Palestine nationals: Provision of technical support in construction and rehabilitation of Khan Younis health facilities and monitoring of WASH program

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territory
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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In Gaza, maternal and child health care is an integral component of the health services. The four major healthcare providers are the MoH, UNRWA, NGOs, and private for-profit institutions.

The MoH is responsible for a significant portion of primary, secondary, and some tertiary health care (providing more than 50% of services). It runs 56 PHC centers (at 28 of them MCH services are provided, and at 15 of them family planning services are provided) and 13 hospitals (5 maternity wards, 7 NICUs and pediatric hospital). The ministry buys tertiary services from other providers, locally and abroad.

Availability and access to adequate maternal and child health services is increasingly challenged in Gaza. The increased burden on the health sector caused by the need to respond to the casualties from the incidents at the fence have resulted in approximately 22,500 cases not being able to access (fully or at all) essential healthcare services. This includes responding to the health needs of pregnant and lactating women and children. A significant proportion of child deaths occur during the first year of life (the neonatal period), particularly in the first 28 days. The situation is worse in Gaza (24 deaths per 1,000 live births) than in West Bank (20 per 1,000 live births). The top three causes of neonatal mortality were prematurity, respiratory infections and congenital malformations which constitute 61% of neonatal mortality. These deaths can in many cases be managed through quality maternal and neonatal health care and early detection of children with disabilities and intervention services.

In addition to the access and availability of health care, the quality of the maternal and child health care services is jeopardized by the poor condition of sanitation and hygiene in health facilities. In the Gaza Strip, the longstanding blockade has created an unsustainable water and sanitation situation which was compounded by the recent conflict.

All the above points to the urgent need to improve maternal and child health in Gaza, particularly for the most vulnerable pregnant, lactating women and young children to avoid increase of mortality, morbidity and developmental delays for young children.  Therefore, UNICEF committed to support the key relevant partners including the MOH to strengthen maternal and child health through building the capacity of the healthcare system and modeling comprehensive package of services that will respond to the women's and children's immediate and emergency health needs in a way that will be sustainable in the longer-term and scalable.

More specifically, UNICEF is committed to support the MOH in upgrading conditions for women and children in Khan Younis maternity and newborns health facilities through reconstruction and rehabilitations.

Furthermore, UNICEF is engaged in increasing sustainable access to safe drinking water, improving access to adequate sanitation and promoting hand washing and good hygienic practices through upgrading WASH facilities, installation of solar systems in different health and WASH facilities, promoting good hygiene and responding to humanitarian emergencies needs including addressing climate change and environmental challenges.

This consultancy has two main purposes:

  • Develop the architecture and designs for the reconstruction of maternity ward and neonatal intensive care unit in Khan Younis medical compound and monitor its implementation with the engineering department of the MOH Gaza and constructing company.
  • Provide technical assistance and monitoring support to the implementation of UNICEF WASH projects and activities in Gaza Jointly with WASH implementing partners

Main activities:

Health:

  • Provide technical support to the engineering department of the MOH in Gaza and constructing company (which will be contracted by UNICEF) to design, rehabilitate and reconstruct the health facilities at Khan Younis Medical compound targeting Naser Maternity and neonatal department; solarization of these health facilities will be part of the assignment
  • Develop a work plan for design, bidding and implementation with considering the quality assurance, and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met and achieved.
  • Review Bill of quantities, design drawings and technical specifications (submitted by Ministry of Health MOH - Engineering department).
  • Coordinate with UNICEF Supply Section for bidding process including the preparation of the Request for Proposals (RFP), Pre-bid meeting, site visits with potential contractors and proposals technical evaluation.
  • Provide full time supervision and monitoring to ensure quality of work and timely completion with continuous reporting to UNICEF.

WASH:

  • Carry out monitoring site visits with WASH contractors constructing solar systems, upgrading storm water systems and follow-up on determined action points to ensure quality and timely completion of construction works.
  • Support the WASH program in the bidding processes including technical evaluations and review of related documents. 

Specific Tasks - The consultant is responsible for the following tasks:

For Health:

