Role: ARIDA Study Coordinator
Location: UNICEF Nepal Country Office, Kathmandu
Work Type: Consultancy
Duration: 6 months, full-time
Start Date: May 2017
Reporting to: Project Officer, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen + Health Specialist, UNICEF Nepal

BACKGROUND:
Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death among children under 5 years of age globally. Many pneumonia deaths result from late care seeking and inappropriate treatment due to misdiagnosis of symptoms. Diagnosis remains largely presumptive or is made by counting the respiratory rate (RR) in children with cough or difficulty breathing, to assess whether the RR is higher than what is considered normal. However, counting RR is difficult, even for trained health workers. Misclassification of an observed rate is common, which often leads to incorrect diagnosis and consequently inappropriate treatment.

The United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF’s) Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Aids (ARIDA) project aims to introduce automated RR counting aids for use by frontline health workers in resource limited community settings and health facilities. These RR counting aids aim to offer improved accuracy, effectiveness and acceptability compared to current practices for counting and classifying RR to detect fast breathing pneumonia.

The ARIDA research study aims to provide evidence for the most appropriate and suitable ARIDA products for scale up in low resource settings, environmental extremes common in regions of UNICEF interest, the hands of frontline health workers and appropriate age groups. Ethiopia has been selected as the first trial site. ARIDA Field Trial protocols have been developed and now the team are looking to begin planning for implementation the next country – Nepal.

The general aim of the controlled accuracy study is to understand whether the ARIDA device accurately measures RR in children under 5 years of age with cough and/or difficult breathing.

It is a cross-sectional, prospective study in a controlled setting comprising three types of device evaluations:

  1. The accuracy of the ARIDA test device in measuring RR in young infants 0 to <2months, children 2 to <12 months and 12 to 59 months when compared to a video panel reference standard will be established through the first evaluation.
  2. The consistency of the ARIDA test device will be established by determining the level of agreement between the measures of RR for two ARIDA test devices when used on the same child at the same time in those aged  2 to <12 months and 12 to 59 months through the second evaluation.
  3. A third evaluation on a different group of normal-breathing children aged 2 to 59 months will assess RR fluctuation over time due to ARIDA test device attachment.

The study will run for 6 months, with a start date in May 2017.

The proposed consultant will coordinate with UNICEF Supply Division (SD), UNICEF Programme Division (PD), UNICEF Nepal Country Office (NCO), Malaria Consortium and Implementing Partner to complete the controlled accuracy trial in Nepal.

OBJECTIVE:

  • The objective of this consultancy is to support the implementation of the controlled accuracy trial in a hospital of Nepal.
  • The study will run for 6 months, due to commence in June 2017.
  • The proposed consultant will coordinate with UNICEF Supply Division (SD), UNICEF Programme Division (PD), UNICEF Nepal Country Office (NCO), Malaria Consortium and Implementing Partner to complete the controlled accuracy trial in Nepal.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

Under the supervision of the Project Officer, Supply Division, with a joint reporting line to the Health Specialist, UNICEF Nepal, the ARIDA Study Coordinator’s duties and responsibilities will be as follows:

An individual national consultant will collaborate with UNICEF SD, UNICEF PD, UNICEF NCO, Malaria Consortium, implementing agency and hospital participating in the study for following activities:

  • Coordinate with UNICEF supply colleagues at SD and NCO to ensure timely ARIDA device and Amoxicillin DT availability in country. Activity includes registration and customs clearance of the ARIDA device in Nepal and decisions related to purchasing of Amoxicillin DT.
  • Coordinate with implementing partner and Malaria Consortium in hiring of research teams for the controlled accuracy study
  • Coordinate the national kick off meeting with National stakeholders and hospital staff for the research project
  • Coordinate with implementing partner to conduct a survey of the hospital site selection to understand patient flow and processes
  • Coordinate with implementing partner and Malaria Consortium to build the capacity of the hospital staff and research team for the research set up including research team training, pre-test and debrief of the controlled accuracy trial
  • Coordinate with implementing agency and Malaria Consortium to build the capacity of the research team on patient enrollment and consent process and data collection
  • Coordinate with UNICEF country office to support the readiness of the hospital for managing pneumonia and severe pneumonia
  • Coordinate with implementing agency and Malaria Consortium on data management and quality control process for the research
  • Conduct weekly review meeting with the research team and hospital team as quality control process of the study
  • Conduct weekly team call between UNICEF SD, UNICEF PD, UNICEF NCO, Malaria Consortium and implementing partner
  • Produce monthly (interim) and final quality assurance report on participant enrollment, data collection, data management and administrative progress

