Call for Proposal at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Posted by Future on Wed 27th Apr, 2022 -

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) invites interested and qualified consultants / service providers to tender applications for the following works:

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects around the world. UNOPS provides project management, procurement, and infrastructure services to governments, donors, and UN organizations. The UNOPS Geneva office is hosting the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat as of 1 January 2015 providing the full range of hosting services to the Stop TB Partnership.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Call for Proposal for TB REACH - Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, surpassing both HIV and malaria in combined deaths and a global health security threat. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) every year there are:
  • More than 1.5 million deaths from TB;
  • Nearly 10 million people falling ill with the disease; and
  • Nearly 500,000 people developing multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
  • 1/4 of the global population is infected with TB
The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed decades of global progress in addressing TB. For the first time in over a decade, TB deaths have increased, and fewer people have been diagnosed with TB or provided with TB preventive care compared with 2019.

The Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative was established in 2010 with an initial five-year award from Global Affairs Canada. Since it began TB REACH has provided grants to partners in lower-income and/or high TB burden countries to test innovative and well thought-out, yet unproven approaches and technologies which aim to:
  • Increase the number of people with TB (TB infection or active TB [drug-sensitive or -resistant]) who are diagnosed, started on treatment, and reported to National TB Programs (NTPs),
  • Improve adherence and treatment success for people started on anti-TB treatment
TB REACH combines open, but targeted calls for proposals, fast-track financing and rigorous, external monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to rapidly produce results. TB REACH projects are not designed to be research studies, but instead are focused on service delivery. However, because of the strong focus on M&E, many projects may present and/or publish their findings. The basic approach to TB REACH M&E for interventions designed to improve case detection is available in different publications in peer reviewed journals and on the Stop TB website, and formed the basis of M&E for WHO’s screening handbook.

Scope of Work
The Stop TB Partnership is seeking to award a grant to a technical partner for M&E support associated with its TB REACH initiative in Wave 10 and beyond. Stop TB would like to provide a grant for Wave 10 services and as part of this call for proposals, this grant could be extended, or a new grant could be negotiated with the selected M&E partner in future Waves if resources permit and there is mutual interest.

The activities provided under this grant will complement the M&E consultants already engaged on an individual basis via UNOPS HR processes.

The below list provides a high-level summary of the grant’s scope of work:
  • Development of an M&E framework for TB REACH Wave 10 grants based on the current call for proposals which is outlined on the Stop TB website.
  • Provide M&E lead review support for 10-15 projects.
  • Provide peer-reviews of above primary project reviews for quality assurance and participate in ad-hoc meetings as needed (i.e., to finalize reporting documents, preparatory meetings for grantee workshop, etc.).
  • Identification of two individual reviewers to join TB REACH’s core M&E team (core-team members are expected to attend all Quarterly Review Meetings);
  • Identification of additional reviewers as needed.
  • Review and consultation for the development of the Wave 10 Stage 2 Application (time permitting).
  • Participation in and coordination of a “Kick-Off” meeting for M&E reviewers who are new to Wave 10 (2-3 days), a TB REACH M&E Grantee Workshop (Late 2022 or January 2023 (5 days likely in Asia), and routine M&E Quarterly Review Meetings (2/3 days)
  • Host 1-2 Quarterly Review Meetings in city where recipient is located (all members of the M&E team from the successful applicant are expected to attend these meetings).
  • Maintaining a summary of all cleaned quarterly reporting data for all Wave 10 projects
  • Writing mid-term and final Wave 10 reports after discussion with the TB REACH Secretariat and other reviewers on the content.
  • Event-related support activities, including all travel arrangements for members of selected organization’s team.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
Please read carefully the following minimum eligibility criteria. Failure to meet any eligibility criteria will disqualify an applicant from participating in the Call for Proposals. Only audited financial statements will be accepted as supporting documents for financial data:
  • Any not-for-profit organizations who are legally registered are eligible.
  • For-profit organizations can apply BUT must adhere to the strict overhead cap rate of 12%, and will be subject to UNOPS review and approval.
N/B: Please note that governmental-affiliated organizations or international organizations are not eligible. A copy of both the registration certificate and the latest available corporate audit report must be provided.

The proposed M&E team should meet the following requirements:
  • Education:
    • An advanced university degree in public health, epidemiology, evaluation, medical statistics, or other relevant fields.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum 3 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation in health programmes. In TB is a plus.
    • Minimum 3 years of experience working in TB control/ epidemiology, preferably in TB high burden countries.
    • Proven experience in desk research and other kinds of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods
Application Closing Date
1st June, 2022.

Submission of Documents

Interested applicants should Click Here to submit applications.

Please ensure to address the following questions when submitting your proposal:
  • Describe your organization and staff’s past experience conducting M&E of health programs or projects (TB disease and preventative treatment, etc).
  • Describe any experience with M&E integrated service delivery or health systems and strengthening projects. Work with Global Fund-supported work is helpful.
  • Describe your organizational capacity to compile, clean, and analyze data sets.
  • Describe your organizational capacity to prepare high quality written reports based on analyzed public health data.
  • Describe organizational experience in hosting virtual or in-person small meetings.
Click Here (PDF) for more clarifications.