Request for Applications to provide technical assistance to implement the 2010 WHO Guidelines on HIV and Infant Feeding using quality improvement approaches in four countries

MEASURE Evaluation seeks an organization to provide technical assistance to staff of PEPFAR implementing partners that work on programs for the Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, district health teams and health facility staff.

Request for Applications 

Introduction

MEASURE Evaluation, a cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implemented by Carolina Population Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in partnership with Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University. MEASURE Evaluation aims to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems and build capacity of individuals, organizations and systems to collect, analyze and use data to make decisions that will result in improved health programs and policies.

MEASURE Evaluation seeks an organization to provide technical assistance to staff of PEPFAR implementing partners that work on programs for the Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, district health teams and health facility staff to use quality improvement (QI) methods and approaches to implement the 2010 WHO Guidelines on HIV and Infant Feeding

Background

Timeframe

The period of performance for this sub-agreement will be up to 17 months from the date of signing, but not to go beyond August 13, 2013. Phase I is expected to last one year and Phase II to last 15 months, with significant overlap in these two phases. Phase II activities not reliant on the completion of phase I, such as identifying learning teams in surrounding sub-districts, can be implemented as phase I activities. An optional no cost extension may be granted if the MEASURE Evaluation cooperative agreement is extended beyond the current end-date of August 2013.

Deliverables

Phase I

  1. Work plan to be negotiated with UNC within 30 days of contract signing.
  2. Launch meeting agenda, presentations, participant list and a report documenting proceedings of the multi-country launch meeting.
  3. For each sub-district, documentation of clearly articulated goals for the scale up of infant feeding guidelines in the context of PMTCT programs and performance expectations associated with scale up in each district.
  4. Quarterly reports documenting the technical assistance provided to each sub-district team, a review of data and decisions made by the sub-district teams with regard to infant feeding and their PMTCT programs.
  5. Other deliverables as agreed at contract signing.

Phase II

  1. For each additional sub-district, documentation of clearly articulated goals for the scale up of infant feeding guidelines in the context of PMTCT programs and performance expectations associated with scale up in each district.
  2. Quarterly reports documenting the technical assistance provided to surrounding sub-district teams, a review of data and decisions made by sub-district teams with regard to infant feeding and their PMTCT programs.

Application requirements

Organizations wishing to provide support QI as a way to roll out the WHO HIV and Infant Feeding Guidelines in these four countries must submit an application that describes their technical, organizational and logistical capacity to do so. The application should provide the following:

Technical proposal

The applicant should describe in detail their approach to institutionalizing quality improvement approaches at the district level. This section should include information about: how the organization will engage national governments in these four countries, how the organization will identify and engage sub-district and district level learning teams; how teams will be introduced to QI approaches and supported to implement them; how QI will be used to identify implementation practices that will accelerate the adoption of the new HIV and Infant Feeding guidelines. The applicant should also present a timeline for all activities.

Organizational description 

The applicant should describe the organization’s past experience supporting roll out of international guidelines related to health care delivery as well as experience providing assistance to institutionalize QI approaches in the health sector in developing countries.

The applicant should describe permanent staff and affiliated individuals that will implement the project. The applicant should name a project director to provide technical leadership and oversight. A curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than 3 pages each for all technical staff should accompany the proposal. 

Budget

Funding for the first year will be made available as per a schedule to be agreed upon at contract signing. Funding for the second year is subject to the availability of funds. 

Applicants should submit a two-year budget by year. For budgeting purposes, assume that the launch meeting will be a 3 day meeting, in South Africa, with 40 participants total, 30 of which will require funding to participate. A budget narrative documenting assumptions, a description of line items and other documentation should accompany the budget.

Deadline

The proposal must be submitted electronically to measure_qi@unc.edu no later than 5pm EST on April 13, 2012. 

Proposal Parameters

The proposal should be no more than 10 pages, 1.5 spaced with 1 inch margins and 11 point Arial font. Curriculum vitae and the budget will not count against page limits.

Proposal Review and Notification of Intent to Enter into a Sub-agreement

Following receipt of the applications, the MEASURE Evaluation team will review the received application materials and inform the successful applicant (and notify the organizations not selected). Following that, the process of developing a sub-agreement with the successful applicant will begin.