Call for Consultant to Conduct a Regional Mapping, Selection and Engagement of Change Agents
Call for Consultant to Conduct a Regional Mapping, Selection and Engagement of Change Agents (Potential Champions) within the Health and Justice System, and among Political, Traditional and Religious Leaders
The Key Populations – Representation, Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health (KP REACH) is a three-year (2016-2018) Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria funded regional program which was formulated by KP networks and NGOs in Southern Africa to address the high levels of HIV infection among the following Key Populations: sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) and women who have sex with women (WSW). The recognition is, despite the achievements made in reducing AIDS-related deaths in the past decade, and an overall decline in most countries, new infections among Key Populations are on the rise. The overall focus of the regional program is thus to strengthen region KP networks and communities systems in Southern Africa in advocacy for policy change and change in the attitudes and beliefs aimed at reducing HIV incidence and mortality among KP and to increase the sustainability of the HIV response. The eight countries in the program are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Namibia, and together they account for 81% of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
2. KP REACH Goal
Reduction in HIV infections and HIV-related deaths among key populations in Southern
Africa through improved access by KPs to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services
3. KP REACH Objectives
Objective 1: To strengthen four existing and emerging regional networks in Southern Africa so that they work strategically and efficiently together and with others to contribute to the effective development, monitoring and reporting of HIV prevention, testing and treatment services, programs and policies for KPs at regional and national levels by 2018.
Objective 2: To improve data collection/evidence and use, knowledge management, scale up and replication of best practice for more responsive national level programming and policies for improved access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for KPs in at least 75% of participating countries by 2018.
Objective 3: To develop a unified KP-led voice and disseminate messaging co-created with KPs that aims to shift attitudes and beliefs for reduction in stigma and discrimination as a barrier to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for KPs in at least 75% of participating countries by 2018.
4. Purpose and Objectives of the Mapping, Selection and Engagement of Potential Champions
SAfAIDS on behalf of the KP REACH program would like to recruit a Consultant to conduct a mapping, selection and engagement of potential champions from within the health and justice system, and among the political, traditional and religious leaders across the eight program countries. The champions will defend and champion KP needs both at in-country and regional level to have improved access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. The champions’ role will include a key focus on disseminating messages co-created with KPs that aim at shifting attitudes and beliefs for reduction in stigma and discrimination as a barrier to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for KPs.
5. Deliverables, Services and Milestones
5.1. Consultant shall perform the following Services and deliver the following Deliverables:
- Technical proposal detailing methodology for mapping and selection of potential champions, work-plan and proposed budget
- Map potential (48) champions across the eight (8) countries within the health care and justice system [i.e. 16 health sector champions (2 from each country), 8 from the justice sector (one per country), and 24 among political, traditional and religious leaders (three each per country)
- Select potential champions based on criteria (criteria to include affiliation to / influence within regional KP bodies and networks, and existing and action concerning KPs)
- Engage and advocate with potential champions to promote advocacy for the needs and rights of KPs
- Submission of the draft and final report of champions’ mapping, selection and engagement with champions process
- Participate at the initial champions regional workshop, and establish champions baseline knowledge, attitudes and practices, and assist in the development of action plans for each of the champions
- Participate at one regional workshop with the program Sub Recipients regional networks and service providers to co-create training and sensitization approach(es) for the potential champions
- Assist in the documentation of learning from the champions program
To facilitate attainment of the mapping and selection of potential champions, the KP REACH program through KP network(s) across the eight countries will provide the Consultant with all the necessary documents, sensitisation and mobilisation of key stakeholders and communities where the mapping and selection of champions will take place.
5.2. Consultant shall deliver the Deliverables at the following milestones:
- The mapping and selection process should be completed by 10 August 2016
- All the other above-mentioned Deliverables are to be executed within the first year of the KP REACH program (final delivery date will be shared and agreed between the Consultant and SAfAIDS on behalf of the KP REACH program)
- Within the one year, Consultant will be expected to share post activity reports (7 days after the activity), as well as monthly and quarterly reports (every 15th of the succeeding month)
6. Consultant Qualification and Experience
- The Consultant should have at minimum a Masters Degree in Public Health, International Development, and/or Social Sciences. In addition, the Consultant should possess the following
- At least 7 years demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting and facilitating development work with local, regional and international NGOs.
- Knowledge and experience in working (including research) with KPs from the local to regional KP bodies.
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
- Strong understanding of the development context in Southern Africa.
- Clearly stated references for previously performed work an added advantage.
7. How to Apply
Applicants with the experience, skills and knowledge for this assignment should submit a technical proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1330hrs (Pretoria time), Friday 29 July 2016.
The technical proposal should detail the following:
- Understanding of the Terms of Reference (ToRs) stated herein
- A capacity statement including demonstrated ability to handle the assignment
- A detailed plan of conducting the exercise, with clear description of the mapping and selection methodology with specific time lines
- Budget breakdown detailing consultancy and exercise/process collection costs.