Terms of Reference for the National Consultant on development and piloting of the tools and mechanisms for community-led monitoring (CLM) in Ukraine
UNAIDS and CDC have had cooperative agreements to advance HIV/AIDS priorities since 2010. The most recent five-year agreement focused on increasing public health capacity and strategic information systems to fast track the HIV response involving selected countries, including Ukraine. The new agreement, 2021–2026, focuses on areas where UNAIDS strategic information leadership and strong ties to community-led organizations aims leverage the joint goals of both UNAIDS and CDC. Through this agreement “Strengthening public health capacity, strategic information systems and community engagement” UNAIDS and CDC, PEPFAR will work in selected high-burden countries to support health systems, civil society, and other key stakeholders at the national and district levels to collect and analyse data on the HIV epidemic and response and use these data to improve programme effectiveness and close the gaps and inequalities that exist in HIV programmes.
Ukraine has joined the planned work under this agreement under the strategic objective 4 on building capacity for community engagement to monitor progress in the AIDS response.
In Ukraine, non-government organizations (many are set up and led by people living with HIV and key population groups themselves) participate in various activities to monitor access to and quality of HIV and TB services as either providers or recipients of the services or as community monitors/advocates. Since 2019, the government of Ukraine has begun purchasing HIV prevention services for delivery to men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, and sex workers as well as providing HIV care and support services for people living with HIV who are on the antiretroviral therapy. The government is also creating an appropriate system to monitor and evaluate the delivery of these services. The key population stakeholders believe that integration of the community-led monitoring (CLM) (performed independently from the purchaser and providers) into this newly developed system will be critical to assure accessibility and good quality of the HIV prevention, care and support services purchased by the government.
Over the next five years of this cooperative agreement, UNAIDS will work with CDC, in collaboration with relevant national stakeholders, to create conditions and build capacity for community engagement to monitor systematically the delivery of HIV prevention services to key populations in Ukraine. Activities in Year 1 will lay a foundation for longer-term development of CLM and will test the feasibility and appropriateness of the CLM concept for one of the key population groups (tentatively, people who use drugs) in selected geographical locations of Ukraine (tentatively, in selected PEPFAR regions). If successful, the CLM will be extended to include services provided to other key populations and HIV care and support services in Years 2–5.
In Year 1, UNAIDS will pursue the following two main objectives:
- Map and assess accumulated CLM experience in the field of HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine to date and agree with the government, community, and international stakeholders on the CLM development framework
- Pilot & evaluate the community-led monitoring of HIV prevention services in selected geographical locations
To implement the agreed scope of work under the first objective the UNAIDS country office in Ukraine will hire a consultant.
Duration: 1 December 2021 – 31 June 2022
- Compile a list of the community organizations and non-governmental organizations that were conducting HV-related monitoring activities over the period 3-5 years. Verify the CLM experience and finalize the list of the community organizations.
- Contact community organizations and collect data from the selected organizations on the conducted community -led monitoring activities.
- Analyze the collected data from the following perspectives:
- Scale of the CLM activity (national, oblast, city)
- Programmatic area of the monitored service delivery or related aspects
- Established standardized procedures and mechanized used and agreed among involved partners
- Training and capacity building accomplished
- Contact and/or coordination with the governmental entities
- Use of the collected data
- Successes, gaps identified, emerged, or desired solutions
- Compilations of the report, its executive summary, and a presentation
- Develop a proposed concept for a CLM with essential elements in Ukraine
- Propose an implementation plan for the implementation of the envisaged CLM model
- Conceive and facilitate the National consultation
- Elaborate the final report on the concept and the implementation plan based on the received feedback and suggestions.
- Finalized list of the of the community organizations for the mapping - deadline 5 January 2022.
- Database of the collected CLM experiences and summarized descriptions - deadline 15 February 2022.
- Analysis per the above perspectives, re. point 3 above - deadline 15 March 2022
- Proposed concept for a sustainable CLM in Ukraine - deadline 15 April 2022
- Report with an Executive summary and a presentation for the stakeholder consultation - deadline 15 May 2022
- Proposed implementation plan for the envisaged Community-led monitoring - deadline 15 May 2022
- Preparation, organization and conducting of the National consultation – deadline by 15 June 2022
- Final report on the CLM Development Framework that will contain key elements, concept of the sustainable CLM or its development by 2025 based on the received feedback and suggestions - deadline 15 July 2022.
Renumeration: per deliverables, performed during the period of 1 December 2021 – 31 June in USD or equivalent in national currency (UN Rate effective 1 December 2021).
Accountability: supervised by Senior Adviser at UNAIDS country office in Ukraine, as per UNAIDS internal regulations for managing consultants.
The consultant will be paid upon successful completion of tasks and acceptance by UNAIDS Senior Adviser.
Interim and final technical reports submitted to UNAIDS Senior Adviser with a clear reflection of the implementation of the Current Terms of Reference.
Requirements and qualifications
Bachelor or master’s degree in social sciences, public health, economics, administration
Minimum 7 years of experience in programme, project management, preferably in the area of HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support, including the conducting of project assessments and evaluations, mapping and analyses of the conducted work, preparation of the reports.
Proven record of the successful preparation and conducting of the national level events, meetings, conferences, and workshops
Proven record of conducted analyses of considerable amount of data with elaboration of recommendations, conclusions, suggestions for improvements.
Experience of collaboration and knowledge of the UNAIDS and its Cosponsoring organizations, PEPFAR, CDC is an asset.
Experience of the work with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, communities in the area of HIV/AIDS and TB or other related public health
Knowledge of the national AIDS response processes and programme activities in Ukraine of the UNAIDS Country Office would be an asset.
Proficient user of Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. including remote and online modes). Experience in social media management would be an asset.
Strong organizational, analytical and communication skills.
Fluent knowledge of Ukrainian and English. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.
References from previously performed work will strengthen the submission from interested candidates.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 30 November 2021