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HIV/STIs Clinical Consultant
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||05-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||HIV, Health and Development|
|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 :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
UNDP is a lead agency in UNAIDS for addressing the dimensions of HIV and AIDS relating to human rights, gender and sexual diversity. In addition, UNDP contributes to public health and development partnerships through collaborations with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the ‘Global Fund’), Roll Back Malaria, Stop TB Partnerships, and special programmes on human reproduction and infectious diseases that disproportionately affect poor populations.
As part of its wider engagement with the United Nations, the Global Fund has partnered with UNDP since 2003 to ensure that grants are implemented and services are delivered in countries facing complex challenges. The partnership focuses on three closely linked areas of work: implementation support, capacity development, and policy engagement. For implementation support UNDP serves as an interim Principal Recipient (PR) (currently in 25 countries) in a variety of settings including countries that face capacity constraints, complex emergencies, poor governance environments, political upheaval, or donor sanctions. It does so upon request by the Global Fund and/or the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and when no national entity is able to assume the role at the time. UNDP’s role as PR is an interim arrangement until national entities can assume full responsibility for implementation and the capacity of national partners (Government and CSOs) is also strengthened to ensure long-term sustainability of health outcomes.
In December 2014, UNDP was nominated by the PIRMCCM for the role of PR for two grants in the Western Pacific region: 1) malaria, covering Vanuatu only; and 2) Multicountry TB/HIV programme covering 11 Pacific Island Countries (PICS) namely Republic of Marshall Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, and Palau. The current funding cycle is for 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020.
Under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager, the HIV/STIs Clinical Consultant will provide clinical mentorship, advice and capacity building to 11 Pacific Island countries in management of antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV as well as in treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
B. Project Description and consultancy rationale
HIV prevalence in the 11 Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) continues to be low with prevalence in the Western Pacific estimated at 0.1% . The cumulative number of persons ever diagnosed, with HIV up until November 2017 in the 11 supported countries is 234. Despite the low rates and numbers, HIV vulnerability is still high due to factors such as widespread migration and mobility, dense sexual networks, a large caseload of untreated STIs, low knowledge about HIV and STIs, high levels of transactional sex and significant levels of intimate partner violence.
The Project Goals are:
Although the number of HIV cases is quite small, the number of people receiving antiretroviral treatment is small as well. Over the last decade, the majority of PLHIV either passed away or were lost to follow up by the health care providers. Due to the low case load as well as high turnover of medical staff, there is a capacity gap in management of ART. The recently conducted Pacific PLHIV Forum in October 2018 made the following recommendations:
All doctors managing people living with HIV should:
All clinics managing people living with HIV should:
Based on the above, there is a clear need to support countries in ensuring that all available patients are receiving ART and adhering to it. Therefore, the HIV/STIs Clinical Consultant will support 11 Pacific island Countries in ensuring at least 90% of PLHIV are receiving ART treatment and that the side effects are managed appropriately and that the countries adhere to the international clinical protocols and relevant guiding documents.
The HIV/STIs Clinical Consultant will work closely with the national counterparts such as Ministries of Health and relevant national communicable diseases units and doctors, UNAIDS and WHO, community groups of people living with HIV and the UNDP Programme Management Team based in Suva, Vanuatu and Samoa.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultancy will be demand driven and will include but not limited to expert support in the following areas:
E. Institutional Arrangement
UNDP shall allocate a working space at its Suva, Fiji Islands to accommodate the working station needs in the course of this consultancy should the consultant travel to PMU.
G. Duty Station
Required Skills and Experience
I. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payment under the contract will be output based and will be made upon satisfactory completion and acceptance of the Assignment by UNDP Programme Manager.
The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:
J. Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications with financial proposal as separate:
K. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
The proposals will be evaluated using the cumulative analysis method with a split 70% technical and 30% financial scoring. The proposal with the highest cumulative scoring will be awarded the contract. Applications will be evaluated technically, and points are attributed based on how well the proposal meets the requirements of the Terms of Reference using the guidelines detailed in the table below:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract may be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weighting; 70%
Financial Criteria weighting; 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Interviews may be conducted as part of technical assessment for shortlisted proposals.
L. Proposal Submission
All applications must be clearly marked with the title of the consultancy and submitted by 5.00pm, 5th March 2019 (Fiji Time) electronically to email@example.com .
For further information concerning this Terms of Reference, please contact Imran Khan, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Analyst, Multi-country Western Pacific Integrated HIV/TB Programme, UNDP Pacific Office on email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.
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.