Request For Application

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February 19, 2021

Request for Applications – PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS IN KZN PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITIES

Service Provider

Ref: GLO02REQ01917

1.    INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa is a Durban-based NGO that acts as an interface between Donors and Community Based Organisations working in the HIV/AIDS sector, by placing donor funds with strategically selected CBOs in South Africa and providing them with ongoing, technical support & capacity building.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on all aspects of life for most people in South Africa. Among those most affected are the frontline health care workers in the public sector who are exposed to the virus and the atrocious effects thereof on patients, fellow staff, and affected families daily. The mental health and psycho-social wellbeing of these workers have also been severely impacted as they face the pandemic face-on. It is with this in mind that AFSA commits to supporting frontline healthcare workers in the KwaZulu-Natal public sector by providing essential professional psychological support.

AFSA has been selected to be appointed by the Global Fund as one of the Principal Recipients that will manage programmes to be funded by the grant. AFSA wishes to appoint a service provider to perform the services of psychosocial support to healthcare frontline staff, in the public healthcare sector for each KwaZulu-Natal District as part the COVID-19 Response Team in the Global Fund Programme. Qualified counselling psychologists will be required to provide these services to each district, one counselling psychologist for each of the 11 KZN districts for a 4-month period. Psychologists will be based at a health district office and will be part of a COVID-19 District Response Team. Service commences on 01 March 2021 and ends on 30 June 2021.

2.    REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SERVICE PROVIDER

Counselling Psychologists will be based at a health district office and will be part of a COVID-19 District Response Team. The service provider is required to plan and deliver professional services and care of healthcare workers impacted by COVID-19.

Minimum requirements for the service provider are:

Qualifications

  • Service Providers must be a registered South African legal entity;

Desired skills and experience

  • At least 3 year’s relevant work experience;
  • Experience in providing healthcare services;
  • Good communication skills.

To fulfil requirements of services required in this bid document, a successful service provider /bidder must contract /employ suitably qualified counselling psychologists to provide services required.

Minimum requirements for psychologists providing counselling services:

Qualifications

  • Psychologists must be suitably qualified (Master’s degree required);
  • Current and valid registration with the relevant professional body (HPCSA).

Desired skills and experience

  • Mental Health & trauma counselling
  • Good communication skills
  • At least 3 year’s relevant work experience
  • Experience in providing healthcare services
  • Experience and willing to travel and conduct community-based work within a district.

3.    SCOPE OF WORK

The Service Provider will be responsible for the recruitment and placement of qualified psychologists. Services will include, but not limited to:

  • Planning and delivering professional services and care of healthcare workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing psychological difficulties as a result of involvement in a major incident or other trauma;
  • Planning and providing related preventive services, to support mental health, wellness and prevent severe mental /psychological impact from COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Support clients access appropriate treatment, including making referrals on their behalf to mental health services;
  • Deliver interventions including one on one and group interventions;
  • Providing telephone and/or online counselling services and referrals;
  • Supporting health-care centres with psychological response strategies.

4.    Project budget

The service provider is required to provide a project budget breakdown reflecting, among other things: salary amounts for psychologists, telecommunications cost estimates, costs of project management and other relevant costs.

5.    EVALUATION PROCESS AND SUBMISSION DATE

The evaluation of submissions will be managed by a panel which will prepare a shortlist of applicants that meet the threshold for selection to participate in the project. The Selection Panel will then make the final decision. Only service providers who meet minimum requirements and scored above the successful threshold will be contacted, for further discussion and negotiations, until successful bidder is contracted.

Suitably qualified service providers /consultants are requested to submit a proposal and budget to [email protected]  with ToR-PSYCHOLOGIST-20210223″ on the subject line on or before midnight on 01 March 2021.

Late applications will be accepted, unless or /and until suitable bidder is found.

Enquiries: All enquiries are to be submitted in writing only to [email protected]  for the attention of Lebohang Dube ([email protected]).

6.    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

Applicants must clearly label each document submitted, as indicated on the table below.

Annexure# Document
Annex 1 Proposal. Two –Six pages, describing: How the project will be implemented; Recruitment process; Services that will be provided per District; How partnerships with the local department of health will be established and maintained.
Annex 2 Registration as a legal entity: CIPC Certificate;
Annex 3 Statutory registrations: SARS (Tax Clearance Certificate);
Annex 4 BBBEE Certificate (or sworn affidavit);
Annex 5 Letters of Support from previous related work (1-2);
Annex 6 Latest financial statement: Bank-stamped 3-month banking statement;
Annex 7 Qualification documents (Degree certificates etc.) per psychologist:

(To be submitted after each psychologist is employed & before first invoice);

Annex 8 Registration number /certificate (HPCSA, etc.) per psychologist:

(To be submitted after each psychologist is employed & before first invoice).