Support the development of Fact Sheets and Web Content and facilitate orientation and Training for Civil Society Organizations on Human Rights and Access to Health


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)
05-May-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :20 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 Days

Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe, serves as 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. MoHCC and its partners are collaborating with UNDP on CD initiatives, to effectively respond to changing landscape of the HIV epidemic, with increased efforts on more involvement of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). 

CSOs in the country have experienced a changing environment in HIV approaches over the last few years. The Ministry of Health and Child Care have stronger HIV interventions, whilst funding for civil society groups have dwindled. However, CSOs play a key role in contributing to national development process and shaping national policies. In Zimbabwe, CSOs have been engaging in development and policy processes but in a fragmented and disjointed manner. They have been working in silos with limited coordination and integration of their thoughts and positions on national issues.  Because of this fragmented approach, CSOs communicate varying and different messages. In addition, CSOs in most cases are unable to demonstrate value proposition and collective results/impact, which makes it difficult for the development partners, donors and government to meaningfully engage and support them. This thus hastens the need to develop Fact sheets and web content that can be used to communicate factual and standardised information in the furtherance of the CSO resource mobilisation agenda and also foster programme implementation.

Civil society and community responses to HIV are essential to ending the AIDS epidemic. Communities support health systems and reach those most vulnerable to HIV where public health facilities are not easily able to. The evolution of the HIV epidemic is changing the landscape of HIV response and work. CSOs have an important role to play in ending AIDS. They are operating in a changing landscape and need to find ways to remain relevant and to participate more effectively in the response. An important role is to support interventions to reduce human rights and gender-related barriers to HIV, TB and health services.

The ambitious target to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 are in contrast to the early days of the epidemic. These changes in the global landscape of the HIV response are a challenge and an opportunity for the civil society in Zimbabwe at a national and community level. There is evidence of the impact of changes in HIV prevention, funding shifts, and treatment advances on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) institutional stability and sustainability. A number of HIV and AIDS-service CSOs/NGOs have seen a reduction in funding and are reforming their leadership and governance. It is important that organizations make the necessary shift to remain relevant and recognized as a key player and to ensure the gains in the HIV response are preserved and that the country truly ends the AIDS epidemic.

The changing institutional landscape highlights the need for civil society to review, redefine its role and reposition themselves to contribute to the response to HIV and health generally, considering the linkages between HIV and other health issues. It is important that civil society groups adapt to the changing landscape to the response to remain relevant, considering that they are key player in the fight to ending the AIDS epidemic.

As CSOs reposition themselves to play a key role in the achievement of Agenda 90-90-90 and Universal Health Coverage and as key population programmes are being scaled up in Zimbabwe, training of CSO groups on human rights approaches to health will help strengthen their oversight and advocacy roles in the national response. Training of CSOs on the principles of human rights-based approach to health will enhance their knowledge and skills to evaluate health policy and service delivery, targeting discriminatory practices and unjust power relations that are at the heart of inequitable health outcomes. In pursuing a rights-based approach, health policy, strategies and programmes are expected to be designed explicitly to improve the enjoyment of all people to the right to health, with a focus on the furthest behind first. 

It is, therefore against this background that it is being proposed that CSOs are trained in the Core Principles of Human and Rights and Health. Also imperative is the development of factsheets and an information package that can be used to input into the web content for various CSO websites so as to communicate standardized and focused messaging to their intended audiences.


Duties and Responsibilities

Purpose of Consultancy, Scope of Work and Timelines:

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the development, orientation and training on fact sheets and web content for civil society organisations on Human Rights and access to Health. This consultancy is planned for 20 days over a period of no more than one calendar month that will involve inception meeting with UNDP followed by stakeholder engagement meetings, desktop reviews, key informant interviews and validation meetings. It is noted that 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 within the stipulated timelines.

Overall Objective:

To develop and implement a CSO Human Rights and Health orientation and training programme together with supporting fact sheets and website content for better coordinated and well informed CSO engagement in Human Rights and Health programming.