Roles and Responsibilities

UNICEF Supply Division: has ownership of the ARIDA project and also the relationship with the donor – “la Caixa” Foundation.  SD oversees the overall activity plans and activities relating to the project and supports country level implementation through engagement on the protocol development process, the implementing partner selection and the field trial implementation. SD is responsible for procurement of the ARIDA devices and any amoxicillin required.

UNICEF Nepal Country Office: Country partner for the implementation of the ARIDA field trial in Nepal.  Responsible for contracting and managing the implementing partner in Nepal as well as communications with Malaria Consortium and country partners such as WHO, USAID and Ministry of Health (MOH – Child Health Division, national and regional).  Responsible for completing the IRB (ethics) forms and process in Nepal for all studies planned. Responsible for site selection in partnership with MOH – Child Health Division, Malaria Consortium and the implementing partner.  Responsible for ARIDA device registration and customs clearance in Nepal.

Malaria Consortium: Technical implementation partner contracted by UNICEF Supply Division to support the development and implementation of all elements of the ARIDA field trials across all countries.  Responsible for writing all the protocols and developing the training materials and job aids for the ARIDA field trials in Nepal, supporting the selection of the implementing partner, the design and set-up of the research sites and the implementation of the studies.  Will provide quality assurance on the Nepal field trials to support UNICEF Nepal and the implementing partner. Will be responsible for data analysis, write up and presentation.

Implementing partner: Operational implementation partner contracted by UNICEF Nepal to manage all aspects of the implementation of the ARIDA field trials in Nepal.  Responsible for hiring the research team, setting up the research sites, collecting the required data, managing all required suppliers (videographers, transportation, etc.), procurement of research materials including tablets, cleaning and ensuring the data is correctly entered into the database. Responsible for translating all training materials and job aids. Responsible for participating in weekly planning and feedback calls with MC/UNICEF Nepal and UNICEF SD/PD.

 KEY DELIVERABLES:

Project Phase Deliverables Expected Delivery
Phase 1
  • Hiring of research teams for the Controlled Accuracy study completed
  • National kick off meeting with National stakeholders and hospital staff for the research project conducted
  • Survey of the hospital site selection to understand patient flow and processes completed
  • Capacity of the hospital staff and research team built on the research protocol and set up required
  • Capacity of the research team built on data collection and consent process
  • Readiness of the hospital for managing pneumonia and severe pneumonia completed
18 June 2017
Phase 2
  • Report on the pretesting of the tools available
  • Data management and quality control process for the research
  • Enrollment of the 290 participants in the trial as per protocol completed
  • Notes of the weekly review meeting with the research team and hospital team as quality control process of the study available
30 October 2017
Phase 3
  • Monthly (interim) and final report on participant enrollment, data collection, data management and administrative progress available
  • Data available for interim and final analysis
15 November 2017

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

  • Master Degree in Project Management/ Public Health or another relevant discipline
  • An undergraduate university degree combined with additional years of relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of a master’s degree if the candidate can demonstrate high level of experience with related projects 

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years professional and relevant work experience in areas of project management of field trials, clinical trials or research in low resource settings.
  • Must be able to communicate, both verbally and written, in both English and Nepali complicated, technical information
  • Proven track record to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the environment UNICEF operates, and understanding of the constraints of working in difficult geographical locations.

Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies that are considered to be necessary to this consultancy:

Core Competencies

  • Excellent communicator of verbal and written concepts to an international audiences (in English and Nepali)
  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, to proactively seek clarification when needed.
  • Able to work well in a team environment.

Functional Competencies

  • Able to work independently and problem solving oriented.
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated communication and relationship building skills.
  • Proven capacity to work with and lead collaborative teams across different locations and with different technical skills.

