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Technical Expert on On-line Course Development Massive Open On-line Course on HIV and LGBTQI

Manila (Philippines)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Manila (Philippines)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • HIV and AIDS
    • LGBTQ+ rights
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-13

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Background

Project Title: UNAIDS Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF)-supported Joint UN Plans on AIDS

 

Project Description 

The Philippines has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific. In fact, according to UNAIDS Data 2018, the Philippines has the highest percentage change of new HIV infections in the region, with an increase of 173% in only seven years. Official statistics also show that the number of new cases of HIV infection among Filipino men who have sex with men (MSM) has increased by around 21 times from 2008 to 2018[1].

In addition, the Department of Health (DOH) reported in 2015 that at least 11 cities have recorded HIV prevalence rates greater than 5% among MSM. These statistics are alarmingly higher compared to the 0.2% overall HIV prevalence rate for the Asia-Pacific region and 4.7% overall HIV prevalence rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the most serious HIV epidemic in the world.

 

[1] Department of Health - Epidemiology Bureau. HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines. 2019.

 

Since the first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in 1984, a total of 68,401 HIV diagnoses, 8,211 (12%) of which with advanced infection[1], has been reported to the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) of DOH. In June 2019 alone, more than a thousand new cases of HIV infection were reported to HARP. These new cases bring the total number of reported cases from June last year to June this year to 12,126, with an average of 35 new cases reported per day for the first half of 2019. In comparison, a daily average of only 16 people who are newly diagnosed with HIV was reported in 2014, translating to an increase of 119% in the span of five years. As shown in Figure 1, among the new cases reported nationwide, 50% are from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in Region IV-A, despite only comprising 27% of the general population of the country.

 

The accelerated increase of HIV prevalence in the Philippines—together with the challenges in increasing HIV awareness among Filipinos—emphasizes the need in scaling up and improving the response of the country to HIV and AIDS. This also implies that there is a need to better determine the investment targets and allocate sufficient budget for HIV-related interventions and programs.

 

The development of a local investment plan for HIV helps in addressing this issue as the plan takes into account the HIV situation in a city or municipality while ensuring that the 6th AIDS Medium Term Plan and the National Investment Plan for AIDS are implemented and reflected at the local level. Consequently, it is expected that a local investment plan will also help achieve national objectives, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. Furthermore, a local investment plan for HIV, being anchored to the investment plan for health of each city or municipality, serves as a good basis for the preparation of each local government unit’s annual investment program, and as an advocacy tool for mobilizing resources within the local government, or from the national government, the private sector, and other development partners.

 

Such initiative also strengthens UNDP’s collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs) to demonstrate LGU experiences in ensuring that HIV and AIDS plans and programs are funded.  Consequently, policies were issued such as DILG Department Order enjoining LGUs to design and implement their respective local AIDS response and Joint Memorandum Circular of DILG, Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to work together by way of formation and operationalization of sub-national mechanisms such as Regional AIDS Assistance Teams (RAATs).

 

In 2018 and 2019, UNDP supported and organized workshops on the development of Local Investment Plans for HIV with several LGUs across the Philippines. These areas include Angeles City, Dasmariñas City, Mabalacat, Puerto Princesa City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Danao City, Minglanilla, Toledo City, Zamboanga City, Davao City, Manila City, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Las Piñas City, Makati City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Parañaque City, Pasay City, Pasig City, San Juan City, Taguig City, Valenzuela City, Pateros, Bacoor, Imus, Sta. Rosa, San Pablo, and Biñan.

With the physical distancing measures currently in place in the Philippines and uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP, in collaboration with UNAIDS and DOH, will develop massive open online courses on HIV and LGBTQI. The initiative will include at least nine courses across three areas that will include local investment planning for HIV.

 

Massive Open On-line Courses

Massive Open On-line Courses or MOOCs are on-line courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials, such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive courses with user forums or social media discussions to support community interactions.

MOOCs also offer adaptive learning methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, they improve access to classes, educational workshops, and seminars by providing an affordable alternative to residential learning and offering a flexible learning schedule. MOOCs help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 4, by promoting inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

 

[1] WHO clinical stage 3 & 4

The following MOOCs are to be developed:

INTRODUCTORY MODULES - HIV 101; LGBTQI 101, How to be a better ally to LGBTQI People

HIV and LOCAL GOVERNANCE: Local Investment Planning for HIV; Local Budget Advocacy; Monitoring Local HIV Investments

HIV and LGBTI Laws: Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act; Local AIDS Ordinance; Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

 

Institutional Arrangement

The IC shall work in collaboration with UNDP Institutions and Partnerships Team and UNDP HIV, Health and Development Team, Bangkok Regional Hub.  The consultant will be under the over-all management of the HIV and LGBTI Focal, Programme Analyst, and Programme Team Leader of UNDP Philippines Institutions and Partnerships Team.  The Policy Advisor, upon the recommendation of the HIV and LGBTI Focal and Programme Analyst, will approve outputs submitted by the IC.

 

Duration of the Work

The expected duration of engagement is 110 working days, spread over from 24 August 2020 to 15 February 2021. 

 

 

Duty Station

The Consultant’s duty station is at Manila. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work of the Consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local government. During the quarantine period, the Consultant shall NOT ENGAGE in any meetings or activities OUTSIDE THEIR HOMES. Coordination/meetings shall be done through phone or online communication until such time that the quarantine is lifted. This is STRICTLY a HOME-BASED assignment; NO TRAVEL IS REQUIRED for the Consultant to complete their abovementioned tasks

 

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The Consultant must send a financial proposal based on all-inclusive lump-sum amount including all costs components required to deliver the goods and services identified above such as professional fees and any other applicable costs (i.e., medical and health insurance, communications, etc.).

