Invitation for Bids: Design, Supply & Installation of Solar Power at CIDRZ Central Laboratory

INVITATION FOR BIDS

CIDRZ/LABSOLAR/094/2016 – Tender for the Design, Supply and Installation of Solar Power at CIDRZ Central Laboratory, Kalingalinga Lusaka. 

CIDRZ intends to procure the design, supply and installation of solar power at CIDRZ Central Laboratory located at Kalingalinga, Lusaka. CIDRZ now invites interested bidders to submit bids.

Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from, and inspect the bidding documents at CIDRZ, Head Office, Stand No. 5032, Great North Road, and P.O. Box 34681 Lusaka, Zambia.

A complete set of bidding documents may be purchased by interested bidders upon payment of a non-refundable fee of K3,000.00 (Three Thousand Kwacha) or its equivalent in any freely convertible currency at the prevailing exchange rate or bank certified cheque. The telephone number is +260 211 242257-60 and the telefax number is +260 211 242263. HOWEVER, TELEFAX OFFERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

The bids must be deposited in the tender box at the Reception Area, CIDRZ, Head Office, Stand No. 5032 Great North Road, Lusaka, Zambia on or before Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 at 14.30 hours local time. Any bid received after the time and date stipulated shall not be accepted.  Bids must be accompanied by a bid security of 2% of the bid price duly signed and sealed by the guarantor (s)/or bid declaration as provided for in the bidding document.

The bids shall be opened in the Zambezi Conference Room located in the Annex of the Main Building, Head Office on the same date at 14.30 hours in the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend.

The bids must be clearly labelled “TENDER FOR THE DESIGN, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWER AT CIDRZ CENTRAL LABORATORY KALINGALINGA.”

INONGE SIMUSHI SHABEENZU
HEAD – PROCUREMENT & SUPPLIES

CEO Holmes speech to staff for 2016 National Labour Day

Today I’d like to share a few reflections on CIDRZ on this special 2016 Labour Day celebration. My reflections are on service, on our commitment to excellence and results, and about the great future we’re embarking on as the “new” CIDRZ, each of which contribute to this year’s national Labour Day theme of “Achieving national development through productive decent work, sustainable job creation, and social justice.”

On our service: Service can be difficult. It is never just putting in your time, it can frustrate you, it can tire you to the bone, and there is always a new challenge. A quote that is relevant to some of the challenges of service, and that has meant a lot to me over the years is from the 26th American President, Teddy Roosevelt. In a speech given in the year 1910 at a university in Paris, he said, It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”

In the case of CIDRZ, we are serving a great mission every day we come to work. For example, by helping to establish the effectiveness of rotavirus vaccine in Zambia, and building a 359 piece cold chain for its distribution around the country in partnership with the Government, our collective work has protected an entire generation of children who will not get sick and potentially be lost to diarrhoea caused by rotavirus. It was not just one person or even one team that did this; it was the whole of CIDRZ. It was Fleet, it was Finance, it was HR and Procurement, it was Internal Audit, it was Facilities, and of course it was the project teams and their great leadership and partnership with Government.

The same goes for the launching of the GeneXpert, a better tool for diagnosing Tuberculosis, which thanks to the “whole of CIDRZ,” is now screening prisoners at high-risk for TB at Lusaka Central Prison and in clinical sites through programmes funded by PEPFAR through the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

None of this was easy, but the rewards of our service are truly life changing – not only for those we serve, but even for those of us who serve. Indeed scientific study after study demonstrates that serving others is one of the greatest predictors of happiness and fulfillment in life. When our service feels daunting or frustrating, or we face our own or other’s shortcomings, let us step back and think about what were are contributing to our friends and our neighbours – the people of Zambia.

On our commitment to excellence and results: As I said at our End of the Year Meeting last year, we have some of the most committed people in the world working for CIDRZ.  Every day I see people committed to excellence and bringing their best to their work. This has shown in our results in nearly EVERY programme this year, from our BetterInfo study targeting HIV programme retention, to our HIV, cervical cancer and TB programmes, to the Clinical Trials Unit and the Laboratory that consistently produces accurate results for doctors, nurses and patients who rely on them. Our awards ceremony later today will celebrate some of our Most Innovative, Most Outstanding, Most Cost-Efficient, and Most Committed and Hard Working people who have contributed to these results.

Lastly, I want to reflect briefly on the great future ahead for CIDRZ. It has been said that the last 3-4 years at CIDRZ were a turnaround process. The organisation truth be told, had fallen off track. With incredible leadership over the last few years from our Deputy CEO, and our entire Executive Committee and Leadership Team and Management Forum, we’ve cleaned up all of the serious issues that were identified at that time. We’ve settled our historical tax issues; become compliant with local Labour laws; moved towards university research partners that are most aligned to our mission of doing work that benefits Zambia and builds local scientific talent, and taken our Laboratory from being nearly closed in early 2013 to one of the best labs in the region in 2016, as evidenced in part by our submission for ISO accreditation, and the results of recent quality testing and audits. We’ve also made the organisation flatter – there are many more people involved in day-to-day decision-making now than in the past, and our leadership is largely local. We have also recruited a 10-member Board of Directors comprising a cross-section of Zambian society and global health leadership that governs the organisation and is truly invested in our future.

All of this allows us to better serve our mission. And it is not an abstract mission. Our successes and our service are felt by the little girl walking around Kalikiliki who is free from life-threatening illness from rotavirus disease because of the vaccination programme we supported the government to develop, and equally by the woman and mother of 3 who has been weakened by tuberculosis and yet didn’t know why she was unable to gather her usual strength and contribute to her family’s wellbeing until she received a diagnosis from a GeneXpert machine that we as CIDRZ placed, with support from our donors.

