|Provide operational support to the implementation of UNODC HIV and TIP/SOM portfolios in Algeria.|
|Procurement Process :||RFP - Request for proposal
|Office :||UNDP ALGERIA, RBAS for UNODC - ALGERIA |
|Posted on :||16-May-23|
|Development Area :||CONSULTANTS |
|Reference Number :||97755|
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|Overview : Purpose of the assignment : Provide operational support to the implementation of UNODC HIV and TIP/SOM portfolios in Algeria.
Project name : HIV and AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support in among people who use drugs and living in closed settings in the Middle East and North Africa / TIP/SOM regional programme
Period of assignment/services: 11 July to 31 December 2023
Duty Station : Office-based (5 days/week)
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing or by standard electronic communication to the address or email indicated above. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.
This consultancy is cost-shared between the Regional HIV/Health programme and the Regional TIP/SOM programme.
Within the Regional Programme for the Arab States to Prevent and Combat Crime, Terrorism and Health Threats and to Strengthen Criminal Justice Systems in Line with International Human Rights Standards (2016-2021), the Progamme Office in Algeria is delivering technical assistance related project to furthering the prevention and the combatting of Human trafficking and Migrant smuggling (TIP/SOM) at the national level. The 2030 Agenda helps UNODC to locate and communicate what it does in the larger context of national and global priorities on sustainable development. UNODC, therefore, provides meaningful support in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the application of a results-based approach in programme management. UNODC is implementing the project “Strengthening the framework of the Arab Region to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling”, managed by the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA).
Roughly one in eight people who inject drugs lives with HIV, amounting to 1.4 million people. UNAIDS estimates that injecting drug users are 22 times more likely than the general population to be infected with HIV; 5.6 million PWID were living with HCV, and 1.2 million PWID were living with both Hepatitis C and
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HIV. 1 People who inject drugs accounted for an estimated 12% of global infections.2 Drug use disorders are associated with increased risk of other diseases and health conditions, including suicides, overdose deaths, tuberculosis and cardiovascular diseases.3
UNODC, through a team of National Project Officers, National Project Associates and consultants led by a Regional Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) based in Cairo, implementing HIV, HBV, HCV, TB prevention, treatment, Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing Services, Sexual and Reproductive health (SRH) projects among people who use drugs and living in closed settings in countries of the region including UNAIDS fund in Algeria. The UNAIDS fund under the country envelope in Algeria aims to enhance the operational capacity of the governments of Algeria to address the issue of HIV in among people who use drugs and to implement comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.
2. SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
Under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative, and the direct supervision of the head of Office in Algeria who is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the technical assistance projects on TIP/SOM in Algeria and direct supervision of the Regional Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) who is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the technical assistance project entitled: “HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support among people who use drugs and living in closed settings in the MENA Region” based in Cairo, the national consultant shall provide all forms of technical, administrative, substantive and logistical assistance in the implementation of UNODC TIP/SOM and HIV planned activities, training courses and workshops in Algeria ensuring high quality, accuracy, and consistency of work.
The National Consultant is expected to work from 11 July 2023 until 31 December 2023 (5.5 months) by performing the following tasks:
Under the TIP/SOM portfolio :
1) Prepare and draft a comprehensive assessment of the health related protection and assistance services for victims of trafficking (VoTs) in Algeria. The report should highlight programmatic recommendations to translate into actions/initiatives to implement under the US-JTIP funded project for TIP (2022-2025).
2) Support the implementation of activities to be designed and implemented for health and social actors planned in 2023 (two workshops and one raise-awareness session), notably as part of the technical support of UNODC to Algeria in developing the national referral mechanism for VOTs.
3) Draft reports of activities implemented and take part in relevant meetings with the Head of Office and project team.
4) Carry-out project-related tasks when requested by the Head of Office.
Under the HIV portfolio :
1. Support coordination between international and national consultants in developing Opioid substitution therapy (OST) feasibility study and clinical guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures.
2. Support international and national consultants in the development of comprehensive drug prevention and harm reduction strategy for communities and prisons.
3. Organizing high-level advocacy workshops and meetings on the importance of HIV and other communicable disease interventions in closed settings.
1 World Drug Report 2019
2 UNAIDS data 2019
3 World Drug Report 2018
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4. Led the organization of workshops and meetings. The consultant should secure approvals from the national authorities, arrange meeting venues, arrange participants’ travel, and other administrative arrangements.
