REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Web Design and Geospatial Data Validation Update of the Global Midwives’ Hub

Overview of the RfP 

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is soliciting proposals from agencies or consultants to provide support for updating the Global Midwives’ Hub. ICM has identified the following area of focus, described in more detail below 

  1. Updating the design of the Global Midwives’ Hub to be more accessible and user-friendly,  
  2. Developing robust geospatial data verification frameworks to validate and share midwife-submitted data on the Global Midwives’ Hub, and 
  3. Creating surveys and collecting data through surveys from open-sources and ICM’s member midwives’ associations. 

About ICM 

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world. There are currently 139 member associations (MAs), representing 118 countries across every continent and over 1 million midwives globally. ICM has its Head Office in the Netherlands. 

With a unique and vital role as the only organisation specifically focused on supporting associations of midwives and their midwife members around the world, ICM is an expert in creating, advising, influencing, and enabling the profession of midwifery globally. ICM also adds value to the broader global health landscape by contributing to improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health (SRMNAH), but also to gender equality, and equal access to quality health care for women, gender diverse people and communities. 

 

About the Global Midwives’ Hub 

The Global Midwives’ Hub is a digital data resource where midwives and midwives’ associations can find verified data about the state of their profession and SRMNAH as it pertains to midwives. The Global Midwives’ Hub was developed by ICM in collaboration with Direct Relief, with an aim of empowering and supporting ICM’s member associations to advocate for continuity of midwife care and strengthened maternal and newborn health services within their countries and regions. Data that is currently available on the site comes from a range of sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), national government data, and national midwives’ associations.  

The Global Midwives’ Hub facilitates the sharing of data and stories that midwives need to advocate for their profession and for improvements in SRMNAH services. The data can then be used by policymakers, governments, women’s and sexual and reproductive health groups to better inform their policy priority and advocacy areas. Ultimately, the goal of the Hub is to collect and present midwife-related data to improve the sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of women, gender diverse people, and newborns. 

 

Site Information  

The Global Midwives’ Hub is powered by Esri’s ArcGIS Hub, a platform used for geospatial data collection by governments and NGOs globally. It is a comprehensive, flexible and innovative platform that empowers midwives and stakeholders to use data to drive positive change and advance SRMNAH outcomes worldwide.  

 

Scope of Work 

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is seeking suitably qualified consultants or agencies to support ICM in three key areas:  

  1. Updating the design of the Global Midwives’ Hub to be more accessible and user-friendly,  
  2. Developing robust geospatial data verification frameworks to validate and share midwife-submitted data on the Global Midwives’ Hub, and 
  3. Creating surveys and collecting data through surveys from open-sources and ICM’s member midwives’ associations. 

 

We are seeking three consultants or agencies to support this project, one for each work package. 

 

Please note that proposals can include out-of-the-box solutions with customisations or can be custom-built. We encourage those submitting offers to make technology recommendations with rationale. 

 

Budget 

Proposed budgets will be reviewed with respect to the suitability of the methodology, work plan and activities for deliverables in a cost-effective manner, as described in “Selection Process,” below. Please ensure your proposal budget has a total fixed cost amount that includes all applicable taxes. 

Timeline 

Please submit your proposal specifying methodology, work plan for deliverables, fees and experience of undertaking similar assignments to [email protected] no later than 12:00 noon Central European Time (CET) on 25 July 2024. 

Commencement date and location 

The targeted commencement date is in the beginning of September 2024. 

Location: Mostly remote; interactions with ICM staff and other relevant stakeholders are expected to take place virtually, save for the in-person kickoff meeting (see Activities and Deliverables). 

How to apply 

Please apply by sending a fully costed proposal that includes all the elements in the “Activities and Deliverables” section, including VAT or a statement that your company does not charge VAT.  

In addition to the proposal, please submit a portfolio of similar work as an example, as well as two references. If you have worked with ICM previously, one reference is sufficient.  

 

Your entire proposal including all supporting documentation, which should be no longer than eight A4 pages in length, should be emailed as a single document, to [email protected] by no later than 25 July 2024.  

Please ensure you use “Global Midwives’ Hub Update RfP” in the subject line of your email submission. 

If you have a specific question not answered either above or in the Annex to this RfP, please email [email protected]. Questions must be received by 10 July 2024.