Due to an increase in trends in diseases that result from animal-human-environment interactions, especially zoonotic diseases e.g. Ebola, Cholera, Marburg fever, Food Borne diseases; there is a new global paradigm of doing things together to solve health challenges. Multidisciplinary individuals with transformative knowledge and ability to prevent and mitigate risks at the animal-human-ecosystems interface are needed in order to achieve “One Health”.

Under Makerere University, the One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network of Public Health and Veterinary Higher Education Institutions in the Eastern and Central Africa region is supporting the One Health approach to disease prevention and control with funding received from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through her partner, the University of Minnesota (UMN). 

The One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) network of Public Health and Veterinary Higher Education Institutions is located in eight countries in the Eastern and Central Africa. Partnering countries are Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Senegal. The University Partners are University of Minnesota and Tufts University, based in The United States of America (USA). One of OHCEA’s roles is to support the Universities to understand and incorporate the One Health approach to disease control and prevention into the University curricula. Competences targeted are: effective communication; culture, beliefs and gender analysis; team work; inter-dependency (inter-disciplinary approaches) and collaboration/partnerships. Further, policy and advocacy, leadership and management – especially in a dynamic environment that requires innovation and creativity to manage complex conditions at the human-animal-environmental interface are more competences that are targeted on this program. The ‘one healthenised’ curricula will produce One Health graduates having transformative knowledge, skills and ability to prevent and mitigate infectious disease outbreaks from a “holistic integrated perspective than a discipline-based fragmented approach”.

Our reason for the Executive MPH-MBA

With support from OHCEA, Makerere University desires to develop a joint Master’s degree that will be called Executive MPH-MBA. Creating this multidisciplinary program is part of Makerere University’s strategy to break the discipline silos. This program will enable participants to acquire different skills to help them understand human activity and interactions. It is these skills that will help in disease prevention and control in a complex environment. The Executive MPH-MBA will target graduates of MPH or MBA providing them with knowledge and skills that they did not acquire from their previous training.

The request for proposal

The Executive MPH-MBA is a unique Master’s program which will draw students from Business, Nursing, Medical, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, and more, but have already attained an MPH or MBA degree, creating graduates who work in the field but also have business and managerial skills. The Executive MPH-MBA curriculum will have two modes of delivery, i.e. the flexible Executive MPH-MBA and the online Executive MPH-MBA

OHCEA requests for proposals to develop the Executive MPH-MBA program. The consultant shall perform the evaluation in two inter-related phases. In both phases, the consultant will work closely with the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team, headed by the focal persons and activity leads.

Phase 1: Preparatory work and design of data collection tools

During this phase, the consultant shall be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Review documents pertaining to Makerere University School of Public Health Master of Public Health Program and College of Business and Management Science –Makerere University for the Masters of Business Administration as well as other relevant documents to gain a better understanding of the two program contexts (current context), and program objectives.
  • Compile the issues arising from the document review.
  • Design data collection tools to be used during stakeholder consultations (this will be a Rapid Needs Assessment)
  • Conduct the Rapid Needs Assessment to identity the gap to be addressed by the proposed Executive MPH-MBA program.
  • Facilitate the stakeholder consultative workshop to generate issues to be considered in developing the executive MPH-MBA curriculum. A list of the proposed stakeholders will be provided and the consultant is welcome to add input to this list to suit the activity.
  • Write a rapid assessment report and present key emerging issues to the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team.

Key deliverables for the consultant at this phase (one) will include:

  • Brief report showing key issues arising from document review
  • Rapid assessment tools developed
  • Issues arising from rapid assessment presented to the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team for consideration
  • Stakeholder meeting/analysis Report
  • Executive MPH-MBA program rapid assessment report produced

Phase 2: Development of Executive MPH-MBA Program curriculum

From Phase 1, the consultant is expected to come up with strategies and proceed to implement them to enable him/ her come up with a draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum.

  • Stakeholders consultative meetings may be organised
  • Meetings to draft the curriculum may be held

The consultant is to clearly indicate in his/her proposal which methodologies will be used to achieve the deliverable in phase II apart from the suggested.

He/she will clearly indicate how the different programs will be related to each other (the existing programs and the Executive MPH-MBA).

Further, he/she will design a framework for the program, indicating the competences to be developed on this proposed program.

The consultant it expected to attach a clear budget to the breakdown of activities that will be undertaken to achieve deliverables in Phases 1&2

Key deliverable for the consultant at this phase (two) will be:

  • Draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum document

Time lines/reporting process

The total consultancy time is 60 working days. The consultant will be expected to take up to a maximum of 60 working days from initiation of the assignment. Phase one assignment will be delivered after 30 working days from signing the contract. Phase two will be delivered within 30 working days following the agreed upon start date of that phase.


OHCEA will pay the consultant for his/her time while undertaking the consultancy. The consultant shall be paid 50% of the honorarium upon presentation of expected deliverables from phase one and 50% upon presentation of the draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum in phase two.

Minimum Qualifications

Interested consultants should be holders of a minimum of a Master’s degree in a field relevant to Public Health and a background in Business Administration. Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing or teaching graduate public health, Business Administration or related programs as well as a wide and deep knowledge of public health issues: locally, nationally and globally is highly desirable.

Application process

Interested consultants should submit their technical and financial proposals, specifying their understanding of the scope of work, financial expectations and timelines associated with each phase of the curriculum review to the address mentioned below, not later than 21st  September, 2016.

The evaluation criteria will base on

  • Critical Strategies to achieve the deliverable  proposed apart from the obviously stated in the request for proposal
  • Past experience in developing a similar or a closely related assignment
  • One’s knowledge of the One Health Concept
  • Possession of the required qualifications as specified in the request for proposal]

Contract award;

The contracted will be awarded by 23rd September, 2016. The winning proposal contact person will sign a contract with OHCEA Uganda office to carry out this activity as proposed.

Deliverables and their Timeframes

Phase 1

  • Brief report showing key issues arising from document review
  • Rapid assessment tools developed
  • Issues arising from rapid assessment presented the Executive MPH-MBA curriculum development team for consideration
  • Executive MPH-MBA program rapid assessment report produced

(I-IV) to be delivered with in the first 30 days of the assignment)

Phase 2

Draft Executive MPH-MBA curriculum document

(To be delivered by the end of the remaining 30 days of the assignment)

Once award has been received, the consultant is expected to take a maximum of 30 working days from contract signing to delivery of a final deliverable as required as detailed here above.

Terms of the Contract

The contract will start on 26th September and end on 31st October 2016, the Consultant may in writing indicate to OHCEA Uganda if there is need for extra days. The extra days will be limited to maximum of 5 working days.

Payments, Incentives, and Penalties

Payment will be made in 2 phases upon delivery of the reports as specified in 6 above. No payment will be made in case any of the required deliverables have not been made.

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