 

Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual, and upon award of contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration.

 

Payments will be released following the table below:

Percentage

Activity

15%

Upon submission of general assessment for at least four courses certified acceptable by UNDP

15%

Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses and development of at least four courses certified acceptable by UNDP

15%

Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least seven courses, and conduct and submission of brief report on one beta test on at least four developed courses certified acceptable by UNDP

15%

Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least nine courses, and conduct and submission of brief report on one beta test on at least seven developed courses certified acceptable by UNDP

20%

Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least nine courses, and conduct and submission of brief report on two beta tests on at least seven developed courses certified acceptable by UNDP

20%

Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least nine courses, conduct and submission of brief report on two beta tests on all developed courses, and finalisation of all developed courses incorporating feedback from the two beta tests certified acceptable by UNDP

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

To ensure successful implementation of the project, it is proposed that an individual contractor (IC) or technical expert on On-line Course Development will be engaged to lead the development of the massive open on-line courses (MOOCs) on HIV and LGBTQI. The scope of work includes:

 

Development of at least nine massive open on-line courses on HIV and LGBTQI using an existing platform such as Google Classroom and Moodle, including courses on the following topics:

  1. Introduction to HIV;
  2. Introduction to LGBTQI;
  3. How to be a better ally to LGBTQI people;
  4. Local investment planning for HIV;
  5. Local budget advocacy;
  6. Monitoring local HIV investments;
  7. Philippines HIV and AIDS Policy Act;
  8. Local AIDS Ordinance; and
  9. Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
  10. Performing of general needs assessment for each course;
  11. Writing the courses’ goals and objectives;
  12. Identifying appropriate course content, materials, and methods to be developed by other consultants;
  13. Implement at least two beta tests of the courses; and
  14. Evaluate and revise the courses based on the two beta tests conducted.

 

The IC will work with the Programme Analyst and HIV and LGBTI Focal (UNDP Philippines Institutions and Partnerships Team) with guidance from the Institutions and Partnerships Programme Team Leader and UNDP BRH HIV, Health and Development Team.

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required

15% - Upon submission of general assessment for at least four courses certified acceptable by UNDP

10 working days

24 August - 4 September 2020

HIV and LGBTI Focal

Programme Analyst

Programme Team Leader

Policy Advisor

HHD, BRH, UNDP

15% - Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses and development of at least four courses certified acceptable by UNDP

30 working days

7 September - 16 October 2020

HIV and LGBTI Focal

Programme Analyst

Programme Team Leader

Policy Advisor

HHD, BRH, UNDP

15% - Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least seven courses, and conduct and submission of brief report on one beta test on at least four developed courses certified acceptable by UNDP

20 working days

19 October - 13 November 2020

HIV and LGBTI Focal

Programme Analyst

Programme Team Leader

Policy Advisor

HHD, BRH, UNDP

15% - Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least nine courses, and conduct and submission of brief report on one beta test on at least seven developed courses certified acceptable by UNDP

20 working days

16 November - 11 December 2020

HIV and LGBTI Focal

Programme Analyst

Programme Team Leader

Policy Advisor

HHD, BRH, UNDP

20% - Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least nine courses, and conduct and submission of brief report on two beta tests on at least seven developed courses certified acceptable by UNDP

15 working days

14 December - 15 January 2021

HIV and LGBTI Focal

Programme Analyst

Programme Team Leader

Policy Advisor

HHD, BRH, UNDP

20% - Upon submission of general assessment for at least nine courses, development of at least nine courses, conduct and submission of brief report on two beta tests on all developed courses, and finalisation of all developed courses incorporating feedback from the two beta tests certified acceptable by UNDP

15 working days

18 January - 5 February 2021

HIV and LGBTI Focal

Programme Analyst

Programme Team Leader

Policy Advisor

HHD, BRH, UNDP

Competencies

Corporate competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional and technical competencies

  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and to meet strict and competing deadlines;
  • Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;

Required Skills and Experience

Offers will be evaluated based on the combined scoring method :

  • Technical qualifications = 70%
  • Financial Proposal =    30%

For the evaluation of the Technical Proposal, the selection of the successful consultant must be based on the following qualifications (with the appropriate obtainable points):

Qualification

Points Obtainable (100 points)

Education

  • Must have at least a Master’s Degree in Education, Social Sciences, or relevant fields from a reputable university

 

                    20

 

Experience

  • Must have at least three (3) years’ experience in on-line teaching in an academic setting
  • At least two (2) years of experience in on-line course development, syllabus development, and/or instructional development is preferred
  • A portfolio of previous on-line courses developed is preferred. The portfolio should contain descriptions and links to at least three on-line courses if courses are publicly available or screen captures providing an overview of the courses if access is restricted. Link to a personal website or on-line file storage such as Google Drive containing the portfolio should be included in the CV.
  • Knowledge on issues on HIV and LGBTQI is preferred

 

                      20

 

                     15

 

 

                      15

 

                       5

Competitiveness

  • Skills on using on-line educational platforms such as Google Classroom and Moodle
  • Skills on using on-line productivity tools such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, and Google Slides

 

                        15

 

                       10

TOTAL

                      100

Applicants who will only receive 70 points from the assessment of the CV will be qualified for the assessment of the Financial Proposal.

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents below:

You may download the editable version of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the IC by clicking on this link: http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  2. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; and
  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

In view of the volume of applications, UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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