5. Support for carrying out a feasibility study for TSOs and an extension of the existing TSO program in Algeria.
6. Support CSOs in implementing outreach and DIC services targeting key at-risk populations in Alger, Oran, and Annaba.
7. Assist the Regional Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) in the timely preparation of relevant papers and documents for workshops and project evaluation.
8. Support UNODC team and national authorities in implementing evidence-based harm reduction services, including OST in Algeria through advocacy meetings, feasibility study, development of strategy, and guideline.
9. Draft regular reports on project activities workshops conducted, including workshop presentations, recommendations, actions to be taken, etc.
10. Conduct regular monitoring visits to the community sites to assess whether activities progress per agreed targets and milestones.
11. Carry out other project-related tasks given by Regional Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care)
1 Prepare and draft a comprehensive assessment of the health related protection and assistance services for victims of trafficking (VoTs) in Algeria.
2 Provide with a mapping of CSOs to build potential partnership with on TIP.
3 Draft a list of concrete and operational recommendations on medical, health and social services gaps and needs.
4 Support the design and implementation of one 2-days workshop for health and social workers on protection and assistance services
5 Support coordination between international and national consultants in the development of Opioid substitution therapy (OST) feasibility study and clinical guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures.
6 Support international and national consultants in developing comprehensive drug prevention and harm reduction strategies for communities and prisons.
7 Organizing high-level advocacy workshops and meetings on the importance of HIV and other communicable disease interventions in closed settings.
8 Led organization of workshops and meetings. The consultant should secure approvals from the national authorities, arranging meeting venues, arranging participants’ travel, and other administrative arrangements.
9 Support for carrying out a feasibility study for OST and an extension of the existing OST program in Algeria.
10 Support CSOs in implementing outreach and DIC services targeting key at-risk populations in Alger, Oran, and Annaba.
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3. REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
I. Academic Qualifications:
§ A Master’s Degree in health, social affairs or related field. A first-level university degree in Medicine in combination with additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted instead of the advanced university degree.
II. Years of experience:
§ Working experience on HIV/AIDS and in the management and implementation of the projects in Algeria.
§ Excellent writing and communications skills.
§ Good command of French and Arabic with proven drafting and communication skills. English derisable.
11 Assist the Regional Programme Coordinator (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) in timely preparing relevant papers and documents for workshops and project evaluation.
12 Support UNODC team and national authorities in implementing evidence-based harm reduction services, including OST in Algeria through advocacy meetings, feasibility study, development of strategy, and guidelines.
13 Draft regular reports on project activities workshops conducted, including workshop presentations, recommendations, actions to be taken, etc
14 Conduct regular monitoring visits to the community sites to assess whether activities progress as per agreed targets and milestones.
15 Support the organization and delivery of one raise-awareness session on medical support to VOTs for 100 health and social workers
16 Draft activity report and recommendations
17 Support the implementation of a National workshop on NRM for VoTs
18 Prepare and draft training material for officials from Algeria on TIP targeting social and medical workers
19 Consult with national counterparts to prepare SOPs among assistance and protection providers and provide with an initial draft
20 Consolidate and finalize SOPs in close coordination with national counterparts
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§ Excellent reporting and technical writing skills.
§ Excellent skills in conducting assessments and analysis.
§ Strong analytical skills and abilities to extrapolate policy recommendations based on research and data;
§ Effective communication (spoken, written, and presentational) skills.
§ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
§ Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and to use time efficiently. Ability to organize and implement activities and outputs — maintaining focus and paying attention to the necessary details.
§ Experience in the United Nations or another international organization is preferred;
§ Excellent writing skills in French and working knowledge of English (verbal and written);
4. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Ø Proposal/Letter of interest:
o Explaining why he/she is the most suitable for the work.
o Provide a brief methodology on how he/she will approach and conduct the work.
Ø Financial proposal
The financial proposal must include the total requested lump sum amount for the 96 working days and a breakdown of this amount.
Ø P11 Form
A completed P11 form including three referees to be contacted for the reference check.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; 70
* Financial Criteria weight; 30
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Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Overall experience and qualification
Previous experience of working with HIV prevention, treatment and care among the key at-risk population.
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