EXTENDED: Terms of Reference for the EECA Regional Platform sub-regional Focal Points to help generating the CRG Technical Assistance Requests

Background

Since 2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is being the host of the EECA regional Platform for Communication and Coordination. One of the EHRA responsibilities in its role as EECA Regional Platform is to promote the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Program among civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in EECA countries.

To better motivate and support CSOs and CBOs in the region to use the Technical Assistance (TA) available within this Program in 2021, EHRA is planning to sub-contract 4 experts to serve as the sub-regional EECA Regional Platform Focal Points aimed on generating the demand for the Global Fund’s CRG TA.

EHRA is looking for the experts to serve as the EECA Regional Platform Focal Points in the following 4 sub-regions: Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), the Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia) and 4th block – Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine.

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultants

Each expert selected to become the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point is expected to assist the civil society and communities’ representatives in relevant sub-regions in development and submission of at least 3 successful requests for the CRG TA per sub-region in 2021 (1 per quarter on average).

The CRG TA Request to be considered as successful if it is approved by the Global Fund’s CRG Department for TA provision.

In particular, the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Points are expected to:

  • Initiate a dialogue with the civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in each county of the selected sub-region about the opportunities available within the CRG TA Program.
  • Provide the civil society and communities’ representatives with all relevant information about the Global Fund CRG TA Program if needed.
  • Help the civil society and communities’ representatives to identify their needs for such TA, including identification of the potential problems which may need to be addressed, formulation of the objectives of such CRG TA in the context of the identified problems, as well as identification of the activities needed to be implemented as a part of the TA to address the identified problems and reach the set objectives.
  • Help to ensure the coordination of the content of the TA Requests among the key national civil society stakeholders, CCM and Fund Portfolio Manager before its submission.
  • Review the content of the draft TA Requests before the submission, help with its finalization if needed.
  • Help to follow up with the GF CRG Department on the results of the TA Request consideration.

Online training on the key aspects of the CRG TA Program will be provided for the selected consultants by EHRA at the beginning of March.

Also, the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Points will be expected to do the mapping of the civil society and community-based organizations being the principal, sub and sub-sub-recipients of the Global Fund HIV and TB grants in all countries of the relevant sub-regions, where the Global Fund programs are implemented. The template Excel form for such mapping will be provided by EHRA.

Deliverables and Time frame

3 CRG TA Requests per each sub-region being developed, submitted with the support of the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point and approved for the TA provision by the Global Fund CRG Department in 2021.

Mapping of principal, sub and sub-sub-recipients of the Global Fund HIV and TB grants in the countries of relevant sub-regions conducted.

Cost of services and payment order

Payments will be done for each successful CRG TA request being generated with support of the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point – 700 USD per TA request (not more than 3 requests per sub-region altogether in 2021). Of this amount 350 USD will be paid after the fact of the submission of the TA request is confirmed, and other 350 USD will be paid after the request is accepted and approved for TA provision by Global Fund CRG Department. In case the TA request is rejected by Global Fund CRG Department – the second half of the 700 USD will not be paid to the Focal Point.

Also, 300 USD to be paid after the submission of the result of mapping of CSOs and CBOs – PRs, SRs and SSRs of the Global Fund grants in all countries of the relevant sub-region, where the Global Fund programs are implemented.

Payment should be executed for the completed services after receiving invoice and act of service rendered.

The total contract cost for the work of one consultant under this ToR in 2021 should not exceed 2 400 USD (including all taxes).

Evaluation Criteria

An evaluation panel will assess the extent to which proposals submitted in response to this announcement meet the evaluation criteria below.

The minimum technical score is 90. Only candidates with a minimum score of 90 points out of a maximum of 100 are considered eligible for the assignment. Consultants with proven work experience in the community organization would be given a priority.

The candidates with the highest technical score that meets the requirement will be invited for negotiation of the agreement.

