National Consultant to Provide Monitoring and Evaluation Advisory Services to the National Aids Council in Mozambique
In Mozambique, HIV and AIDS constitutes a major challenge of public health and a threat for sustainable development. To address this challenge, the Government approved in 2015 the National strategic plan to fight HIV and AIDS IV (2015-2019), which has the following objectives: (i) reduce the incidence of HIV by sexual transmission in 50% by 2020; (ii) reduce the rate of vertical transmission of HIV to less than 5% by 2020; and (iii) reduce mortality related to HIV and AIDS in 49% until 2020.
National HIV estimates for the year 2017 shows that there were around 2.1 million people living with HIV, and during the same period about to 130,000 new infections have ocurried. The transmission rate was 14%. One of the major concerns of the Government, as part of the HIV and AIDS response in Mozambique, is to keep people alive. Indeed, the country witnessed over the past few years a considerable increase in the number of health facilities offering antiretroviral treatment, as well as in the number of people who benefit from this service. In 2017, around ?1,292 health units were equipped and able to offer antiretroviral treatment and 1,115,096 people were in treatment. As a result of these and other efforts, it is estimated that the number of HIV-related deaths in 2017 declined and was about 70,000.
The prevalence of HIV among Mozambican adults aged 15-49 is 13.2% (2009 AIDS Indicator? Survey). Gaza Province has the highest prevalence rate among adults (25.1%) and Niassa has the lower (3.7%). The INSIDA report also revealed that HIV prevalence is higher in urban areas than in rural areas. In terms of gender, the INSIDA report reveals an increase in the feminization of HIV with the rate of infection among women higher comparing to men (13.1% and 9.2%, respectively). In Sofala, the prevalence among young women is almost five times higher than men of similar age, and in Gaza it is almost six times higher. Gender inequalities are the basis of both violence against women and increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Unequal power relationships play a role by influencing risky sexual behaviors and help perpetuate ?violence against women and girls.
In 2017 the National AIDS Council developed a National M&E plan aiming to inform and to monitor the national response, against the target defined? in the NSP IV. The M&E national plan, is a national document of reference that provides de guidelines for monitoring the implementation on NSP IV.? The dpcument has a multisectorial character and also has the main objective to combine the biomedical and the non-biomedical HIV and AIDS response.? Aiming to improve the implementation of M&E National Plan and the respective M&E are, NAC would like to recruit a technical assistance.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective of the assignment is to recruit an Expert that can provide advisory services on Monitoring and Evaluation area to NAC based in the detailed scope of work described below.
Scope of Work
In line with the NAC Mandate the IC will provide technical assistance in the area of M&E area at central and to the local levels. In addition, the M&E Advisory will provide support to other relevant sectors of the HIV response.
He/She will work directly with the NAC M&E Team under the leadership of NAC/ SE – CNCS. The monthly work plan of the M&E expert must be approved by the SE - CNCS.
The M&E Expert advisor will be responsible for the implementation of the following activities:
- Implementation of M& E Plan of NSP IV at all levels;
- Implementation of situation room for the monitoring of NSP IV Indicators;
- Design and implement the community system information;
- Implementation of Global Monitory Response (GAM);
- Revitalize the provincial technical monitoring groups (the GTM), aiming to descentralize the M&E processes, namely estimatives and other modeling exercises til the local level;
- Implementation of NASA/ MEGAS 2017;
- Creation of technical capacity on ?M&E area of NAC ?at all levels;
- Among others.
NAC will count with the support of the Technical Multisectorial Group/ Grupo Técnico Multissectorial (GTM), as well ith the support of the Strategic Information Advisory Group/ Grupo Assessor de Informação Estratégica (GAIE) for the operationalization of the M& E and to reach the defined targets.?
Expected Outputs / Deliverables
The Consultant will produce clear measurable deliverables, as follows:
Deliverable 1: Implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Plan of NSP IV
- Development of tools for the implementation of M&E Plan;
- Standartize indicators, establish consensos, definition and reporte;
- Identify relevant indicators cação de indicadores relevantes a serem inseridos nas fichas de mapeamento;
- Support in the development of indicators of diferente sectors and the specific tool of data collection;
- Definition of specific targets (sector? and provinces) and support the definition of non existente targets;
- Definition of flux information;
- Budget (indicative budget of M&E Plan – 1 page of tex and 1 page of table): see other countries experiences.
Deliverable 2: Support the implementation of 100 Days National Plan
- National prevention plan (definition of indicators, targets and analises of metas information);
- Definition of national targets;
- Report and monitory the implementation of prevention Scorecard.
Deliverable 3: Implementation of NASA/MEGAS Exercise /(Mesures the expenditures with HIV and AIDS)
- Support NAC with elaboration and implementation of NASA;
- Implement operational studies to support planning;
- Update HIV and AIDS MOT Report/ Moods of HIV and AIDS Transmission National Report.
Deliverable 4: HIV Situation Room
- Support daily management of situation room;
- Support data entry, gaps analysis, report generation;?
- Management of equipment.
Deliverable 5: Multissectorial Technical Group (GTM)
- Support in the technical management of GTM anual ork plan;
- Support to revitalize GTM;
- Assiste GTM to implemente diverse activities under GTM TOR’s.
Deliverable 6: Streghten technical capacities in M&E
- Develop a Plan aiming to develop competences of the technical team in M&E at all levels;
- Mentorship process for recrutment, analysys and report– plan for mentorship of indicators;
- Preparation of training packs for staff técnicos;
- Organize and deliver trainings of GTM members, at central and local level, of key sectors of HIV and AIDS National response for better implementation of daily work;
- Participation in all process under responsability of the M&E area;
- Participation in all planning meetings of diverse M&E processa central level;
- Develop a Quarterly plan;
- Presentation of periodoc evaluation reports of technical assistance.
The M&E Expert is expected to have core competencies:
- Promoting Ethics and Integrity/Creating Organizational Precedents;
- Building and promoting effective National AIDS Council mandate;
- Leveraging National AIDS Council mandate on AIDS Coordination;
- Fair and transparent language.
Additionally, he/she is expected to have functional competencies:
- Contributing to positive outcomes for the national multisectorial response in a client based approach that:
- Support the development of indicators;
- Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
- Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective;
- Keeps the client informed of problems or delays in the provision of services;
- Uses discretion and flexibility in interpreting rules in order to meet client needs and achieve organizational goals more effectively;
- Solicits feedback on service provision and quality.
- Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;
- Ability to work well in?multi-disciplinary teams.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced degree in M&E, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Development studies, Political Sciences, Public Health, Medicine, Statistics or related fields.
- Minimum of 10 years of “relevant” work experience in the area of Monitoring and Evaluation of public policies of HIV and AIDS in Mozambique;
- Practical experience with M&E systems;
- Practical experience in producing strategic documentation M&E related;
- Practical experience in consultations and in the development of M&E Framework;
- Practical experience on writing international reports, mainly on HIV;
- Extensive experience in terms of planning and monitoring;
- Proven facilitation skills (workshops, data collection, etc.) and work experience with governments, and civil society organizations;
- Knowledge of National AIDS Council coordination role is an asset.
- Good Knowledge of Portuguese;
- Knolwdege of English is an asset.