INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT PROCUREMENT NOTICE
B a c k g r o u n d :
Egypt is a low HIV epidemic country, Egypt has an estimated 26,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV). However, available data showed that the HIV epidemic in the country had evolved but remains mostly concentrated and mostly affecting the key populations. The overall HIV prevalence among the general population estimated at 0.02%.
Egypt has demonstrated a continued commitment to combat HIV epidemic. Contextualized Global guidance has given direction to Egypt’s national response in addressing HIV and AIDS including the most recent alignment to the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV. The global strategy incorporated the Sustainable Development Goals and new international targets for ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The National AIDS Program of Egypt (NAP) continued to play a central role in the response, with support from partners. Following a restructuring that took place in 2014, the program encompassed a more inclusive collaboration
with national stakeholders which has contributed to the broader spirit of ownership and partnership in the national response. There have been positive developments in the national response over the last several years.
Despite the progress, some challenges and gaps continued to undermine the national response and its outcomes. The most recent Global AIDS Update of 2018 highlighted some of these gaps; The apparent rise in the number of new confirmed HIV infections from 2010 to 2018, The significant absence of knowledge and misconceptions about HIV among the general population and the high level of stigma towards people living with HIV that continues to challenge programs and initiatives in addition to unavailability of updated strategic information.
HIV testing and counselling services (HTC) are an entry to HIV prevention, care and treatment. Different evidences illuminated that access to quality testing and counseling can significantly contribute to the global target to End HIV/AIDS as public health threat by 2030 and will support the government of Egypt to accelerate its response and meet the national target of 90-90-90. Supporting indivdiauls, particularly those among the most vulnerable populations to know their HIV sero-status can substantially enhance their abilities to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting the virus. Access to quality HTC is important entry point for wider-range of HIV related services including care, support and treatemnnt and would subsequently contributes to elimination HIV associated stigma and discrimination.
There are many HIV testing approaches available in Egypt:
- 1. Testing and counseling in clinical treatment settin
- 2. “opting out” of testing as in tuberculosis diagnosis and ANC.
- 3. Voluntary testing and counseling
- 4. Routine testing as renal dialysis, blood donors, etc.
Those services may be offered through:
– Free-standing VCT sites.
– Hospital services.
– Integrated into general medical services.
– As part of specialist medical care.
– Private sector (clinics and hospitals).
– Workplace clinics.
– Referral sites for legal requirements, pre-employment, pre-travel, pre-marital.
– Health services for vulnerable groups.
Similar to many essential healthcare services, access to HIV testing and counseling has been partially interrupted by the outbreak of Covid19 pandemic. With the fluctuation of Covid19 daily new infections, the priorities for healthcare services have rapidly changed to effectively respond to the newly emerging pandemic. Additionally, by early March 2020, the Government of Egypt has applied several restrictive measures and policies to contain
the spread of the virus and manage its adverse impact on the healthcare system. Such measures include, inter alia, imposing nationwide curfew, closing of public spaces and educational facilities such as schools and universities as well as restrictive economic policies to impose social distancing. Consequently, such measures and rapid shit within the healthcare sector had have disrupted the available health services including HIV testing and counseling for key populations. Such distribution can be manifested by temporal change in the governmental VCT units in some governorates and the complete closure for few weeks of several NGOs services including outreach activities to link vulnerable groups to HCT as well as the VCT services provided by these NGOs.
Section: Responsibilities / Duties
- 2. SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
P u r p o s e o f t h e A s s i g n m e n t a n d r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s :
The aim of this assignment is to develop a testing quality assurance tool to be utilized for training counseling and testing workers within different services point (in both governmental and non-governmental units) in order to strategically improve the quality of HIV Testing and Counseling Services. This will entail:
1- To conduct in-depth analysis and assess the current national system and the national preparedness and commitments vis-à-vis HIV Testing and Counseling Services.
2- To map and assess HTC while relying on the following criteria/dimensions:
- Accessibility and convenience
- Testing methods (including quality control)
- Cost and sustainability
- Services for special and vulnerable groups
- Level of utilization.
- Key constrains including access to/provision of HCT amidst Covid19 or similar pandemic.
3. To describe the HIV testing protocol and practice including the current algorism, lab techniques.
- To evaluate the counselors ‘requirements and the degree of satisfaction.
- V. To rapidly evaluate the operational aspects of the testing sites and service VI. To evaluate the quality assurance tools, M&E guidelines on HIV testing.
4. To develop HIV testing and counseling quality assurance tool.
- The consultant / consultation team will work under the direct supervision of UNDP and NAP -MoHP.
- All material used or data delivered directly or through field work and interviews, should be confidentially managed and not used for any purpose -except to prepare the final report- or to be disseminated to any other organization or persons, unless official clear approval is obtained from UNDP/NAP.
- 1- Preparatory phase:
- 1. An inception report that will include:
- a.Assessment and review of the available protocols, guidelines and current HIV testing quality assurance tools.
- b. Inputs from different relevant stakeholders including NAP central management team and HTC services providers from both governmental and non-governmental facilities.
- 2.During the assignment:
- a. Develop strategic framework addresses the weaknesses, challenges as well as Identifies key priorities and recommendations to provide guidance for enabling quality HIV testing assurance practice.
- b. Develop HIV testing quality assurance tool, SOPs for the designed tool and Training manu
- c. Prepare keynotes and presentation on the designed quality assurance tool.
- d. Conduct two TOT sessions (each session will run for one day) for NAP central team on the testing quality assurance tool.
- 3. End of the assignment:
- a.consultancy mission is required to submit a preliminary and final report within the framework of this TORs.
- b. Recognizes the Political ownership, Institutional ownership, Capabilities and Accountability.
Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:
- 3. REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- ▪ Advanced university degree in public health, Policy or other relevant certificate. EXPERIENCE
- ▪ Experience with Design and Implementation of HIV Programmes at the local levels especially in developing countries.
- ▪ Previous working experience in Egypt and/ or Middle East and North Africa a major plus.
- ▪ Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Arabic and English.
- ▪ Experience in the use of office and software packages including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet searching skills
- ▪ Excellent drafting, summarizing, and reporting skills.
- ▪ Strong ability to analyze and synthesize
- ▪ Sensitivity to cultural and national differences and adaptability to multicultural environments
Section: Extra information
- 4. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
- 1. Proposal:
- (i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
- (ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work
- 2. Financial proposal
- 3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
The individual contractor needs to provide a valid health insurance covering the period she/he will be working with UNDP. The cost for it can be included in the financial proposal and will be paid upon providing the invoice for it for the selected candidate.
- 5. FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
- Lump sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
|Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies: 2. Cumulative analysis 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% Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 point would be considered for the Financial Evaluation|
Section: Important application extra details
- Proposal should be submitted by email to: [email protected] no later than 26th of August 2020.
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. UNDP 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.
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