The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is looking for consultant(s) to conduct analysis of the sustainability of HIV services for MSM and trans people at regional level in CEECA and in 5 target countries of the program “Right to Health”. The objective of this 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 Advocacy strategy of ensuring sustainability of national and regional HIV responses in MSM and trans people in post-grant period. This work will be carried out within the framework of the regional Program “Right to Health” supported by the Global Fund which aims at increasing the access to HIV services for MSM and trans people in the five target countries: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and North Macedonia.

 

Background

Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is an international non-governmental association, located in Tallinn, Estonia. We are a membership-based association, open for non-profits and individuals, acting in the field of sexual health, including HIV issues, for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and trans people in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA).

In January 2017, ECOM has launched a Regional Program “Right to Health” 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.

The Regional Program started operations in a sad reality: EECA remains the only region in the world with the increasing HIV epidemic. New trends from the countries of the region suggest that male to male transmission becomes a new driver of the epidemic. Data is mostly missing about trans people. Many states in the region choose to add to this situation by introducing discriminating legislation and through exclusion and stigmatization of their own people. Others are in search of evidence based and innovative approaches that already prove working.

The Right to Health Program has been launched to bridge these and other gaps.

During the first two years of the program, national and regional strategies have been elaborated in terms of meaningful participation of the community in the national HIV response and removal of legal barriers for effective exercise of right to health by LGBT community.

In the third year, ECOM is zooming into the sustainability of services issue. Countries in the region are preparing for, undergoing or gone through transition processes from international to domestic funding. The progress varies from country to country. However, we are already witnessing two universal trends in the region:  1. Male to male transmission becomes main contributor; and 2. Funding is rarely available for MSM and trans people related prevention programs, and even when there is funding available, it is not proportionate to the services scale up needs in this population according to the new epidemiological trends.

 

Objective

ECOM has been conducted the assessment of the sustainability of services in 4 program countries: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and North Macedonia, as well as at the regional level in CEECA. ECOM has also developed Joint Engagement Strategy (JES) – a multi-sectoral effort to find common approaches to the HIV/AIDS response needs in the region. Both JES and the assessment of the sustainability of the HIV services will form the basis for the development of the Sustainability of Services Strategy, which will complete the JES as its Action Plan (JESAP).

ECOM aims at adopting this Action Plan at the Third Regional Consultation on 18-19 November 2019. To facilitate the process of strategizing ECOM is commissioning the present task in order to:

Develop the Action Plan (Sustainability of services strategy) to the Joint Engagement Strategy (JESAP);

 

Scope of work for the consultant

  1. Based on the Joint Engagement Strategy, Sustainability of Services Assessment (will be provided to the consultant), review of the other relevant studies and interviews with the informants, develop JESAP outline and provide draft Action Plan for commenting to ECOM before the Regional Consultation;
  2. Present the outline and collect the feedback from the members of ECOM during the workshop at the 3rd Regional Consultation on 19th of November in Tallinn, Estonia;
  3. Finalize the Action Plan after the Regional Consultation;
  4. Produce the final version of the Action Plan.

 

Timeframe

Call announced: 04.11.2019

Call closed: 11.11.2019

Commencement of the work: 12.11.2019

The schedule of the consultant’s work should be flexible and not exceed 10 working days during the period from 11.11.2019 to 15.12.2019

 

Expected results and performance evaluation

  1. Action Plan outline is provided based on the Joint Engagement Strategy (JES), sustainability of services assessment, through review of the additional sources and conducting interviews, agreed between the consultant(s) and ECOM;
  2. Upon agreement of the outline of the Action Plan, it is presented at the Workshop 2 of the 3rd Regional Consultation in Tallinn, Estonia;
  3. The feedback is collected during the workshop, draft Action Plan produced and sent to ECOM for approval;
  4. Final version of the JESAP is produced and submitted to ECOM;
  5. Report on completion of work and invoice presented to ECOM;

Main contact person for this task in ECOM will be Paata Sabelashvili, Advocacy Coordinator. He will also be in charge of evaluating and accepting works of the consultant(s).

Remuneration and compensation

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 by the consultant. The consultant performs all the necessary tax and other type of payments by the law of the country of residence of the consultant.

The amount of remuneration is the subject of negotiations between the applicant and ECOM prior to signing contract. The work schedule of the consultant should be flexible and not exceed 10 working days for the first phase of this work (11.1105.2019-15.011.2019).

Requirements

Essential

  • Experience in working with state, non-state actors (including community organizations) and development partners in the CEECA region or outside it, as a staff of the organization or a consultant.
  • Good analytical skills in the field of policy and advocacy.
  • Consultancy experience for NGOs/public/private sector working in the field of HIV and/or sexual health.
  • Experience in compiling advocacy strategies and plans.
  • Proven research skills.
  • Good knowledge of English and Russian.

Additional

  • Higher education in social sciences or equivalent experience.

 

Application process

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

The deadline for applications is November 11, 2019, 23:59 Eastern European time.

The application must contain:

  1. A cover letter that includes summary of the background clearly showcasing the consultant’s experience/expertise required.
  2. A short offer (no more than 2 pages) describing:
    – the proposed methodology, in particular detailing the approach for developing the Action Plan for the sustainability of HIV responses specific to MSM and trans people;

– The schedule of the consultant(s)

– The number of days and the consultant(s) daily rate/total budget.

ECOM does not return received files.

Only candidates who meet the requirements presented in this announcement will be notified of the results of selection of their offers.

In case of questions on this announcement, please contact Paata Sabelashvili, ECOM’s Advocacy Coordinator, at: paata@ecom.ngo