Call for expressions of interest

For Engaging a Consulting Firm/Individual Consultants

to Produce a Civil Society Shadow Report on the implementation of the African Union’s

 Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030

 

 

  1. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

The African Union (AU) is an intergovernmental body, consisting of the 55 countries of the Continent. One of AU’s aspirational goals, espoused in Agenda 2063, its 50-year (2013-2063) overarching strategic framework, is the realisation of “sound health and well-being” for its citizens. The health intervention focuses mainly on the prevention of the three killer diseases in the Continent; HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. To fight these diseases, the AU has undertaken several initiatives. The main commitments, among others, include the Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS, TB and other Related Infectious Diseases, (2001) and more recently the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030.

 

Structurally, the Division for HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases (OIDs) in the African Union Commission’s (AUC) Department of Social Affairs, provides an overall leadership role in policy development, advocacy, coordination and monitoring and evaluation. AIDS Watch Africa (AWA), a statutory entity of the AU, created during the 2001 Abuja Heads of state and Government Summit, is delegated with a triple mandate: advocacy, accountability and resource mobilisation.

 

In 2017, Aidsfonds and Frontline AIDS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AUC, focused among other priorities in supporting advocacy and accountability mechanisms for the implementation of the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030. To operationalise the MoU, a Work Plan for 2020 was developed by the Partnership and after a series of consultations with the AUC, was approved for implementation. The Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH) is a five-year strategic partnership between Aidsfonds, Frontline AIDS and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is focused on building the capacity of local community-based organisations (CBOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) to advocate for equal rights and access to services for key populations. In Africa, it is operational at the country level in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and at the regional level in Southern Africa.

 

Currently, AWA is ready to undertake an interim “Milestones and Targets” review based on AU’s  Catalytic Framework’s Implementation Plan and AWA’s Strategic Framework (2016-2020).  Parallel to the conduct of this official interim report, Aidsfonds and Frontline AIDS under the PITCH Programme intend, as per the above-mentioned work plan, to develop a civil society shadow report on the AU Targets and Milestones to End AIDS by 2030”, looking particularly at the contribution of CSOs across the spectrum of HIV/AIDS response in the continent.

 

 

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE TASK

 

To produce a Civil Society Shadow Report as part of the AU’s interim review of the implementation of its Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030. The Report will focus on the AIDS-related milestones, with a specific attention to assessing the engagement of CSOs in addressing HIV/AIDS in Africa and is intended to serve as an advocacy tool to:

  • initiate a constructive dialogue with the AUC, AWA and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on addressing current barriers and accelerating the effective implementation of the Catalytic Framework;
  • provide AU governments, specifically in the PITCH project countries, with concrete recommendations to address the most pressing challenges for an effective national AIDS response;
  • enhance a meaningful engagement of non-state actors and communities in accountability and advocacy mechanisms for the effective implementation of the Catalytic Framework, based on the assessment of their activities’ alignment with the targets and milestones of the Framework.

 

III. SCOPE OF WORK  

 

The selected consultancy firm / individual consultants (2) will perform the following tasks:

 

  1. Prepare a research framework; conduct advance testing; translate into local language(s), if necessary; and collect primary data from pertinent sources
  2. Collect, review and analyse relevant documents to gather secondary data in the implementation of the Catalytic Framework, particularly around the contribution of CSOs in addressing the HIV/AIDS milestones
  3. Undertake qualitative research and interviews with key stakeholders in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and at the regional level in Southern Africa
  4. Identify challenges/gaps associated with the implementation of AIDS-related milestones of the Catalytic Framework, with a particular focus on civil society’s roles and reaching “key and vulnerable populations”
  5. Prepare an evidence-based civil society shadow report, complementing the official AUC report, including clear recommendations, based on the main findings, to stimulate follow-up consultation with the AUC, the RECs, member states, international financing institutions, technical partners and CSOs
  6. Present a draft report to Aidsfonds, Frontline AIDS and the AUC
  7. Incorporate relevant comments and feedback and produce a comprehensive final report

 

