Terms of Reference: Consultant to capture best practices

Assessment of the Digital Health Act and Data Governance Framework in Kenya and Curriculum Development in Indonesia

 

Background:

Transform Health is a global coalition of organisations dedicated to achieving health for all in the digital age. We aim to build a global movement that unites organisations and institutions across different sectors, committed to achieving universal health coverage by 2030 through the use of digital technology and increased access to data. Transform Health achieves its objectives through policy analysis, partnerships and consensus building, advocacy and influence, education, and awareness raising. We work with governments, multilateral institutions, civil society, the private sector, professional bodies, academia, and others to address challenges related to governance and the enabling environment.

Transform Health is deeply committed to the principle of local ownership. Therefore, we have established national coalitions across six priority countries: India, Indonesia, Mexico, Ecuador, Senegal, and Kenya. These coalitions are led by national organisations and include partners from various sectors, including INGOs, CBOs, professional bodies, think tanks, universities, and the private sector. National coalitions have their own governance structures that include the active participation and engagement of youth, women, and representatives from marginalised communities. They conduct landscape analyses to identify the main challenges in their enabling environments and develop strategic responses to these challenges.

Our most mature national coalitions in Kenya and Indonesia have reached the end of their first two-year grant cycle and have progressed to a significant stage where we would like to document best practices and use them as case studies etc.

 

Kenya: Digital Health Act

A significant initiative for Transform Health Kenya is the government’s development of the Digital Health Act. Capturing the experience of developing this framework, as well as the role played by Transform Health Kenya, will provide valuable insights and recommendations for future implementations. This will showcase best practices and help other countries align around optimal regulations.

Indonesia: Curriculum Development

There are two initiatives in Indonesia that we would like to document and learn from. 

Firstly, a study was commissioned to assess the gaps in primary health care centres (Puskesmas/PHC) readiness for digital transformation, resulting in an assessment tool focused on organisation, resources, technology, and performance. Key findings and recommendations from this study will be discussed with relevant stakeholders to develop a policy brief for the Ministry of Health and inform the digital health transformation strategy. 

Secondly, Transform Health Indonesia is dedicated to preparing the incoming workforce for the digital age. The curriculum development process in Indonesia serves as a model for equipping students for a digitally-driven health sector. By documenting this process, we can highlight best practices and demonstrate our commitment to youth engagement and capacity building.

Both assessments are expected to showcase best practices, provide actionable recommendations, and offer useful guides for other coalitions and stakeholders involved in digital health governance and curriculum development.

 

Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct two assessments:

  1. An assessment of the development and drafting of the Digital Health Act and participation of Transform Health Kenya.
  2. An assessment of the curriculum development process in Transform Health Indonesia.

The consultant/agency will capture the processes, key stakeholders, and influencers involved in both cases. The findings will be documented as best practices, providing actionable recommendations for future implementation and offering a useful reference for other national coalitions.

 

Scope of Work

The consultant/agency will undertake the following tasks for each assessment:

Assessment 1: Digital Health Act in Kenya

  1. Conduct and analyse key informant interviews with stakeholders involved in the development and drafting of the Digital Health Act
    1. Identify and engage with technical and political stakeholders.
    2. Engage with key members of the Transform Health Kenya coalition
    3. Capture the engagement process, including key influencers, stakeholders and departments targeted.
  2. Analyse the data gathered from interviews and other relevant sources.
  3. Develop a comprehensive report documenting the process, best practices, and recommendations for other countries to undertake similar co-development processes with their governments.

Assessment 2: PHC Readiness Assessments and Curriculum Development in Indonesia

  1. Conduct and analyse key informant interviews with stakeholders involved in both the PHC Readiness tools and the curriculum development process.
    1. Identify and engage with members of Transform Health Indonesia, who are in charge of curriculum development.
    2. Capture the engagement process, including key influencers, stakeholders and departments involved.
  2. Analyse the data gathered from interviews and other relevant sources.
  3. Develop a comprehensive report documenting the PHC Readiness tools and the curriculum development process, best practices, and recommendations for future replication.
  4. Provide actionable recommendations for ensuring the curriculum equips the incoming workforce for a digital age.