The tasks of this consultancy are:

  • Review any existing documentation on Human Rights and Access to Health and Fact- Check mainstream information including what is hosted on various relevant websites.
  • To develop of Fact Sheets with key information and messages on human rights and access to health.
  • To develop web-based content and material, together with resources for CSOs. As well as them being able to share experiences and provide and receive feedback on human rights and health.
  • To develop a training programme and orientation package for CSOs on Human Rights and Health issues.
  • Facilitate a one-day national validation meeting for the adoption of the factsheet, web content packages and the training programme for CSO leaders on the same.

Proposed Methodology:

This consultancy will apply mixed methods for this assignment that must include a desk review of already existing fact sheets and web content. Key informant interviews shall also be conducted with relevant stakeholders namely CSOs, Technical Partners, MOHCC, and the donor community, followed by a validation meeting on the on the draft factsheets and content for the web and the proposed training programme on the same. This will lead to the adoption of national factsheets and web content that could be used by CSOs and other stakeholders in their programming for Human Rights and access to Health in more coherent, focused and standardised communications approaches.

Deliverables:

  • An inception report on how the consultant intends to do the tasks complete with methodology
  • Training materials on CSOs Human Rights and Health issues to be used in the workshops and content that will be uploaded onto websites and database for access and further utilization by CSOs
  • Training and orientation delivered to CSOs on Human Rights and Health issues
  • Final version of the fact sheets with information and messages on human rights and access to health aimed at a CSO Zimbabwe audience, to be used in Human Rights and Health training and orientation.
  • Final website content and resources including fact sheets aimed at a on line audience, to be uploaded onto the new CSO database and website, so that it can be used in Human Rights and Health training and orientation.

Reporting and Institutional Arrangements:

UNDP hires and manages the contract to ensure that the assignment is delivered in line with UN values. 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.


Competencies

Corporate:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional:

  • Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products,
  • Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of international development, public health or related field.

Project and Resource Management:

  • Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs.

Communications and Advocacy:

  • Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences and speak clearly and convincingly.
  • Strong analytical, research and writing skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Strong inter-personal, negotiation and liaison skills.

Partnership building and team work:

  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to excel in a multi-cultural environment.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Public Health, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Political Science or Law;
  • Degree in IT is desirable.

Experience:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in Project Management with particular emphasis in the Human Rights field;
  • Experience in advising National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO);
  • Extensive experience in program and technical cooperation projects;
  • Wide knowledge of Human Rights-Based approach and gender mainstreaming;
  • Solid experience in advocacy, policy and donor relations and active participation in nation coordination bodies or mechanisms;
  • Strong IT skills is a prerequisite;
  • Broad experience of technical advisory support and overall capacity development, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Language:

  • Fluency in English and a local language is a prerequisite.

Evaluation:
Candidates will be evaluated using a combined scoring method with the qualifications and methodology weighted at 70% and the price offer weighted at 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49% (out of 70%) points on the technical qualifications part will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Criteria for evaluation of qualifications and methodology (70 points maximum):

  • Relevance of education to the consultancy (10 points)
  • At least 10 years professional experience at managerial level in a CSO (10 points)
  • Solid experience in advocacy, policy and donor relations and active participation in nation coordination bodies or mechanisms (15 points)
  • Solid experience in developing national frameworks (20 points)
  • Experience of GF, UN and / or UNDP policies and procedures highly desirable (15 points)

 

Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points maximum):

  • p = y (µ/z), where, p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Payment Method:

  • Payment: All-inclusive Daily Fee
  • Payments will be based on the Certificate of Payments that will be submitted at each milestone;
  • Final payment upon performance evaluation from the direct supervisor.

Security: 

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to
certain parts of the country, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under https://trip.dss.un.org All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. In general, UNDP does not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using
their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and
terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel.

Application Submission Process:

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):

  • Personal History Form (P11), indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link:
  • http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc
  • Technical Proposal indicating prosed approach to the assignment

 

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal

  • Applicants are instructed to upload their financial proposals using the Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability indicating an all-inclusive daily rate in USD using the financial proposal template available here:

http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_ 

  • The Candidate must provide a link to a website that they have been actively involved in the development and management of together with a description of their role. The term ‘all-inclusive” implies that all costs (monthly professional fees, travel related expenses if applicable, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal

ANNEX 1 - INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS is provided here:


http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf

 

 


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