CriteriaWeighting
Good understanding of the Global Fund CRG TA Program (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Knowledge of, and access to the relevant civil society stakeholders involved into the Global Fund related processes in the countries of the particular sub-region as well as established contacts with the GF Secretariat (regional team and CRG Department in particular) (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Experience of undertaking similar TA related assessments or other relevant work experience (should be clear from CV and LoI)25 points
Proven set of communication and writing skills (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Total100 points


Additionally, the consultants should have:

  • No conflict of interest (should be declared in the Letter of Interest);
  • Fluent English and language most relevant for the sub-region the expert is interested to work with.

How to apply

 The individual consultants are invited to submit their CV and the Letter of Interest (LoI) by e-mail referenced under title “EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point for [name of the sub-region you are interested to work with]” to ivan@harmreductioneurasia.org by COB 9th of March 2021 24:00 EET.

EXTENDED: Terms of Reference for the consultant to document 2 successful cases of CRG Technical Assistance provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020

Background

Since 2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is being the host of the EECA regional Platform for Communication and Coordination. One of the EHRA responsibilities in its role as EECA Regional Platform is to promote the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Program among civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in EECA countries.

To better inform and motivate CSOs and CBOs in the region to use the Technical Assistance (TA) available within this Program in 2021, EHRA is planning to document 2 successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA.

EHRA is looking for the consultant to help with such documentation.

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultant

The consultant is expected:

  1. In consultation with colleagues from the Global Fund Secretariat CRG Department to help EHRA to identify two successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020 to be documented.
  2. To propose the format and structure of the case study to be developed as a result of the documentation.
  3. To collect all required information needed to document the selected two successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020. The methods of data collection should include:
    – the desk review of all documents (TA requests, ToRs for the TA providers as well as for the TA experts, TA budgets, final reports on the TA provision, documents resulted from the TA etc.) related to the provided TA;
    – the interviews with the representatives of the following key stakeholders: TA recipient, TA provider, GF CRG Department, experts involved into the TA provision, other national direct beneficiaries of the TA being provided (not less than 4 interviews per case).
  4. To develop two case studies describing the successful cases of CRG TA provision in 2 EECA countries in 2019 – 2020.

Deliverables:

Two documents presenting the description of two preselected successful cases of CRG TA provision in 2 EECA countries in 2019 – 2020.

The length of each document should not exceed 4 pages including the 1-page summary of the successful TA case.

The language of the resulted documents should be English or Russian (will depend on the countries where cases of TA provision to be documented).

Timeframe

  1. By 10th of March – to identify two successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020 to be documented.
  2. By 15th of March – to propose the format and structure of the final document to be developed.
  3. By 19th of March – to identify the key stakeholders to be interviewed and start data collection.
  4. By 1st of April – to provide EHRA with the draft case studies for a feedback and comments.
  5. By 9th of April – to provide EHRA with the final products.

Cost of services

 The total contract cost for the work of the consultant under this ToR should not exceed 1 500 USD (including all taxes).

Evaluation Criteria

An evaluation panel will assess the extent to which proposals submitted in response to this announcement meet the evaluation criteria below.

The minimum technical score is 90. Only candidates with a minimum score of 90 points out of a maximum of 100 are considered eligible for the assignment. Consultants with proven work experience in the community organization would be given a priority.

The candidates with the highest technical score that meets the requirement will be invited for negotiation of the agreement.

CriteriaWeighting
Good understanding of the Global Fund CRG TA Program (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Knowledge of, and access to, relevant stakeholders to be interviewed as well as to the other relevant sources of information (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Experience of undertaking similar assessments and a strong record of adherence to evidenced-based approaches (should be clear from CV and LoI)25 points
Proven set of skills for interviewing, conducting a literature review, and writing (should be clear from CV and LoI)25 points
Total100 points


Additionally, the consultants should have:

  • No conflict of interest (should be declared in the Letter of Interest);
  • Fluent English and Russian languages.

How to apply

The individual consultants are invited to submit their CV and the Letter of Interest (LoI) by e-mail referenced under title “Consultant to document 2 successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA” to ivan@harmreductioneurasia.org by COB 5 of March 2021 24:00 EET.

