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Terms of Reference for a Consultant/Consultancy Firm to revise the existing Community Paramedic (CP) course curriculum
A. Background
Swisscontact was established in 1959 as an independent organisation by prominent individuals from the worlds of commerce and science in Switzerland. It is exclusively involved in international cooperation and since 1961 has carried out its own and mandated projects. Since it was founded, Swisscontact has maintained close ties with the private sector. In 2013, Swisscontact was active in 27 countries with a workforce of over 800 people. The organisation is based in Zurich. Swisscontact concentrates on four core areas of private sector development:
  • Skills Development
  • SME Promotion
  • Financial Services
  • Resource Efficiency
The Swisscontact South Asia Regional Office (SARO) is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As per the Mission of Swisscontact, SARO has the mandate to develop and maintain the Foundation’s portfolio of development projects in South Asia. This Terms of Reference (ToR) relates to one such project within SARO portfolio that focuses on improving healthcare access of rural communities through creation of trained Community Paramedics.
The project is set 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, a new cadre of mid-level healthcare service provider named Community Paramedics were introduced by the government from January 2011. Community Paramedic course is a two-year full-time course, designed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) through National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), where students acquire and develop skills on Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health, Family Planning and Basic Primary Healthcare services. The CP course guide-line was initially designed in November 2009 in light of the 18-month long Family Welfare Visitors’ (FWVs) course curriculum and topped up with another 6 months of midwifery training. However, the curriculum still needs to comprehensively cover other areas of basic primary healthcare services. In October 2012, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare finally approved the CP course through Bangladesh Nursing Council (BNC) instead of NIPORT. Training institutes affiliated with the Bangladesh Nursing Council are conducting this course to produce trained Community Paramedics for rural communities of Bangladesh. The pre-requisite qualification for the course is Secondary School Certificate (SSC), according to the latest guide-line of March 2013 of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
TARSAN project (Towards sustainable quality healthcare delivery at grassroots level through active participation of civil society organisations) from Mar 2011 - Feb 2015 – implemented by Swisscontact in Bangladesh and funded by European Union- aimed at developing these Community Paramedics to serve in rural Bangladesh and contribute towards sustainable quality healthcare delivery at grassroots level.
Building on the success of the TARSAN project, the current project ASTHA (Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access) has been initiated with funding jointly from Novartis Global and Swisscontact. The project aims to contribute to sustainable and accessible quality healthcare services for the people living in rural Bangladesh, particularly in Nilphamari, Patuakhali, and Sunamganj districts. The project is concentrating on three major strategic areas:
  • Intervention Area 1: Build capacity of Community Paramedic Training Institutes
  • Intervention Area 2: Improve the quality of the Community Paramedic-based healthcare services by strengthening the Community Paramedic training program
  • Intervention Area 3: Create awareness among the community people:
    • to change their service seeking behaviour
    • to promote Community Paramedic based healthcare services
Feeling the importance of an updated course curriculum for CPs, in agreement with BNC, ASTHA has agreed to support CPTI alliance to revise the CP course curriculum to make it more competitive. Hence, the project seeks to appoint a Consultant/Consultancy Firm who has the relevant skills and expertise to revise the existing Community Paramedic course curriculum.
B. Objective
Develop a revised draft Community Paramedic course curriculum in consultation with relevant stakeholders (particularly BNC, NIPORT, SMF, CPTI Alliance, ASTHA project team etc.)
C. Task of the service provider
1Review the existing Community Paramedic course curriculum20 working days
2Discuss with relevant stakeholders and identify improvement areas of the existing course curriculum (inclusion/exclusion/updating of contents of different modules)
3Prepare the first draft of the course curriculum and share with the ASTHA team and CPTI alliance
4Develop the final draft of the course curriculum
5Facilitate finalization of the draft course curriculum through consensus building workshops (organized by BNC in collaboration with CPTI Alliance and ASTHA project) with relevant stakeholders12 working days
(Step- 2)
6Incorporate the feedback received from the workshops to finalise the course curriculum
7Finalise and share the revised CP course curriculum for approval from the relevant authority
D. Role of Swisscontact
A technical team of ASTHA will provide necessary assistance as and when required and will-
  • Provide the required literature needed for the assignment
  • Organise the consensus building workshops in consultation with BNC (nomination of participants, fixation of date & duration of workshop, venue etc.)
  • Give necessary feedback on the developed contents for its quality improvement
  • Bear all costs of the assignment
E. Deliverables*
1Development of a work-plan3 days from contract signing
2Sharing of the first draft of revised course curriculum with ASTHA team12 days from development of the work-plan
3Finalisation of the first draft of revised course curriculum5 days from the development of first draft
4Submission of the final revised course curriculum10 days from the end of the consensus building workshops
*To be finalised by the Consultant/Consultancy Firm and approved by Swisscontact
F. Submission Details
It is mandatory for bidding individual Consultants/Consultancy firms to submit documentary evidence demonstrating their educational, taxation and financial status. This includes:
  • Detail CV mentioning his/her educational qualification (MBBS and at least MPH degree is required from a reputed University/Institute) and relevant experience in such type of assignment
  • Tax identification number (TIN)
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • Trade License (if applicable)
  • Proof of a segregated account (providing the name and address of such account)
  1. The Consultant/Consultancy Firm has to bear all Advance Income Tax (AIT)
  2. Percentage of VAT and total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the financial offer
  3. Interested Consultants/Consultancy Firms should submit their CV and financial offer, along with the required documents by 14 July 2015 to the address below:
Director Operations
South Asia Regional Office (SARO)
House 19, Road 11, Baridhara, Dhaka‐1212, Bangladesh
For more information please send email to: rezaul.karim@swisscontact.org

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