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CSS, Human Rights and Advocacy Consultant
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||10-Nov-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year with maximum of 195 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||December 2014 - November 2015|
The continuing and rapid rise of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons; the marginalization of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities, and their extremely low access to information and services regarding prevention and treatment; and the presence of punitive laws across the region are among the complex challenges raised by the ever-growing HIV epidemic in South Asia. The Commission on AIDS in Asia further notes that by 2020 up to 50% of all new infections might be caused by male to male sex. The main high-risk behaviors for MSM are the frequency of unprotected anal sex with regular and commercial male partners. In addition, it is well documented that a high number of MSM throughout the region also have female sex partners. Poor access to health services, high stigma among the general population as well as health practitioners, police repressive actions are among the key factors further fuelling HIV epidemic among MSM and TG in the region.
UNDP is a key partner to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) and serves as Principal Recipient (PR) of last resort. In December 2012, the Country Coordinating Mechanism/Steering Committee requested that UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) assume the PR role for the Phase 2 of the MSA grant. The overall goal of the grant is to reduce the impact of HIV on MSM and transgender people. In its role as the PR, UNDP is responsible for the financial and programmatic management of the Global Fund MSA Regional HIV Grant as well as for the procurement of pharmaceuticals, health and non-health products. The grant will support regional advocacy initiatives and country level advocacy and capacity building activities with civil society partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan and Pakistan also have HIV service delivery components.
Country sub-recipients (SRs) include Youth Health and Development Organization (Afghanistan), Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bangladesh), National AIDS Control Program and Lhak-Sam (Bhutan), Blue Diamond Society (Nepal) and Naz Male Health Alliance (Pakistan), Humsafar Trust and Voluntary Health Services (India) and Family Planning Association (Sri Lanka). In addition, UNDP will also implement important regional initiatives in partnership with regional community SRs, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) and Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+).
UNDP‘s management role consists in ensuring successful implementation of grant activities by SRs, ensuring programmatic and financial accountability, and capacity building of national and international counterparts on programme, monitoring and evaluation and financial management. More importantly, the grant focuses on community system strengthening (CSS) and human rights of the MSM and transgender communities and community-based organizations and advocacy efforts to create a more enabling environment for them.
For the implementation of the programme, UNDP APRC has established a Programme Management Unit (PMU) based in Bangkok that will coordinate the implementation of the grant and provide general guidance of the Global Fund rules and procedures to all SRs participating in the implementation of the activities, with support from the in-country national staff in UNDP Country Offices. UNDP, in coordination with the regional SRs, will provide guidance and support in implementing the CSS, human rights and advocacy initiatives at the regional and at the national level in seven countries where required. Furthermore, UNDP in coordination with the regional SRs will also provide support to building capacity of the SRs under the grant.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment
The CSS, Human Rights and Advocacy Consultant will provide substantive support for the implementation of the various regional and national level community system strengthening (CSS), human rights and advocacy initiatives. The Consultant will also provide strategic support to the SRs in building their capacity (both organizational and staff capacity) for implementing CSS and advocacy activities in the countries.
Scope of Work
The scope of work for this assignment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
The final products will be as follow:
During December 2014 – November 2015 with maximum 195 working days.
Bangkok, Thailand with regular travel to seven programme countries in South Asia including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (at least 12 trips during the assignment). Payment of travel costs including tickets, living allowance, terminal expenses and other travel related cost should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls:
The consultant will directly report to UNDP Programme Manager, MSA grant. The Programme Manager, MSA grant will communicate and work closely with the consultant to ensure quality and timely delivery of expected outputs.
Documents to be included when submitting proposal:
Interested individual consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate your qualifications:
The contract will be based on daily fee
The financial proposal will specify the daily fee in USD. The payments will be made to the Individual Consultant based on approved timesheet on a monthly basis and upon completion of the deliverables. To submit Financial Proposal, please use Template of Submission of Financial Proposal provided in Annex I.
Payment of travel costs including tickets, living allowance, terminal expenses and other travel related cost should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight; 70%
Financial Criteria weight; 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 350 technical points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Required Skills and Experience
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.