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Terms of Reference for the EECA Regional Platform sub-regional Focal Points to help generating the CRG Technical Assistance Requests

Background

Since 2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is being the host of the EECA regional Platform for Communication and Coordination. One of the EHRA responsibilities in its role as EECA Regional Platform is to promote the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Program among civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in EECA countries.

To better motivate and support CSOs and CBOs in the region to use the Technical Assistance (TA) available within this Program in 2021, EHRA is planning to sub-contract 4 experts to serve as the sub-regional EECA Regional Platform Focal Points aimed on generating the demand for the Global Fund’s CRG TA.

EHRA is looking for the experts to serve as the EECA Regional Platform Focal Points in the following 4 sub-regions: Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), the Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia) and 4th block – Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine.

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultants

Each expert selected to become the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point is expected to assist the civil society and communities’ representatives in relevant sub-regions in development and submission of at least 3 successful requests for the CRG TA per sub-region in 2021 (1 per quarter on average).

The CRG TA Request to be considered as successful if it is approved by the Global Fund’s CRG Department for TA provision.

In particular, the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Points are expected to:

  • Initiate a dialogue with the civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in each county of the selected sub-region about the opportunities available within the CRG TA Program.
  • Provide the civil society and communities’ representatives with all relevant information about the Global Fund CRG TA Program if needed.
  • Help the civil society and communities’ representatives to identify their needs for such TA, including identification of the potential problems which may need to be addressed, formulation of the objectives of such CRG TA in the context of the identified problems, as well as identification of the activities needed to be implemented as a part of the TA to address the identified problems and reach the set objectives.
  • Help to ensure the coordination of the content of the TA Requests among the key national civil society stakeholders, CCM and Fund Portfolio Manager before its submission.
  • Review the content of the draft TA Requests before the submission, help with its finalization if needed.
  • Help to follow up with the GF CRG Department on the results of the TA Request consideration.

Online training on the key aspects of the CRG TA Program will be provided for the selected consultants by EHRA at the beginning of March.

Also, the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Points will be expected to do the mapping of the civil society and community-based organizations being the principal, sub and sub-sub-recipients of the Global Fund HIV and TB grants in all countries of the relevant sub-regions, where the Global Fund programs are implemented. The template Excel form for such mapping will be provided by EHRA.

Deliverables and Time frame

3 CRG TA Requests per each sub-region being developed, submitted with the support of the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point and approved for the TA provision by the Global Fund CRG Department in 2021.

Mapping of principal, sub and sub-sub-recipients of the Global Fund HIV and TB grants in the countries of relevant sub-regions conducted.

Cost of services and payment order

Payments will be done for each successful CRG TA request being generated with support of the EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point – 700 USD per TA request (not more than 3 requests per sub-region altogether in 2021). Of this amount 350 USD will be paid after the fact of the submission of the TA request is confirmed, and other 350 USD will be paid after the request is accepted and approved for TA provision by Global Fund CRG Department. In case the TA request is rejected by Global Fund CRG Department – the second half of the 700 USD will not be paid to the Focal Point.

Also, 300 USD to be paid after the submission of the result of mapping of CSOs and CBOs – PRs, SRs and SSRs of the Global Fund grants in all countries of the relevant sub-region, where the Global Fund programs are implemented.

Payment should be executed for the completed services after receiving invoice and act of service rendered.

The total contract cost for the work of one consultant under this ToR in 2021 should not exceed 2 400 USD (including all taxes).

Evaluation Criteria

An evaluation panel will assess the extent to which proposals submitted in response to this announcement meet the evaluation criteria below.

The minimum technical score is 90. Only candidates with a minimum score of 90 points out of a maximum of 100 are considered eligible for the assignment. Consultants with proven work experience in the community organization would be given a priority.

The candidates with the highest technical score that meets the requirement will be invited for negotiation of the agreement.

