Consultant- Business Continuity Planning

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity was initiated in January 2018 and is implemented by Abt Associates (Abt) in partnership with Save the Children, the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS), and Management Support Services (MASS). SSBH is designed to improve health outcomes, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups, by improving access to and quality of maternal, child, and reproductive health services, with a specific focus on newborn care. This will be achieved through three outcomes, namely 

(1) improved access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services; 

(2) improved quality of health services at facility and community levels; and 

(3) improved health system governance within the context of federalism.

In July 2020, USAID developed a Supplemental Program Description for SSBH focused on targeted support for the Government of Nepal’s (GoN) response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with federal, provincial, and local-level health sector counterparts, the SSBH team has been working since then aiming at strengthening the health sector response to the pandemic, reducing transmission of the virus in Karnali and Lumbini Provinces, and mitigating the effects of the pandemic on delivery of essential maternal, newborn, and child health services. Geographic coverage includes all 79 municipalities of Karnali Province and 59 municipalities of Lumbini Province.

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity was initiated in January 2018 and is implemented by Abt Associates (Abt) in partnership with Save the Children, the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS), and Management Support Services (MASS). SSBH is designed to improve health outcomes, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups, by improving access to and quality of maternal, child, and reproductive …

Consultant- Business Continuity Planning

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Background:

As part of this support, SSBH has designed a process for integrating municipal health emergency response plans with disaster preparedness and response planning. SSBH is currently working across its operational area to facilitate the planning process in 138 municipalities, and 14 municipalities have already endorsed the integrated plans for inclusion in planning and budgeting for FY 79/80.

As part of support for municipal-level health emergency response mechanisms, SSBH will also promote integration of business continuity plans into health emergency and response planning. SSBH will collaborate with USAID’s Tayar Nepal project on workshops in two municipalities common to both projects, with the aim of developing business continuity management plans to be included as annexes in the municipalities’ Health Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans (HE&DPRP). SSBH will share Tayar Nepal’s technical guidance on business continuity planning, along with the plans developed in the joint workshops, with health section chiefs in the remaining 136 municipalities, to encourage consideration of business continuity management in future health emergency and response planning. SSBH is currently seeking the services of a qualified expert with experience in business continuity planning in the context of emergency preparedness and response, to facilitate integration of these measures into municipal Health Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans, and orient municipal officials to the importance of having business continuity plans in place in the event of Health Emergency.

Objectives of the assignment 

The objective is to enhance the capacity of municipal authorities in health to design, develop and integrate business continuity measures into Health Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans. Through the workshops (two), the municipal authorities will (1) understand the elements of business continuity management framework and how it complements the overarching health emergency and disaster preparedness and response plans, (2) be able to analyze the impacts of disaster risks, (3) develop business continuity strategies, (4) design, develop and integrate business continuity plans in the HE&DPRP. 

Scope

Level of Effort:  Estimated 15 days, with 1-2 trips to Birendranagar (Surkhet) and Tulsipur (Dang)

Period of Performance:  expected to start earliest possible

Major Activities and estimated LOE

  • The activities listed below will be done under the supervision of the Senior Technical Advisor – Health Emergency Response.
  • In-briefing with relevant program staff of SSBH and Tayar Nepal for orientation on specific parameters of the assignment and undertake in-depth review of a sample HE&DPRP and a finalized business continuity plan.  
  • Hold consultative meetings with selected SSBH team members at Kathmandu (2 meetings, one in Butwal and one in Surkhet with SSBH Province team) to better understand the approaches of HE&DPRP activities.  
  • Develop/adapt a prototype business continuity plan for adaptation by municipalities during their own emergency response and disaster preparedness planning, plan for workshops, and training material (hand-outs and slides), and agree with Senior Technical Advisor – HER on the document and plan. 
  • Undertake field visits (2) as per the field visit plan and conduct workshops jointly with Tayar Nepal in selected municipalities. 
  • Prepare the business continuity plans to integrate into the municipal HE&DPRP 

Deliverables

  • Final business continuity plan, in Nepali, (~ 10 pages, excluding annexes and cover pages)
  • Slide deck (~15 slides) and training guide (~15 pages, excluding annexes and cover pages) 

Requirements for the consultant

SSBH intends to recruit a consultant for the assignment with following minimum criteria:  

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, and/or Public Administration, Urban Development, Disaster Management
  • Minimum of 5 years of prior experience in the health sector of Nepal, with documented experience in continuity planning in the context of emergencies preferred
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills
  • Familiarity of context, health systems, COVID-19 situation, and health system response in Nepal
  • Excellent communication, analytical and report writing skills in Nepali and English 

SSBH is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture. Individuals from minority groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the further selection process. Canvassing at any stage of the process shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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