Terms of Reference

Use of MSMIT for Monitoring of SDGs implementing in Balkan countries and countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (BEECA)



In 2015UNFPA in cooperation with other UN agencies and LGBT community organizations has developed a comprehensive guide on HIV programming for prevention, treatment and support for gay men and other MSM. The document has been titled “Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programs with Men Who Have Sex with Men. Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions”, or MSMIT[1].

MSMIT has accumulated in itself the latest WHO recommendations on targeted to MSM HIV prevention, care and treatment[2], and examples of corresponding best practices, collected internationally.

MSMIT is a unique tool giving an opportunity for effective HIV programming based on simultaneous development of coordinated and integrated services, program evaluation, education and capacity building, policy development and advocacy maintenance.

Since 2017, with support from UNFPA, WHO, other UN agencies, as well the Global Fund, M.Pact  and ECOM, several activities targeted to MSMIT introduction in BEECA countries have been implemented. Usually, it was training sessions, other meetings and publications provided community activists, service providers and policy makers with detailed information on MSMIT. Also, MSMIT was translated into several national languages: Georgian, Russian and Macedonian.

After maintaining the well awareness about MSMIT, the next goal is to integrate MSMIT into routine working processes of national community and governmental organizations and experts.

ECOM plans to utilize MSMIT as a reference material, common with its partners, for the development and coordinating of the successful HIV response in the region. More information on ECOM can be found on the Coalition’ website: www.ecom.ngo


Goal of the Tool

To ensure a productive use of MSMIT in BEECA countries for improvement of the national governmental and community policy, programs and practices, targeted to the protection of MSM’ sexual health, for reaching the SDGs.

Results expected (outcomes)

  • Community organizations in coordination with governmental partners regularly (annually or biannually) conduct monitoring of national policies, programs and implementing practices targeted/related to MSM sexual health, for alignment of these policies and practices to the recommendations and best practices provided in MSMIT,
  • International organizations responsible for implementing SDGs (SDGs 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 16) and national organizations responsible for implementing national health strategies have actual and good quality data for making decisions. MSMIT considered as a reference document to justify national policies and practices quality.
  • Community structures at country and international level have actual and good quality data for health related advocacy and the development of other cooperation with various partners (governmental structures, commercial companies and so on).

Objectives and targets for consultant

  1. Examine the experience other organizations have in the monitoring of the implementation tools (such as the SWIT monitoring tool developed by SWAN and other).
  2. Draft the tool considering the results expected provided here above, as well as the capacity of national LGBT community organizations in area of M&E and advocacy. The tool has to be based on bridging the recommendations provided in MSMIT and targets set up in SDGs 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 16.
  3. Develop and conduct an online consultation with ECOM members and partners for tuning the tool in line with working in Balkans and EECA LGBT community organizations’ technical capacity and advocacy strategies.
  4. Basing at the consultation results, elaborate the tool and develop a guide for potential users of the tool.
  5. Using the guide, develop a webinar for representatives of national community organizations, which will use the tool in BEECA countries.


Remuneration and timeframes

The first draft of the Tool has to be developed by January 10th, 2019.

The rest part of the consultancy has to be finalized by February 25th, 2019.

Total remuneration for this consultancy is 2000 (two thousands) US dollars. No other payments or compensations can be paid. All related taxes and fees have to be paid by the consultant.


Required capacities and qualifications

  1. Experience in the development of M&E and advocacy tools for community organizations and activists, proven by at least two examples of such work.
  2. Good knowledge of the SDGs content and framework.
  3. Good knowledge of MSMIT content.
  4. Proven by working experience good awareness of work of LGBT and HIV-service community organizations in BEECA.
  5. Good written and verbal communications skills in English and Russian.


Submission of Applications

Independent consultants are invited to submit their applications (CV and a short letter of interest) until December 26th, 2018.

Send your applications, please, to contact@ecom.ngo indicating in the issue of the letter “MSMIT Tool”.

In case of any questions related to this consultancy, contact Gennady Roshchupkin, Coordinator of Community Systems Strengthening: gena@ecom.ngo

[1] https://www.unfpa.org/publications/implementing-comprehensive-hiv-and-sti-programmes-men-who-have-sex-men

[2] https://www.who.int/hiv/pub/guidelines/keypopulations/en/