Request for Quotation at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Posted by Future on Fri 04th Mar, 2022 -

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) invites reputable consultant(s) to express interest by submitting RFQ documents for the following works:

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is an international development agency that works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA is the lead UN agency that expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Request for Quotation - Perform an Impact Assessment of the WHO/UNFPA Pre-qualification Programme for condoms and IUDs

The Pre-qualification Programmes were developed by WHO in 2001 to promote and facilitate access to safe, appropriate and affordable health products of good quality in an equitable manner. UNFPA manages the pre-qualification programmes for Male Latex Condoms, Female Condoms and Copper TCu380A IUDs. The pre-qualification programmes follow a systematic process consisting of a detailed technical review of required documentation, on site factory inspections, and product testing. This process determines that the quality of products is in accordance with international standards and WHO/UNFPA specifications and guidelines.

Additionally, the programme also undertakes some condom regulatory systems strengthening working with National Regulatory Agencies (NRA) and National Condom Testing Laboratories. The role of consultancy will be to develop and perform an impact assessment and make recommendations that would feed into the strategic plan of the WHO/UNFPA Pre-qualification programme.

Main objectives of the assessment:
  • Create a fact‐based understanding of the value that UNFPA PQ and systems‐supporting activities have created in the global health ecosystem with a 360‐degree view across all stakeholders
  • Generate both qualitative and quantitative assessments of the value created by UNFPA PQ and systems supporting activities
  • Create insights that would feed directly into the UNFPA PQ strategic plan to create a greater impact at the country level
  • Recommend the best fit of the WHO/UNFPA Pre-qualification programme based on the outcomes of the interviews
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Desk research on the current impact of the WHO/UNFPA Programme
  • Structured and detailed interviews with donors, global procurement agencies, NRAs, and manufacturers to provide detailed perspectives and interests in the WHO/UNFPA Pre-qualification programme
  • The following nine metrics are to be assessed with detailed sub‐indicators for each:
    • Access to donor‐funded procurement markets (evolution of market size and number of developing market manufacturers with PQ products)
    • Quality assurance system for safe and efficacious products (procurer policies and stakeholder perception on PQ quality assurance)
    • Ensuring products are developed for an Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) context (specific case studies on PQ contribution to LMIC tailored innovation and stakeholder perception on PQ assistance)
    • Economic return on investment (RoI), calculated as savings generated by the WHO pre-qualification compared to running costs
    • Contribution to lives saved, unwanted pregnancies averted, calculated as impact on number of additional patients with access to quality products in LMICs
    • Accelerated access to prequalified products in countries
    • Impact on raising overall standards of manufacturing
  • With regard to the systems‐supporting activities, three metrics including sub‐indicators were assessed:
    • Impact of Technologies Standards and Norms (TSN) on PQ effectiveness (stakeholder assessment of utility)
    • Impact of Regulatory Systems Strengthening (RSS) activities on NRA and national testing laboratory initiative strengthening (quantitative analysis and stakeholder assessment)
Competency and Expertise Requirements
The following are the minimum qualifications and working experience expected from the different consultants in the firm:
  • Post‐graduate qualifications in Development Studies, International development, or Monitoring & Evaluation.
  • At least 10 years of relevant technical experience in monitoring & evaluation/impact assessment with at least five years monitoring & evaluation/impact assessment within UN agencies
  • Technical expertise in research and evaluation methodologies including experience designing and leading evaluations in a variety of sectors especially in public health
  • Technical expertise in complex programme appraisal, monitoring and evaluation in various contexts
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative research skills, including but not limited to survey instrument design, sampling design, multivariate statistical analysis experience, qualitative interview guide development and qualitative data analysis
  • Expertise in fields relating to medical devices or pharmaceuticals is highly desirable.
  • Professional proficiency with Microsoft suite.
Application Closing Date
15:00 hours (Copenhagen Time), 25th March, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Quotations should be addressed and submitted via email at:

Please note the following guidelines for electronic submissions to UNFPAs PSBs dedicated email address:
  • The following reference must be included in the email subject line: RFQ Nº UNFPA/DNK/RFQ/22/017 Name of the Company. Proposals, including both technical and financial proposals, that do not contain the correct email subject line may be overlooked by the procurement officer and therefore not considered.
  • The total email size may not exceed 20 MB (including email body, encoded attachments and headers). Where the technical details are in large electronic files, it is recommended that these be sent separately before the deadline.
  • When submitting electronic offers, Bidders will receive an auto‐reply acknowledging receipt of the first email. Should bidders need to submit their offer in more than one email, they are requested to list the number of messages in the body of the first email. This requirement applies individually for both the technical and the financial offers. If you do not receive an auto‐reply for the first email from UNFPA’s email system, please inform Sonia Dervenkova:
  • Any quotation submitted will be regarded as an offer by the bidder and does not constitute or imply the acceptance of any quotation by UNFPA. UNFPA is under no obligation to award a contract to any bidder as a result of this RFQ.
Click Here (PDF) for a detailed description of the RFQ.

Related Document: UNFPA General Conditions (PDF).