CriteriaWeighting
Good understanding of the Global Fund CRG TA Program (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Knowledge of, and access to the relevant civil society stakeholders involved into the Global Fund related processes in the countries of the particular sub-region as well as established contacts with the GF Secretariat (regional team and CRG Department in particular) (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Experience of undertaking similar TA related assessments or other relevant work experience (should be clear from CV and LoI)25 points
Proven set of communication and writing skills (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Total100 points


Additionally, the consultants should have:

  • No conflict of interest (should be declared in the Letter of Interest);
  • Fluent English and language most relevant for the sub-region the expert is interested to work with.

How to apply

 The individual consultants are invited to submit their CV and the Letter of Interest (LoI) by e-mail referenced under title “EECA Platform CRG TA Focal Point for [name of the sub-region you are interested to work with]” to ivan@harmreductioneurasia.org by COB 1st of March 2021 24:00 EET.

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Terms of Reference for the consultant to document 2 successful cases of CRG Technical Assistance provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020

Background

Since 2017 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is being the host of the EECA regional Platform for Communication and Coordination. One of the EHRA responsibilities in its role as EECA Regional Platform is to promote the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Program among civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in EECA countries.

To better inform and motivate CSOs and CBOs in the region to use the Technical Assistance (TA) available within this Program in 2021, EHRA is planning to document 2 successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA.

EHRA is looking for the consultant to help with such documentation.

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultant

The consultant is expected:

  1. In consultation with colleagues from the Global Fund Secretariat CRG Department to help EHRA to identify two successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020 to be documented.
  2. To propose the format and structure of the case study to be developed as a result of the documentation.
  3. To collect all required information needed to document the selected two successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020. The methods of data collection should include:
    – the desk review of all documents (TA requests, ToRs for the TA providers as well as for the TA experts, TA budgets, final reports on the TA provision, documents resulted from the TA etc.) related to the provided TA;
    – the interviews with the representatives of the following key stakeholders: TA recipient, TA provider, GF CRG Department, experts involved into the TA provision, other national direct beneficiaries of the TA being provided (not less than 4 interviews per case).
  4. To develop two case studies describing the successful cases of CRG TA provision in 2 EECA countries in 2019 – 2020.

Deliverables:

Two documents presenting the description of two preselected successful cases of CRG TA provision in 2 EECA countries in 2019 – 2020.

The length of each document should not exceed 4 pages including the 1-page summary of the successful TA case.

The language of the resulted documents should be English or Russian (will depend on the countries where cases of TA provision to be documented).

Timeframe

  1. By 2nd of March – to identify two successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA in 2019 – 2020 to be documented.
  2. By 4th of March – to propose the format and structure of the final document to be developed.
  3. By 9th of March – to identify the key stakeholders to be interviewed and start data collection.
  4. By 23rd of March – to provide EHRA with the draft case studies for a feedback and comments.
  5. By 1st of April – to provide EHRA with the final products.

Cost of services

 The total contract cost for the work of the consultant under this ToR should not exceed 1 500 USD (including all taxes).

Evaluation Criteria

An evaluation panel will assess the extent to which proposals submitted in response to this announcement meet the evaluation criteria below.

The minimum technical score is 90. Only candidates with a minimum score of 90 points out of a maximum of 100 are considered eligible for the assignment. Consultants with proven work experience in the community organization would be given a priority.

The candidates with the highest technical score that meets the requirement will be invited for negotiation of the agreement.

CriteriaWeighting
Good understanding of the Global Fund CRG TA Program (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Knowledge of, and access to, relevant stakeholders to be interviewed as well as to the other relevant sources of information (should be clear from LoI)25 points
Experience of undertaking similar assessments and a strong record of adherence to evidenced-based approaches (should be clear from CV and LoI)25 points
Proven set of skills for interviewing, conducting a literature review, and writing (should be clear from CV and LoI)25 points
Total100 points


Additionally, the consultants should have:

  • No conflict of interest (should be declared in the Letter of Interest);
  • Fluent English and Russian languages.

How to apply

The individual consultants are invited to submit their CV and the Letter of Interest (LoI) by e-mail referenced under title “Consultant to document 2 successful cases of CRG TA provision in EECA” to ivan@harmreductioneurasia.org by COB 24 of February 2021 24:00 EET.

