Results of the sustainability assessment of the HIV response among Key Populations in nine countries of the EECA region in the context of transition from Global Fund support to domestic funding

In 2020, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), being the part of the Global Fund funded EECA multi-country HIV project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, developed a conceptual framework, methodology, and transition monitoring tool to help key populations most affected by HIV strengthen their capacity in monitoring the transition of HIV response from donors’ support (particularly, the Global Fund) to national funding. The assessment is tracking the implementation of government commitments to ensure the sustainable HIV response among key populations within those programmatic areas of a key priority for them.

In 2021, EHRA piloted the developed methodology and tool in nine countries in the EECA region to assess the fulfillment by the governments of their commitments to ensure a sustained response to HIV among key populations in the context of the transition from Global Fund support to national funding. The assessment was conducted in the following countries: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Montenegro. To implement it, EHRA involved local consultants. National experts from various sectors, including the public sector, communities, and relevant NGOs, were also involved in the assessment in each country.

The 9 reports resulted from the conducted assessments as well as the report providing a brief overview of the results of the assessments are available for download here:

The results of all 9 assessments were presented to the national partners at the online webinars and also at a number of a different national level thematic meetings. The Global Fund Portfolio Managers working with relevant countries were provided with the assessment reports and informed on the results as well.

In 2022, EHRA is planning to update and improve the assessment methodology and tool based on the results of pilots. And in 2023, the organization will conduct a reassessment in some countries.

EXTENDED: EHRA is looking for a consultant to provide communication support for the development of information materials to support the project “TIBERIUS: Overcoming legal barriers for key populations – on the way to 90-90-90”

RFP Number EHRA-06-20
RFP Title External consultant for communication support for the development of information materials to support the project “TIBERIUS: Overcoming legal barriers for key populations – on the way to 90-90-90”
RFP Closing Date and time: 24:00 EET on June 23, 2022
Proposal Submission Address: info@harmreductioneurasia.org

 

Background

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-profit public membership organization that brings together activists and harm reduction organizations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) to actively unite and support communities and civil society to ensure the right and freedom, health.

Since 2020, EHRA has been implementing the project TIBERIUS: “Overcoming Legal Barriers for Key Populations – Towards 90-90-90”.

The project’s goal is to increase the effectiveness of continuous HIV care by overcoming legal barriers for the most vulnerable key groups at the level of EECA cities. The project is implemented by the Tanadgoma Reproductive Health Information and Counseling Center in Georgia, the Kazakhstan Union of People Living with HIV in Kazakhstan, the Union of Organizations Working in the field of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Harm Reduction (UORN) in Moldova with expert support from the HIV Legal Network /AIDS, ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity and Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN). The project aims to build the capacity of lawyers/s and paralegals/s to provide legal assistance to people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, and sex workers/sex workers to overcome legal barriers to accessing HIV care cascade. Together with project partners, EHRA will address human rights abuses and legal barriers and analyze systemic legal trends to advocate for changes that will ultimately help reduce the vulnerability of key populations to HIV and improve their access to the continuum of HIV care.

For information support of the above project, EHRA is looking for a consultant to prepare information materials on the project results in Kazakhstan, Moldova and Georgia.

 

Purpose of the consultancy

The consultant is expected to develop separate information product packages for each of the three project countries, reflecting the project’s model of operation, effectiveness, and achievements. Therefore, EHRA proposes that the consultant’s workflow should include (but not be limited to) the following steps:

  1. Get acquainted with the project, results, work model, and prepared information materials. It is expected that the consultant will obtain this information due to desk research and interviews with project teams in Kazakhstan and Moldova, Georgia.
  2. Develop and agree with the EHRA and project teams on the concepts and structures of information packages separately for Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia.
  3. Ensure the preparation of the above information materials separately for Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia. It is expected that during the preparation process, the consultant will independently attract all the necessary technical specialists (translators, designers, etc.).
  4. Provide consulting support to project teams in Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia in the process of publishing and disseminating information products.

It is expected that when preparing information products, the consultant will rely on the requirements and recommendations of the project donor for the preparation of such products. After the tender, the EHRA responsible specialist will provide these requirements and recommendations to the consultant to the consultant.