This service and partnership with Government, this commitment to excellence and results, and our successes in turning around this organisation gives us a bright future ahead. I just returned from the US where I met with three of our biggest partners and donors. I was told repeatedly that we are now viewed as one of their best and most productive partners, and I heard about their many exciting plans to support us in the years to come. So, on this Labour Day celebration, let us enjoy celebrating our successes and contributions, and congratulations to the “new” CIDRZ!

Dr Charles Holmes
CEO – CIDRZ
6th May 2016

CIDRZ receives Award from Zambia Federation of Employers

CIDRZ held Labour Day Celebrations on 6th May 2016 and honoured 40 of its employees in the categories of Most Cost-Efficient, Most Innovative, Most Committed and Hardworking, and Most Outstanding. The celebrations were held under the national theme: “Achieving national development through productive decent work, sustainable job creation, and social justice.”

 

Cerebrating people who contribute to results achievement

The 40 employees that were honoured were from various departments including Monitoring and Evaluation, Finance, Internal Audit, Laboratory and Programmes. In his address to staff, CIDRZ CEO, Dr Charles Holmes stated on the topic of our commitment to excellence and results, “As I said at our end of year meeting in 2015, we have some of the most committed people in the world working for CIDRZ. Every day I see people committed to excellence and bringing their best to their work. This has shown in our results in nearly EVERY program this year, from our BetterInfo study targeting HIV programme retention, to our HIV, cervical cancer and TB programmes, to the Clinical Trials research Unit and the Laboratory that consistently produces accurate results for doctors, nurses and patients who rely on them. Our awards ceremony today will celebrate the people who have contributed to these results.”

 

We had fallen, but we have arisen stronger

Over the years CIDRZ has strengthened its systems to respond to modern challenges and donor guidelines. “… I want to reflect briefly on the great future ahead for CIDRZ. It has been said that the last 3-4 years at CIDRZ were a turnaround process. The organisation truth be told, had fallen off track. … but we have now cleaned up all of the serious issues,” added Dr Holmes.

 

Accountability and commitment

Ensuring prudent usage of resources is our primary concern. CIDRZ values the generous financial and technical support it receives from its partners as well as our positive partnerships with various government departments. To reiterate this, Board of Directors member, Mrs Beatrice Grillo encouraged CIDRZ staff “As a board we encourage all employees to demonstrate their commitment to productive decent work by exhibiting positive attitude towards work and ensuring that there is total compliance to our donors and other stakeholders’ we work with.”

 

… And CIDRZ is an employer of choice

During the event, CIDRZ Director of Human Resource, Mrs Roselyne Raelly, also presented the CEO with the award that CIDRZ was given by the Zambia Federation of Employers for the Best Staff Development Policy in the NGO sector in Zambia! CIDRZ is proud to be associated with efforts to developing … a healthy Zambia”.

Request for Programme Management Evaluation Consultancy Services

Objective:
The BHOMA II project has been implemented for three years (2013-2016) and is now coming to an end. According to the Comic Relief contractual terms, an Independent Programme and Management Evaluation should be undertaken and completed before final programme closeout. The objective of this evaluation is to review and report on programmatic, financial and governance activities related to the funded project; in other words, assess the fidelity of the programme overall. The evaluation will focus on the following broad dimensions:

  • Programme management review: How adequate was the programme staff, environment and institutional set up?
  • Programme sustainability: How have the various programme activities benefited the health system and what does scale-up and long-term outlook look like?
  • Provide a synthesis of project achievements, challenges and learning.
  • Assess and verify the quality of the information generated by the programme by undertaking a quality assessment of project MEL systems (validity and reliability of data collection, storage and analysis; effectiveness of processes to use and share information).
  • Assess programme delivery (delivered within appropriate quality standards and according to plans, or where were adaptations made and were they done on the basis of appropriate data and learning).
  • Review other key organisational systems as required (e.g., financial; HR policies; and child protection systems).

Roles and Responsibilities: To conduct introductory meetings with CIDRZ management, operational and staff who have participated in the design, implementation and management of the programme. To review the available documents related to the overall programme, including narrative, financial, audit, monitoring and evaluation, workshop reports and meeting minutes. To conduct key informant, in-depth interviews with stakeholders, and to write and submit a final evaluation report taking into account the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the programme and any lessons learned.

Support: BHOMA II team and other relevant CIDRZ staff will be available to provide information and documentation required by the consultant.

Consultant Skill Set, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of programme evaluation, and strategic guidance especially in developing countries, non-profit or non-governmental organisation settings.
  • Whereas technical ability in clinical medicine is not required, reasonable understanding of maternal and child health, especially in developing country settings is required.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills.
  • Familiarity with the Zambian context and its health system an added advantage.
  • Minimum MPH with 7 years experience in a senior programme management role. PhD is an added advantage.

Expected Deliverables: This consultancy work should be done over 10 working days and will include:

  • Review of existing programme data, and organisational documentation and systems (additional primary data may be needed such as interviews with staff and beneficiaries).
  • Final Report

About BHOMA II: Better Health Outcomes through Mentoring and Assessment (BHOMA) is a multiple intervention study.   Initially funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, its aim was to improve population health outcomes through the introduction of clinical forms, mentoring of clinic staff, and monitoring of quality of care in rural outpatient clinics with a real-time electronic data system. In 2013 additional funding was received from Comic Relief for BHOMA II whose focus was improving maternal and newborn outcomes.

Closing Date is 27th May 2016   Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number  BHOMA Ref No. BH/05/16  indicating consultancy fee. Send relevant academic and professional certificates and detailed CV with daytime telephone numbers to:

CIDRZ Human Resources Director           PO Box 34681, LUSAKA or email: jobs@cidrz.org