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Small grants to support advocacy activities that address human right violations during Covid-19 in CEECA region

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) would like to inform initiative groups and organizations of the community of people who use psychoactive substances, as well as organizations working in drug policy and harm reduction field in CEECA region, about the possibility of receiving resource assistance/funding for the activities, related to the advocacy activities that address human right violations during Covid-19 in CEECA region.

The assistance is provided by the Secretariat of EHRA as part of the project “We Will Not End AIDS Until We Adopt Harm Reduction and End the War on Drugs” of the International Harm Reduction Consortium, which now involves eight international and regional networks of people who use drugs and harm reduction and drug policy organizations, such as International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD), Eurasian Drug Users Network (ENPUD), Youth RISE, Harm Reduction International (HRI), Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA), Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), and Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN). The Harm Reduction Consortium exists to challenge the global war on drugs (the critical factor affecting the rights of people who use drugs), to scale-up access to HIV-related harm reduction services, and to advocate for greater resources for harm reduction.

THEMATIC PRIORITIES

Applicant should select one of the topics of interest:

  • Human rights violations of PWUD related with street policing (criminalization of PWUD) during Covid-2019;
  • Human rights violations of PWUD related with barriers to access treatment and other health services, including harm reduction services during Covid-2019;
  • Human rights violations of PWUD related with poverty, unemployment and homelessness of PWUD during Covid-2019;
  • Human rights violations of women who use drugs during Covid-2019

LIST OF POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES (These are just examples. You can suggest you own activities as well):

  • Documentation of human rights violation cases;
  • Submission of human right violation cases to human rights bodies;
  • Training, seminar on documentation of human rights violation cases;
  • National advocacy activities that address human right violations (roundtable discussion, seminar, conference)
  • Awareness raising campaign;

IMPLEMENTATION TIME: March – September, 2021

LANGUAGES: Russian and English

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:

  • Be registered in one of the 29 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia region; in case of initiative group it should have a financial agent registered in one of the countries of CEECA;
  • Only NGOs, non-for-profit organizations can apply. Initiative groups also can apply, but their financial agent should be NGO or non-for-profit organization.
  • Work with/represent/provide services/advocate for the needs of key populations on the national level;
  • Describe the problem statement for advocacy of chosen thematic priority;
  • Identify the goal, objective and key activities of the small grant.

The total budget for sub-grants is $18 000. 4 groups/organizations will be selected to receive the funding in the amount of 4,500 USD each for a period up to 7 months.

Deadline for submitting applications: 24th February, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CET

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SMALL GRANT?

To apply, please send to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org till 24th February, 2021, 11:59 P.M. CET the following documents:

1) Filled application form, signed with the organization director or responsible representative;

2) Annex I – Organizational registration document.

Applicants who will submit not full package of application documents, won’t be considered as tender participants!

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Results of the EHRA’s Regional Meetings to elect new Steering Committee members

During January 18-31, 2021 Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) conducted online Regional members’ meetings in Central Europe, Belarus-Moldova-Ukraine, South-Eastern Europe. Quorum for the Regional meeting to elect new Steering Committee members needed no less than one third of the members from the particular region.

CENTRAL EUROPE. In total the region has 20 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 20 members – 8 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 40% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 1 vote was counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

David Pesek – 5 votes (62,50 % of all valid votes)

Magdalena Bartnik – 3 votes (37,50 % of all valid votes)

David Pesek is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent Central Europe region.

BELARUS-MOLDOVA-UKRAINE. In total the region has 91 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 91 members – 40 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 43,96% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 3 votes were counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

35 participants voted for candidate Yanina Stemkovskaya (87,5% of all valid votes)

5 participants voted against candidate Yanina Stemkovskaya (12,5% of all valid votes)

Yanina Stemkovskaya is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent Belarus-Moldova-Ukraine region.

SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE. In total the region has 26 official EHRA members, who were eligible to vote. From those 26 members – 14 participated in the meeting and cast the vote for their candidate, which means, that quorum was met, because 53,85% of members from the region participated in the elections of the SC member. 1 vote was counted as not eligible.

