Consultancy to support Unitaid in building an investment case for Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technologies

Country: Albania
Language: EN
Customer: World Health Organization
Number: 7716363
Publication date: 12-02-2018
Source: United Nations
Deadline: 9 days


General information
Request for proposal
Consultancy to support Unitaid in building an investment case for Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technologies
World Health Organization
02-Mar-2018 17:00
(GMT 1.00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

Unitaid is seeking for a suitable service provider to support the Secretariat in building an investment case for the Point-of-Care Diagnostic Technologies and we would like to invite you to submit a proposal accordingly.

Please find attached tender document with our detailed requirements and the instructions on bid submission.

Tender deadlines:

  • Request for clarification: 21-Feb @ 17h00 Geneva time
  • Submission of Intention to Bid: 27-Feb @ 17h00 Geneva time
  • Submission of proposal: 2-Mar @ 17h00 Geneva time

All queries pertaining to the RFP should be addressed in writing to .

Thank you for your attention and we look forward to receiving your proposal.



Innovative approaches to testing and monitoring HIV/AIDS are critical to support reaching the first "90" of the UNAIDS Fast Track targets 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) know their status - and the third 90 90% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy have viral suppression.

In many resource-limited settings, conventional laboratory-based HIV testing facilities are struggling to support reaching the targets, due to weak infrastructure and low investment. This leads to low levels of testing coverage, slow test turnaround times, and a low proportion of those tested receiving test results.

Unitaid is investing more than $200m through a number of projects to demonstrate the added value and potential long-term impact of using testing technologies for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV and Viral Load monitoring, placed closer to the point of patient care (herein defined as "Point-Of-Care" (POC)). Such technologies have the potential to increase testing coverage, more efficiently and effectively, compared to conventional testing systems. They also have the potential for wider multiplexing across a range of diseases. However, as these tests are more expensive per test, compared to laboratory-based testing, a strong public health and economic case is needed for scale-up.

Critically, there is a need to consolidate emerging evidence within the confines of an investment case, which prospective funders such as national Governments and major donors such as PEPFAR and The Global Fund can use to inform long-term investment decisions. A key element of the investment case is a robust, evidence-based options appraisal.

Work to be performed

The contractor is expected to carry out the following works:

" Review available evidence to frame the work, define key objectives and a work plan.

" Support and facilitate Unitaid-led stakeholder engagement activities, e.g. through an investment case working group:

o Key stakeholders will include major funders (e.g. PEPFAR and The Global Fund), country representatives (from one or a selection of target countries), Unitaid implementing partners (CHAI, UNICEF and Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)), and other technical experts (e.g. from WHO and African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)).

" Develop an evidence-based analysis of options, e.g. using relevant methods such as cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to identify the most attractive investment options through the lens of governments/ scale-up funders:

o Building upon the existing evidence base**, and stakeholder engagement activities, identify relevant options, e.g. in relation a counterfactual, and the jointly-agreed objectives (based on stakeholder feedback).

o Develop plausible scenarios for the delivery of early infant diagnosis at scale in a range of low-income country contexts which are cost-effective and affordable.

o Consider scope for broader integration of POC testing with other disease programs like TB, HPV and Hepatitis C. Detailed modelling is not expected for other diseases, but should be considered in parallel to the core analytical work.

" Consolidate analytical work and background information into a suite of transferable tools (e.g. Excel-based model, and short summary guidance note).

** There is a strong and sufficient body of evidence, data and analysis available to support the work, which should minimize the effort required at the outset to start the options appraisal work.

Nicole Ng -, Tel: +41 227914568
Switzerland (+41)
Nicole Ng -, Tel: +41 227914568
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