Request for Proposals: Training in Basic Emergency Obsteric New Born Care (BEmONC) in Galkacyo, Somalia

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers humanitarian help to people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in London, Geneva, Washington, Brussels, Nairobi, and Amman, staffed with regional Program Managers and Technical Advisors. The organisation is on the ground in over 40 countries, with more than 10,000 medical and public health personnel, as well as senior-level managers. IRC is currently working in Somalia supporting health facilities implementing Basic Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care (BEmONC). These Terms of Reference (ToR) relate to BEmONC training including a component of "Helping Babies Breath" for reproductive health staff based in IRC supported health facilities in Gaalkayo and Mogadishu.

The maternal mortality ratio for Somalia is exceptionally high at 732 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. This ratio represents, in part, a situation where less than 10% of births are attended by skilled personnel. Although most pregnancies and births are uneventful, approximately 15% of all pregnant women develop potentially life threatening obstetric complications that call for skilled care and some will require major obstetrical interventions to survive. The main causes of maternal deaths and disabilities are complications arising from haemorrhage, unsafe abortion, eclampsia, sepsis and obstructed labour.The primary goal of this training is to improve coverage and utilization of high quality BEmONC and skilled care, particularly among vulnerable host and IDP communities in Mudug and Benadir districts.

The BEmONC training will be designed to train doctors, midwives, and nurses with midwifery skills who, as team members, will provide basic and comprehensive BEmONC services at the health facilities to avert maternal deaths and disabilities. The training will be integrated with the component of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) which is an educational program in neonatal resuscitation for birth attendants in resource limited settings. The course will follow a symptom based approach to management of life threatening obstetric emergencies as this training will emphasize doing not just knowing and uses competency - based evaluation of performance. The training should take place over a period of twelve (12) days and be in line with WHO- guidelines. Thus, incorporate adequate practical demonstration of the theoretical knowledge learned and include the appropriate training aid materials. 22 reproductive health staff from IRC`s clinics in Mogadishu and Gaalkayo will participate in the BEmONC training. They will comprise of Midwives, Medical Officers, RH Doctors, RH Managers, Health Managers, Clinical Officers and RH Surgeons. These are long time practicing staff and have comprehensive understanding of the basics of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care so the goal of the training will not be to build their skills as starters but to augment the skills they currently possess and to monitor application of the skills over a period of time. The training firm should therefore employ a multidimensional training methodology that will address the needs of different cadres of staff considering some are a lower level as midwives and others at superior levels e.g. surgeons.

The Purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP)

It is the intent of this RFP to secure competitive proposals to select a consultant for the International Rescue committee Somalia Program to provide consultancy services for training staff on BEMONC. All eligible, qualified and technically competent consultancy firms are invited to submit their Technical and Financial Proposals. The winning firm will sign a one off contract for the provision of consultancy services for the period indicated in the Terms of Reference. Bidders shall be domiciled and must have complied with all Government legal Regulations to operate in Kenya and or Somalia and regular tax payer to offer such services as specified in the Request for Proposals and shall furnish copies of their operating licenses/certificates of registration valid for the fiscal year 2018. The Bidder shall not be under a declaration of ineligibility for corrupt or fraudulent practices.

How to apply:
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Deadline for submission of proposals: 26th July 2018