  • Review and verify technical documents drafted by the MOH (design, bill of quantities, drawings, technical specifications, and TORs) and ensure their accuracy and applicability, that all biding documents are compiled according to UNICEF standards and regulations and participate in pre-bid meetings and site visits during bidding process.
  • Follow-up and evaluate the technical bidding documents and provide a report to the selection panel for the construction firm.
  • Supervise all project works and ensure that they are all done as per technical specifications and engineering drawings and notify the contractor of any defects found with regards to the quality of the workmanship or materials and equipment incorporated in the project.
  • Review the contractor's work schedules and updates; closely monitor the work progress and budget utilization to ensure compliance with the project duration and cost.
  • Measure, record and review payment requests for the executed works submitted by the contractor.
  • Prepare weekly briefings and reports to UNICEF, Health and Nutrition Specialist Gaza and the Section Chief in Jerusalem
  • Maintain a filing system for all site memos, instructions, as well as internal/external correspondences, measured quantities of works, materials on site, reports, and other documents pertaining to the construction activities.
  • Ensure detailed records are kept for all construction activities, enabling real-time tracking of construction progress.
  • Conduct field assessments and monitoring visits to assure the standard quality of materials to be provided and/or provided (specifications and installation).
  • Supervise the implementation of activities on the project site, through visits to the active construction site; visits should be timed to coincide with significant construction activities.
  • Coordinate between project team and MOH Engineering Office.
  • Supervise work related to the solarization of health facilities in Khan Younis.
  • Supervise work related to the establishment of 3 child corners at the emergency department in 3 emergency departments in Al-Awda,Shifa and Naser Khan Younis hospitals.
  • Be responsible for work division to complete the project within time and with quality required
  • Prepare monthly reports on the progress of the work and submit to the UNICEF team.
  • Participate in the final inspection committee and the handover of the project.

For WASH:

  • Participates in the preparation of necessary technical specifications and tenders during the implementation of the projects, in coordination with different partners;
  • Support the WASH program in bidding process as required by the WASH section in Gaza.
  • Supervise project works with different partners and ensure that they are done as per technical specifications and engineering drawings;
  • Review the contractors and partners work schedules and updates; closely monitor the work progress to ensure compliance with the project duration and cost.
  • Measure, record and review payment requests for the executed works submitted by the contractors.
  • Prepare weekly briefings and reports to UNICEF, WASH Officer in Gaza and the Section Chief in Jerusalem.
  • Ensure detailed records are kept for all construction activities, enabling real-time tracking of construction progress.
  • Conduct field assessments and monitoring visits to assure the standard quality of materials to be provided and/or provided (specifications and installation).
  • Prepare monthly reports on the progress of the work and submit to the UNICEF team.

DELIVERABLES for Health and WASH

  1. Overall Workplan with milestones, to be updated when required
  2. Tender documents; including but not limited to RFP, review of tender documents incl. BoQ and recommendations report.
  3. Technical Evaluation of Bids
  4. Weekly Supervision reports, based on agreed workplan and technical specifications
  5. Monthly progress reports to UNICEF, which include:
  • Report on field and site visits conducted
  • Utilization of construction materials.
  • Detailed progress on the results, quantity and quality of the work completed;
  • Recommendations and follow-up actions required.
  1. Monthly work progress based on overall workplan
  2. Review and recommendation to UNICEF based on progress and field results, with regard to payment request by contractor
  3. End Project Report.

Note: The deliverables for WASH might be amended based on new requirements which may arise in the future. It will be coordinated with the WASH section in Gaza.

Timeline (June 2019 to -March 2020)

  • Overall Workplan with milestones - June/July
  • Tender documents; including but not limited to RFP, review of tender documents incl. BoQ and recommendations report -  July
  • Technical Evaluation of Bids - July/August
  • Weekly Supervision reports, based on agreed workplan and technical specifications
  • Monthly progress reports to UNICEF
  • Review and recommendation to UNICEF based on monthly progress reports and field results
  • End Project Report

Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Estimated duration of contract and Tentative Dates

Duration:  210 working days over 10-month (210 working days) period from June 2019“ March 2020

Terms of Payment

Monthly payment upon the receipt of a monthly progress report on expected deliverables taking into consideration agreed workplan and timeframe

QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The contractor is expected to possess the following competencies and skills:

  • B.Sc. degree in civil / construction / structural engineering from an accredited university.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant working experience in project design, tendering and supervision, and specific experience with quantity surveys, and quality assurance
  • Previous experience in supervising Rehabilitation / Construction activities for health facilities, Water Supply and Sanitation projects is an asset.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good English language skills.
  • Good knowledge in MS Office applications, AutoCAD and MS Project.
  • Organizational and management skills; efficiency in work
  • Ability to work in a team and form productive, supportive & professional relationships with all.
  • Experience in writing reports in English.

Languages: English. Arabic an added advantage

Ethical Issues

UNICEF directive on Ethical Standards will be shared with the contractor and should be strictly followed.

All interviewees, including children, should be informed about the objectives of the evaluation and how findings will be used; they also should be informed that collected data and any statement about the Programme will be kept confidential and respondents will not be named or identified in the reports with regard to their statements.

All interviewees should agree without coercion to take part in the evaluation and be given the option to withdraw or not to participate at any time during the process. Interviews shall be carried out in line with interagency evaluation project interview good practice guidelines.

All gathered data should be confidential, and names of individuals deleted from the data and replaced by codes in the evaluation notes.

Ownership of all data/information/findings gathered, databases and analysis prepared for the evaluation lies with UNICEF. The use of the data/nformation/findings for publication or any other presentation or sharing can only be made after agreement with UNICEF

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UNICEFs core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles

Opening Date Mon May 27 2019 09:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Egypt Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Jun 07 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)