The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is looking for consultant(s) to conduct analysis of sustainability of HIV services for MSM and trans people in 5 target countries of the ‘Right to Health’ Regional Program and at regional level.

The objective of the study is to assess the situation in relation to various aspects of sustainability of HIV services; identify key trends and gaps; provide policy recommendations to inform the development of ECOM’s advocacy strategy of ensuring sustainability of national and regional HIV responses for MSM and trans people.

This work will be carried out within the framework of the ‘Right to Health’ Regional Program supported by the Global Fund.

Background

EECA remains the only region in the world with the increasing HIV infection rates. New data suggest that male-to-male transmission became one of the major drivers of the HIV epidemic in the region. Data is mostly missing about trans people. Many states in the region worsen this situation by introducing discriminatory legislation and excluding and stigmatizing their own people. Others are in search of evidence based and innovative approaches that prove working. Funding for HIV prevention programs targeting MSM and trans people is limited and not proportionate to the needs of these populations according to recent epidemiological trends.

To bridge these and other gaps, ECOM launched in January 2017 the ‘Right to Health’ Regional Program which has three main objectives:

  • To contribute to increasing MSM and trans people participation in decision-making in national HIV responses.
  • To contribute to building the capacity of MSM and trans organizations by strengthening organizational structures, technical competence and fundraising capacity.
  • To strengthen enabling environments for HIV services for MSM and trans people, through fighting stigma and discrimination, promoting and protecting human rights, and removing legal and policy barriers.

During the first two years of the Program, national and regional strategies and action plans have been elaborated to strengthen meaningful participation of communities in national HIV responses and contribute to removal of legal barriers for effective realization of right to health by LGBT community. In the third year of the Program, ECOM focuses on sustainability of HIV responses for MSM and trans people.

 

Objective

ECOM is commissioning the present study in order to:

  1. Receive overview of sustainability of HIV services for MSM and trans people in the five target countries of the ‘Right to Health’ Regional Program and at regional level in CEECA;
  2. Receive policy recommendations to inform development of ECOM’s advocacy strategy of ensuring sustainability of national and regional HIV responses for MSM and trans people.

Scope of Work for Consultant

  1. Provide draft assessment framework and tool for sustainability of HIV response / services for MSM and trans people in CEECA in the 5 target countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and North Macedonia). The framework should include desk review of information available in ECOM and national partners (studies on funding gaps analysis; funding sources; services cascade etc.) as well short analysis of national transition plans in relation to MSM and trans services where available.
  2. Pilot the Assessment Tool in one of the 5 target countries; conduct assessment of all target countries with support from national partners and provide short national assessment reports that might be in format of case studies.
  3. Prepare a regional assessment report of sustainability of services based on analysis of available data and national reports from the five target countries.
  4. Produce a policy brief (not more than 10 pages) summarizing key findings and giving general policy recommendations.

Expected Results

  1. Assessment framework is provided and agreed between the consultant(s), ECOM and the Global Fund;
  2. Assessment tool is piloted in one of the 5 target countries and data collection is coordinated with national partners;
  3. Assessment reports covering countries and regional analysis are provided;
  4. A policy brief including key findings and general policy recommendations is produced.

Timeframe

Call announced: 22.04.2019

Call closed: 5.05.2019

Implementation period: between 12.05.2019 and 30.07.2019.

Remuneration and Compensation

The amount of remuneration is subject of negotiations between the applicant(s) and ECOM prior to signing a contract. The work load should not exceed 20 working days.

A service contract will be signed between the consultant and ECOM according to which ECOM will not be liable for the payment of any taxes for the consultant: the consultant performs all the necessary taxes and other type of payments by the law of the country of their residence.

Requirements

Essential

  • Past experience of conducting similar assessments in EECA or outside it;
  • Consultancy experience for NGOs/public/private sector working in the field of HIV and/or sexual health.
  • Good analytical skills in the field of policy and advocacy and HIV.
  • Proven research skills.
  • Good knowledge of English and Russian.

Additional

  • Higher education in social sciences.

Application Process

Applications are accepted from legal (organizations, companies) and natural persons (individuals). Interested parties must submit their offers via e-mail, specifying in the subject “Consultancy for assessment of sustainability of services “. The application should be sent to: contact@ecom.ngo

Deadline for applications is 5 May 2019, 23:59 Eastern European time.

The application must contain:

  1. A cover letter that includes a summary of the background clearly showcasing the consultant’s / company’s experience and expertise required.
  2. A short offer (no more than 2 pages) containing:
    • Outline of proposed methodology, in particular detailing the approach for assessing sustainability of HIV responses specific to MSM and trans people;
    • Description/outline of the proposed tool;
    • Schedule/ timeline of work;
    • Number of days and daily rate/total budget.

ECOM does not return received files.

In case of questions on this Call for Consultancy, please contact Vitaly Djuma, ECOM’s Executive Director, at: vitaly@ecom.ngo