Consultancy: Secondary data analysis of HIV risk and vulnerability indicators, 11 months (part- time),Regional Office – Jordan

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Consultancy title: Secondary data analysis of HIV risk and vulnerability indicators

Duration: 11 months (part- time)

1 October 2021 – 31 August 2022

Duty Station: Home based/Remote support

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, the HIV epidemic is highly concentrated among invisible, stigmatized and discriminated groups/key populations (People who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, sex workers and prisoners). In 2019, 43% of new HIV infections were among people who inject drugs, 23% were among men who have sex with men. Only 43% of people living with HIV in MENA are on treatment while globally it is 87% (2020). Gaps in knowledge of HIV status are especially large in MENA, where viral suppression and treatment coverage are lower than any other region. The region is also far behind in fully integrating HIV counselling and testing with sexual and reproductive health and other essential services. Multiple overlapping vulnerabilities and structural and social inequalities, further confounded by ongoing conflict and the COVID-19 global pandemic, are putting adolescents and young people at risk for HIV transmission.

Within the humanitarian contexts in the MENA region, there is limited, or no data related to adolescents and young people from key populations and is a major challenge to understanding their specific vulnerabilities, risk and protective behaviours. While vulnerable adolescents and young people are engaged in high-risk behaviours, there are no programmes or relevant services that respond to their specific needs. One of the features of the new UNICEF Strategic Plan (2022 – 2025) is an emphasis on the most marginalized, including the most stigmatized and the most discriminated children. Children/adolescents affected by HIV and living in MENA are among those.

How can you make a difference?

This initiative in collaboration with UNAIDS, IOM and other UN partners seeks to disaggregate and analyze data on subsets of adolescents and young people from key populations from the Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance (IBBS) surveys. Secondary literature review of available literature on vulnerable adolescents/young people from key populations in the Middle East and North Africa region will be undertaken. It is aimed at driving better results for adolescents and young people across sectors to accelerate reductions in AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections among adolescents and young people.

As an outcome, the data generated through the analysis would contribute to inform the existing situation of adolescents and young people from key populations and to develop evidence informed strategies and programmes for HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care for adolescents and young people at risk. The evidence will contribute to sharpening the adolescent/young people’s elements of national health/HIV, child protection and adolescent programmes across sectors and to strengthen capacity among health care providers/social service workforce at primary health care to deliver integrated prevention and treatment services (community-based integrated HIV/SRH/MHPSS prevention and delivery of essential health and other services) that are sensitive to the needs to vulnerable adolescents/young people.

Scope of Work

  • To conduct descriptive analysis of Adolescents and Young Key Populations (15 – 19 years; 20 -24 years) from existing Integrated Bio Behavioural Surveillance (IBBS) survey data and from other targeted surveys data. The data analysis will include: Demographic profile; HIV prevalence; stigma and discrimination; sexual risk behaviours; HIV testing history; and access to services.
  • To develop overviews on the situation of adolescent/young key populations at risk of HIV. The overviews will capture the following:
  • Current situation on adolescents at risk of HIV
  • Comprehensive knowledge and risk behaviour among adolescents, harm reduction practices, HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment, availability, knowledge, access/utilization of services.
  • Data sources, its limitations, and key recommendations.
  • A paper of publishable quality that identifies gap/challenges in HIV/SRH and other essential services for adolescents and young key populations.

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Consultancy Requirements

  • Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, demography, social science, health, economics or health financing or related field for an individual consultant
  • Strong experience and understanding of the following standardized surveys that collect adolescent data e.g. Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance (IBBS), Biological and Behavioural Survey (BBS), etc. second-generation surveillance surveys in key populations.
  • Experience of working with governments in the Middle East and North Africa region
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Extensive professional knowledge and experience in HIV, with significant technical expertise and experience on the issue of adolescents/young key populations

Applicants are also required to indicate availability and financial quotation in USD to undertake the terms of reference above.

Travel Considerations

This is a remote/home based consultancy, no travel is required.

Payment Schedule

PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Monthly

UNICEF will pay a lump sum payment monthly, based on submitted progress reports. Workplan will be discussed and agreed upon with supervisor at the beginning of each month.

Qualified Candidates Are Requested To Submit

  • Cover letter
  • CV or P-11
  • Financial quote as a lump sum, inclusive of professional fees, travel/administrative/subsistence costs, if applicable
  • Names of three referees

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children.

Remarks

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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