Independent Review of the Global Information Management, Assessment and Analysis Cell (GIMAC) on COVID-19 62 views


The Global Information Management, Assessment and Analysis Cell (GIMAC) is a multi-stakeholder initiative proposed by several UN and NGO partners to coordinate, structure, collate, manage and analyse COVID-19 related information. The cell is co-lead by OCHA, UNHCR, WHO, Global Health Cluster, and IOM

Launched in May 2020, the objectives of GIMAC are to:

  • 1. Provide technical support to prioritised countries on needs assessment, analysis and response planning decisions related to the humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2. Support secondary data analysis and an accessible repository for COVID-19 secondary data assessments, reports and analysis from trusted sources
  • 3. Link with other global COVID-19 coordination structures and provide decision making support

The project is now coming to an end (end of June 2021), and as part of the closeout process, GIMAC stakeholders are seeking a suitably qualified consultant to conduct an independent review to assess the quality and value of the GIMAC against the invested resources and original project objectives.

Full details of the project can be found on the GIMAC website, specifically the GIMAC Concept Note and the GIMAC Overview documents. GIMAC monitoring & framework provides a further benchmark for this evaluation. In addition, GIMAC protocols provide detailed information of the set of rules governing GIMAC: principles, global coordination relationship, leadership, GIMAC support scope etc.

IMPACT Initiatives, a Geneva based think and do tank has been supporting GIMAC since its creation and is today supporting with the selection and contracting of an independent consultant or consultancy firm to conduct this external review.

Primary Focus of the Review

  • 1. Was the GIMAC fit for purpose? Did it meet the intended objectives?
  • 2. Were the GIMAC analysis framework and methodology fit for the purpose? Were the methods and processes developed by GIMAC supported in implementing its objectives?
  • 3. How did GIMAC use the technology to support its objectives? What was innovative, and what was lacking or opportunities missed?
  • 4. Were the coordination and mechanisms between partners, HQ, and field locations fit for purpose?
  • 5. How well GIMAC provided its support and services through field requests and projects? Was the intended audience satisfied with the support?
  • 6. Were there adequate GIMAC internal processes and resources available to accomplish its intended objectives?
  • 7. What were the key success and failures of GIMAC?
  • 8. What are the main lessons learned from the GIMAC roll-out?
  • 9. Could the work done for GIMAC be deployed for future emergencies?
  • 10. What was the quality and value of the GIMAC against the invested resources?

Detailed Scope of Work
The GIMAC structure is formed by the GIMAC Co-leads (OCHA, UNHCR, IOM, WHO and the GHC) supported by five technical working groups. All teams are part of joint analysis tasks and supported the development of analysis products/outputs/services.

The consultancy will be asked to review the effectiveness of the structure in the management of the GIMAC project, the delivery of the required outputs, and the ability to meet the GIMAC objective. Specifically, the consultant will review and evaluate:

  • 1. Project Management
    • Terms of references
    • Project protocol and guidance documents
    • Standard operation procedures
  • 2. Coordination
    • Communication with partners and donors
    • Collaboration between technical teams and country offices
  • 3. Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
    • Indicators
    • Satisfaction surveys
    • Reporting
  • 4. GIMAC Analytical Framework
  • 5. The Field Request Mechanism
  • 6. GIMAC Projects
  • 7. The GIMAC Website
  • 8. The quality of the GIMAC outputs

The consultant will be expected to develop the methodology and tools to form the basis of the study. However, it is expected that the methodology will employ a mixed method of qualitative and quantitative analysis involving surveys and structured / semi-structured interviews.

The methodology will be developed in consultation with a GIMAC Review Committee consisting of representatives from the GIMAC Co-lead group.

Please submit the following to [email protected] with the following before Sunday 27th June 12 pm:

  • 1. A short concept note (not more than five pages) explaining how you or your research team will conduct the work (a formal proposal is not necessary at this time), including a high-level work plan and timeline
  • 2. Detailed budget, including specific costing per type and/or anticipated number of working days for each person and daily rate. The budget needs to be in USD and all tax inclusive.
  • 3. CVs of all person(s) in the research team
  • 4. At least 3 examples of written materials demonstrating relevant experience
  • 5. For consultancy firms: Supplier’s questionnaire as per template provided
  • 6. For all applicants: proof of registration as independent consultant or registration certificate
  • 7. For all applicants: Ethical declaration as per template provided
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IMPACT Initiatives is a leading Geneva-based think-and-do tank which aims to improve the impact of humanitarian, stabilisation and development action through data, partnerships and capacity building programmes. The work of IMPACT is done through its three initiatives: REACH, AGORA and PANDA.

With over 400 staff members, including assessment, data analysis, GIS experts and field professionals, IMPACT teams are present in over 20 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. IMPACT is a sister organisation of ACTED, a non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Paris.

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