IRR of UHC in BARMM, Consultant
University Research Co
Cotabato City, Philippines
3d ago

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

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    Division & Project Overview : The USAID awarded URC the five-year BARMM Health Capacity Building Activity in the Philippines (2019- 2024).

    This project aims to support BARMM to achieve a self-reliant health system by building commitment and strengthening the capacity of the government, civil society, and communities to develop, implement, and finance solutions to improve health in BARMM.

  • Specifically, the project works towards improved health of the Bangsamoro people by 1) improved social norms and strengthened healthy behaviors among underserved adolescents, youth, women, and men;
  • 2) fortified quality of family planning and FP related-child health services; and 3) bolstered key public health and systems needed to support FP / MCH behaviors and services.

    The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Ministry of Health (MOH), through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), under Sec 22, Art IX, Comprehensive and integrated health service delivery, establish a general hospital system excellent and affordable medical services is mandated to implement and oversee the health systems in the region.

    In this light, the MOH, through the Integrated Provincial Health Offices (IPHOs), is directed to manage local health systems in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi through local government units (LGUs) of the province of Basilan and Marawi City.

    With their health offices, they are responsible for implementing and maintaining their local health systems as devolved LGUs.

    This entails the obligation and the responsibility of the MOH to govern the regional health system and ensure quality and accessible health programs in BARMM.

    Through the Universal Health Care Act, the BARMM is likewise mandated to implement an integrated and comprehensive approach and a health care model that provides access to a comprehensive set of quality and cost.

    Its intent is for the health system to be integrated so that the continuum of care is not fragmented. The opportunities that UHC law offers go with it the exigencies to resolve how UHC will come into form in BARMM.

    For one, UHC is designed in a devolved structure i.e., health is within the Local Government Unit. Hence, the writing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (national) may take the peculiarities of a devolved health system as opposed to BARMM’s non-devolved health system.

    The Ministry of Health with support from USAID's BARMMHealth project organized the high-level meeting to understand better the UHC and its implications in BARMM given that BARMM will be crafting an IRR.

    It is thus compelling for MOH-BARMM to assess the UHC Law and align in the context of BARMM through the IRR. The Ministry of Health (MOH) requests for technical assistance in the crafting of the UHC IRR in BARMM.

    Thus, BARMMHealth will engage the services of a Short-Term Technical Assistance Consultant to assist MOH in this endeavor.

    Deliverables General Objective of the STTA : To assist MOH BARMM in crafting the UHC Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) in BARMM with the engagement of a Short-term Technical Assistance Consultant. Specific Objectives :

  • To review the UHC Act and national IRR and align in the perspective of BARMM or what provisions are applicable in BARMM;
  • Gather relevant data, literature, ARMM / BARMM issuances and provisions, administrative orders, executive orders, and regional / provincial memo;
  • Coordinate with government organizations (National and BARMM PhilHealth, National and BARMM PopCom, MILG, MSSD, MoF, OCM, MFBM, MHTE) and non- governmental organizations (Regional Darul Iftah, etc)
  • Coordinate with ProtectHealth and BARMMHealth as point persons for technical guidance such as orientation on UHC, updates on UHC and others;
  • Facilitate meetings for the MOH BARMM Deputy Minister to convene the members of the MOH-BARMM and UHC Technical Assistance Team (UHC-TAT) for the directions on financing, programs, and management;
  • Present the draft IRR to the MOH-BARMM UHC TAT, BARMMHealth and ProtectHealth
  • Finalize the IRR and seek approval of the formulated IRR from the MOH Minister.
  • Expected Outputs and deliverables :

  • Inception Report with enhanced work plan, deliverables, and timetable
  • Report on coordination and consultative meetings with identified GO and NGOs
  • Draft UHC Implementing Rules and Regulations ( IRR)
  • Finalize draft of IRR endorsed by the MOH Minister with approval from the Bangsamoro Transition Authority
  • This consultancy will be implemented from August 24-October 7, 2020 for a maximum of 30 days. Expected Outputs Outputs of this TA include contact / meeting reports following the phases of engagement, such as :

  • Inception plan
  • Results of the formative research / preparation for the research design.
  • Report on the training of data collectors and BHWs in the experimental sites
  • Data collection report and analysis in 6 months
  • Data collection report and analysis in 12 months
  • Narrative consultancy report and PPT
  • Minimum Qualifications :

  • Must be familiar with the UHC Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, the Philippine Health Agenda (PHA);
  • Must be knowledgeable on the BARMM Structure specifically the health and LGU structure;
  • Must have relevant experience in drafting policies, resolutions, guidelines and legal documents;
  • Must be familiar with the roles of LGUs, national line agencies, NGOs, public and private facilities and providers, and other health stakeholders in the implementation of health projects;
  • Must have expertise in conducting interviews, workshops, focus group discussions;
  • Must have good facilitation and documentation skills.
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