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National Consultant - To do research to identify the specific needs of Key Populations sub-groups to inform programming
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||24-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 Maximum|
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. There are however capacity gaps when it comes to research and generation of data on KPs hence the need to research and identify the specific needs of Key Populations sub-groups to inform programming.
Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Consultancy, Scope of Work and Timelines:
The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct research to identify the needs of Key Populations sub groups and use this information to improve programming. This research is operational in nature and it should actively involve all stakeholders who are already implementing this portion of the HIV grant under the funding period, 2018 -2020. The Key Population sub groups that will be targeted by this action are; Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Women who have Sex with Women (WSW), Transgender (TG) and Male and Female Sex Workers (SW) both male and female. The consultancy will take a holistic approach to programming and should propose a total package for HIV Prevention Treatment Care and Support for the Key Population groups as well as their other needs necessary for them to continue receiving these services in a dignified manner. Access to HIV services in the public sector, quality of care of clinical services, access to prevention services and community awareness on the specific needs of KPs could be interrogated in this research among other important variables as would be determined by the consultant.
The consultant is expected to closely work with partners implementing these programmes so as to better understand their current gaps and come up with recommendations that can adequately address the identified needs within the resource capacity of the current grant or from future funding opportunities. The research must be of a national level nature and should include both urban and rural constituents.
This consultancy is planned for 30 days over a period of no more than two calendar months that will involve inception meetings with NAC, stakeholder engagement meetings, desktop reviews, key informant interviews and KP representatives. 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 the strategy review findings and recommendations within the stipulated timelines.
The overall objective of the assignment is to provide comprehensive HIV services to the Key Populations sub-groups, and improve their access to health care services in cognisant of their increased vulnerability to HIV infection.
The specific objectives of this consultancy are:
This is a national coverage needs assessment, whose findings and recommendations should be generalised to represent each of the Key Population sub groups involved in the study namely Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Women who have Sex with Women (WSW), Transgender (TG) and Male and Female Sex Workers (SW) both male and female. The consultant shall propose a sampling method and sample size that will satisfy this expectation. If need be, purposeful sampling could be considered to ensure that both urban and rural areas are adequately represented in the study. We also propose that a mixed approach should be used for purposes of data collection across the study and this entails the use of Individual survey questionnaires, Key Informant interviews, Focus Group discussions among others as part of the data collection protocol. This will facilitate triangulation and allow for the generalisation of findings. The use of digital data collection instruments or platforms is strongly encouraged as it also guarantees interviewee security considering the sensitivity of Key Populations.
The Consultant will:
Expected Outputs / Deliverables:
Schedule of Deliverables:
Deliverable No. of Days Payment
Inception report with research protocol 2 20%
Training of data collectors 5 0%
Data collection 10 0%
A detailed field report 3 40%
Stakeholder feedback meeting 2 0%
Final research report 8 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.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to
Application Submission Process:
Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal
ANNEX 2 - INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS is provided here:
Project and Resource Management:
Communications and Advocacy:
Partnership building and team work:
Required Skills and Experience
The evaluation will be based on cumulative analysis (i.e. technical qualifications and price proposal). The weight of the technical criteria is 70%; the weight of the financial proposal is 30%. Candidates that obtain a minimum of 70 pts out of a maximum 100 pts will be considered for the financial evaluation. Candidates that do not meet the minimum requirements will be disqualified.
NB: Only successful candidates will be contacted as a result of the overall evaluation.
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.