Job no: 557359
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Kampala
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Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
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The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) was established in 1992 under the President’s office. The commission is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring a focused and harmonized national response to HIV/AIDS. The commission oversees planning and coordination of HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities across the country through:
The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) is composed of both the Commission (Board) and the Secretariat (Management). The Head of the Uganda AIDS Commission Secretariat is the Director General who oversees several directorates, including Finance and Accounts; Planning and Strategic Information; Partnership; Policy, Research and Programming; and Human Resource and Administration.
Under the Directorate of Policy, Research and Programming (DPRP) is the HIV Prevention Department which is charged with the overall responsibility of coordinating the multi-sectoral HIV prevention response in order to check the spread of HIV in the country. The HIV prevention department is currently manned by one officer, the Head of Prevention. A national HIV Prevention Capacity assessment conducted in 2020 revealed that Uganda AIDS Commission is significantly understaffed for effective HIV prevention coordination. The staffing at the department of HIV prevention was not adequate and the structure was not aligned to five HIV prevention pillars.
It is against this background that UNICEF is looking for a technical individual contractor to provide TA to UAC to strengthen the HIV Prevention department with a special focus on strengthening the UAC coordination and programming mandate for the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) HIV response.
In June 2017 the Government of Uganda launched a Presidential Fast-Track Initiative ( PFTI) on Ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The country adopted the global HIV prevention targets set in the UN Political Declaration 2016, including to provide effective HIV prevention services to 90% of Adolescent Girls and young women (AGYW) and their male partners in high-HIV incidence communities and to 90% of key populations in order to reduce new HIV infections by 75% by 2020 compared to 2010. However, in spite of progress made in reducing new infections and establishing prevention programmes in the country, the country failed significantly to achieve the set 2020 prevention targets. One key reason for poor progress, as identified in the Midterm review of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2015/16-2019/20, was the underlying capacity gaps in coordinating, managing and implementing prevention programmes at various levels.
As part of national efforts to enhance national capacity in coordination, management and implementation of HIV prevention services, a national HIV Prevention capacity assessment was conducted for the Uganda AIDS Commission and the Self-Coordinating Entities (SCEs). The National HIV Prevention Capacity Assessment report points to the fact that the HIV Prevention department at UAC is grossly understaffed and the structure is not aligned to core functions of the Uganda AIDS Commission & the 5 HIV prevention pillars. The reports recommend a review of the current staffing structure at the Department to include focal persons for the 5 HIV Prevention Pillars.
According to the 2021 Joint Annual AIDS Review (JAR 2021) report, even though the country has made good progress in implementing some of the pillars of HIV Prevention others are still lagging behind. For example, good progress has been made in EMTCT, scaling up PrEP, but the Programs for Adolescents and Young Women and Key and priority Populations (KPs and PPs) are still lagging behind in terms of coordination, service delivery as well as monitoring and evaluation. These two areas that lag behind need special attention.
Given the above situation, there is great need to strengthen the HIV Prevention Department at UAC with an additional technical staff who will focus on Primary HIV Prevention with greater focus on strengthening the multisectoral coordination and programming for AGYW.
The contractor will report to the UNICEF HIV/AIDS Specialist [Adolescents] and Head HIV prevention at the Uganda AIDS Commission, UAC. The contractor will also regularly interact with MoES, MoH, TASO, line ministries, other AIDS Development partners and in-country stakeholders as relevant to this consultancy.
UNICEF will regularly communicate with the contractor and provide feedback and guidance and necessary support so to achieve objectives of the work, as well as remain aware of any upcoming issues related to the performance and quality of work.
Scope of Work
The Position will be based at the Uganda AIDS Commission Secretariat, Ntinda, Kampala, requiring occasional travel to other government Ministries offices within and outside Kampala, and to various Local governments across the country. The incumbent is accountable to the UNICEF HIV/AIDS Specialist [Adolescents] and Head HIV prevention at the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC).
The Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW)programme officer is responsible for providing top notch policy, programmatic and coordination expertise for the national multisectoral AGYW HIV Response and expected to perform the following roles:
1. Leadership & Coordination:
2. Policy & Guidelines:
3. Capacity Building:
4. Technical Assistance:
Support identification of priority strategies to address barriers in the HIV/AIDS prevention for AGYW programme.
6. Research Mobilization:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional Ugandan language is an asset. Please note that working knowledge of English is required for all assignments.
How to Apply
UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.
Qualified and experienced candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest including a Technical Proposal outlining a road map for review and implementation timeline. In their letter of interest, candidates should highlight their previous work experience relevant to the assignment, the attributes that make them suitable, and their proposed approach to the assignment.
The applicant should also submit a Financial Proposal outlining the total costs for this consultancy with payment linked to the main deliverables outlined above. The financial proposal should indicate an all-inclusive lumpsum fee composed of consultancy fees, travel costs and subsistence/living allowances (where applicable).
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
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