Covid-19 Vaccination Costing National Consultant, Gaborone Botswana (100 Working Days) Opened To Batswana Only

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Background of the assignment

UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) to undertake a study to estimate the costs of COVID-19 vaccine delivery in Botswana, determine funding flows of COVID-19 vaccine expenditures and to assess challenges and successes of COVID-19 vaccine delivery via a qualitative component. Delivery cost estimates are essential to inform planning and budgeting. Cost data will be presented according to the four different delivery modalities: (i) fixed points, (ii) outreach, (iii) drive-through, and (iv) schools. Considering the huge scope of work and the diversity of stakeholders to be engaged, additional human resources support is required in the form of a national consultant.

The Government of Botswana has estimated that approximately US$ 14.2 million, will be required in 2022 for vaccine procurement and delivery. However, it is not yet clear how these estimates compare with expenditures in 2021. Also, there is limited information about the main cost drivers. Given the foregoing, an assessment of the expenditures and opportunity costs during the first year of vaccine delivery will be useful for planning booster dose delivery and for cost-effectiveness evaluations of future vaccination strategies.

The study will contribute to the Botswana Reset Agenda and Vision 2036. The priorities of the Reset Agenda are to “focus on people, making people central as primary beneficiaries of the outcomes produced by the implementation of the priorities. Priority number one is to save Botswana’s population from COVID-19, through the implementation of life saving programs that include a successful and timely vaccination program. We save lives first, then improve livelihoods”. Purpose of Activity/Assignment: Support data collection and analysis for the COVID-19 vaccination costing study, jointly conducted by the Ministry of Health & Wellness and UNICEF.

Scope of work

UNICEF is seeking the services of a consultant based in Botswana to support data collection and analysis for a COVID-19 vaccination costing study, jointly conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and UNICEF. The aim of the study is to estimate the costs of COVID-19 vaccine delivery in Botswana. Secondary objectives are to determine funding flows of COVID-19 vaccine expenditures and to assess challenges and successes of COVID-19 vaccine delivery via a qualitative component. The scope of work for the consultant includes:

a. Support data collection (June August 2022): Work with MoH and UNICEF study investigators to interview MoH officials, development partners and other stakeholders about COVID-19 vaccination. The consultant is also expected to schedule interviews with a list of Gaborone-based stakeholders to be provided by study investigators. Together with MoH investigators and using data collection tools to be provided, the consultant should obtain quantitative and qualitative information about resource use, expenditures, and unit costs. Also, together with MoH investigators, the consultant should conduct and document telephone interviews with 18 Health DHMTs and follow up with country stakeholders and information sources where required to clarify information provided or request missing information. The consultant should ensure that data collection progresses according to set timelines as well as flagging and troubleshooting problems with study investigators.

b. Support data analysis (July-Aug 2022): The consultant should work with MoH and UNICEF study investigators to clean and analyse data and follow up with stakeholders to clarify information provided or request missing information.

c. Support reporting and dissemination (September-October 2022): The consultant is expected to lead the organization of in-country dissemination events together with MoH, including ensuring all logistical arrangements, including but not limited to venue rental, refreshments, invitations, IT and presentation materials. Provide inputs to study report and other dissemination materials as requested.

d. Participate in coordination meetings: During the study period, the consultant is required to attend scheduled weekly meetings with MoH and UNICEF study investigators to report on progress.

The consultant should be based in Gaborone and will be expected to be on-site at MoH and UNICEF during the data collection period. Visits to other Gaborone-based stakeholders during the data collection period may also be required. The consultant may be required to support field work outside Gaborone.

Deliverables

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Timeline Payment schedule in % 
Quantitative data collection

Microsoft Excel sheet with quantitative data collected.

30 June 2022 N/A
Qualitative data collection

Short report with the record of 18 DHMT and other interviews

30 July 2022 40%
Data analysis

Short analysis reports with charts and tables as well as final Excel sheets with cleaned and analyzed data.

30 August 2022 N/A
Reporting and dissemination

One in-person dissemination workshop organized and held.

30 September 2022 40%
Wrap up and closing of project Final project report

30 October 2022

20%

Administrative issues: The selection and conditions of service of consultant will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s Policies and General Terms and Conditions for individual consultants/contractors. No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant/contractor. Consultant/Contractor will be required to complete mandatory online courses (e.g. Ethics, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Security) upon receipt of offer and before the signature of contract. Consultant/Contractor will be required to sign the Health Statement for consultants/contractors and to share an applicable proof of health insurance covering medical evacuation (if travel is involved) prior to taking up the assignment.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education

• Advanced university degree (Masters) in public health, health economics, economics, finance, or related social science field.

Experience

• Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in qualitative and quantitative research, ideally in health or another social sector. • Proficiency in data collection, processing and analytics, including Microsoft Word and Excel. • Ability to deliver high-quality results and function effectively independently and within a partially remote team.• Excellent oral and communication skills.• Fluency in English and Setswana

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit an online application through the Talent Management System (TMS) that consists (as a minimum) the following:-TMS Profile/ Curriculum Vitae-Financial proposal must be ‘all inclusive’ of all expenses related to the assignment, quoted in BWPIncomplete applications will not be considered

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).