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Develop an addendum to the existing strategic plan to include KPs and AGYW, the current National Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Strategy II (2016-2020) is silent on KPs and AGYW.
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||20-Apr-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 Days|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe, serves as the Principal Recipient (PR) of the 3-year Global Fund HIV Grant (2018-2020) and provides Fund Administrator support services to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), the PR for TB and Malaria grants. As part of its PR role, UNDP implements capacity development (CD) activities to strengthen the systems for health and national institutions. Such capacity development responses are designed based on the needs and priorities of national implementing partners, national stakeholders and aligned to national strategies.
The National AIDS Council (NAC) is one of the Sub-Recipients (SR) for the Global Fund supported HIV Grant specifically managing AGYW and KP programs. In this regard, NAC collaborates with UNDP on capacity development initiatives, to effectively respond to changing landscape of the HIV epidemic. With more than 20 years in existence, NAC’s main mandate is to coordinate the multi-sectorial response to HIV/AIDS. Specifically, and among other responsibilities, NAC performs the following functions; -
As one of the Sub-Recipients (SRs) to the HIV Global Fund grant (2018-2020), NAC is working with various stakeholders in promoting access to HIV services by selected Key Populations (KP) groups in the country. In addition, NAC is also coordinating the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) grant on prevention programmes for adolescents and youths in and out of school across 30 Districts in Zimbabwe. The programmes include Sista2Sista, Modified DREAMS, SASA!, One Stop Centres and Male Engagement.
The Government of Zimbabwe and UNFPA launched the National Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Strategy II (2016-2020), supported by the Integrated Support Programme (ISP), under the Health Development Fund. The five-year national ASRH strategy, focuses on sustained healthy behaviour uptake by young people, and ensuring quality multi-sectoral ASRH services are available supported by a protective legal and policy environment. ASRH strategy also encourages multi-sectoral evidence-based interventions with close linkages and integration, emphasizing the essential role of education, protection and sustainable livelihoods for young people and the need for greater investment in young people as a key driver in reaping the demographic dividend in the future.
It is noted that this strategy is silent on the ASRH needs of young Key Populations (KPs) and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW). The exclusion of these two important population groups in the National strategic document that guides programming on ASRH issues in the country negates on the ability of various national programmes to adequately address ASRH demands of the population. For the attainment of holistic ASRH programming it is therefore important to develop a comprehensive addendum to the current ASRH strategy and foster its incorporation in the sector-wide design of National ASRH programmes and their implementation.
Purpose of Consultancy, Scope of Work and Timelines:
The purpose of this consultancy is to develop an addendum to the existing strategic plan to include KPs and AGYW, the current national strategy on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH), 2016-2020 is silent on KPs and AGYW. The consultant is expected to closely work with National stakeholders and local partners implementing these programmes so as to better understand the current gaps and come up with an addendum that adequately addresses the ASHR needs of KPs and AGYW. The addendum will address the needs of a selected group of Key Populations to include Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Transgender (TG), Sex Workers (SW) both male and female, as well as for Adolescent Girls and Young Women. The addendum should be developed in the context of the country’s poor ASRH outcomes that include; High risk sexual activity involving paid sex; Sex with an older partner (as is the case with MSM); Increase in STI transmission; Low uptake of HIV testing and barriers to accessing youth friendly services. Issues to do with stigma and discrimination particularly among Key Populations should be clearly addressed. Also the limited access to youth centres by girls and young women particularly in the rural areas should be adequately interrogated. This consultancy is national in nature and is planned for 30 days over a period of no more than two calendar months. It is important to note partners in this grant have entered an acceleration mode as the grant enters its final year of implementation in 2020, hence the need to deliver the guidelines within the stipulated timelines.
The overall objective of the consultancy is to broaden ASRH programming in the country to facilitate the inclusion of KPs and AGYW’s participation with a focus on improving the various ASRH outcomes that are being measured under the current National ASHR strategy.
The specific objectives of this consultancy are:
The consultant is expected to use a mixed method approach whereby available information will be reviewed and this will focus on policy, advocacy and coordination in the current programme. The following documents should be reviewed to establish the current gaps that impact negatively on the exclusion of KPs and AGYW; i.e. National Reproductive Health Policy; Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic plans, National Health Strategy and the Education Policy. The latter is particularly important as the majority of the ASRH age groups Adolescents: 10-19 years and Youths: 15 -24 Years are predominantly in schools and colleges.
Stakeholder consultations on the various ASRH needs of the KPs groups and AGYW will also be conducted. Face to face meetings with policy makers at the national level and programme implementers at the sub-national levels (Provinces and districts) would be arranged as well as more focused group discussions involving various interest groups by way of convening meetings. It is also important to involve representations of Key population groups and AGYW in these discussions to ensure that their voices are heard and that their needs are adequately addressed in the addendum. During this process the consultant will also engage stakeholders on the draft ASRH addendum before their final presentation and adoption. A formal presentation of the Addendum that involves key stakeholders will also form the basis of this methodology. A sensitisation workshop for key stakeholders involved with the implementation of the ASRH programme at all levels is also planned to foster wider implementation of the issues outlined in the addendum, Records of such meetings or engagements with stakeholders should be kept and presented as part of the consultant’s deliverables for this work.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will:
Expected Outputs / Deliverables:
Schedule of Deliverables and Payments:
Deliverable No. of Days Payment
Inception report and a detailed work plan 5 20%
Desk review and consultations 8 0%
Presentation of draft addendum 8 20%
Submission of final addendum 2 20%
Sensitisation workshop on the addendum 2 0%
Submission of final report/addendum 5 40%
Total Number of Days 30
Reporting and Institutional Arrangements:
UNDP hires and manages the contract to ensure that the assignment is delivered in line with UN values, whilst NAC, through the M&E Director’s office shall provide overall supervision in line with the core objective of the assignment. The consultant will report to the UNDP Capacity Development Officer, and will work closely with NAC and MOHCC focal persons, as well as the AGYW and KPs implementing partners.
Project and Resource Management:
Communications and Advocacy:
Partnership building and team work:
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for evaluation of qualifications and methodology (70 points maximum):
Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points maximum):
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to
Step 1: Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all docs in one file):
Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal
ANNEX 2 - INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS is provided here:
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.