Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Background information for the Call for Expressions of Interest for setting up Resource Center for WHO tobacco control project in Africa


Interested parties must:
  • not have any affiliation, funding ties or other relationships with the tobacco industry;
  • be based in the WHO African Region, in one of the countries that is Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control;
  • be recognized by the national government or accredited with the competent authority of the country or countries in which they are established, as an academic, research or service delivery institution for the health or social sector;
  • have strong support and commitment of the national government, at a minimum at the level of the Ministry of Health;
  • have experience and a proven track record in developing capacity for policy change and/or effective implementation and monitoring of programs in the health sector in Africa;
  • have the capacity to generate written materials, provide technical support and training (orally or in written format) in English and French, either directly or through partners and trusted sub-contractors. Capacity to adapt to Portuguese and other regional African languages would be an asset;
  • be able to demonstrate willingness and capacity to implement and expand the Resource Center over the next 5 years and beyond. This must include the ability to:

    • access additional financial and technical resources, through donor support; and
    • create saleable products (e.g., technical manuals or training series) that can be a source of revenue for sustaining the Center.

  • be able to demonstrate capacity for and have an organizational culture conducive to intercountry work and recruitment of personnel with relevant skills from any part of Africa;
  • offer a conducive work environment that will attract highly qualified staff from all parts of Africa;
  • have access to good infrastructure (telecommunications, transport and other) to conduct cross-country work, both virtually and in person;
  • demonstrate sound financial standing and management, including accounting practices;
  • demonstrate transparent business practices, including performance management, open to review by an external management consulting firm selected by WHO.

Experience in mainstreaming tobacco control and other NCD risk factors into the health delivery system, and the Cancer Control, TB and HIV-AIDS control programs would be an asset.

Only institutions/organizations/consortia capable of demonstrating that they meet the above mentioned requirements will be considered. In addition, expressions of interest will need to include information and documentation on:

  • the status, structure and main activities of the institution/organization/consortium partners;
  • a copy of the annual accounts over the last five years;
  • other records demonstrating sound financial standing and management;
  • the institution/organization/consortium's capability and willingness to the project over the next five years and beyond;
  • all other information and documentation needed to demonstrate responsiveness to the requirements of this call for Expressions of Interest.

As the Center would cater to the needs of the entire region, it would be equally necessary to demonstrate that the Center possesses capacity and willingness to work across national boundaries including in the recruitment/selection of the key personnel for the Resource Center.

Process of Selecting and Establishing the Resource Center

WHO is separately engaging a management consulting firm, to provide expertise and advice to WHO in the process of selecting the Center. This management consulting firm will then assist the Resource Center with development of a viable business plan, developed in consultation with WHO.

The activities in the Resource Center will be conducted, in the initial years, in consultation and close coordination with WHO. The administrative, financial and managerial support provided by WHO to the Resource center in its start-up phase would be transferred to the center after completion of the agreement and not later than 5 years. WHO may continue to provide technical support and assistance to the Resource Center (e.g., as a WHO collaborating center, if appropriate) following the end of the agreement.

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