The results of voting:

Irena Molnar – 11 votes (78,57 % of all valid votes)

Marija Radovic – 3 votes (21,43 % of all valid votes)

Irena Molnar is elected for 3 years term as EHRA Steering Committee member to represent South-Eastern Europe region.

Regional meetings in Baltic states and Central Asia regions were not held, according to the Regulations of the Steering Committee of Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. Article 8.7. of the Regulations states: “However, if a sole nominee is entering the second term of Steering Committee membership, he/she is appointed without the elections”. In each of above-mentioned regions, EHRA received per one application from current Steering Committee members:

Jurgita Poškevičiūtė (representing Baltic states region)

 

 

 

 

and

Oxana Ibragimova (representing Central Asia region).

 

 

 

 

In this case, both candidates are appointed to be Steering Committee members without elections for the second term.

Regional meetings of EHRA members to elect Steering Committee members in the Belarus-Moldova-Ukraine, Central Europe and South-Eastern Europe regions

On 18-31 January 2021 EHRA conducts online Regional Meetings of its members to elect new Steering Committee representatives in the following regions:

1) Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine;

2) Central Europe (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia);

3) South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, the Kosovo territory).

ATTENTION! Regional meetings in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) regions will not be held, according to the Regulations of the Steering Committee of Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. Article 8.7. of the Regulations states: “However, if a sole nominee is entering the second term of Steering Committee membership, he/she is appointed without the elections”. In each of above-mentioned regions, EHRA received per one application from current Steering Committee members: Jurgita Poškevičiūtė (representing Baltic states region) and Oxana Ibragimova (representing Central Asia region). In this case, both candidates are appointed to be Steering Committee members without elections.

All EHRA members (individual and organizational), who are from the regions, where elections are taking place and who are approved by the Steering Committee, have a right to vote in the Regional meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact Secretary of the Regional meetings – Eliza Kurcevič members@harmreductioneurasia.org

 

Belarus-Moldova-Ukraine

Yanina Stemkovskaya

Ukraine

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Motivation letter    CV

Central Europe

David Pesek

Czechia

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Motivation letter   CV

 

Magdalena Bartnik

Poland

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Motivation Letter   CV

South-Eastern Europe

Irena Molnar

Serbia

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Marija Radovic

Montenegro

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Motivation Letter   CV

Extended: EHRA is looking for a travel agency in Lithuania for logistics services

EHRA is looking for a travel agency for a long-term contract to assist with business travel.

Travel Agency must be based in, or have an office in Vilnius, Lithuania. The contracted Travel Agency will provide a wide range of travel management services and should have the capacity to handle commercial accounts. The Travel Agency should provide travel services (embedded person) from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm during working days. In addition, Travel Agency shall provide for 24/7 emergency service, as well as for services during weekends and official holidays where emergency travel service is required. One of the Travel Agency’s employees shall always be reachable by phone.

Much of the travel must be organized on short notice, thereby placing a premium on efficiency and rapid communication in handling all travel related matters.

The proposal should be delivered to Irena Zubkova by e-mail irena@harmreductioneurasia.org by COB 2nd of July, 2020

The proposal must include the following information:
– filled out application form (Annex 1 to this RfP)

EHRA is looking for a travel agency in Lithuania for logistics services

EHRA is looking for a travel agency for a long-term contract to assist with business travel.

Travel Agency must be based in, or have an office in Vilnius, Lithuania. The contracted Travel Agency will provide a wide range of travel management services and should have the capacity to handle commercial accounts. The Travel Agency should provide travel services (embedded person) from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm during working days. In addition, Travel Agency shall provide for 24/7 emergency service, as well as for services during weekends and official holidays where emergency travel service is required. One of the Travel Agency’s employees shall always be reachable by phone.

Much of the travel must be organized on short notice, thereby placing a premium on efficiency and rapid communication in handling all travel related matters.

