The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) is a global coalition of PLHIV and community activists working to achieve universal access to optimal HIV, HCV and TB treatment of those in need. Formed in 2003 by a group of 125 HIV activists from 65 countries at a meeting in Cape Town, ITPC actively advocates for treatment access in eight regions across the globe. ITPC believes that the fight for treatment remains one of the most significant global social justice issues.
The project ‘Use of TRIPS Flexibilities to Increase Affordability of Treatment for HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C Virus in Middle-income Countries’ aims to address a critical gap in the global HIV response: access in some LMICs and in UMICs to newer, optimized antiretrovirals (ARVs) for preventing and treating HIV. Access to newer medicines that can cure tuberculosis (TB) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), two common, dangerous coinfections, among people living with HIV, is also necessary. Optimized ARVs are essential to reaching global HIV treatment targets, enacting the WHO ‘treat all’ recommendation and addressing the growing threat of resistance to non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), which are widely used in first-line treatment. Considering ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ensuring affordability of potential COVID-19 treatments in middle-income countries is an important component of global response.
MICs face specific challenges with regards to access to affordable medicines. Despite being home to the majority of HIV-positive people2 and to the world’s highest burden of TB/HIV coinfection, MICs are often excluded from voluntary mechanisms to access generic versions of life-saving drugs and confronted to inaccessible drug prices. Additionally, global funding for Middle-income Countries has been decreasing over the past years and many of them are “transitioning” from Global Fund to domestic funding.
Through this project, Unitaid provides funding for critical interventions on IP and access to medicines to be undertaken, however funding for such interventions remains largely insufficient at global level, with no other global funder investing in advocacy for access to medicines and such funding being limited in time and scope. Therefore, ITPC intends to use the project as an opportunity to attract attention on this critical funding gap and foster ambitious solutions to be found for IP interventions to be sustained and scaled-up, within the scope of the project and further.
Service Provider Scope of Work and Deliverables
Produce a think piece about the situation of funding for Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines (IPA2M) work outlining priority opportunities for funding to make HIV, TB and Hepatitis C (and other diseases) medicines more affordable in today’s political and economic context, especially for the underserved. The scoping will interrogate the sustainability of approaches to improve affordable medicines access over the long-term and the piece will include:
1) The importance of IPA2M work in the context of HIV, TB, HCV and other emerging diseases including the recent pandemic COVID-19 with 3-4 case studies highlighting the successful use of the TRIPS flexibilities and legal strategies in the last five years to make medicines accessible
2) A mapping of funders who are supporting IPA2M work: Why? How? Level of funding? Challenges? And lessons learned?
3) An analysis of obstacles to mobilize resources for IPA2M work from perspective both of donors and civil society.
4) An outline of key opportunities to overcome funding shortages to support IPA2M
5) Recommendations toward a more supportive funding landscape on IPA2M
Service Provider shall deliver the following:
Production of Think piece:
Report outline due (Milestone 1) (10 days)
Draft report, submit for comments, revise as needed
Submit finalized report (Milestone 2) (10 days)
Assisting with preparation of Sustainability Think Tank Meeting (if COVID-19 pandemic situation permits it). This would be handled through a contract amendment when travel restrictions are over.
Based on report, prepare agenda for Sustainability Think Tank Meeting
Assist in organizing Sustainability Think Tank Meeting
Facilitate/present as requested at Sustainability Think Tank Meeting
Prepare written report of Sustainability Think Tank Meeting (Milestone 3) (20 days)
Duration of Service Provision:
Start date: 01 September 2020
End date: 30 November 2020
Qualification/Eligibility Requirements to Provider:
Minimum 7 years relevant experience in development and global health
Experience working with the Global Fund and/or Country Coordinating Mechanisms,
Experience working on IP issues and/or budget advocacy, preferably, in developing and least developed countries in coordination with civil society groups
Graduate degree preferred
Academic training in HIV/AIDS, public health, human rights, international development, or related field is a plus
Experience in working with community
Good written and oral communication skills in English
Method of Selection
Quality and Cost-Based Selection method shall be used to determine the winner. The following selection criteria with relative weight of criteria showed in percentages shall be used for selection for the bidders’ proposals that meet all obligatory qualification/eligibility requirements above and that essentially meet the above scope and deliverables:
- Qualifications and experience of the consultant in working on the subjects detailed above (relative weight 30%)
- Quality of previous work and reports developed by the consultant (relative weight 40%)
- Total cost/budget demanded by the consultant to achieve the work required (relative weight 30%)
Service provider shall be paid in parts to be agreed in the Agreement within 30 days upon delivery of invoice for each of the three milestones described in Deliverables above.
Instructions to Tenderers
Tender proposal validity should be no less than 60 days. By submitting the tender proposal tenderer certifies that in relation to the company no bankruptcy procedure is commenced, no criminal investigation has been currently conducted in relation to professional conduct or business activity, there is no unfulfilled obligations relating to payment of taxes or social contributions.
Before preparing tender proposal Tenderer should acquaint him/herself with the Template of the Agreement that is attached hereto as Annex 1.
Tenderers shall have the right to seek written clarifications on any aspect of the tender documents and receive responses from ITPC in good time before the deadline for submission of tenders, not less than 14 days prior to the deadline.
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● has been convicted of an offence concerning her/his professional conduct by a court;
● has been found guilty of grave professional misconduct; or
● has not fulfilled obligations relating to payments of taxes or social security contributions;
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it is registered by a national Registrars of Companies or corresponding national official register;
is registered for declaration and payment of value added tax or a similar sales tax in accordance with national legislation;
has declared taxes for staff and employee contributions; and
is free from debts regarding taxes and social security contributions.