EOI for Strategic Purchasing Resource Center India Scoping Partner

Results for Development
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Last date: 
Monday, February 17, 2020

Detailed Description

Project Overview:

Drawing on the experience of SPARC and with support from BMGF, R4D and an India-based partner organization will assess whether a strategic purchasing resource center could add value to the domestic and international technical support currently being provided at the national and state level in India, and/or build on existing country-owned models for strategic purchasing support, to ensure states prioritize strategic health purchasing in their PMJAY implementation agendas, build adequate institutional functions and capacity to carry out strategic purchasing, and capture and share practical lessons on effective implementation. This project will assess whether such a resource center is of value and if so, how it could be implemented effectively in India including identifying potential India-based institutions to host the center.

The project objectives include:

Assessing the potential of a strategic purchasing resource center to add value to existing technical support efforts to strengthen PMJAY implementation;
Developing a value proposition and set-up plan for a Strategic Purchasing Resource Center in India;
Highlighting the value of this exercise by leaving behind at least one concrete knowledge/learning output, e.g., a synthesis of findings from a multi-state strategic purchasing functional mapping exercise.


R4D is seeking to partner with a local India-based organization to help lead R4D’s efforts to assess the potential of a strategic purchasing resource center to add value to other technical support efforts to strengthen PMJAY implementation.

Working in partnership with R4D, the partner will: coordinate project activities in India; support assessment of the value of a resource center; identify and assess potential institutions to host the eventual resource center; landscape existing capacity building efforts for strategic purchasing in India; coordinate a state-level strategic purchasing functional capacity mapping activity (using a tool developed by SPARC that will be implemented by state-level technical institutions to be identified through this project); and support synthesis of project findings. Specifically, these activities include:

  • Coordinate and manage project activities and logistics including liaising with the US-based technical team; providing logistical support across states in India; facilitating a national-level workshop to adapt, validate and launch the work; facilitating 5 state-level workshops to launch the functional capacity mapping exercises; and facilitating a final national-level workshop to share and validate results; among other coordination activities.
  • Lead key informant discussions with the National Health Authority, Ministry of Health, NITI, private sector groups and across the five selected states with state health authorities and ministries of health and family welfare.
  • Conduct stakeholder consultations and landscape provider purchasing efforts in India, including identification and assessment of existing models for strategic purchasing support.
  • Facilitate introductions and strengthen relationships with local partner institutions who may serve as an eventual host organization for a strategic purchasing resource center. Support assessment of these partnership opportunities. Note: if a resource center is suggested to move forward, the host institution must be India-based.
  • Support adaptation and validation of a SPARC-developed strategic purchasing functional capacity mapping tool for India.
  • Identify and engage local technical institutions across five states to conduct the state-level strategic purchasing functional capacity mapping exercise to identify strategic purchasing capacities. Provide as-needed technical support to the mapping exercise, and support synthesis of results. Additionally, manage and coordinate all state-level project activities to ensure that mapping is done in a timely manner.
  • Support development of the resource center value proposition.
  • Facilitate a final workshop to share and validate findings.

Profile of Organization:

  • A recognized institution operating in health systems in India with proven experience and technical expertise in health financing
  • Excellent knowledge of the India health system and a network of contacts within the system
  • Logistical capacity and experience in coordinating across state-level technical partners, facilitating workshops, conducting key informant discussions at the national-level and state-level as well as with other technical and donor partners
  • Staff with university degrees in public health, health economics, business administration, social sciences, public affairs, with training and/or experience in health financing
  • Excellent research and analytic skills
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Fluency in both written and oral English, Hindi or other Indian languages
  • Evidence of capacity to have staff dedicated to the work and availability to begin work in February 2020
  • Must be based in India – Delhi base preferable

Budget and Expected Level of Effort:

  • The total budget ceiling available for this sub-award is $100,000 USD.
  • Level of effort for staff should be determined by the organization in order to meet the key objectives of the work. Project is projected for February – October 2020.

Instructions for EOI Submission:

Interested organizations should provide a logical, well-structured expression of interest (EOI) to support the project work outlined above of no more than 3 pages, plus attachments. The EOI should include:

  • Organization name and address
  • Organization contact and contact email
  • Overview and understanding of the request and proposed approach to undertake the project objectives and activities
  • Proposed budget to conduct the work, including staff LOE, travel and other administrative costs
  • Summary of organizational qualifications. Additional relevant experience may be attached as an annex
  • Organization and team composition including CVs of all key staff who will be engaged on the work, their anticipated role in this project and expected level of engagement attached as an annex.
  • Where appropriate, please also provide any relationship between staff and stakeholders in the Indian health sector, such as the National Health Authority, Ministry of Health, NITI, state health authorities and/or the private health sector.


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