Individual Consultant: COVID-19 Response Mechanism Procurement

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 7 May 2021

Job Description

Consultant for COVID-19 Response Mechanism Procurement

Beneficiary country(ies):Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Registration level:Basic
Published on:07-May-2021
Deadline on:21-May-2021 23:59 (GMT 7.00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta


Lao People’s Democratic Republic has been awarded a base allocation grant of US$4,162,247 by the Global Fund as part of what is termed the COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19rm). The C19RM Base Allocation is in addition to and distinct from the country’s 2020-2022 Global Fund grant allocations for TB, HIV and malaria, but will be added to the country’s existing grants.

To access this new financing the Global Fund requires the country to submit an ambitious funding request, including a comprehensive health products procurement plan under the grant. The request will outline prioritized programmatic needs requiring financing using the C19RM Base Allocation amount and beyond the C19RM Base Allocation amount. Thee GF has suggest that the country develop a funding request for the full C19RM Base Allocation amount and also include requests for C19RM Above Base Allocation for at least US$4,162,247.

The C19RM Funding Request should build on the most recent data available and be guided by and be consistent with: (a) the National Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 (NSPRP) (expected to be available in all countries, and ideally updated for 2021); (b) the Global Fund Technical Information Note; and (c) WHO guidance (including on COVID-19). C19RM funding is expected to be additional to existing funding in-country and should not supplant existing funding, whether for HIV, TB and malaria programming or for COVID-19 responses.

Due to the lengthy and detailed process of applying for the C19RM GF grant, the MOH has requested that WHO support them to develop the needs assessment for COVID related health products. This assessment will then be used to quantify, prioritise and cost a health commodities procurement module into the final grant proposal. An international local consultant, who can work remotely, will be recruited by WHO to complete this task.


The consultant will assist the Lao Ministry of Health (MOH) in preparing the Global Fund (GF) Covid-19 Response round 2 grant application.


The specific objectives are to:

  • a) Work with and assist the to various Ministry of Health department and stakeholders to identify, review and analyse all information relevant to the procurement of health products required for the current Covid-19 response in Lao;
  • b) Identify which health products are required for the current phase of the response and facilitate the filling of the highest priority procurement gaps through the GF grant proposal;
  • c) Engage with MOH focal points, key implementers and stakeholders to interact during the health products procurement process;
  • d) Compile key information, findings and recommendations into the final C19RM grant proposal document, as per the instructions and guidance of the GF;



Output 1: Quantification and needs assessment for COVID-19 health products (including contribution and projected pipeline from domestic and other sources of funding) in relation to the C19RM round 2 grant proposal.

Deliverable 1.1 – Undertake a needs assessment for COVID related health products, to be used to quantify, prioritise and cost a list of health commodities for procurement.

  • Identify and describe the forecasting/quantification process;
  • Procurement processes and assumptions
  • Storage and distribution capacities;
  • Monitoring of supply availability and delivery of COVID-19 specific health products to beneficiaries and service delivery sites required in Lao (and clarify if these are different from current service delivery points for HIV, TB and malaria);
  • A summary of any foreseen in-country supply chain risks, including any regulatory barriers.

Deliverable 1.2: Presentation of summary of the health products procurement plan to MOH and GF to be presented during the CCM meeting;



Essential: Minimum degree in business administration, science or public health from a recognised tertiary institution. A post graduate qualification in public health, business administration or related field from a recognised tertiary institution would be highly regarded.


The candidate should have over 5 years’ experience working in the field of supply chain management, preferably in public health, with organizational, project management and implementation experience. Experience working in Lao PDR on public health related procurement process, as well experience with Global Fund grants would be high regarded.


Experience in facilitating and coordinating partner supply chain forums and meetings and experience in project related commodity procurement.


High level of ability in spoken and written English.


  • Technical expertise
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication


  • Individual applicants only, will work remotely for 10 days.
  • Duration of contract is for 1 month (1 -30 June 2021)


Qualified and interested specialists should submit their CV {for individual contractors} and Expression of Interest {cover letter} to the Supply Officer through WP RO UNGM at < > by 21 May 2021

The cover letter should outline how their experience and qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position and should include their proposed daily consultancy fee and availability.

Please use Tender Notice No. 128339 as subject to all submission. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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