Role: Zika Vaccine Market Consultant
Work Type: Consultancy
Start Date: May 2017
Location: Home based
Duration: 100 days over 6 month period
Travel: Paid for by UNICEF. Expect ~2 trips to Copenhagen, 1 trip to Washington DC, 1-2 trip to Geneva
Reporting to: Senior Advisor, MFSDU, UNICEF Supply Division, New York.

BACKGROUND:

In 2015, UNICEF, in collaboration with governments and partners, procured a record $3.428 billion in supplies and services for children, including $1.755 billion of supplies procured on behalf of 102 governments. Much of UNICEF Supply Division’s (SD) work focuses on working with suppliers and a range of partners to ensure the availability of life-saving products. SD’s work in product innovation enables the development of new products or the improvement of existing ones, hereby ensuring availability of fit for purpose and value for money products that can benefit children around the world.

On February 1, 2016, WHO declared the ZIKA virus (ZIKV) a public health emergency. By March 9, 2016, 31 countries and territories in the Americas had reported local transmission of the virus. ZIKA, a virus transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, was first identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania. Outbreaks of ZIKA have since been reported in Africa, the Americas, and Asia and the Pacific.

According to the WHO, the spread of the virus remains a major public health and child rights concern. ZIKV is one of the diseases included in UNICEF’s Health Emergency Preparedness Initiative (HEPI). Through HEPI, UNICEF seeks to support national governments’ multi-sectoral health emergency response including facilitating appropriate product innovation to meet the needs of future health emergencies.  As such, UNICEF is engaged in efforts to enable development of both diagnostics and vaccines to address future health emergencies.

UNICEF Supply Division hosted an industry consultation in Copenhagen in May 2016 and convened partners and diagnostics and vaccine manufacturers to encourage the acceleration of research and development (R&D) and to advance the commercial environment to address gaps in both ZIKV vaccine and rapid/ point of care diagnostics. In February 2017, after a consultation process, WHO and UNICEF updated the previous published Target Product Profiles (TPPs) defining the desired characteristics of vaccines that should protect against congenital Zika syndrome and RDTs/POC to diagnose ZIKV. For ZIKV RDT/POC, UNICEF has launched a tender seeking to pull through the development of novel diagnostic products.

UNICEF SD now requires an experienced consultant with a strong understanding of vaccine markets, R&D financing and push/pull mechanisms to support efforts to direct product innovation of appropriate ZIKV vaccines. The consultant will work extremely closely with experts from the SD’s Markets, Financing and Strategic Data Unit (MFSDU), the Vaccine Centre (VC), and the Innovation Unit (IU) as well as engaging with external collaborators, including WHO, PAHO and BARDA.

OBJECTIVE:

Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor, Markets, Finance & Strategic Data Unit with additional input from the Chief, Vaccine Centre, the main purpose of this consultancy is to create series of report to advise how UNICEF could use its core capabilities including deployment of special contracting and other pull mechanisms to accelerate development, production scale and access of appropriate ZIKV vaccine products. (It is understood that one possible scenario could include not engaging at all in the market.)  In addition, it is intended that the consultancy would provide broader guidance on development of pull mechanisms to address vaccine R&D for other health emergencies.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

UNICEF SD now requires an experienced consultant with a strong understanding of vaccine markets, R&D financing and push/pull mechanisms to support efforts to direct product innovation of appropriate ZIKV vaccines. The consultant will work extremely closely with experts from the SD’s Markets, Financing and Strategic Data Unit (MFSDU), the Vaccine Centre (VC), and the Innovation Unit (IU) as well as engaging with external collaborators, including WHO, PAHO and BARDA. 