 

Scope of Services

The following products should be provided as a result of the work performed by the consultant under this TOR:

– Prepared packages of information products for Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan;

– Recommendations for project teams in Kazakhstan, Moldova, Georgia in the publication and dissemination of information products

 

Proposed timeline:

– by June 17 – the consultant must familiarize himself with all the documents provided by the EHRA on the work of the project and conduct appropriate desk research;

– by June 24 – the consultant must conduct interviews with project teams in Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia;

– by July 1 – the consultant should develop and agree with the EHRA and project teams on the concepts and structures of information packages separately for Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia;

– by July 29 – the consultant must ensure the preparation of the above information materials separately for Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia;

– by September 31, the consultant must provide consulting support to project teams in Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia to publish and distribute information products.

 

Cost of services and payment order

The total contract value of a consultant under this ToR shall not exceed $7,000 (including all taxes and related expenses). Given the terms of the TOR, it is assumed that payment under the contract will be divided into two parts:

50% will be paid to the consultant after developing and presenting the concept and structure of information packages separately for Kazakhstan, Moldova, Georgia and the relevant TOR documents to appointed EHRA staff/experts.

50% will be paid after reviewing and finalising the information package for Kazakhstan, Moldova, Georgia and relevant TOR documents to appointed EHRA staff/experts.

 

Evaluation criteria / requirements for candidates:

Submitted applications will be evaluated by the evaluation panel of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the proposals:

  • evaluation of the previous experience (portfolio) via technical criteria – 80% in total evaluation.
  • comparison of the costs (best value for money) – 20% in total evaluation. The EHRA will evaluate the proposal regarding the best value for money (price in euros and other factors are taken into account).

Cost evaluation is only undertaken for technical submissions that score a minimum 80 points out of a maximum of 100 as a requirement to pass the technical evaluation. A proposal that fails to achieve the minimum technical threshold will not be considered further.

Сriteria: Points
Experience in performing similar work (links to examples of relevant documents should be provided in the Motivation letter) 60
Proven skills to provide advisory support in the dissemination of information materials 20
Excellent written and spoken English and Russian 20
Maximum possible number of points 100

This announcement shall not be construed as a contract or a commitment of any kind. This request for proposals in no way obligates EHRA to award a contract, nor does it commit EHRA to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the proposals.

Based on the evaluation results, the evaluation panel may decide to support several consultants. In this case, the evaluation panel will contact the selected consultants for negotiations.

How to apply

To be eligible as a EHRA consultant, any organization or individual must comply with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Code of Ethics which you can find at the following link: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/ehra-code-of-ethics/

Applicants must submit the following documents:

– CV,

– Letter of Interest. The CV and application should clearly reflect the competency of the candidate necessary to complete this task, as well as include the proposed number of working days for each stage, cost and timing of their implementation.

Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org .

In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number and your name.  Otherwise, the application will not be considered.

EXTENDED: EHRA is looking for the consultancy to revise the methodology and tools of the assessment of the fulfillment of the commitments taken by the governments to ensure the sustainability of HIV response among key populations in the context of transition from the Global Fund’s support

RFP Number EHRA-06-21
RFP Title External consultancy for the revise the methodology and tools of the assessment of the fulfillment of the commitments taken by the governments to ensure the sustainability of HIV response among key populations in the context of transition from the Global Fund’s support
RFP Closing Date and time: 24:00 EET on June 27, 2022
Proposal Submission Address: info@harmreductioneurasia.org

 

Background

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization uniting harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) with its mission to actively unite and support communities and civil societies to ensure the rights and freedoms, health.

Being a partner of the Alliance for Public Health, the All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH 100% Life and other regional networks in the implementation of the Global Fund funded regional HIV project “Sustainability of services for key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, EHRA is aimed at the improving the financial sustainability and allocative efficiency of HIV programs in EECA countries.

To contribute to this objective, in 2020 – 2021 EHRA has developed and piloted a methodology and tool for assessing the fulfillment of the commitments taken by the governments to ensure the sustainability of HIV response among key populations in the context of transition to national financing from the donors’ / Global Fund’s support. It is expected that the results of such assessment will help representatives of key affected communities maintain their awareness and engagement in monitoring of the transition related process and advocate for the sustainability of the national response to HIV.