  1. EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

 

The Consultant is expected to deliver the following:

 

  1. Initial Inception Report with a detailed work plan
  2. Proposed research framework
  3. A fortnightly progress report
  4. A draft comprehensive report
  5. A finalised and approved version of the report
  6. TIMEFRAME FOR DELIVERABLES

The following is the timeframe for the submission of expected deliverables:

  1. 30/06/2020 –  Inception report
  2. 30/09/2020 –   Draft final report
  3. 01/11/2020 –  Final report

 

  1. QUALIFICATION/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

 

Qualification/Eligibility Requirements  

Academic:  Advanced degree in Public Health, Policy Management and Analysis, Development Studies, International Studies or other relevant discipline(s)

 

Years of experience: A minimum of 5 years of work experience in related area

 

Competence:

  • Knowledge of global, continental and regional policies and initiatives on health/SRHR/HIV/AIDS
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated substantive and technical knowledge to meet requirements of the consultancy service with excellence.
  • Sensitivity and understanding of diversity of target populations, specifically key populations
  • Demonstrated high-level of cultural competency.

Added advantage (a plus):   

Relevant regional experience-Experience working on policy, projects, and/or research related to health/HIV/AIDS in Africa; engaging with continental/regional, government bodies in African countries.

 

Selection Criteria

The consultancy firm/consultants (2) will be shortlisted and selected in accordance with the criteria laid down. The evaluation will be based on a Combined Scoring Method – where the qualification and methodology is given 70% weightage and financial offer will be given 30% weightage.

Criteria Max. Point
Technical (70 %)

Technical Competence (based on CV, Proposal and interview (if required))

 

70

(a) Minimum educational background as per the requirement in the ToR 25
(b) Understanding the Scope of Work (SoW); comprehensiveness of the technical proposal; and organisation & completeness of the proposal 30
(c) Minimum years of experience in similar consultancy projects 15
Financial (30 %) 30
Total Score: Technical Score 70% + Financial Score 30% 100

NB: An applicant should pass the technical level score first (at least 50 out of 70 points) in order to proceed to the financial level evaluation.

 

 

VII. DOCUMENTS

 

While submitting the Technical Proposal, the Consultant shall, in particular, ensure to attach the following:

 

  1. Profile of the consultancy firm/consultants (max 1 page) explaining why they are the most suitable for the work.
  2. Relevant Experience (max 2 pages).
  3. Detailed methodology and conceptual framework with expected deliverables and timelines,

team composition, man days required (3-5 pages).

  1. Recent CV (max 1 page)
  2. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (including a breakdown of costs for fee, travel and number of working days). Payments will be made in installments based upon key outputs/deliverables (mentioned under the below payment schedule)

 

VIII. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT/REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

 

The consultant will report directly to the Head of Policy, EU, Aidsfonds.

 

  1. TIMELINE

 

  1. The duration of contract shall be for a maximum of 5 working months between 01/06/2020 and  01/11/2020
  2. The consultant will work closely with the delegated contact persons and will inform, at least fortnightly, the progress of agreed activities.

 

  1. PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND AUTHORITY

  

  1. The consultant will be paid lump sum service fees as stipulated as per the following payment schedule.
  2. The payment will be effected only after the approving authority confirms the successful completion of each deliverable.

 

Installment of Payment/ Period
 

Deliverables/Documents to be Delivered

Percentage of Payment
1st  Installment

 

Signing of the Contract and submission of a Draft Inception Report 20 %

 

2nd Installment
Draft comprehensive report
30%
3rd  Installment Finalised and approved report 50%

 

  1. CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROPRIETARY INTERESTS

 

  1. The Consultant shall not, either during the term or after termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to the consultancy service without prior written consent.
  2. Proprietary interests on all materials and documents prepared by the consultants under the assignment shall become and remain properties of the Organisation.

XII.   SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Interested Consulting Firm / Consultants should email their expression of interest and CV to:
Mr. Arben Fetai <afetai@aidsfonds.nl> no later than 27/05/2020.

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