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Individual Consultant - Principal Investigator to assess HIV,TB and Risk behaviours (including injecting drug use)among prisoners and prison staff in Gujarat (for Indian Nationals only)
|Location :||New Delhi, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||06-Jul-18 (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 :||07 months spread over 40 working days|
The Joint United Nations HIV/AIDS plan of action for 2018 is a first step of a biannual plan that aims at changing the trajectory of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Gujarat State by impacting on key areas to fast tract the Gujarat state’s HV/AIDS response. Major strategic interventions included here will support Gujarat state in reducing new HIV infections especially eliminating new HIV infections among children and targeting key populations by increasing their access to information, knowledge and integrated HIV and reproductive health services. UNODC is one of the seven United Nations agencies involved in the implementation of these activities in support of the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) and under the coordination of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.UNODC will bring on the table its special expertise on strengthening IDU Targeted interventions and prison interventions and will contribute to the joint implementation process with other UN agencies. This is being done under the rubric of Joint United Budget Analysis Framework (UBRAF).
HIV risk and vulnerability in prisons: Generally isolated from public health services prisons and other closed settings are non priority institutions to address HIV, TB prevention, treatment and care and other public health interventions. It has been estimated that the prevalence of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, i]hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis in prison populations is 2 to 10 times as high, and HIV rates are particularly high among women in detention. A national study reveals that 1.7 percent of inmates were HIV positive and WHO analytical report for India states that HIV rates are between 0% and 14% among women prisoners, and between 1% and 7% among male prisoners1.
A study conducted in Tihar Jail in Delhi has shown that 8% of prisoners2 were known to be drug users. Another study of 466 inmates in Delhi, Mumbai and Punjab prisons showed that 63% reported to using illicit drugs3. Although a number of previous studies suggest that rates of HIV in Indian prisons are higher than in the surrounding community, there is very little data/ information on current HIV prevalence in Indian prisons. The emergence of HIV pandemic has seriously threatened tuberculosis (TB) Control efforts globally. HIV weakens the immune system and dramatically increases the risk of developing active TB. Despite the gap in information, what is known suggest that HIV in prisons may in fact be fuelling the HIV epidemic in the community.
While the National AIDS Control Organisation has recently accelerated efforts to provide testing and treatment services for prisoners across the country, there is limited evidence available on the estimated prevalence of HIV and TB in Gujarat prisons.
It is against this background that UNODC in partnership with GSACS and the Gujarat Prison department aims to carry out an HIV and TB prevalence survey in 2 central prisons (Ahmedabad and Gujarat). The assessment will enable evidence based interventions and programming for HIV comprehensive package of services including management of IDUs in prison settings.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work: The services of a Senior Principal Investigator as consultant is required to provide leadership and guidance to support a situational assessment of HIV, TB and risk behaviours (including injecting drug users) among prisoners and prison staff in two central prisons in Ahmadabad and Vadodara.
Objectives of the assessment:
The assessment seeks to fulfil the following objectives:
Specific tasks of consultancy:
An assessment report and research paper that provides accurate baseline data/ information, on the prevalence of HIV and TB in prisons in Gujarat,that also describes behaviors associated with HIV transmission in prisons settings.
Specific Deliverable and timelines
Estimated Travel: It is anticipated that the consultant will be travelling to Gujarat at last once a month. The consultant will be travelling to Ahmadabad and Vadodara only
Knowledge and Skills:
Good communication skills and the ability to write high quality clear analytical reports that can be published.
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant will be responsible for organizing of travel to Gujarat and within Gujarat. UNODC will not provide any logistic support.
The payment for expenditure incurred for travel to Gujarat and local travel within Gujarat will be based on actuals upon submission of the bills.
.How to apply:
Interested consultant individuals/ organizations are required to submit a concise CV and a brief proposal with outlined study methodology and a costed workplan for the execution of the study. Individual consultants affiliated with teaching and research institutions can apply.
Documents to be submitted:
Technical Criteria weight - 70 marks
Financial Criteria weight - 30 marks
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
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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.