In 2021, while piloting the developed methodology and tool, EHRA conducted nine assessments in such EECA countries as Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Tajikistan.

EHRA is looking for a consultant to help with revising the current version of the methodology and tools based on the results of its piloting in 2021.

 

Goals and objectives

The consultant is expected to review and refine the methodology and tool for assessing the implementation of government commitments to ensure the sustainability of the HIV response among key populations in the context of the transition from Global Fund support based on a pilot project conducted in 9 EECA countries in 2021. Therefore, EHRA proposes that the consultant’s workflow should include (but not be limited to) the following steps:

  1. Acquaintance with the current version of the assessment methodology and tools.
  2. Familiarization with reports on the results of assessments in 9 countries and a list of methodological and technical limitations and problems identified so far (to be provided by EHRA).
  3. Development and agreement with EHRA of a questionnaire for semi-structured interviews on issues related to methodology, preparation and agreement with EHRA of a list of experts for interviews. The total number of interviews should not exceed 12.
  4. Conducting, transcribing and analyzing interviews with selected experts.
  5. Based on the information collected, finalize the methodology and tool for assessing the fulfilment of HIV resilience commitments made by national governments in the context of a country’s transition from Global Fund support to national funding.

The Assessment Guide Benchmarking the Sustainability of the HIV Response in the Context of the Transition from Donor Funding, along with the Transition Monitoring Tool in Excel format, can be found on the EHRA website: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/tmt/. In addition, EHRA will provide the selected consultant with (1) national reports on completed assessments and (2) a list of methodological and technical limitations and problems identified from the results of the pilot, which will need to be taken into account and addressed in the course of work, as well as (3) contacts of experts who conducted national estimates.

EHRA will support the selected consultant in understanding the methodology. Upon request, the EHRA will provide detailed feedback on the intermediate products of the consultant’s work being created. In addition, the consultant is expected to be available for regular calls with assigned EHRA staff/experts to discuss progress/problems related to the implementation of the tasks set under this ToR.

 

Expected work results:

The following products (in English or Russian) should be provided as a result of the work carried out by the consultant following this TOR:

  • Revised and finalized methodology to assess of the fulfillment of the commitments taken by the governments to ensure the sustainability of HIV response among key populations in the context of transition from the Global Fund’s support;
  • Revised and finalized tool(s) required to do such assessment including the instruction for local consultants on how to use them.

 

Proposed timeline:

  • By 08.07.2022 – the consultant should familiarize himself/herself with all the provided by EHRA assessment related documents
  • By 22.07.2022 – to develop the questionnaires for the interviews discussions and agree on the list of key respondents
  • By 31.08.2022 – to conduct all interviews
  • By 22.09.2022 the consultant should provide the assigned EHRA staff/experts with a draft version of the revised and updated documents for review as specified in the section «Expected Results» of this ToR.
  • By 15.10.2022 the consultant must provide to EHRA assigned staff/experts a pre-final version of the revised and updated documents specified in the section «Expected Results».
  • By 31.10.2022 the Consultant must provide to EHRA assigned staff/experts the final version of the documents specified in the section «Expected Results».

Cost of services and payment order

The final cost of the contract will be calculated based on the number of working days indicated in the work plan, the daily rate (in Euros) confirmed and agreed with EHRA. The daily rate must include all taxes paid by the consultant himself. Taking into account the terms of the TOR, it is assumed that the payment under the contract will be divided into two parts:

  • 50% will be paid to the consultant after developing and submitting the first draft of revised and finalized assessment methodology and related TOR documents to EHRA assigned staff/experts.
  • 50% will be paid after revising and finalizing the assessment methodology and related to TOR documents will be reviewed and approved by EHRA assigned staff/experts.

 

Evaluation criteria / requirements for candidates:

Submitted applications will be evaluated by the evaluation panel of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the proposals:

  • evaluation of the previous experience (portfolio) via technical criteria – 80% in total evaluation.
  • comparison of the costs (best value for money) – 20% in total evaluation. The EHRA will evaluate the proposal regarding the best value for money (price in euros and other factors are taken into account).

