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.

Information to consultant


Launching the project, the Assistant Commissioner Health Promotion and Education at
the Ministry of Health, Dr. Paul Kagwa said Village Health Teams (VHTs) are very useful
and their work adds value to what the Ministry of Health delivers. He expressed hope
that with the VHT structure in Ssisa Sub County strengthened, the sub county will be
among the top performers in Wakiso district. “In immunization, Ssisa was always
among the poorest performers in the district. I hope with this initiative, you are going
to perform better. Health is a calling; it is not a job, it is like priesthood; no rest, no
leave. Many die while trying to save others. It is commitment above self. God has given
you to us to fulfill this calling; we thank you very much he implored.

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Dr. Kaggwa officially launching the project
The project was launched at Nakawuka Football grounds in Nakawuka, Ssisa on 28

May 2015.
Dr. Kagwa also mentioned that securing monthly or regular pay for the VHTs may not
be possible and even if it materialized, may not make much difference in their lives. He
therefore urged them to engage in income generation activities through SACCOs and
other avenues to improve their household incomes. He thanked Mr. David Musoke and
team at Makerere University School of Public Health for supporting the Ministry of
Health in fulfilling its mandate.
Representing the Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, Mr. Geofrey
Musinguzi said the outcome of the project will provide information on the next health
challenge to handle in the sub county. He thanked the residents for the opportunity to
work with them and for also providing students with a learning environment.


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Mr. Geofrey Musinguzi represented the Dean, MakSPH
In his speech, Mr. David Musoke pointed out that Makerere University School of Public
Health has been conducting research in Ssisa Sub County for the last seven years in
primary health care, maternal health, malaria control, among other areas. In all this
work, VHTs were noted to be active. “We are proud of you as VHTs for the work you
are doing for the community in many aspects of disease control. We know there are
challenges in your work and we have conducted extensive research in this area. We
want to strengthen your capacity to ensure you do your job better”, he said.
Mr. Musoke added that through partnership with Nottingham Trent University (UK) and
the Ministry of Health Uganda, a project to strengthen the Village Health Team
programme in Ssisa Sub County, Wakiso District was designed. The project focus will be
on training, supervision and motivation of the VHTs.
“Each village selected four people; two of which are engaged specifically in drug
distribution. Currently, some have dropped off; this is one of the areas we want to
support. Some villages are too big to be served by only 4 people, so a few people have
come out to volunteer and they need training. Record keeping also needs to be
improved so that hospitals get the right data from the VHTs, and non-monetary token
of appreciation will be provided to aid VHTs carry out their duties. We will work with the
Ministry of Health and existing structures to deliver the training. The VHT coordinators
will also be supported in their role”, Mr. Musoke said.
Mr. Musoke added that three motorcycles to support the work of the VHTs are also
being procured for the project. He pledged that the School of Public Health will continue
to conduct research in Ssisa Sub County as long as there is need.

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Mr. David Musoke, the Project Principal Investigator speaking during the launch

The LC III Chairperson, Ssisa Sub County Mr. Patrick Wilson Byekwaso pointed out that
Village Heath Teams work for free yet the community doesn’t always appreciate their
work. Even when there are trainings, they use their own money to attend. He said they
should be remunerated because they contribute a lot. He endeared the residents to
support the police in fighting crime and lawlessness in the area. On poverty and self development
challenges, he cautioned residents against blaming President Yoweri Museveni for the poverty.

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Mr. Byekwaso, the LCIII
Chairman Sissa Subcounty

This project is funded through the Health Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the
UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the Tropical
Health & Education Trust (THET).

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Guests at the project Launch

The funding for this follows the establishment in 2014 of the Social Innovation in Initiative (SIHI), a TDR collaboration with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. SIHI has conducted case studies on 23 innovations as a first effort at understanding what works and what does not. 

This current grant funds a research collaboration consortium to contribute to the Initiative. The 4 institutions make up an inter-institutional, North-South, Africa-Asia partnership:

Makerere University, School of Public health, Uganda. Principal Investigator: Dr Phyllis Awor;

University of Malawi, College of Medicine, School of Public Health, Malawi. Principal Investigator: Dr Don Mathanga;

University of the Philippines Manilla, College of Medicine, School of Medicine, Philippines. Principal Investigator: Prof Noel Juban;

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Principal Investigator: Prof Rosanna Peeling.

Each of the partners bring different skills and experiences, and are expected to learn from each other, as well as furthering their research efforts and extending the partnership by mentoring other regional universities interested in social innovation. The grant is managed by TDR social scientist Johannes Sommerfeld and Programme Manager Beatrice Halpaap.

Related to this, Johnson & Johnson has recently committed to further support the Bertha Centre to help build the capacity of health social innovators in the global south. Through SIHI and with additional support from Johnson & Johnson, the Bertha Centre will be able to build social entrepreneurship skills, implement and test plans and innovations, design monitoring and evaluation schemes and provide mentorship . This will greatly leverage SIHI’s efforts.

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