The proposal should be delivered to Irena Zubkova by e-mail irena@harmreductioneurasia.org by COB 22 of June, 2020

The proposal must include the following information:
filled out application form (Annex 1 to this RfP)

Review of harm reduction programs in the situation of the COVID-19 crisis in 22 CEECA countries is published

In most countries of the CEECA region, opioid substitution therapy (OST) and sterile needle/syringe programmes (NSP) – key components of an evidence-based and comprehensive harm reduction (HR) programme – continue to operate under COVID-19 quarantine measures. Such work requires flexibility, readiness for mutual partnerships and strong advocacy by community and harm reduction activists. Unfortunately, the practice of amnesty of prisoners for drug-related crimes because of COVID-19 quarantine requirements has not been implemented in the region.

Key changes in harm reduction services include the following:

Provision of takehome OST. For many countries of the region, OST medications have been made available to take home for the first time, for periods of 5 to 14 days and sometimes up to one month. The opportunity to get take-home OST (both buprenorphine and methadone) became available to all clients in every country of the region except for Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Initially, there were difficulties in some countries in enrolling new clients onto such programmes. Some countries developed partnerships, such as mobile outpatient clinics, to deliver OST medications and, often, together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs to clients in remote locations.

Harm reduction works remotely. In all countries of the region, organisations have managed to deliver a range of commodities such as– sterile needles and syringes, masks, disinfectant, hygiene materials, naloxone, tests, and information materials for people who use drugs (PWUD). As a result of the restriction in movement caused by COVID-19, such service providers have found it necessary to deliver sufficient supplies at one time to cover the needs of an individual for 1-2 weeks. Often, materials are provided by mobile outpatient clinics, including social workers delivering such assistance by use of their own car or through use of a courier. Organisations have arranged online counselling for clients and, wherever possible, HIV testing through self-test kits delivered to clients. In providing such remote services, social workers and psychologists have needed to urgently develop additional skills and the management of organisations have had to introduce a flexible system of monitoring for the new service modalities.

Providing the essentials – food and shelter. For a large number of problematic users of psychoactive substances, quarantine restrictions and curfews have restricted access to temporary accommodation and made it impossible for them to earn money to find drugs. Responding to such basic needs, some organisations have re-planned budgets (as has been the case, for example, for EHRA members in Czechia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, and Slovakia), or organised crowdfunding campaigns to be able to feed those in need (as undertaken by the Pink House in Bulgaria). In some countries, partnerships have been established to make it possible to provide shelter to PWUD and women who are victims of violence. In Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, harm reduction organisations have helped their clients to receive specific assistance for unemployed people in connection with COVID-19.

Partnership in the integration of services. In most countries, the crisis situation has prompted medical centres and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of various types to partner in the daily provision and delivery of necessary preventive materials, substitution therapy and ART drugs, and food supplies to clients, especially in remote areas.

Flexibility of services in response to changes in the drug scene. Due to the closure of international borders as a result of COVID-19, the drug scene has changed in many countries, with access to some drugs becoming more difficult, resulting in people having to use everything that they can find, including various prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. Many clients need advice to reduce harm in using new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as help to prevent overdose. In some countries, such as Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and Serbia, such consultations are already under development. In Prague, because crystal methamphetamine is less available, community organisations have pushed for the introduction of substitution therapy for stimulant users.

Risk of service interruption due to deficiencies in the supply chain. The closure of international borders has also led to a disruption in the supply of substitution therapy medications in Moldova; similar risks exist in other countries. In addition, government authorities responsible for OST and other harm reduction programmes in several countries have not issued a tender for the purchase of medications from public organisations providing harm reduction services; this is particularly critical in Bulgaria and Montenegro.

As Ala Iatco, the EHRA Steering Committee member from Moldova, has noted: “Now we need to transform the harm reduction system. In different countries, the situation is different and depends on many factors, but the pandemic is not only a crisis but also a chance to move new services forward.” Online discussions organised by the Steering Committee of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) were held between April 14 and April 23, 2020[1], with 51 members of the Association in seven sub-regional groups concerning the state of harm reduction programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic in 22 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) region. During discussions, members of the Association identified the main tasks of national and regional advocacy to overcome the crisis at the national and regional levels.

[1] Information was also updated as of 19 May 2020.

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