Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Expressions of Interest for TB Laboratory Service Support


  • Category : Laboratory Equipment’s
  • Posted Date : 04/03/2021
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  • Source : Reporter
  • Closing Date : 04/09/2021


Expressions of Interest for TB Laboratory Service Support


Issue Date: 04 April 2021

Closing Date: 09 April 2021

Closing Tim: 5:00pm Ethiopia time


  1. General Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global nonprofit organization, partners with governments, civil society, the private sector, and health care workers to build resilient and sustainable health systems. Our mission is saving lives and improving the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.


MSH, under the USAID-funded Eliminate Tuberculosis from Ethiopia Activity (Eliminate TB), is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for TB Laboratory Service Support in Ethiopia. Interested organizations that meet the following eligibility criteria are through this announcement invited to apply.


Eliminate TB is a five-year project led by Management Sciences for Health and implemented in partnership with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and three local partners, Amhara Development Association (ADA), Oromia Development Association (ODA), and REACH Ethiopia. The overall goal for Eliminate TB is to reduce tuberculosis (TB) incidence and mortality by improving the quality, access, utilization and sustainability of TB services in Ethiopia.

One organization will be awarded a sub-award.


  1. Program Description


The sub award seeks assistance of local organizations or associations in implementation of the project TB Laboratory Diagnostic Service activities in collaboration with the Gov’t stakeholders and the USAID-Eliminate TB project. Under the leadership of MSH, the local implementing partner will contribute to the implementation of the TB laboratory service expansion and utilization-related activities under the project’s intermediate result-1 (IR-1) : TB laboratory service expansion and utilization improved. 


Sub-IR 1.1. Expand GeneXpert as a primary test

Sub-IR 1.2. Programmatic expansion of genotypic and phenotypic culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST)

Sub-IR 1.3. Strengthen laboratory networking and sample transportation system.

Sub-IR 1.4. Ensure laboratory Quality Assurance.


Activities that the Sub-award will Support


  1. Expanded coverage of GeneXpert and Line Probe Assays (LPAs) laboratories accredited to ISO 15189 Standards.
  2. Mentorship, including embedded mentorship,
  3. Supportive training on AFB smear microscopy and External Quality Assessment (EQA),
  4. Ensure the functionality of GeneXpert machines which are not included in the SLA.
  5. Provision of training to TB Focal Persons from Woredas and Zones  on  slide randomization for Random-Blinded-Rechecking EQA
  6. Conduct feasibility assessment to promote & pilot sample transportation through private courier for GeneXpert, culture and DST.


Select activities that will not be supported include:

  • Facility renovations or construction.


III. Expected Period of Performance

Sub-award under the resultant Request for Application (RFA) is expected to be awarded in May 2021.  The duration of the period of performance will be through September 2021 with possibility of extension depending on availability of fund and satisfactory performance.


  1. Eligibility

To qualify for RFA competition, intending organizations must:

  • Be locally registered in Ethiopia;
  • Existing or previous experience in TB Laboratory Service expansion and utilization: GenX & LPA expansion, support capacity building training of lab professionals, and experience on sample transport for GeneXpert, Culture & DST.
  • Have experience in public and private health care service delivery in Ethiopia.


  1. Format and Instructions

Eliminate TB is seeking by the issuance of this notice to pre-qualify potential applicants that will be eligible to receive the Request for Application (RFA). Submitted Expressions of Interest will be evaluated based on eligibility criteria, responsiveness to the guidelines for submission, and other relevant experiences related to blended learning and case consultation.


Organizations interested in pre-qualifying for receipt of this RFA must complete and submit the pre-qualification questionnaire form that will be shared from MSH by e-mail upon your request. Please answer every question. If a question does not apply, indicate “Not Applicable (NA)”, and please explain why it is not applicable.


The subsequent RFA will be sent out to pre-qualified organizations and only full applications from pre-qualified organizations will be considered for possible funding. It is anticipated that the RFA will be issued on or about April 19, 2021 and applications will be due on April 30, 2021.


Please submit the fully completed pre-qualification questionnaire (either hard copy or soft copy) on or before Friday, 9th of April, 2021, 5:00 pm Ethiopia time. Interested applicants can request the pre-qualification questioner by sending an email request to


Hard copies can be delivered to the following address:


Yared Ketema

Sr Finance & Grants Manager

22 Mazoria, Rebecca building, 5th floor

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Or the fully completed pre-qualification questionnaire can be sent via email to


  1. Inquiries

Questions regarding the Eliminate TB project or the Expression of Interest can be emailed to:


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