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TB Legal Environment Assessment Coordinator

Kyiv (Ukraine)

Background

Ukraine is among the 30 MDR-TB burden countries in the world and WHO states that the TB epidemic in Ukraine is characterized by widespread multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB), high mortality from untreated or inappropriately treated TB, and increasing TB/HIV co-infection rates. Despite the adoption of the Stop TB Strategy by the National TB Programme (NTP), its components have not been sufficiently implemented. The socio-economic hardship has been aggravated by political crisis and war in the East of Ukraine where more than one million Internally-displaced people (IDPs) are spread throughout the country and need emergency assistance including TB and TB/HIV care. The HIV situation significantly contributes to the TB epidemic in Ukraine.

To address this complicated epidemiological situation, UNDP Ukraine started an assessment of Ukraine’s national legal and regulatory framework regarding TB legislation in 2017. The primary aim of a legal environment assessment (LEA) is to identify and review TB, HIV, health and any other related laws, regulations and policies and practices to identify which laws, policies and practices are relevant and have an impact in the national response to TB. A range of laws (not just health laws) were implicated because TB is not just health/medical issues, but also have issues that require deep inquiry into structural factors of inequality, power, personal and social dynamics. The TB LEA included a range of laws affecting TB key populations, such as: children’s laws that set out children’s rights; ?family, marriage and inheritance laws providing information on the rights of women to own and inherit property; ?criminal laws that affect people with TB (e.g., laws that criminalize non-adherence to TB medication or call for the solitary confinement of people with TB and MDR-TB); laws that criminalize the behaviour of key populations at risk for TB including people who inject drugs; intellectual property laws that restrict or promote access to TB medications; correctional service laws that determine access to services for prisoners; citizenship, immigration/migration and/or refugee laws that determine access to services for non-citizens; employment laws that set out the rights of people with TB in the workplace, and necessitate non-discrimination and compensation; and disability laws that set out the rights of people with disabilities.

As the outcome of the national LEA, UNDP and Stop TB Partnership developed actionable, evidence-informed and human-rights-based recommendations for an effective TB and HIV response.  The set of recommendations was made to strengthen the legal environment, including through law review and reform, programmes to increase awareness of rights and access to legal services and improve law enforcement.

In line with it, UNDP seeks the services of the LEA Coordinator to support the implementation of the LEA TB recommendations on the national and local levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The main objective of the assignment is to lead the team of 3 local consultants to develop 3 action plans that will result in implementation of the key recommendations of TB LEA in 3 selected oblasts (Poltavska, Dnipropetrovska, Ivano-Frankivskivska) of Ukraine (selection is based on the geographical criteria and HIV/TB CCM Secretariat advice).

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES / SCOPE OF WORK

  • Identify and examine all important legal and human rights issues discussed in the TB LEA report regarding particularly people affected by TB and those at higher risk of TB exposure, including people living with HIV, in the 3 selected regions of Ukraine;
  • Support work of the local consultants according to the proposed timeline and deliverables;
  • Identify key stakeholders to be consulted and reached out to for the validation of the recommendation of TB LEA at the local level;
  • Coordinate process of prioritizing the proposed LEA TB recommendations at the local level during round tables with the local stakeholders and authorities’ representatives in 3 selected regions of Ukraine, participate in 3 regional roundtables;
  • Conduct stakeholders’ consultations for promoting an inclusive and participatory LEA implementation plan, legal and human rights issues in which the voices of all key stakeholders are heard;
  • Lead the development of the local action plans in 3 selected oblasts of Ukraine;
  • Organize and facilitate the all-Ukrainian stakeholders’ meeting (platform) in Kyiv to validate, discuss and finalize the 3 action plans;
  • Finalize and present the LEA implementation plan to the UNDP team and to the national stakeholders (CCM sub-committee).
  • Prepare draft article for UNDP website
  • Prepare and submit power point slide deck for all 3 selected Oblasts for future use.

Deliverables

Deliverable #

Task description

Deadline

1

Develop work plan with timeline and planed activities and coordinate conducting of the stakeholders’ meetings in 3 selected oblasts of Ukraine (Ukrainian)

By August 10, 2018

2

Draft 3 LEA action plans (consolidated in Ukrainian) and organized key stakeholders’ platform to validate it in Kyiv (list of participants, agenda etc)

By September 20, 2018

3

Final report with relevant annexes (up to 10 pages in English):

Finalized 3 LEA action plans considering the received comments;

Presentation (Ukrainian and English);

Draft article for the website (Ukrainian, English)

By October 25, 2018

monitoring/REPORTING requirements

Work-progress reporting/monitoring meetings will be held with the TB LEA Coordinator on a regular basis. UNDP will be responsible for all control of quality and evaluate work-progress of the performance of LEA Coordinator. No reports or documents should be published or distributed to the third parties without prior approval of the UNDP.

Competencies

  • Demonstrate/safeguard ethics and integrity;  
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Act as a team player;
  • Encourage and participate in open communication in the team, communicate effectively;
  • Create synergies through self-control;
  • Manage conflict;
  • Informed and transparent decision-making.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in Law, Sociology, Social Work, Public Health, Public Administration or other relevant area.

Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in project development and implementation with focus on HIV and TB;
  • Previous experience in public health sector or health governance would be a valuable asset;
  • Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian and English is required.DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

  • Personal CV, including information about past experience in similar projects / assignments and contact details for referees;
  • Financial proposal;
  • P-11 Form;
  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

 Lump sum contract

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and sums pertinent to specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. 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 to 3 selected oblasts of Ukraine for the periods required to complete the required scope of work of the approximately 2 days per each trip, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).  

Travel costs

All travel arrangements to 3 oblasts (Poltavska, Dnipropetrovska, Ivano-Frankivskivska) should be included to the financial proposal.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Advanced university degree in Law, Sociology, Social Work, Public Health, Public Administration or other relevant area- 15 points max {10 pts – Specialist; 15 pts – PhD/Master’s};
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in project development and implementation with focus on HIV and TB - 30 points max {30 pts – 8 years or more; 20 pts – 5-8 years};
  • Previous experience in public health sector or health governance - 15 points max {10 pts – less than2 years, 15 pts – 2 years or more};
  • Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian and English - 10 points max {10 pts – Ukrainian, Russian and English};

Maximum available technical score - 70 points.

EVALUATION METHOD

Cumulative analysis:

Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) having received the cumulative 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 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:

30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].

The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Legal - Broad
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-18

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