Support for work on ITN campaign efficiency to develop and update operational guidance and case studies

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Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies
Closing date: 26 Mar 2021

Background:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.

The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. At Geneva level the Health and Care Department consists of four teams: Emergency Health, RCCE, WASH and Community Health. This consultancy will support the work of the Community Health Team. The Community Health Team supports a large global malaria partnership, the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) is a global partnership focused on three main activities: (1) coordination of partners involved in insecticide-treated net (ITN) campaign and continuous distribution activities; (2) development of operational guidance for planning and implementation of ITN distribution; and (3) supporting countries to identify, address and document operational successes and challenges to meeting the WHO Global Technical Strategy (GTS) targets for high coverage and use of ITNs.

With the WHO declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, AMP focused efforts on the development and dissemination of technical guidance and the provision of distance support for ITN mass campaign planning and implementation. Over 25 countries accessed operational guidance and distance technical support from AMP in 2020 to adapt ITN distribution strategies in order to sustain gains achieved in the fight against malaria. In a number of countries with phased or rolling campaigns, national malaria programmes and partners were able to continually adapt their strategies to address identified weaknesses, thus leading to identification of best practices for future campaigns to be implemented in a similar context.

In 2021, as part of the work that AMP is undertaking with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) the following activities have been identified as priorities:

· A review of the methodologies and rough costs for assessing household registration quality has taken place and high-level findings for recommended approaches based on specific criteria and decisions are available and ready for development of operational guidance. This work is critical for national malaria programmes and implementing partners as the household registration phase of ITN campaigns has been shown to be the most important phase for ensuring that households have access to ITNs. Access to an ITN is the main factor, in many countries, related to ITN use. The operational guidance will assist national malaria programmes and implementing partners to determine the most appropriate and efficient methods to be used for assessing quality of the household registration.

· A review of the methodologies and rough costs for post-campaign assessment of ITN coverage, access and use quality has taken place and high-level findings for recommended approaches based on specific criteria and decisions are available and ready for development of operational guidance. This work is critical for national malaria programmes and implementing partners as expensive, population-based post-distribution surveys are no longer recommended, while national malaria programmes need increased visibility of the outcomes of the campaign in order to take decisions for post-distribution activities (including mop up or reinforced social and behaviour change). The operational guidance will assist national malaria programmes and implementing partners to determine the most appropriate and efficient methods to be used for assessing post-campaign ITN coverage, access and use.

· Develop operational guidance by reviewing the different methodologies and rough costs for urban ITN distribution. The methodology review will include NTD programmes and other urban health programmes to cross-fertilize strategies and identify opportunities. The operational guidance will assist national malaria programmes and implementing partners to determine the most appropriate and efficient methods to be used for ITN distribution in urban areas.

· Develop operational guidance for sustained ITN access and use based on WHO or other microstratification data, to continue the work initiated by the PMI-funded VectorWorks project to scale systems for continuous ITN access. This work will assist national malaria programmes to have a clear understanding (aligned with corresponding WHO policy guidance) of simple-to-follow quantification approaches and strategy decision-making for complementary or full-scale continuous distribution channels.

· Identify best practices and develop country case studies for ITN campaign and continuous distribution (both pre and during the COVID-19 pandemic).

Overall objective:

The objective of the proposed work is to develop or update operational guidance, develop case studies to illustrate best practices from national malaria programmes and implementing partners, to support work on identifying new and innovative models for urban and continuous ITN distribution and to establish and populate the continuous distribution tracker.

Specific objectives:

The specific objectives are:

· To develop operational guidance for post-campaign assessment of ITN coverage, access and use based on an existing review of methodologies currently in use by national malaria programmes and other health programmes as well as implementing partners. The updated operational guidance should include considerations related to gender, in addition to the aspects related to the purpose and objectives of the assessment, sampling and proposed data collection methods to provide options and easy-to-follow instructions for planning and implementation of post-campaign assessments of ITN coverage, access and use.

· To develop updated operational guidance on best practices for assessing the quality of household registration based on an existing review of methodologies currently in use by national malaria programmes and implementing partners. The updated operational guidance should include considerations related to gender, in addition to the aspects related to the purpose and objectives of the quality assessment, sampling and proposed data collection methods to provide options and easy-to-follow instructions for planning and implementation of household registration quality assessment.

· To identify, describe and roughly cost different models for urban ITN distribution, collaborating with NTD programmes and other urban health programmes to cross-fertilize strategies and identify opportunities to leverage platforms.

· To develop operational guidance for continuous ITN distribution particularly in the context of microstratification and in urban areas through identifying systems to ensure continuous, cost-effective ITN access. The operational guidance should include considerations related to gender, in addition to clear recommendations for ways in which countries might take decisions around continuous distribution options at a subnational level and for urban areas in particular.

· To develop country case studies to illustrate best practices for ITN campaign and continuous distribution (both pre and during COVID-19).

· To establish the continuous distribution tracker to provide information about channels, quantities and types of ITNs being distributed

How to apply:

  • The consultant will be contracted by the IFRC and the standard contractual terms will apply.
  • Applications should include the following documents:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A cover letter summarizing your experience, suggested an approach to the work, your daily rate, and three professional references.
    • Daily rate in CHF
  • Interested candidates should send their CV, letter of interest, and daily consultancy rate in CHF (Swiss francs) to health.department@ifrc.org.
  • Email subject: “ Support for work on ITN campaign efficiency to develop and update operational guidance and case studies ”.


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