Support to AMP technical assistance provision, quality control of AMP technical assistance deliverables and support to ITN Campaign Efficiency Project

  • Anywhere
Organization: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies
Closing date: 16 Jan 2023

Overall objective:

Working in close collaboration with the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) staff and technical assistance team, the objective of the proposed work is to support the provision of AMP technical assistance (TA) for insecticide-treated net (ITN) mass campaigns, including surge support as needed on an ad hoc basis. The consultancy will respond to requests for short-term TA assistance, such as document review, that do not fit within existing modalities for deployment of TA. On request, the consultancy will support the quality control of AMP technical assistance deliverables. The consultancy will support on development and finalization of global guidance documents, as well as contribute to discussions about deliverables for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ITN Campaign Efficiency project.

The specific areas for support, to be defined (country, type of support, etc.) by the AMP staff, include:

  • Support the implementation of the 2023 AMP malaria workplan
  • Provide technical support on request of the AMP technical team to fill gaps
  • Provide surge support in case of delays due to illness, backlog of deliverables or additional requests from national malaria programmes
  • Respond to requests for rapid review of documents, including campaign plans of action, logistics and M&E plans and supporting documents
  • Participate in calls and meetings
  • Support development of operational guidance and case studies

Background:

While a significant reduction in malaria case incidence and mortality rates had been observed globally over the past 20 years, the 2021 World Malaria Report shows that progress has plateaued, stalled or reversed in many high-burden countries since 2019, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, even before the emergence of COVID-19, global gains against malaria were levelling off, and the world was not on track to reach the 2020 milestones of WHO’s global malaria strategy. On a global scale, progress against malaria remains uneven. According to the report, many countries with a low burden of the disease are moving steadily towards the goal of malaria elimination. However, most countries with a high burden of the disease have suffered setbacks and are losing ground.[1]

According to the 2021 report, there were an estimated 241 million malaria cases in 2020 compared to 227 million cases in 2019 – an increase of about 14 million cases. About 95% of all malaria cases were in the WHO African Region. The total number of malaria cases in 2020 is essentially the same as that reported in the year 2000. However, over this 20-year period, the population at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa nearly doubled. Malaria case incidence, which reflects population growth, maintained a downward trend over the last 20 years – from 81.1 cases per 1000 population at risk in 2000 to 56.3 in 2019 and 59 in 2020.

An estimated 69 000 more people died from malaria in 2020 compared to 2019 (627 000 vs. 558 000). About two thirds (47 000) of the additional malaria deaths were due to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. In sub- Saharan Africa there was an estimated 12% increase in malaria deaths in 2020 over 2019. This highlights the consequences of even moderate service disruptions to malaria services in a population at risk. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa showed a decline in outpatient attendance and malaria testing during the initial phase of the pandemic, and reductions generally coincided with peaks in COVID-19 transmission.

In terms of prevention, the 2021 World Malaria Report highlights that in 2020, 31 countries had planned campaigns to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and, of these:

  • 18 countries (58%) completed their campaigns in 2020, with most experiencing important delays
  • 13 countries (42%) had campaigns that were incomplete in 2020 and spilled over to 2021

Globally, about three quarters (72%) of all ITNs planned for distribution had been distributed by the end of 2020.

Coverage gaps are an important contributor to non-achievement of the WHO Global Technical Strategy targets, particularly in hard-to-reach, conflict-affected and marginalized communities. While expanded access to WHO-recommended malaria control interventions has played a critical role in reducing the global burden of the disease since 2000, a large proportion of the population at risk of malaria – particularly in the WHO African region – continues to lack access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Alliance for Malaria Prevention is a workstream within the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and is an integral part of RBM’s Country and Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC). AMP is a global partnership of more than 40 organizations, including government, private sector, faith-based and humanitarian organizations. Housed and chaired by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), AMP is focused on three main activities: (1) coordination of partners involved in ITN campaign and continuous distribution activities; (2) development of operational guidance for planning and implementation of ITN distributions; and (3) supporting national malaria programmes and partners to identify, address and document operational successes and challenges to meeting the WHO GTS targets for high coverage and use of ITNs.

In 2020, AMP was awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to implement the ITN Campaign Efficiency Project. This consultancy will be funded through this grant to support the different workstreams under the project (https://allianceformalariaprevention.com/about/itn-campaign-efficiency-project/).

Terms of reference for consultancy:

Based on requests from AMP staff, the consultant will undertake some or all the following:

  • Backstop AMP TA teams in specific technical areas
  • Provide quality control and oversight to TA deliverables (work products) and reports
  • Document review to provide guidance on strategies and adaptations for ITN campaign distribution, including for complex operating environments
  • Contribute to work and discussions related to waste management and end of life ITNs on request
  • Participate in calls and meetings (country specific or global) to ensure familiarity with files in the case of people needing to be off / taking leave
  • Participate in AMP weekly calls
  • Support review of operational guidance
  • Develop case study on digitalization experiences from the Guinea 2022 ITN mass campaign
  • Ensure familiarity with all ongoing AMP TA through review of situation reports and calls with specific TA providers or TA teams as needed
  • Support the AMP Coordination Officer and the Manager – Malaria Programmes with implementation of the AMP workplan on request
  • Support the planning and deployment of technical assistance for ITN campaigns and fill gaps in TA as needed due to late requests, gaps between contracts or other reasons
  • Support the establishment of the internal evaluation process for TA providers and the overall TA management system
  • Build capacity of the AMP technical and staff teams, national malaria programmes and partners focused on supply chain management and logistics
  • Support the development of guidance and tools for cost-effective, efficient and accountable last mile logistics, particularly in hard-to-reach areas and for marginalized communities
  • Support organization of training sessions, webinars and meetings, including support for development of curricula for online learning courses.

[1] https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/malaria/world-malaria-reports/world-malaria-report-2021-global-briefing-kit-eng.pdf?sfvrsn=8e5e915_23&download=true


How to apply

This position is available for 20 days of work from 31st of January to 27th of August 2023.

To apply to this consultancy assignment, please submit your CV and cover letter that includes your daily rate to health.department@ifrc.org by Monday 16th of January COB. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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