For both assessments, please develop a communications toolkit to disseminate the findings of the assessments. 

 

Deliverables

The consultant/agency will be responsible for delivering the following for each assessment:

Deliverable Due Date Percentage of Payment
An inception report outlining the methodology, areas that the assessment will cover, work plan, and timeline. August 1st – August 5th 2024 15%
A presentation summarising key findings and recommendations for both assessments. TBD 15%
Kenya
Draft Report capturing the experience of developing the Digital Health Act in Kenya, including:

   – The process and stakeholders involved.

   – Best practices and lessons learned.

   – Recommendations for endorsement, ratification, and implementation.

August 8, 2024 – August 31st, 2024 20%
Final Kenya Report September 1 – September 15th 2024 15%
Indonesia
Draft report capturing the experience of developing the PHC Readiness tools and the curriculum, including:

   – The process and stakeholders involved.

   – Best practices and lessons learned.

   – Recommendations for future replication and ensuring the curriculum equips the incoming workforce for a digital age.

August 8, 2024 – August 31st, 2024 20%
Final Indonesia Report September 1 – September 15th 2024 15%

The assignment is expected to be completed within two months from the date of contract signing.

 

Submission of Proposals

Interested consultants/agencies are invited to submit their proposals within the range of 5000 USD – 7000 USD, including:

Please include the following in your submission: 

  • A cover letter stating your experience and suitability for the role, including details of relevant MEL projects – especially for non-profit organisations, or on technical/ health-related projects. 
  • A methodology and work plan for the assessments including any innovative methods..
  • A proposed timeline and budget.
  • CVs of the team members demonstrating relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Examples of similar work conducted in the past.

 

Profile &  Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in digital health, health policy, and curriculum development. Experience within the contexts of Kenya and Indonesia is a bonus.
  • Strong qualitative research skills, including the ability to conduct and analyse key informant interviews.
  • Proven ability to synthesise complex information from multiple sources into clear, actionable recommendations.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multi-stakeholder projects, including the ability to coordinate and engage with diverse groups such as governments, civil society, private sector, and academia.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience in preparing comprehensive reports and policy briefs.

Proposals should be submitted by 15th July 2024 to Transform Health at [email protected]. We will prioritise organisations and individuals headquartered or living in low and middle income countries. Selection will take place within a month of submissions and might require a discussion with the team if the proposal is shortlisted.

 

About Transform Health

Transform Health is a coalition of 150+ organisations advocating for the equitable digital transformation of health systems to achieve UHC by 2030. The coalition brings together organisations and institutions across different sectors to work with and influence  governments to address systemic challenges and ensure the right enabling environment is created for the digital transformation of health systems.  The Coalition is committed to promoting youth and women’s participation and leadership and to ensure their perspectives, concerns and needs, as well as those of marginalised groups are adequately addressed, so they can benefit from digital transformation of health. 

The coalition has three objectives:

  • Building consensus and driving political will to create an enabling environment for digital transformation of health. We do this by working with partners to support and influence governments to address  the legislative, regulatory, funding and capacity challenges that prevent or slow down the digital transformation of health systems.  
  • Strengthening health data governance, underpinned by equity and rights based Principles. Our work ensures governments strengthen their health data governance by drawing on best practices to develop a global framework that governments can adopt to ensure consistency and coherence across jurisdictions. This involves building consensus and alignment across government departments. We are working at national, regional and global level. Once a global framework is adopted by governments, we will continue working with them and with our  technical partners and national civil society to ensure the implementation into national regulation and legislation. 
  • Increased and better coordinated investment in the equitable, inclusive and sustainable digital transformation of health. Our work with our partners at national, regional and global levels seeks to strengthen the case for investment; advocate for increased, better aligned and coordinated investment; strengthen the tools and mechanisms to facilitate this; and to hold stakeholders accountable.