Malawi: ONSE Project Start-Up Specialist – Malawi

Organization: Marie Stopes International
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 02 May 2017

Terms of Reference

Role: ONSE Project Start-Up Specialist (individual)

Project: Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s Health (ONSE) at Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM)

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Duration: 90 days commencing May 15, 2017

April 20, 2017

About Banja la Mtsogolo:

Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM), a senior partner of Marie Stopes International (MSI), is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) providing critical sexual and reproductive health services in Malawi. BLM’s mobile outreach service delivery channel consists of 27 teams, serving communities in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Outreach services are provided free of charge to the client, funded by various donors namely Department for International Development (DFID), USAID EU and UNICEF.. For more information, please visit our website

The Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s (ONSE) Health:

Management Science for Health (MSH) is the prime contractor for the Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s (ONSE) Health project in Malawi. ONSE is a USAID contract and BLM is a sub-contractor.

The ONSE project aims to make strides in reducing maternal, newborn, and child morbidity and mortality in Malawi. The approach will support District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) to govern, lead, and manage health services-including those of public and private health facilities-and the community-level to deliver high-impact interventions to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity and to improve satisfaction with service. The project will expand access to high-quality services in the four priority areas of MNCH, family planning, malaria, and WASH, as well as facility-level nutrition.

The goal of the project is to strengthen critical health systems, which will be accomplished by establishing a network approach, co-designing solutions to strengthen the continuum of care for the priority health areas with the MOH, districts, partners from other sectors, community organizations, and other USAID partners. ONSE will also provide targeted technical support at the zonal and central levels. Together, the consortium will introduce and scale-up innovations and best practices. BLM will be the key implementing partner on voluntary family planning (FP) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, with a focus on youth.


The ONSE Project Start-up Specialist will be contracted for 90 days and/or until a full-time ONSE Project Manager has been recruited and is in post. The Specialist will be an expert on USAID contracts and compliance and will initiate the ONSE project, ensuring that all vital structures for service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, data validation, reporting and all other elements are established and sustainable going forward. In so doing, he/she will draw on the findings of the results of a separate assignment conducted by another consultant to determine the capacity of BLM to manage USAID contracts. Specifically, in collaboration with the BLM Country Director and Senior Operations Director, the Specialist will:


  • As required, recruit and train a capable project team to lead the country ONSE project management and ensure capacity is built among existing BLM staff to implement the ONSE project;

Project Initiation

  • Participate in any start up activities organised by MSH;
  • Develop and lead the delivery of a ONSE project inception meeting with BLM staff and partners as required;
  • Provide strategic leadership and management oversight of the establishment of the ONSE project at BLM;
  • Act as the official point of contact with MSH/Malawi the London-based Regional Support Team and USAID Team on all matters related to the ONSE project until the Project Manager is recruited, keeping the Country Director closely updated;
  • Cultivate relationships with MSH/Malawi and other stakeholders involved in the project;
  • Develop an Annual ONSE project Implementation Plan as required;

Systems/process adaptation

  • Lead the implementation of recommendations from MSI and/or external consultants on adjustments to BLM’s systems and processes (financial and otherwise) to make them USAID contract ready;
  • Make own recommendations to the BLM executive team on adjustments to BLM’s systems and processes (financial and otherwise) to make them USAID contract ready;


  • USAID project management experience and USAID contract compliance essential, Chief of Party experience desirable;
  • Demonstrable experience in establishing/start-up of U.S. Government and other donor funded programming (health and family planning programming a distinct advantage);

  • Proven knowledge and experience applying U.S. Government assistance rules and regulations, specifically applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and the Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR), including family planning compliance;

  • Proven experience in operationally demanding and challenging environments (to include recruitment and training of teams);


1 Recruitment, induction and capacity building of all ONSE project staff 2 Annual ONSE project Implementation Plan as required 3 BLM ONSE project Inception Meeting 4 Process of adaptation to contracts agreed and initiated

Expected start date for the consultancy and reporting deadline:

The expected start date is May 15, 2017 – the contract will last 90 days until a ONSE Project Manager is recruited and in post.

Contact for the duration of the contract:

Nicky Matthews – BLM Country Director (Single Point of Contact)


Interested consultants should submit their quotes, which should include:

1 A signed letter of Expression of Interest (EOI) containing the name, mailing address, telephone number and other relevant contact information. 2 A soft copy of a technical proposal detailing:-

1 CV 2 evidence of competency past experience relevant to the assignment, 3 comprehensive, all-inclusive daily rate denominated in US$ or Sterling for the delivery of the consultancy

The EOI and technical soft copy proposal should be submitted no later than 1700 GMT May 2, 2017 They will be evaluated against various factors including past competency/experience and daily rate and a response will be communicated by 1700 GMT May 5, 2017, however we reserve the right to review submissions as they come in and appoint prior to the closing date.

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