Global Family Planning Visibility and Analytics Network
The Reproductive Health (RH) community has long recognized that limited access to a choice of safe, affordable contraceptives severely undermines efforts to increase contraceptive prevalence, both globally and at the country level. For the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), a prerequisite to increased supply access must be visibility into global supply chains. Governments and global procurers need timely visibility for effective decision-making, for estimating supply needs, for taking action when products arrive, and for advocating if funding falls short. This means making access to planned orders, to shipment progress from manufacturer to country, and to country-level inventory and demand data available to a varied audience of participants in the ecosystem.
The RHSC and its members have more than 10 years of experience in putting in place the people, processes, policies and tools to promote supply chain visibility and collaborative decision-making between governments and global procurers.
The RH community has asked the RHSC to host and manage implementation of a Global Family Planning Visibility and Analytics Network (Global FP VAN), which is intended to be a shared platform to capture and use supply chain data from multiple sources and organizations to provide enhanced visibility for decision making. It will include provisions for central governance of a collaborative network of supply chain professionals; a virtual technology platform where supply chain professionals can see the same data and execute supply decisions; agreements for global data sharing and governance; and expanded coordination of supply and demand planning processes. The long-term vision is: (a) more timely and cost-effective delivery of commodities to countries; (b) more women reached with the right product at the right time; and (c) better coordination on how to allocate limited health resources.
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Scope of Work
As an important step toward fulfilling the vision outlined above, the RHSC and community stakeholders will select a technology solutions partner through a neutral system selection process, based on defined technical and functional requirements. Once selected, the technology solutions partner will work with the RHSC and key stakeholders in the implementation of a 12-month pilot (2 countries, 4 suppliers and 2-3 family planning product families) to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of putting in place a virtual collaborative platform. If the pilot is deemed successful, it will become a longer-term initiative where the platform and its use will be expanded to scale-up over time to gradually cover more countries, products and manufacturers.
Technology Solutions Partner RFP
The RHSC seeks an established technology solutions partner to provide a SaaS-based offering that can be configured to establish the Global FP VAN platform. As of Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, the RHSC launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) with a neutral selection process to identify the technology solutions partner. The RFP has three stages, followed by 12 months of pilot implementation. RFP Stage 1, or the Expression of Interest stage, will identify interested bidders and is mandatory to participate in Stage 2 and 3 of the RFP. The RFP timeline is outlined in the graphic below. Interested parties are encouraged to review the full RFP document here and send their Expression of Interest to GlobalFPVAN@rhsupplies.org by December 14, 2017.