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Terms of Reference for Consultant
Content development for Scientific Seminar intended to develop and update knowledge of Community Paramedics
A. Background
Swisscontact promotes economic, social and ecological development by supporting people to successfully integrate into local commercial life. We create opportunities for people to improve their living conditions as a result of their own efforts. The focus of our systemic interventions in the private sector is the strengthening of local and global value chains. Through its projects, Swisscontact enables access to professional training, promotes local entrepreneurship, creates access to local financial service providers and supports the efficient use of resources with the goal of successfully promoting employment and income generation.
Swisscontact concentrates on four core areas of private sector promotion:
  • Vocational Education and Training: enabling access to the labour market and creating the conditions for gaining an occupation and earning an income.
  • SME Promotion: promoting local entrepreneurship with the goal of strengthening its competitiveness.
  • Financial Services: creating access to local financial service providers who offer credit, savings, leasing and insurance products.
  • Resource Efficiency: promoting the efficient use of resources through production methods that are efficient in their use of energy and materials, and through taking measures to pro-mote clean air and sustainable waste disposal.
Swisscontact/ Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation, is headquartered in Zurich and was founded in 1959 by Swiss private sector and academia for sustainable development cooperation. Swisscontact South Asia Regional Office (SARO) is located in Bangladesh. SARO has the mandate to develop and maintain Swisscontact’s portfolio of development projects in South Asia. The current terms of reference (TOR) relates to one such project within SARO portfolio that focuses in improving healthcare access of rural communities through creation of skilled healthcare service providers at the community level.
The project is implemented on the premise that large number of the population living in rural areas of Bangladesh is deprived of quality health care services. Several studies state that around 70% of the rural health care services are met by the unskilled and untrained providers. To address this major gap in the national healthcare system, new cadre of mid-level healthcare service providers named Community Paramedics (CPs) were introduced by the government in 2011. Community Paramedic course is a two-year long full-time course designed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) for developing an additional health workforce in the country’s health care system.
Improving Rural Healthcare service through Community Paramedic Program-IRHSCPP project (January 2015 to December 2018) known as Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access- ASTHA jointly funded by Novartis Global and Swisscontact has been initiated to support national workforce policies, strategies, capacity building and skills transfer for developing skilled Community Paramedics (CPs). The new cadre in the healthcare sector is really contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health) in the project locations (Nilphamari, Patuakhali and Sunamgonj).
ASTHA is a noble initiative to contribute in Human Resource for Health (HRH) development. It has been implementing different activities to strengthen the capacity of CP training institutes, CP pro-gram strengthening, awareness development of mass community, capacity strengthen of qualified Community Paramedics etc. In line with these activities, ASTHA has been implementing Scientific Seminar to update the knowledge of Community Paramedics on different public health priorities.
B. Objective
The objective of the contract is to develop contents for the Scientific Seminar that are to be con-ducted for the Community Paramedics to update their knowledge on different emerging health priorities as part of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and sensitizing Community Paramedics about Referral System.
C. Scope & Activities
I. Scope of the Work
The scope of work under the cooperation agreement would be mainly focused on developing contents in PPT on selected health priorities/topics to update the knowledge of CPs on specific disease or critical issues. The session is about 1.5 hours. Expected contents should contain innovativeness, realistic approaches, action oriented, practical solution and off course in Bengali language.
II. Tasks of the Consultant
The consultant will
  • Propose the topic (Optional)
  • Develop the Contents (in ppt) as per the request of ASTHA team.
  • Share the contents within 3 days
  • Incorporate the feedbacks of ASTHA (if any) and finally share the final ppt by 2 days of getting feedbacks.
III. Role of Swisscontact (ASTHA Project Team)
A technical team of ASTHA will provide necessary technical assistance as and when required and will be responsible for-
  • Selection of topic
  • Give necessary feedback on developed contents for its quality improvement
  • Provide the remuneration of Service Provider
D. Duration of the contract
  • March 2015- December 2016
E. Maximum Budget:
BDT 7,000.00 for each topic
F. Deliverables
During the contract period, the consultant has to develop content on several topics. Content development for each topic will be considered as one assignment. Topics or theme will be selected by ASTHA project team. The consultant has to provide the following deliverables by the due dates as specified for each assignment:
Sl.DeliverablesTime Frame
01Submission of draft detailed content on the selected topicWithin 3 (three) days after selecting the topic
02Submission of final content incorporating feedback of assigned ASTHA technical teamWithin 2 days of receiving feedback
G. Submission Details
  1. It is mandatory for bidding individual consultant to submit documentary evidence demonstrating their legal, taxation and financial status. This includes:
    • Detail CV mentioning his/her educational qualification and experiences with neces-sary evidences
    • Tax identification number (TIN);
    • VAT registration number (if applicable)
    • Proof of a segregated account (providing the name and address of such account);
  2. The consultant has to bear all AIT.
  3. Percentage of VAT and total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the financial of-fer.
  4. Interested consultant should submit the CV and financial offer along with required documents for above mentioned tasks by Jun 21, 2015 to the address below:
 Director Operations
South Asian Regional Office
House 19, Road 11, Baridhara, Dhaka‐1212, Bangladesh
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