Call for Proposals/Applications: Afghanistan Polio Management Information System Phase 2 Development Consultant(s)/Contractor(s)

Background:

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the last two countries in the world where wild polio virus transmission still occurs. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is a public-private partnership led by national governments with international partners with the goal to eradicate polio worldwide. GPEI works with the Government of Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health on polio eradication activities in Afghanistan. Routine national vaccination campaigns are conducted to reduce the number of children susceptible to polio infection and thus prevent disease incidence. Campaign monitoring data are a critical tool to evaluate the effectiveness of campaign activities and understand programmatic challenges.

The Afghanistan Polio Management Information System (APMIS) is an online data system for inputting, storing, managing, and visualizing monitoring data of polio immunization activities in Afghanistan. The goal of APMIS is to provide a simple to use, but flexible and powerful platform for polio campaign monitoring data and its use for public health decision making.

APMIS has been developed as a pilot project and requires further development. Based on feedback about the pilot data system, the consultant will focus on six general areas of need to ensure the platform meets the needs of the program.  


Project Team:
  • TEPHINET and CDC staff who contribute both technical and logistical support

Program Needs:

It is essential that APMIS is implemented and developed as a system that enables and empowers the country to make use of their data. The country shall own the data within the system as well as control its design. The project is based on a user-centric methodology whose design must reflect the wishes and needs of the stakeholders and leadership in country, as well as consider the primary user experience. The expectation is for a high level of developer engagement and an iterative, agile process that allows for responsive and timely development, refinement, and implementation of feature requests. The data contained within APMIS must be stored with interoperability and HL7 and ISO standards in mind to allow for use externally and in conjunction with systems like DHIS2, XMART, POLIS and other public health data repositories.

Afghanistan represents a challenging context for project implementation compared with many other settings. Experience with mobile and web application development for resource-poor or conflict settings is a significant advantage. Such setting-specific challenges can include potential inability to conduct on-ground support for users, poor/sporadic internet connectivity or periodic scheduled network shutdowns, users with limited database experience or educational background, conflict-related community sensitivities to certain technologies (e.g. smartphones, GPS), limited ability to implement in some areas or a changing geopolitical situation. 

APMIS has been developed as a pilot project and requires further feature development to serve the needs of the program. Based on feedback about the pilot data system, there are six general areas of need:

  1. Feature development: Developing specific multi-layered user-requested features requirements identified during the pilot phase.
     
  2. Strategic input: Providing expert technical and strategic input on core technical decisions and guidance on overall project roadmap.
     
  3. Ongoing development support: Supporting ongoing refinements and new features as defined by stakeholders during adoption of the system.
     
  4. Hosting administration: Managing a secure cloud hosted installation of the data system.
     
  5. Interoperability Framework: Setting up an API endpoint and data access points to other systems from APMIS and vice versa.
     
  6. Mobile App: Ongoing support for mobile app revisions, customization and REST interface in accordance with changes to the web-based data system.

Close coordination and collaboration with the current development team and/or hosting service will be expected to support and execute an efficient transition and facilitate the above six areas of need.


Requirements:
  • One to two dedicated consultants or a team of staff sharing time with appropriate expertise dedicated to this project
  • Availability to engage with the APMIS team regularly and as needed
  • Flexible and able to adapt to new input beyond the known feature requirements at this time

Contract Period: August 2021 – September 2022
  • The selected candidate/contractor will be expected to start in August 2021.

Application Process:

Who can apply: Contractor organizations/firms or independent individual consultants with experience achieving the above desired outcomes. Experience working on collaborative projects (especially in the field of public health) in international, low-resource settings is preferred. Preference will be given to a US-based organization or individual.

When to apply: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the candidacy is fulfilled.

Required documents for submission:

  • Background/qualifications (CV, organizational profile; relevant portfolio samples)
    • Please include a description of work on related data systems in resource-poor settings, if applicable
    • Please include description of implementation approach and project management structure on similar programs, if applicable
  • Proposed approach responding to the expected terms of reference described
  • Proposed Work plan (including estimated timeline, budget and work products). Please note that a mixture of deliverables-based work and time-and-materials-based work up to an agreed upon ceiling price is currently envisioned.
    • Please include proposed project management structure/organization for achieving the goals of the project

How to apply: Please submit required documents and/or any questions you may have to Claudia Moya, Project Coordinator, at cmoya [at] taskforce [dot] org. Please copy (cc:) Molly Tutt, Project Manager, at mtutt [at] taskforce [dot] org and Amanda Creary, Project Coordinator, at acreary [at] taskforce [dot] org on the email.

For a more detailed project overview and needs, please download the full call for proposals below