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Job Title: IPC Technical Assistance Consultancy
Job Number: 2017-12
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Posted: 12/14/2017
Type: Contract
Classification: International Health
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Monrovia,      Liberia
Compensation: Negotiable
Position Description: Objectives

- To provide overall IPC support on an as- needed basis, both remotely and in- country, within the scope of the project, including direct support to the IPC Country Manager and Principal Investigator (PI) or designee.

- To oversee development of frameworks and tools for the national IPC program within Quality Management Unit at Ministry of Health

Language required: English

Starting date: Q1, 2018

Duration of contract: 6 months (total engagement time) spread over 18 month engagement with approximately 120 days spent in Liberia Job Location: On-site support (60-70%) in Liberia and 30-40% remote assistance; work is primarily in Monrovia with limited field travel ______________________________________ Background

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is seeking an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Consultant to support the IPC component in a two-year extension of a health systems strengthening project entitled, “Sustained Strengthening of Public Health Laboratory, Transfusion Services, and Health Care Worker Infection Control Practices for Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.” This project is funded through a multi-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) through an academic consortium called the Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL), and the project is commonly known as the ACCEL Project.

During the first two years of the ACCEL Project close to 4,000 healthcare workers at Liberian hospitals were trained in basic IPC through delivery of a national curriculum focusing on standard precautions. High performing trainees now serve as IPC mentors at public hospitals in the country, supporting their fellow healthcare workers as they implement IPC recommendations at the facility. The focus is now to transition the responsibility for IPC training and implementation from ACCEL Project staff to the Liberia Ministry of Health (MOH) and to develop a sustainable IPC program, based on quality improvement methodology, geared to maintaining and furthering the skills gained.

Description of Responsibilities

The focus of the IPC Consultant will be to support the ACCEL Project IPC Country Manager to provide technical assistance and mentorship to the National IPC Coordinator at QMU.

Key activities include: • Review of National IPC policy and sustainability framework; • Development of various IPC training content packages and IPC monitoring and auditing strategies; • Management and analysis of IPC data; • Design, monitoring and evaluation of a pilot focused-IPC intervention at a large public hospital; and • Development of a plan for scaling up this focused-IPC intervention.

The IPC Consultant will report directly to the project’s IPC Country Manager and the project PI or designee.

Specific Activities

1. Revise and provide feedback, in coordination with the Quality Management Unit (QMU)-IPC team, on the updated national IPC policy document. a. Prepare a SWOT analyses of current QMU-IPC system in-country b. Participate in the development of the draft updated national IPC policy c. Facilitate a workshop with stakeholders to discuss updated policy d. Incorporate feedback into final document for submission to Minister

2. Develop, with the assistance of the QMU-IPC team, a framework and work plan to maintain IPC and SQS skills through standardized in-service training at public hospitals, including: a. County Health Team (CHT) activities: i. Review current roles and responsibilities for the CHT IPC leads, and submit any suggestions. ii. Curriculum to train County Health Team IPC Leads including pre and post training evaluations. iii. Framework for sustainable IPC monitoring and supervision b. Review and update training / program component i. Update tools for focused biannual MOH IPC audits (hand washing + other IPC) ii. Update post-EVD IPC training package 1. Update the current standard IPC training package to reflect updated guidelines 2. Supporting materials for updated IPC training package (e.g., desktop flip books, facilitators guide, job aids and posters) iii. Design an effective in-service training program that can be standardized for the country

3. Develop a national IPC data management plan, in coordination with the QMU-IPC leadership a. Review existing reporting tools and develop new tools, as needed for capturing indicators proposed in national IPC monitoring and evaluation plan b. Develop a plan for a national database to consolidate results of routine IPC audits and related health facility IPC assessments c. Assist the QMU-IPC leadership and IPC Mentor in IPC data analysis. 4. Develop a pilot and scale up plan for a focused-IPC intervention (topic TBD) at a large public hospital, in collaboration with the QMU-IPC team. a. Design a focused-IPC intervention pilot (topic TBD) at a large public Hospital, including Monitoring and Evaluation framework b. Monitor and evaluate pilot c. Draft plan for scaling up the piloted focused IPC intervention.

Deliverables and Time Frame

Qualifications: Submissions will be evaluated on technical competency and cost. The IPC Consultant should have experience to conduct all technical aspects of the consultancy and meet the required qualifications below. Required qualifications • Registered nurse or masters level degree in biomedical sciences or public health • Advance training in IPC • 7+ years’ experience in IPC implementation programs • Ability to travel to Liberia or before February 15th 2018 and at regular intervals to collaborate with the PI, UMMS Admin Core, and project staff. • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with diverse project team members, clients and stakeholders • Demonstrated ability to work appropriately with confidential information • Ability to flexibly work in a team and meet performance deadlines in a dynamic environment • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Highly ethical with good understanding of required compliance with global and US funding agency requirements • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Desirable Qualifications • Experience in IPC implementation projects in the African region, preferred in West Africa • Experience in implementation of IPC projects in resource-poor settings

During evaluation and comparison of proposals, UMMS may, at its discretion, ask the prospective consultants for clarification. The request for clarification shall be in writing and no change in prices or substance of the proposal shall be sought, offered or permitted. No post submission clarification at the initiative of the consultant shall be entertained. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to speak with the PI and/or project technical staff. Final selection will be determined based on overall quality and cost effectiveness. Note: Consultant engagement is subject to prior approval by CDC.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 3/14/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Teresa Zash,  IPC Technical Assistance Consultancy
Contact Location:

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Contact Phone: 5088565746 
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How to Apply: Proposals must be submitted to the following email address on or before 11:59 pm EST on January 15, 2018:

Each proposal should illustrate ability to provide the services required as per the TOR and demonstrate capacity to deliver deliverables within the requested time frame. Proposals should calculate a total compensation structure based on estimated hours and effort. All quotes must be deliverables-based and quoted in USD. The proposal must include the CV(s) of proposed consultant(s), summarizing education and training, past relevant work experiences, relevant skills, and the names of at least 3 references.

Additional Information: The amount shall be payable to the successful Consultant, linked to specific deliverables. The payments would be made only on the acceptance of the deliverables by UMMS. Deliverable % of total comp 1. Contribute to the development updated national IPC policy document. 15% a. Conduct a SWOT analyses of current QMU- IPC system in-country b. Participate in meetings re: development draft updated national IPC policy c. Facilitate a workshop with stakeholders to discuss updated policy d. Incorporate feedback into final report for submission to Minister 2. Develop a framework and work plan to maintain IPC and SQS skills through standardized in-service training at public hospitals 35% 3. Develop a national IPC data management plan 10% 4. Develop a pilot and scale up plan focused-IPC intervention (topic TBD) at a large public hospital 40%

Timing and sequencing of activities to prepare the above deliverables will be fleshed out with the selected consultant. Consultant is expected to have a certain degree of flexible to accommodate planning variables. Note: • UMMS will cover costs for air travel (economy class airfare) and certain other in- country travel costs (lodging, visa, ground transportation and per diems ($75/day spent in Liberia) as more fully described in the consulting agreement for consulting personnel while in Liberia. • Flights and lodging may be directly paid for by UMMS as part of this assignment with prior approval from PI. All other out of pocket expenses shall be borne by the Consultant. • Invoices towards the services rendered by the consultant shall be submitted to UMMS via email. Original receipts are required for all reimbursable expenses. • UMMS will release the payments after reviewing invoices as per agreement, subject to satisfactory performance of the consultant and adherence to the other conditions of the TOR. All payments from UMMS are 30 days net of invoice.

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