WHO group releases RFP in preparation for global forum

A division of the World Health Organization is requesting proposals from agencies to help with media and communications efforts for a global forum this summer.

GENEVA: A division of the World Health Organization is requesting proposals from agencies to help with media and communications efforts for a global forum this summer.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health is co-hosting the Partners’ Forum, planned for June 30 to July 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to inventory progress of both women’s and children’s health and to discuss global goals they hope to see realized by 2030, according to the RFP.

About 800 representatives from the health, nutrition, education, gender, and development communities from both the public and private sectors are expected to attend.

The organization is looking for help with message visibility and broad partner engagement through online communications. Specific tasks would include developing conference branding, digital strategy with the intent of enabling broad partner engagement, and designing and producing a pre-conference and conference package.

The winning firm would also advise on content and the production of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as creating media strategy, media relations, advising, designing and coordinating visual displays to reinforce messaging, and coordinating with moderators and speakers, according to the RFP.

Contracted work will be managed by the Partners’ Forum Advocacy and Communications Sub-Committee. Traveling to Johannesburg is a requirement for the contract.

The account would last for five months through early July 2014. The RFP did not include a budget.

Bidders must have certain qualifications, including recent experience in health or communications at global development events, and preference will be given to firms with experience in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child-health issues. Interested agencies must also have the ability to develop "inspiring" media and communications tools to ensure high visibility of messaging and broad partner engagement, according to the RFP.

Bidding closes at 5 pm Central European Time.

Representatives from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health were not immediately available for comment.

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