Cost evaluation is only undertaken for technical submissions that score a minimum 80 points out of a maximum of 100 as a requirement to pass the technical evaluation. A proposal which fails to achieve the minimum technical threshold will not be considered further.

Сriteria: Points
Excellent understanding of the context and processes related to the sustainability and transition of the response to HIV from Global Fund support to national funding taking place in the EECA region 20
Experience in similar work over the past 3 years and commitment to evidence-based approaches (links to examples of relevant documents should be provided in the Motivation Letter) 40
Proven set of skills for interviewing, conducting a literature review, and writing 40
Maximum possible number of points 100

Excellent written and spoken English or Russian is a requirement for all applicants.

This announcement shall not be construed as a contract or a commitment of any kind. This request for proposals in no way obligates EHRA to award a contract, nor does it commit EHRA to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the proposals.

Based on the evaluation results, the evaluation panel may decide to support several consultants. In this case, the evaluation panel will contact the selected consultants for negotiations.

How to apply

To be eligible as a EHRA consultant, any organization or individual must comply with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Code of Ethics which you can find at the following link: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/ehra-code-of-ethics/

Applicants must submit the following documents:

– CV,

– Letter of Interest. The CV and application must reflect the candidate’s competencies required to complete this task and also include

  • the estimated number of working days for each stage,
  • the daily rate in euros,
  • the terms of the work plan within this terms of reference.

Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org .

In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number and your name.  Otherwise, the application will not be considered.

Practical Information for Ukrainian Refugees Entering Portugal

The Portuguese government has applied temporary protection regime for people who are moving from Ukraine to Portugal. Under this regime, no proof of life risk is required upon entering Portugal and the necessary documentation is automatically assigned. As of March 3, the Immigration and Border Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF) provides service desks exclusively for Ukrainian citizens in its delegations and National Support Centers for Migrant Integration (CNAIM). For addresses and working hours please visit: https://eportugal.gov.pt/en/noticias/balcoes-de-atendimento-do-sef-exclusivos-para-cidadaos-ucranianos

For coordination of transport when entering Portugal and obtaining temporary protection status, you must complete the following form:

English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SjdowXgeKE0CjRPXKmG3akV20iqRX1XvntmM08BOh50/edit?ts=6222058b

Ukrainian:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18k943p-PWVh7eR0kAp-y7HDQiK92rajMxcIDRLQMe74/edit?ts=62220572

If you cannot afford a house in Portugal, you can ask for support from the High Commission for Migrations (ACM), which is working directly with Social Security to find accommodation for those in need.
You can send an e-mail to sosucrania@acm.gov.pt, fill out an online form:

You can also have access to the special regime of the Entry Door program (Entrance Door – Housing Portal (portaldahabitacao.pt) in which financial support is granted to support the costs of accommodation in tourist resorts or the rent of a house. The support lasts up to 18 months and can be extended up to a maximum of 30 months. 

More information on housing and shelter can be found here: https://portugalforukraine.gov.pt/faqs-pt/#q6

With the temporary protection title, you automatically have access to the National Health Service Number (NSNS). For more information regarding Health insurance please visit: https://portugalforukraine.gov.pt/faqs-pt/#q6

Shelters in Portugal, which specifically focus and provide housing for key populations (people who use drugs, MSM, sex workers, people living with HIV, etc.):

In addition, there are three National Migrant Support Centres in Lisbon, Faro and Porto:

  • CNAIM Lisboa: Rua Álvaro Coutinho, 14, 1150 – 025 Lisboa
  • CNAIM Faro: Loja do Cidadão, Mercado Municipal, 1.º Piso, Largo Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro, 8000-151 Faro
  • CNAIM Porto: Av. de França, 316, Edifício Capitólio, 4050-276 Porto

You can also send an email to: sosucrania@acm.gov.pt

Food and clothes can be obtained via Portuguese Red Cross.

