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Call for Proposal-Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Migration Affected Communities of East and Southern Africa

Pretoria (South Africa) | Johannesburg

  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa) | Johannesburg
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security policy
    • Social Affairs
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Migration
  • Closing Date: 2016-08-05

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There is a dearth of information on sexual and reproductive health outcomes and access to SRH services among migrants in migration affected communities and migration corridors of East and Southern Africa. Available evidence on sexual and reproductive health, including health information systems at national and sub-national levels did not disaggregate the information by migration status. Existing evidence shows that migration and human mobility make people to be more vulnerable to poor SRH outcomes such as high risk sexual behaviours, lack of condom use, sex work and infections,including sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS. In the same vein, migration and mobility makes it difficult for people to be reached by education and health-related interventions.

Due to the exclusion of migration status in current national health information systems, there is limited evidence on the SRH challenges faced by migrants, and barriers to access SRH care services. Considering the SDG target 3.7 “By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes”.

SRHR programmes and policies at national and regional levels need to respond to sexual and reproductive health needs of migrants, as well as access to sexual and reproductive health services and products in selected migration affected communities and migration corridors. It is crucial for IOM, through the PHAMESA programme to carry out a study that examines SRH challenges faced by migrants and barriers to access to SRH care services in migration affected communities and migration corridors. In addition, the study should identify gaps in existing SRHR programmes and policies in the selected migration affected communities and migration corridors.

Current study aims to identify the SRH needs of migrants and non-migrants, barriers in access to SRH services and products, and the right to access such services, in selected migration affected communities and migration corridors of East and Southern Africa.

The research institution/consortium will lead the research in all selected migration corridors and migration affected communities, and is expected to carry out the following activities: Produce inception report and detailed plan to carry out the study Develop study protocol and data collection tools and translate into local languages as appropriate Conduct detailed desk review including sexual and reproductive health policy analysis at national and regional levels Conduct semi-structured interviews with policy makers, key stakeholders and actors (state and non-state) and migrants at community, national and regional levels. Develop a field manual to guide on the data collection process; Develop and administer appropriate data collection instruments/tools in line with the study purpose, objectives, study population and the outlined SRHR focus areas; Conduct training on data collection tools and procedures to ensure standardized methodology and same level of understanding of the tools by all team members. Pilot the data collection tools and make appropriate adjustments before conducting the actual study; Manage and oversee the data collection, processing and cleaning Analyze and synthesize data; Submit the raw and processed data sets to PHAMESA; Submit a narrative report of findings and recommendations using a format that shall be agreed upon.

Interested candidates should respond to this ToR by submitting separate technical and price proposals. This should include electronic copies of the technical proposals and price proposals saved in separate CDs (1 for technical and 1 for price proposal) along with 1 hard copy each. Technical and price proposals should be submitted in sealed envelopes to:

The Procurement Unit
International Organization for Migration
353 Corner Festival and Arcadia Street Hatfield
Pretoria 0083.

Closing date for applications is 05/08/2016.

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