Documentation Consultant for HIV Programme, Assam
Location: Home based with travel to Guwahati, Assam and the 4 NE states - Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland
Duration: 45 working days
Closing Date: 21 October 2013
Purpose of Assignment & Background
A Joint United Nations Programme on HIV in the North East, supported by AusAID, is being implemented by four UN agencies (UNICEF, UNODC, UNAIDS and UNDP), each addressing certain components across four (4) states of Manipur, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland. This Programme was initiated in 2007 and will come to a close by 31 December 2013, once AusAID funds are phased out.
The Joint UN HIV Initiative was conceptualized within the framework of the National AIDS Control Programme – Phase III. As part of the NE initiative, UNICEF is closely working with State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) on the “Care & Support” component, viz. (a). Prevention of parent-to child transmission (PPTCT) and Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV (EID) (b). Pediatric HIV Treatment, and (c) Care, support and protection of children affected by HIV.
The primary focus of UNICEF’s collaboration in these four states has been to support the state governments in ensuring improved access and provision of quality and comprehensive HIV care, treatment and support services to children infected and affected by HIV and their families through technical support to the SACS for a) system strengthening for scale-up of PPTCT and Pediatric ART services b) Increase access to PPTCT, Pediatric AIDS and care and support services c) communication and advocacy to address stigma and discrimination issues and increase access to care and support for women and children.
As per the agreed Joint UN Workplan 2012-13, UNICEF is organizing two day consultation workshop involving State NRHM and SACS to develop a State Plan of Action focusing on “Integration of MNCH and PPTCT Programme” in 4 focus NE States. The four state-level consultations are proposed to be held during September - October 2013.
The basic objective of the project to which this consultancy is related is to consolidate the proceedings of the state consultation in 4 NE States- Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland proposed to be held during September –October 2013. The consultant is expected to prepare separate report for each of the four states including recommendations and Plan of Action. This report will be a brief document that may also serve as an advocacy brief for appropriate use later.
The following major tasks will need to be completed:
• Based on the background documents, briefing given by the HIV Specialist, prepare a structure for the documentation of the two day workshop. The 10-15 page report should also include a brief summary of the event.
• The final report should be a synthesis of the key highlights of the presentations and discussions that have been shared from the workshop along with the recommendations made. Care should be taken to ensure the content, language and presentation is appropriate so that it enhances the overall quality of the documentation and makes the report a good learning product.
• Wherever necessary, review the technical presentations made by the speakers, and the deliberations during the group work to fill in critical gaps. Please also refer to the workshop schedule, background papers and other relevant documents for additional information.
• Ensure that the report is complete in its sequencing and structure. Proof read the report to avoid any typological errors.
o Initial meeting with UNICEF Assam for planning and designing of the documentation assignment
o Documentation of consultations (NE states: 20 working days including travel)
o Prepare a draft report document and share with UNICEF for review. (10 working days from completion of the 4th and last consultation).
o Incorporate the feedback and finalize the report (15 working days from submission of draft report)
State Consultations + travel: 20 days
Report writing: 10 days
Report Finalization: 15 days
Total days: 45 working days
· Draft Report along with State Plan of Action : 10th working day from completion of the 4th and last consultation
· Final report (soft and hard copy) : 15th working day from receipt of the draft report
Estimated duration of assignment
The assignment would be for a period of 45 days.
Duty Station & Travel:
Home based with travel to Guwahati, Assam and the 4 NE states - Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland
Full payment on receipt of deliverables/end products.
Qualifications & Experience required
· Postgraduate University degree in Social Sciences/ Development Studies/Social Work/ Communication/ Mass Communication/Journalism, or a related technical field OR any University degree with a Post graduate Diploma in Rural Development/Rural Management/Development Communication
· Past work experience in development sector will be preferred
· Demonstrated experience of conducting documentation in Development issues in English
· Proven effective communication & Language proficiency skill, both written and oral, with fluency in English
· Demonstrated experience in Computer Literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office essential-( Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
· Ability to work collaboratively with diverse partners and ability to work in a multicultural environment
(1) Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.
(2) Your application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB 21st October 2013 with subject line "Documentation Consultant for HIV programme, Assam" in separate files:
a) A cover letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.UNICEF.org/india/overview_1440.htm)
b) A financial proposal indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. (Download)
(3) The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.
(4) Please note, offers without financial proposal will not be considered.
(5) Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable). Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
(6) Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.