For more information, contact by phone 213 913 900 or by email at teleassistencia@cruz Vermelha.org.pt , from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The counsellors from many backgrounds, work with different therapeutic modalities, and speak a wide variety of languages. What unites them is that they have agreed to offer free, online counselling for any person directly affected by the war in Ukraine. Most sessions are offered online. For more information please visit: https://www.complicated.life/en/find-help-with/therapists-for-ukraine

The Portuguese National Health Service is free of charge and includes OST, that is, you can access a hospital or health center and you will have to pay, at most, a user fee. With the temporary protection title, you automatically have access to the National Health Service Number (NSNS). Once you have chosen your place of residence, you must go to the local Health Center and register yourself and your family as a resident in the area, so that you can be assigned a Family Doctor and be included in the National Vaccination Plan.

In Portugal from OST medications Methadone and buprenorphine is available in treatment centres and Methadone in Harm reduction services.

The Portugal National Health Service is free of charge and includes ART, that is, you can access a Hospital or Health Center and you will have to pay, at most, a user fee. With the temporary protection title, you automatically have access to the National Health Service Number (NSNS). Once you have chosen your place of residence, you must go to the local Health Center and register yourself and your family as a resident in the area, so that you can be assigned a Family Doctor and be included in the National Vaccination Plan.

Temporary protection is an exceptional procedure that ensures immediate protection, approved by the Government to guarantee support for people displaced from Ukraine, because of the recent armed conflicts in the country. Any means of proof, such as an identification document, is accepted and is sufficient to receive ART.

Regardless of legal status, medical appointments and public health medication are always free. Hence people can receive OST or ART treatment without applying for refugee status.

If you need support with translating, please contact the Telephone Translation Service (STT) of the High Commissioner for Migration (ACM):

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 19:00; Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00

Contact: +(351) 218 ​​106 191 or 808 257 257

More information:  https://www.acm.gov.pt/-/servico-de-traducao-telefonica

Practical Information for Ukrainian Refugees Entering Croatia

To enter Croatia, you need a foreign or international passport. No visa required. If you travel with children, you need documents that prove your family ties. You do not need any documents for pets.

The Border Police will carry out border control and give you a card with basic information. Depending on your wish to stay in the Republic of Croatia, you must apply for a short-term stay or temporary protection status at the place of accommodation.

Please, see the detailed procedure and frequently asked questions in Ukrainian HERE

As a person under temporary protection, you have the right to:

  • stay for the duration of your temporary protection,
  • get a card for a foreigner under temporary protection, which is considered a residence permit,
  • work without a residence, get a work permit or a certificate of registration for work,
  • the right to healthcare – by presenting the card of a foreigner under temporary protection, you exercise all rights from the basic health insurance, and if you get a job, you will receive the card of a health insured person,
  • fixed assets for living and accommodation,
  • primary and secondary education at the same standard as Croatian citizens, family reunification and information on rights and obligations.

After entering the border areas of the EU (Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary) you may be offered the following options for further transportation to Croatia:

Free transportation can be provided by buses, minibuses or private cars of volunteers.

Information on housing, shelters, accommodation in Croatia. As a person under temporary protection in Croatia, you can be accommodated in:

Reception accommodation – the stay here is short, usually up to 48 hours and you will be provided with a place to sleep, food, internet access, and psychosocial and health support. After that, you will be offered more permanent accommodation in one of the collective accommodations.

Employees of the Directorate of Civil Protection, the Croatian Red Cross, police officers, and health workers are in the shelters, and if necessary, mobile teams of other relevant bodies and operational forces of the civil protection system are organized (social work, employment office, education, civil protection operational forces etc.

Acceptable accommodation includes:

  • Varaždin – City Sports Hall (small hall), Šetalište Franje Tuđmana 1 (location link),
  • Osijek – Sports Hall South 2, Ulica kralja Petra Svačića 67 (location link)
  • Gospić – City Sports Hall, OŠ dr. Jure Turića, Ulica Miroslava Kraljevića 19 (location link).

Collective accommodation – this is a more permanent form of accommodation in which you are provided with accommodation, food, and internet access. At these locations, there are hotel staff for all issues related to accommodation and stay, and employees of the Directorate of Civil Protection and the Croatian Red Cross will visit you every day and coordinate all activities for all your questions and needs. 