Technical Knowledge:

  • Proven experience in project management
  • Knowledge of application of new diagnostics in developing regions.
  • Experience in budgeting and managing large scale projects.
  • Knowledge of standard MS Office applications (MS Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Language:

Fluency in written and spoken English and Nepalese is essential

UNICEF CORE VALUES

Diversity and Inclusion

Treats all people with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace; encourages diversity wherever possible.

Integrity

Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behaviour; resists pressure in decision-making from internal and external sources; does not abuse power or authority.

Commitment

Demonstrates commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the wider UN system; demonstrates the values of UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours; seeks out new challenges, assignments and responsibilities; promotes UNICEF’s cause.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Financial quote at a daily rate in US Dollars. Financial quote should be inclusive of service fees, and living expenses (if consultancy is not home-based).  Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).
  3. CV.
  4. Examples of previous, relevant work.
  5. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.
  6. At least 2 References
  7. P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html ).

Applications are to be sent to: innovateforchildren@unicef.org with subject line “ARIDA Study Coordinator Nepal” by 09 April 2017 23.59 CET. Please indicate your availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

UNICEF considers best value for money as a criteria for evaluating potential candidates.  As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee.  Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

Successful applicants will be invited to a telephone interview and will be evaluated by the following criteria:

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION    (max. 70 points) Weighted scoring
 
Overall Response (20 points)
Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response 10
Overall match between the ToR requirements 10
Technical Capacity (50 points)
Professional and relevant work experience in areas of research and management of field trials projects for low resource settings 25
Master Degree in Project Management/ Public Health or another relevant discipline. 5
Knowledge of the environment UNICEF operates, and understanding of the constraints of working in difficult geographical locations. 10
Willing to locate in Kathmandu throughout the consultancy 10
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION – Total Points 70
 
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL     (max. 30 points)
Price per month
Price for 6 month assignment
Other costs (travel etc.)
Total value of 6 month consultancy
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL Weight Combined Score  
TOTAL SCORE (out of 100 points)  


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Legal Status
The individual engaged by UNICEF under this contract as a consultant or individual contractor (the “Contractor”) is engaged in a personal capacity and not as representative of a Government or of any other entity external to the United Nations.  The Contractor is neither a “staff member” under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and UNICEF policies and procedures nor an “official” for the purpose of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946 (“the Convention”).  The Contractor may, however, be afforded the status of “Expert on Mission” in the sense of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention and if the Contractor is required by UNICEF to travel in order to fulfill the requirements of this contract, the Contractor may be issued a United Nations Certificate in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.

Obligations
The Contractor shall complete the assignment set out in the Terms of Reference for this contract with due diligence, efficiency and economy, in accordance with generally accepted professional techniques and practices.

The Contractor must respect the impartiality and independence of UNICEF and the United Nations and in connection with this contract shall neither seek nor accept instructions from anyone other than UNICEF.  During the term of this contract the Contractor must refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF or the United Nations and must not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF.  The Contractor must exercise the utmost discretion in all matters relating to this contract.

In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, the Contractor  (a) will conduct him- or herself in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service; and (b)  will comply with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF relating to fraud and corruption; information disclosure; use of electronic communication assets; discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority; and the requirements set forth in the Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the office concerned, the Contractor must not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or other entity external to UNICEF any information that has not been made public and which has become known to the Contractor by reason of his or her association with UNICEF or the United Nations.  The Contractor may not use such information without the written authorization of UNICEF, and shall under no circumstances use such information for his or her private advantage or that of others. These obligations do not lapse upon termination of this contact.

Title rights
UNICEF shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material created by the Contractor which bears a direct relation to, or is made in order to perform, this contract.  At the request of UNICEF, the Contractor shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to UNICEF in compliance with the requirements of the law governing such rights.

