in a global effort to create greater access to the benefits of immunisation. It does this with precision and in creative, innovative ways to ensure that donor contributions efficiently save lives and help build self-sufficiency in the world’s poorest communities and regions.

(1) Gavi Project

Cholera background context

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by contaminated food or water. The disease can quickly lead to severe dehydration and, in its extreme form, can be fatal. There has been a surge in the number of cholera outbreaks in the last two years – with nearly 30 countries reporting cholera cases in 2023. A multi-sectoral approach is required to prevent and respond to endemic cholera and cholera outbreaks – including the use of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) – both preventative and reactive; surveillance (including use of decentralised diagnostic testing) and reporting; community engagement; health systems strengthening (HSS); leadership and coordination; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Gavi cholera support context

Gavi has supported the Global Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) Stockpile since 2014. This stockpile is used for emergency reactive OCV campaigns to respond to confirmed outbreaks, and it is managed by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Cholera Vaccine Provision. In 2018, Gavi’s Board approved expansion of cholera vaccine support to include Preventative OCV (pOCV) vaccination in high-risk areas, which enables countries to implement vaccination campaigns in known cholera hotspots (typically referred to as PAMIs – Priority Areas for Multisectoral Intervention). Since the opening of the funding window in 2023, Gavi now provides support for vaccines and operational costs for these multi-year pOCV campaigns. Details on the scope and requirements for pOCV support is available in the Vaccine Funding Guidelines (section 3.1).  These vaccines should always be used in conjunction with other cholera prevention and control strategies. This RFP focuses supporting countries to implement their preventative cholera vaccination programmes.

Purpose of project

This RFP aims to provide country-level support to facilitate the development of high-quality applications for the introduction and rollout of pOCV campaigns in a country interested in pOCV introduction (an indicative shortlist is given in section 1.4, however bidders may consider additional countries – see below for details). This support will need to be provided in a timely manner relative to broader country cholera control planning and activities, as well as in relation to Gavi application window timelines.

This RFP intends to identify in-country partners to support approximately eight countries with cholera application and planning activities over the next 18-months. In order to identify partners (including consortiums) with strong country relationships, as well as a track record of performing the required tasks, we welcome individual or multi-country bids and require a country-level breakdown of financial budgets for those submitting multi-country bids. See table below (section 1.4) for list of countries we are seeking applications to support and the tentative expected timelines for which support may be expected to occur.

(1.1) Work Context

The tasks shall be performed for the Gavi Vaccine Programmes (VP) team under the supervision of the Cholera and Typhoid Programme Manager within VP in collaboration with additional colleagues working on Cholera vaccination and diagnostics within VP, Country Programmes and Delivery (CPD) and other Gavi teams.

(1.2) Scope of Work

In order to support countries applying to Gavi to implement pOCV campaigns the following activities may apply:

–              Conducting focused workshops to develop: risk mapping (priority area for multisectoral intervention i.e., PAMI exercise,), preventive vaccination prioritisation, multi-year plan of action (MYPOA)

–              Writing the Gavi application in accordance with relevant guidelines and templates

–              Developing budgets using Gavi templates and in adherence with Gavi guidelines

–              Responding to questions and closing out recommendations from the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) technical partners, the Gavi Secretariat, and the Independent Review Committee (IRC)

–              Convening with and meeting with country representatives and partner representatives to facilitate alignment with National Cholera Control plans, establish roles of in-country stakeholders, and validate key deliverables

–              Engaging with Gavi, GTFCC and Country Support Platform (and other) focal points as appropriate

–              Developing programme launch plans and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) plans

It is noted that not all activities above may be required for each country; and that in some countries, multiple technical partners may be funding and supporting completion of different activities (e.g., PAMIs). This TCA aims to be complementary and, where existing funding and activities are ongoing or independently planned, to provide support where required and ensure linkages with the Gavi application.

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