Consultancy: Oxygen System scale up Documentation and Road Map Development, Beirut, 35 days

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment: Develop a clear road map and strategy for Oxygen scale up in the Lebanese public sector to further rebuilt perspective interventions and support to face stressors to the health system similar to that imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Scope of Work: Background In many parts of the world, COVID-19 has exposed a significant oxygen gap including both limited oxygen infrastructure and production capacity. Facilities need both increased oxygen provision and trained human resources, including biomedical staff to install and maintain oxygen equipment and clinicians to provide safe oxygen therapy. Although the significance of medical oxygen therapy has become much better known during the COVID-19 pandemic, these oxygen needs extend across the health system for maternal, newborn, and child health as well as for surgeries and other medical conditions. Lebanon, like many countries around the world, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with 1,029,998 cases and 9890 deaths recorded since the outbreak started in late February 2020 let alone the grave consequences on the economy, social life, and the health sector. In addition to the Covid 19 pandemic, Lebanon is currently struggling the worst economic collapse in its history compounded by the existent protracted Syrian crisis where more than 80% of the Lebanese population are below the poverty line and 89% of Syrian families live in extreme poverty. Evidence predicts negative impacts of multi-layered crisis on population health and health care, which has already started manifesting in the country. Population health indicators are worsening, the health system is strained both on the supply and demand side. Health service delivery is impacted by the exodus of qualified healthcare professionals in addition to increased operational costs leading to deterioration in the quality of care. At the peak of the Covid 19 pandemic, with the increase in patients requiring hospitalization has revealed the health system inability to respond with the required number of beds to attend to the needs of those in need of hospital care for their conditions, the main reason for hospitalization of Covid 19 patients was the need for oxygen support. Despite the limited information existing about oxygen systems in the country, it is critical to develop a clear road map and strategy for Oxygen scale to further rebuilt perspective interventions and support to face stressors to the health system similar to that imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic.

How can you make a difference?

Tasks/Milestone 1:

Document the overall process of oxygen support activities in the form of summaries, detailed documents, and power point on augmenting oxygen support at health care facilities by conducting a Desk review followed by the development of a Road map for oxygen scale up and Costing of the roadmap


Documentation report and on oxygen support (Detailed documentation report with background, methods & process, challenges, outcomes, results and the way forward.)

• Perform a comprehensive desk review of published and grey literature and on the findings of the World Bank oxygen assessment conducted

Desk review: The desk review component will include review of published and unpublished literature, global guidance and available data, review of project proposals, funding, and other relevant material related to the topic.

Timeline: 5 days

• Develop a detailed road map for oxygen scale up in Lebanon including identification of challenges and bottlenecks with detailed description of evidence informed mitigation measures. The road map must include a detailed and realistic timeline.

Timeline: 10 days

• Come up with a tentative costing for the implementation of the road map including potential sources of financing both domestic and external donor supported.

Timeline: 10 days

Executive summary reports including pictures and infographics which are targeted towards donors and implementing partners for advocacy and show casing of UNICEF’s contribution.

Timeline: 2 days

Standard PowerPoint presentations detailed and summarized for every project.

Timeline: 2 days

Tasks/Milestone 2:

Draft manuscripts for peer reviewed journals.


Draft manuscript/s for peer reviewed publication journals.

Please note: Data and products will be the sole proprietorship and ownership of UNICEF. The consultant will not have the rights on either the content or the publication. However, the consultant is free to quote this work as part of their work profile.

Timeline: 6 days

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Medicine/ Biomedical fields Additional qualification of MBA in logistic management or materials management would be an asset.
  • Experience in Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH), Immunization or public health programme is an asset.
  • Experience in working with a diverse set of stakeholders including government, UN, implementing partners (8 years)
  • Previous experience in working and supporting at policy level around assessment planning, medical equipment optimization (5 years)
  • Previous consulting and similar experience are preferred (at least 2 consultancies)
  • Exposure and experience how medical equipment supply system and maintenance works
  • Computer literacy, MS Office Suite required
  • Proven ability to analyze data and write reports that are of high quality
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) to be able to liaise with a wide variety of people; good attention to detail.
  • Familiarity and experience of working with UNICEF and MICs is considered an asset
  • Candidates required to submit the timeline of the deliverables for the proposal
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French is essential Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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