INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT – DRUG TREATMENT AND RESEARCH (UNODC)
|Application Deadline :||30-Jun-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year|
Drug use has risen alarmingly fast during the last decade and potential dangers to health also come from the spread of diseases, such as HIV/AIDS. UNODC’s DDR/HIV AIDS programme addresses these issues through drug prevention, drug treatment and HIV AIDS prevention and care.
Over 90 per cent of the world’s heroin is manufactured from opium produced in Afghanistan. Nearly one million Afghans aged between 15 and 64 are regular and / or problem drug users. Of these 110,000 are female drug users and drug use is also prevalent among children /adolescents. The number of heroin users has increased from 50,000 to 120,000, since 2005 when a similar survey was conducted constituting a grand leap of 140 per cent.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment:
The objective of this assignment for the International Consultant – drug treatment and research is to provide technical support in partnership with UNODC, Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Counter Narcotics to the sub-programme 4 on DDR/HIV, to support the DDR team in the delivery of comprehensive drug dependence treatment for drug users in Afghanistan and to provide support on the drug treatment and HIV/AIDS sections of the Afghanistan Drug Report (ADR).
Scope of the Assignment:
The International Consultant – drug treatment and research will work under the overall supervision of the Representative of UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan and the technical guidance of the DDR and HIV/AIDS Section, in accordance with the duties specified herein.
The consultant will be based in Kabul, but missions to provinces will be undertaken when necessary.
The key tasks of the International Consultant – drug treatment and research will be:
To work closely with the Research section to:
To facilitate skills- based training programme in drug treatment and rehabilitation to enhance the capacity of the government, NGOs and community groups to develop evidence-based drug treatment and rehabilitation programmes and strategies. This should include serving as a resource person and direct delivery of technical training on comprehensive drug treatment.
- Develop a Drug Abuse Monitoring System for implementing partners and network with government counterparts, UN agencies and NGOs to facilitate this process.
- provide inputs on drug treatment/HIV on any research planned by the section.
- Assist with the composition of the relevant section of the ADR, which will relate to drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDS and treatment modalities.
- Assist with the identification of information gaps within this proposed section of the ADR, and take the lead on commissioning a short study in order to fill those gaps.
To act as the focal point for the DDR-HIV component of the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.
To support the National Project Coordinator and other staff through technical backstopping to monitor project activities to ensure quality of deliverables at central and provincial levels:
- Maintain regular contact with relevant Government counterparts/officials as required.
- Support the National Project Coordinator and other staff for the development of annual, regional work plans in line with the project activities.
- Support the National Project Coordinator and other staff to provide technical support and advice to the national counterparts, NGOs and other stakeholders for research, drug treatment and rehabilitation.
- In collaboration with UN and other partners, ensure the sharing of lessons learnt from the project, feeding such experiences directly into policy development and strategic planning efforts.
- Support the National Project Coordinator and other staff to prepare concept notes, project/budget revisions, annual and donor reports.
- Any other functions as advised by the Representative or his/her nominee.
During the contract period, the consultant is scheduled to accomplish the following tasks:
- DAMS pilot finalized and available for adoption by MOPH/MCN.
- Draft of the chapter on DDR/HIV for Afghan Drug Report available.
- Commissioned a complementary short study in relation to the ADR chapter mentioned above.
- Training and agendas and material for relevant capacity building initiatives by the DDR section.
- Relevant study tour schedules for capacity building supported by the DDR section.
- Work plans, project documents, project concepts etc (as relevant) for the area of drug demand reduction for regional programme and country programme.
- Progress reports for government, donors, NGOs as per UN guidelines and formats.
- Minutes of meetings, technical notes and analysis on research, drug demand reduction issues.
- Core competencies: Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Accountability, Technical awareness Communication, Teamwork.
- Professionalism: In-depth and wide substantial technical knowledge and expertise in all aspects of drug dependence treatment and research related issues; proven conceptual and analytical skills that lead to the formulation of policies, programmes, strategies and recommendations.
- Communication: ability to draft and write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and external partners.
- Accountability: Reliability and commitment to timely delivery of high quality outputs and to achieving organizational goals; strong sense of responsibility and result orientation.
- Planning and organizing: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work-plan; ability to plan and ensure timely delivery of services and to supervise and coordinate the required internal and external input.
- Teamwork: Strong inter-personal skills demonstrated by the ability to gain the assistance and cooperation of others for collaborative efforts; ability to build up teams and motivate and achieve effective teamwork; ability to work effectively with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
- Technological awareness: Proficiency in relevant office computer applications. Expertise in Drug demand reduction and/or HIV/AIDS.
Required Skills and Experience
- The candidate shall have an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Public Health or other job-related discipline.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
- At least 5 years of work experience in the field of drug treatment and rehabilitation and harm reduction including a minimum of 3 years in the international context of programme planning and development.
- The consultant should have direct experience in planning, implementing and monitoring drug treatment and rehabilitation projects and demand reduction and treatment training programmes.
- Proven experience of working in Afghanistan will be an added asset.
- Other knowledge and Skills: Proven knowledge of current issues/debates in the field of research, drug treatment and rehabilitation is essential, as is a working knowledge of comprehensive evidence based treatment models and approaches.
- The Consultant should also be familiar with UN policies and procedures and should have extensive experience of liaising and networking with NGOs, UN agencies and Government departments.
The duration of the assignment shall be 12 months starting as soon as possible.
The contract is extendable subject to the availability of funds.
The time required for the consultant to produce the required deliverables 12 months in-country. Unpaid breather breaks during the period are allowed and visits of this nature or others outside of Afghanistan will be scheduled in consultation with UNODC so as to best meet project requirements and so as not to be the source of any delay in the execution of programme work plans.
UNODC will be responsible for organizing and facilitating the exercise. The contractor will be based in UNODC COAFG premises and will be provided with office space within the UNODC compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The consultant will invoice UNODC with a detailed invoice of tasks performed and outputs produced on a monthly basis, following the receipt of a monthly report approved by his supervisor.
The consultant's offer will not be greater than USD 145,000 and will include fees, transportation to and from Kabul, DSA, housing, insurances and evacuation.
UNODC will provide the consultant with office space and a workstation in Kabul as well as ground and air transportation in Afghanistan. In addition, when assignments to the provinces require overnight accommodation, DSA shall be paid in accordance with the UN rates.
In the offer, the consultant must specify the validity of the offer.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.