Individual and/or private accommodation – accommodation with citizens, relatives, friends, acquaintances, or if you are the owner of real estate in Croatia. You continue to exercise other rights that belong to you.

The information mentioned above in Ukrainian is available HERE

There are no shelters in Croatia, which specifically focus on and provide housing for key populations (people who use drugs, MSM, sex workers, people living with HIV, etc.)

As a person under temporary protection, by showing the card of a foreigner under temporary protection, you have the right to treatment for acute conditions and chronic diseases by family doctors, pediatricians, gynecologists, and emergency dental services, the right to vaccination, testing and treatment against COVID-19, and the right to vaccination against other infectious diseases. This practice refers to ART and medical services related to HIV, OST, Hepatitis C and TB.

Your children are fully equal in rights with Croatian children, and they have the right to access complete medical care.

If you need emergency medical care, call 194 or 112.

To exercise your right to health care, always have an ID card of a person under temporary protection!

The Croatian Red Cross provides refugees with clothing, hygiene products, and food packages. Offices of the Red Cross are in every county (region) of Croatia https://www.hck.hr/adresar/50

You can also send a request to one of the groups on Facebook:

When deciding about private accommodation, keep in mind that organized accommodation facilities for displaced persons (hotel facilities, hostels) provide all necessary services and free meals, clothing, etc. Such help will not be constantly provided if you live on your own, financial assistance from the state is one-off and small, and food and hygiene products in Croatia are not cheap.

 

NGO FLIGHT / Udruga Let

Ratarska 7, Zagreb
Executive Director : Iva Jovović
let@udruga-let.hr, +385 (0)1 5803726, https://udruga-let.hr/english/
Work time
Office: Mon–Fr 8:30–16:30
Outreach schedule: https://udruga-let.hr/vanjski-rad/
Works in City of Zagreb, Zagreb County

NGO HELP

Šetalište Bačvice 10
Split, Croatia 21000, http://www.helponline.hr/
Tel. 021/346664. 
Work time
Office: 8:00–19:00
Works in Split, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, Knin (Seaside region), Osijek, Vukovar, Varaždin (Continental region)

Udruga TERRA

Krešimirova 12, Rijeka
+385 51 337 400
udruga.terra@ri.t-com.hr
www.udrugaterra.hr
Works in Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski kotar County

Udruga INSTITUT

Dobricheva 32, Pula
+385 52 222-502
www.udruga-institut.hr
Works in Pula, Istria County

UDRUGA PORAT

Ilije Smiljanića 2, 23000, Zadar
+385 23 302 107
Sos tel: 095 902 17 49
E mail: udrugaporat@gmail.com
www.udrugaporat.hr

Udruga za borbu protiv ovisnosti “NE – OVISNOST”

Europske avenije 8/I, Osijek, tel.+ 385  31 271 471, email: info@ne-ovisnost.hr

Croatian Red Cross (Zagreb, Zadar, Nova Gradiška, Krapina). You can find contacts of the relevant offices at the website:
https://www.hck.hr/adresar/50

People can receive psychosocial support upon request as they arrive. Please, ask Croatian Red Cross staff for referrals and assistance.

You can receive psychosocial support from professional specialists at the Centers for Social Welfare. You can find the local branches’ contacts by googling ‘Centar za socijalnu skrb’. Each Center in each region has its website.

You can get psychosocial support in HIV-service organizations mentioned in p.7.

Psychologists work in all organized accommodation facilities for displaced persons. Relevant translation services are also available.

In Croatia, the OST (supstitucijska terapija) and all relevant health services are available free of charge within the basic health insurance package available to refugees and people under temporary protection.

Only specialist office-based medical doctors (e.g. general practitioners) and treatment centers can prescribe substitution treatment. However, this treatment is predominantly administered by general practitioners. OST is provided in outpatient settings through drug prescribing.

Outpatient treatment of drug addiction is provided with the help of 21 Services for the Protection of Mental Health and Addiction Prevention at the County Institutes of Public Health, the Counseling Center for Prevention of Addiction (Poreč), and the polyclinic of the KBC Sestre milosrdnice (Zagreb).