KEY DELIVERABLES:

  1. Zika Vaccine pipeline and R&D funding report
    1. Create overview of vaccine candidates in the pipeline, including how each vaccine candidate might address specific target populations and/or geographic market segments.
    2. Outline the known/expected clinical trials plans for registration etc. and describe the potential gaps in expected pipeline data that could limit access or use of future Zika vaccine candidates in programme countries particularly outside the Americas / Latin American and Caribbean region.
    3. Maps financial investments both private and public in the development of Zika vaccines and the main related platform technologies that are known/expected to contribute to Zika vaccine development.
    4. Delineate any specific conditions of investments (including Intellectual Property rights, access agreements) and identify potential gaps, challenges and opportunities from the perspective of push/pull mechanisms.
  1. UNICEF programmatic application of Zika vaccines report
    1. Map out the current range of epidemiological trajectories for ZIKV (including in different scenarios of global vs local epidemics, naive versus previously exposed individuals, and interactions with other flaviviruses etc.).
    2. Based on the epidemiological projections/hypotheses, as well as the current WHO/UNICEF TPP for Zika vaccines and the R&D pipeline, outline potential scenarios of use of future Zika vaccines in UNICEF programme countries.
    3. Quantify in simple terms the potential demand for Zika vaccines under these scenarios (including demand for necessary registration trials, or other pre/post licensure studies, for stockpiling, in the case of an epidemic within UNICEF programme countries, for routine use, etc.)
  1. Procurement and/or financial intervention report (including for Zika vaccines)
    1. Outline a basic decision matrix of different procurement and/or financial interventions to ameliorate access, drive development and scale of different innovative health products (e.g. vaccines, treatment and diagnostics) based on HEPI priorities and UNICEF core capabilities/comparative advantage.
    2. Suggest further work to be undertaken by UNICEF to specify the strategy for driving development and scale of relevant HEPI products.
    3. Outline possible procurement and/or financial interventions that UNICEF could deploy to address any needs for Zika vaccines (including pros and cons of each). It is essential that this is based on prior reports and how UNICEF can leverage its core competencies to drive programmatic goals of relevance to UNICEF.
    4. Outline how each possible intervention for a Zika vaccine links to established interventions by other players/partners in the Zika vaccine R&D realm (e.g. BARDA, Wellcome Trust, BMGF).
    5. Based on the outline of possible UNICEF unmet programmatic needs as well as on the outline of possible interventions leveraging UNICEF core capabilities, recommend which possible interventions could be undertaken (if any).
    6. To the degree possible serve as an expert in relevant decision making processes particularly in relation to Zika vaccine development.
  1. UNICEF fundraising paper and dialogue
    1. Map out possible donors for the defined Zika vaccine procurement/financing intervention(s).
    2. Assist in the dialogue with these donors as needed, including participating in possible meetings.
    3. Assist in dialogue with other key stakeholders to the intervention strategy, such as WHO, PAHO, BARDA, CEPI etc.
    4. If time allows, assist in dialogue with donors on UNICEF interventions on health emergency products beyond Zika vaccines to align on strategic thinking for future possible funding.
  1. Support the creation of UNICEF & USAID white paper on Zika Diagnostic and ARIDA
    1. Review paper outline of paper and provide recommendation for how it is to be improved.
    2. Input to strategy for dissemination, including publication strategy.
    3. Review and edit paper.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

The successful candidate shall have:

  • Minimum 10 years professional and relevant work experience in areas of markets, and R&D financing with focus on public health and infectious diseases, and in particular vaccine policy.
  • Master Degree in Public Health, Health Economics, Microbiology, Engineering or another relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and experience in design of market incentive schemes to drive R&D, and the pros and cons of different models.
  • Academic expertise, including publications within areas relevant to this project.
  • Knowledge of the environment UNICEF operates, particularly with respect to vaccines 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.
  • 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 data and information analysis (Experience with vaccine demand forecasting an asset).
  • Experience in developing innovative financing /pull mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of application of vaccines in developing regions.
  • Knowledge of research and development life cycle for vaccines (Knowledge of vaccine manufacturing/production would be an asset).
  • Knowledge of standard MS Office applications (MS Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Languages:

Fluency in written and spoken English 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 “Zika Vaccine Markets Consultant” by 16 April, 2017 17.00 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. 80 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 markets, and R&D financing with focus on public health and infectious diseases, and in particular vaccine policy. 25
Experience in development of innovative finance mechanisms 20
Experience in market demand and forecasting 10
Knowledge of the environment UNICEF operates, and understanding of the constraints of working in difficult geographical locations. 5
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION – Total Points 80
 
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL     (max. 20 points)
Daily Rate
Price for 100 day assignment
Other costs
Total value of consultancy
FINANCIAL PROPOSAL Weight Combined Score  
TOTAL SCORE (out of 100 points)  


General Conditions
of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors

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.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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).

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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: 11 April 2017

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