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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Managerial positions
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-17

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Consultancy: Project Manager, Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s Prevention Toolkit, HIV/AIDS Section, PD, NYHQ - Requisition #511367

New York City (United States of America)

The mandate of this consultancy will be to generate a programmatic toolkit for design, delivery, and evaluation of Combination HIV Prevention programs for Adolescent Girls and Young Women. This toolkit will comprise the first installment in a larger effort to assemble seamless and comprehensive programmatic and operational guidelines across the spectrum of the adolescent HIV response, including guidelines on HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women, adolescent and young key populations, and ALHIV care and support. The toolkit will include a comprehensive array of tools to support epidemic analysis, program strategy and design, intervention package selection, targeting, and multi-sectoral delivery of layered programs that address the structural, socio-behavioral and biomedical needs of adolescent girls/young women, their families, and affected communities.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Background & Rationale

The impressive investment in and scale up of prevention of mother to child transmission and universal anti-retroviral treatment services in the last decade have led to significant declines in HIV-related morbidity and mortality in adults (46% decrease in new infections from 2005 to 2016) and children (59% decrease in new infections from 2005 to 2016).  However, these investments have not yielded reduced HIV-related mortality among adolescents aged 10-19 years (24% increase from 2005 to 2016).

Global Momentum to Close the Prevention Gap

Recognizing the ‘prevention gap’, there is growing momentum among the global stakeholders to support the achievement of new (2016) Super-Fast Track prevention targets in adults, adolescents and young women: to draw down infections by 75% by 2020.

There is broad consensus that combination HIV prevention for adolescents and young women A(GYW) must bring together biomedical, behavioral and structural interventions, tailored to the epidemic context, geography, and needs of populations at risk. However, intervention packages for HIV prevention in AGYW are not standardized, and project investments are delivered on ground with varied intensity and fidelity. To support scale up of prevention interventions, there is need to collate various tools and guidance into a consolidated tool kit, to help countries choose appropriate evidence based minimum packages and tools.   

Working with PEPFAR, UNICEF co-chairs the StayFree Global Working Group, which leads the charge on coordinating the AGYW-related efforts and investments of the key global stakeholders.  The members of StayFree have identified harmonization of existing guidelines, guidance and tools as a major need to rationalize existing prevention programs for greater impact.

This strategic effort recognizes the disproportionate burden of infection borne by adolescent girls and young women with multiple interconnected and intersectional experiences of disadvantage, exclusion and oppression, including girls of different sexual identities, socioeconomic classes, ethnicities, and religions.  However, given the specific vulnerabilities experienced by adolescent and young key populations, guidance more relevant and suitable to this critical group will be included in a complementary body of work forthcoming in 2018.

Purpose

The mandate of this consultancy will be to generate a programmatic toolkit for design, delivery, and evaluation of Combination HIV Prevention programs for Adolescent Girls and Young Women.

This toolkit will comprise the first installment in a larger effort to assemble seamless and comprehensive programmatic and operational guidelines across the spectrum of the adolescent HIV response, including guidelines on HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women, adolescent and young key populations, and ALHIV care and support.

The toolkit will include a comprehensive array of tools to support epidemic analysis, program strategy and design, intervention package selection, targeting, and multi-sectoral delivery of layered programs that address the structural, socio-behavioral and biomedical needs of adolescent girls/young women, their families, and affected communities. 

Scope of Work

  1. Reviewing epidemic-specific, minimum core components for HIV prevention programming for adolescent girls and young women;
  2. Reviewing existing tools for HIV prevention programming for adolescent girls and young women and to define current gaps;    
  3. Draw upon a community of stakeholders, experts and institutions with niche expertise in AGYW HIV prevention programming to inform the toolkit design;
  4. Collating an AGYW HIV Prevention Programming Toolkit, drawing upon best practice and evidence-informed tools and approaches in AGYW and HIV prevention programming;
  5. Working with select UNICEF country and regional offices, validate the approach and content of the AGYW HIV prevention programming toolkit

Deliverables

The consultant is expected to deliver the following key results, in collaboration with technical staff across numerous business units in UNICEF

  • Toolkit framework
  • Adolescent girls and young women HIV Prevention Toolkit for National HIV Prevention Program Managers and Implementers, with Executive Summary
  • Communication and advocacy plan and draft materials to support dissemination of the toolkit, including: brochures and leaflets, press releases, blogposts, infographics and blurbs for social media and e-newsletters
  • Meeting report from expert review meeting
  • Two (2) trip reports synthesizing findings from fieldwork to validate the toolkit approach and contents

 Duty Station

The location of this assignment will be Remote, with occasional travel to UNICEF’s New York Headquarters.

Official travel might be required to one or two countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, to complete field work, as part of the validation of this product.  UNICEF will reimburse the consultant for out-of-pocket expenses associated with such travel by reimbursing the cost of the consultant’s ticket and paying an amount equivalent to the daily subsistence allowance that would be paid to staff members undertaking similar travel for official purposes.

Timeframe

Start date: March 28, 2018          
End date:   September 15, 2018     

SCHEDULE OF DELIVERABLES

 

Duration

(Estimated # of Days)

Deadline

Inception Report

10 days

March 30

Detailed outline of toolkit

4.5 days

April 15

Zero draft of toolkit

20 days

May 25

First draft of toolkit

12 days

June 13

Second draft of toolkit

12 days

July 2

Final version of toolkit

16.5 days

August 30

Total

75

 

Key competences, technical background, and experience required 

  • Masters or Doctoral (MS/PHD) training in Public Health, Sociology, Medical Anthropology, International Affairs, Social Work, Gender, or other related degree
  • Seven to ten (7 – 10) years’ experience as a mid-level professional, with a strong preference for professionals with experience in designing, implementing, documenting and/or evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention programs
  • Prior work experience with a multi-lateral or international health and development agency, and experience working in sub-Saharan Africa would be considered an asset
  • Applicants with expertise in combination HIV prevention programs targeting adolescent girls and young women will be particularly formidable
  • Experience assembling, developing, or coordinating programmatic guidance (such as SOPs, toolkits, manuals, curriculums, etc.) will be a clear advantage
  • A native command of the English language is preferred
  • Strong ability to multi-task and a drive for on-time delivery required

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

Remarks

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.   
At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization

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