International Consultant For Strengthening Advocacy capacity of community networks in the HIV Response in Myanmar
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS | Published January 18, 2016 - Deadline January 29, 2016
Mandate of UNAIDS Myanmar
Leadership in the response to HIV, as well as the work of UNAIDS, is about social justice and social change – not only is the health of those affected crucial, but also their dignity and security, and the enabling social, cultural and legal social conditions necessary to achieve these. High level policy, technical and programmatic advice to civil society and strategic support to community mobilization, through greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and key populations (GIPA) and civil society engagement, are both human rights and public health imperatives, as people living with HIV and other member of civil society will be, and should be, the engines of health and social change efforts in their countries. Objectives:
Reinforce and reignite the engagement and leadership in the AIDS response of people living with HIV, women and key populations
Ensure the HIV response has a powerful human face and is an engine for community mobilization for prevention, treatment and HIV-related social justice
Provide global leadership, advocacy, strategic information and programme coherence on human rights, gender equality, GIPA, community mobilization and civil society leadership towards achievement of the 10 goals of the 2011 Political Declaration and Fast-Track the response on the road to ending AIDS by 2030
Support excellence in national efforts to achieve HIV-related human rights, gender and GIPA goals through mobilization of leaders in government and civil society on law, gender equality, civic and social action, and faith.
Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering of health services to key affected populations, including those that are "hidden" and hard-to-reach, and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Combined with public health and development stakeholders, community responses are critical to the success and sustainability of the global response to HIV.
Much of the work that lies ahead to implement a Fast-Track approach to make progress in the HIV response - including broadening the reach of services, supporting retention in care, increasing demand, monitoring quality, advancing human rights and combatting stigma and discrimination - can only be achieved with a strong community voice and presence.
To support the national response to HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS Country Office (UCO) Myanmar had facilitated Community System Strengthening (CSS) strategy development process. It is the result of joint efforts and a series of activities conducted in the beginning of 2015. It had been developed in close collaboration with 9 national community networks in Myanmar working in the field of HIV and AIDS - the Aye Myanmar Associations (AMA), the Myanmar Interfaith Network on AIDS (MINA), Myanmar Positive Group (MPG), the Myanmar Positive Women Network (MPWN), the Myanmar MSM Network (MMN), the Myanmar Youth Star (MYS), the National Drug User Network Myanmar (NDNM), the National NGO Network (HIV/AIDS) (3N), and the Sex Workers in Myanmar Network (SWiM) – and other local based organizations and NGOs.
With funding from PEPFAR/USAID, UNAIDS Myanmar has started implementing community system strengthening project which will address the following four urgent areas for the growth of these community networks: 1) advocacy, 2) governance and leadership, 3) resource mobilization, and, 4) community-based service delivery.
UNAIDS is recruiting an internationa consultant who will work with networks of key affected populations in developing their advocacy capacity.
The objective of consultancy is to develop strategic advocacy plans for community networks, and train key people from the networks in conducting advocacy on HIV response and Human rights-related issues with a focus on key affected populations (KAP): people who inject drugs (PWID); men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals (TG) and female sex workers (FSW).
More specifically, the objectives are as follows:
Identify advocacy issues related to key affected populations (KAPs) in Myanmar and the response to HIV;
Develop advocacy strategy relevant to each network
Build the capacity of networks in doing advocacy
International consultant will work in collaboration with UNAIDS Myanmar team to carry out following tasks according to the timeline.
A.1 Conduct rapid assessment on key advocacy issues of KAP and existing advocacy capacity of community networks
A.2 Develop Advocacy strategy for each network articulating a short-term focus on “easy wins” in combination with long-term advocacy planning based on findings of the assessment
A.3 Develop or adapt an advocacy toolkit that can be used as a guide by community networks in conducting advocacy
A.4 Skills trainings in forensics and communication for board or executive members as well as other key persons from each community network:
General and advanced advocacy capacity building,
Training on Public speaking and presentation skills
A.5 Support networks in applying the skills from the trainings
May - June
Provide a progress report (after each workshop and training)
Provide a final report (activity and financial)
Rapid assessment report on key advocacy issues
Advocacy strategies for networks of key affected populations
An advocacy toolkit
Training package including training curriculum, training materail, agenda and check list
Conduct training on advocacy capacity, public speaking and presentation skills
Provision of support in application of the skills
Essential: At least 7 to 10 years of professional experience within the field of strategic planning, human rights, and communication.
Demonstrated experience in
Conducting training on advocacy and communication skills
Building capacity of multi-stakeholders, service providers and community
Development of training curriculum
Working with a broad range of stakeholders including government, international and local NGOs, network and CBOs
Knowledge of HIV prevention and Myanmar human rights contexts desirable.
Experience in working with the UN system: regional and/or international experience in the field of HIV prevention and Human Rights and Gender.
Essential: Fluent in English.
FUNCTIONAL/TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Strong interpersonal, representational and communication skills. Ability to build capacity on advocacy in HIV programme among a wide range of partners. Knowledge of wider development issues is desirable. Understanding of cultural and social context of Myanmar is important. Strong ability to ensure that the principles around human rights, gender and the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and of populations at risk for HIV are adhered to and applied in all UNAIDS partnership work and strategies.
Total working days: Approximately 130 days from 1 February 2016 to 30 June 2016
25% upon signing the contract
25% upon completion of advocacy strategies and tookit in March 2016
25% upon completion of advocacy, Public speaking and presentation skills trainings in May 2016
25% upon final report in June 2016
Interested candidates are requested to send their application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
1. P11 (Personal History Form)
2. An updated curriculum vitae and recent passport photo
3. Covering letter, which addresses each of the required qualifications above
4. Proposed consultancy fees for the assignment and travel costs from Consultant’s based
station to Yangon (if any)
Please note that the deadline for application submission is 29 January 2016.