Travel
If UNICEF determines that the Contractor needs to travel in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, that travel shall be specified in the contract and the Contractor’s travel costs shall be set out in the contract. In cases where travel costs have not been set in the contract, travel may either be organized by UNICEF or reimbursed upon submission of receipts within ten (10) days of completion of a specific travel on the following basis:

  • UNICEF will pay for travel in economy class via the most direct and economical route, provided however that in exceptional circumstances, such as for medical reasons, travel in business class may be approved by UNICEF on a case-by-case basis.
  • UNICEF will pay for out-of-pocket expenses associated with such travel, up to an amount equivalent to the daily subsistence allowance that would be paid to staff members undertaking similar travel for official purposes.

Statement of good health
Before commencing work, the Contractor must deliver to UNICEF a certified self-statement of good health and take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement.  In addition, the Contractor must include in this statement of good health (a) confirmation that he or she has been informed regarding inoculations required for him or her to receive, at his or her own cost and from his or her own medical practitioner or other party, for travel to the country or countries to which travel is authorized; and (b) a statement he or she is covered by medical/health insurance and that, if required to travel beyond commuting distance from his or her usual place or residence to UNICEF (other than to duty station(s) with hardship ratings “H” and “A”, a list of which has been provided to the Contractor) the Contractor’s medical/health insurance covers medical evacuations. The Contractor will be responsible for assuming all costs that may be incurred in relation to the statement of good health.

Insurance
The Contractor is fully responsible for arranging, at his or her own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the term of this contract as he or she considers appropriate taking into account, among other things, the requirements of paragraph 5 above.  The Contractor is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members.  The responsibility of UNICEF and the United Nations is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions described in paragraph 7 below.

Service incurred death, injury or illness
If the Contractor is travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF’s expense in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, or is performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval, the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate), shall be entitled to compensation from UNICEF in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the fact that the Contractor was travelling  with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF’s expenses in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, or was performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval.  Such compensation will be paid through a third party insurance provider retained by UNICEF and shall be capped at the amounts set out in the Administrative Instruction on Consultants and Individual Contractors. Under no circumstances will UNICEF be liable for any other or greater payments to the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate).

Arbitration

  • Any dispute arising out of or, in connection with, this contract shall be resolved through amicable negotiation between the parties.
  • If the parties are not able to reach agreement after attempting amicable negotiation for a period of thirty (30) days after one party has notified the other of such a dispute, either party may submit the matter to arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL procedures within fifteen (15) days thereafter. If neither party submits the matter for arbitration within the specified time the dispute will be deemed resolved to the full satisfaction of both parties.  Such arbitration shall take place in New York before a single arbitrator agreed to by both parties; provided however that should the parties be unable to agree on a single arbitrator within thirty days of the request for arbitration, the arbitrator shall be designated by the United Nations Legal Counsel.  The decision rendered in the arbitration shall constitute final adjudication of the dispute.

Penalties for Underperformance
Payment of fees to the Contractor under this contract, including each installment or periodic payment (if any), is subject to the Contractor’s full and complete performance of his or her obligations under this contract with regard to such payment to UNICEF’s satisfaction, and UNICEF’s certification to that effect.

Termination of Contract
This contract may be terminated by either party before its specified termination date by giving notice in writing to the other party.  The period of notice shall be five (5) business days (in the UNICEF office engaging the Contractor) in the case of contracts for a total period of less than two (2) months and ten (10) business days (in the UNICEF office engaging the Contractor)  in the case of contracts for a longer period; provided however that in the event of termination on the grounds of impropriety or other misconduct by the Contractor (including but not limited to breach by the Contractor of relevant UNICEF policies, procedures, and administrative instructions), UNICEF shall be entitled to terminate the contract without notice.  If this contract is terminated in accordance with this paragraph, the Contractor shall be paid on a pro rata basis determined by UNICEF for the actual amount of work performed to UNICEF’s satisfaction at the time of termination. UNICEF will also pay any outstanding reimbursement claims related to travel by the Contractor.  Any additional costs incurred by UNICEF resulting from the termination of the contract by either party may be withheld from any amount otherwise due to the Contractor under this paragraph.

Taxation
UNICEF and the United Nations accept no liability for any taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant and individual contractor on payments made under this contract.  Neither UNICEF nor the United Nations will issue a statement of earnings to the consultant and individual contractor.


Closing Date: 09 April 2017

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