The services include:

  • substitution therapy,
  • psychosocial treatment and
  • other specific methods and procedures according to user needs.

You have to arrange an appointment with a general practitioner (a family medicine doctor) in the nearest Health Center (Dom zdravlja). You need to bring your person under the temporary protection ID, and relevant medical documents about your therapy and health condition (originals or copies). You can refer to the Croatian Red Cross to assist you with the meeting, translation, and choosing GP, especially if you are waiting for your ID to be ready.

GP will refer you to the doctor in Services for the Protection of Mental Health and Addiction Prevention which will examine your condition and issue an OST prescription and other recommendations. As soon as GP gets this opinion, he/she issues an electronic prescription.

Addresses of mental health and addiction prevention services of county public health institutes:

https://www.hzjz.hr/aktualnosti/adrese-sluzbi-za-mentalno-zdravlje-i-prevenciju-ovisnosti-zupanijskih-zavoda-za-javno-zdravstvo/

In Croatia the following OST medications are available:

  • Methadon
  • Buprenorhpine
  • Buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone)

Opioid substitution therapy (OST) is predominantly administered by general practitioners and is available in prisons as well.

In Croatia, the ART and all relevant health services for PLWH are available free of charge within the basic health insurance package available to refugees and people under temporary protection. 

In Croatia, treatment, care, and support for PLWH are provided centrally at the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases Fran Mihaljević, which offers proper treatment to those who need it (free of charge). The Clinic drug store provides the ART medicines. To get a prescription, you need to make an appointment with a specialist and a medical examination. 

You have to arrange an appointment with a general practitioner (a family medicine doctor) in the nearest Health Center (Dom zdravlja)  and bring all relevant medical documents about your therapy and health condition you have (originals or copies). You can refer to the Croatian Red Cross to assist you with the meeting, translation, and choosing GP, especially if you are waiting for your ID to be ready or you want to stay in Croatia temporarily. 

GP will refer you to The University Hospital for Infectious Diseases (UHID) (Klinika za infektivne bolesti “Dr. Fran Mihaljević”) located in Zagreb:

Mirogojska 8,
10 000 Zagreb
+385 1 2826-222
+385 1 4678-235
bfm@bfm.hr.
https://bfm.hr/referentni-centar-za-dijagnostiku-i-lijecenje-zaraze-hiv-om/

If you live with HIV, please, consider accommodation in Zagreb or nearby locations so you are not too far from the Hospital.

If people are not applying for refugee status (i.e. have a status of migrants), they still can receive OST, ART or any other medical or psychological support.

 

Social Rights and Assistance

You prove your official status as a person with the card of a foreigner under temporary protection!

An expert from the social welfare center (Centar za socijalnu skrb) will talk to you to determine how you can best be helped. You have the right to

  • the first social service,
  • consultation,
  • psychosocial counseling,
  • accommodation if you meet the requirements per the Social Welfare Act (unaccompanied children, children with disabilities, the elderly, people with disabilities etc.), and
  • a one-time allowance for a single person up to EUR 300 and a family up to EUR 450.

You can submit a request for a one-time allowance to the on-duty social worker in the Reception and Collective Accommodation visited by Mobile Teams. If you are in individual private accommodation, you can apply at the Centers for Social Welfare and branches in Croatia.

This assistance is paid once in cash and is used to cover extraordinary expenses incurred due to current life circumstances. Additional information can be obtained at the contact phone +385 99 399 7317 and e-mail ukrajina@mrosp.hr.

Employment and Work

As a person under temporary protection, you can work in the Republic of Croatia without a residence and work permit or a certificate of registration, which means that you do not need an additional permit to enter the labour market.

Contact the Croatian Employment Service (CES) and register in the register of unemployed persons.

You can apply via e-mail: ukrajina@hzz.hr, or in person at the reception center to a CES representative, or by coming to the CES regional offices.

Important telephone numbers

Unique toll-free number 114 (8 a.m. until 4 p.m./ 7 days a week). The telephone number for the care of displaced persons from war-torn Ukraine (you can get information on accommodation, food, health care, children’s education, employment status, and other rights); supported languages are Croatian and Ukrainian.

People with voice, hearing, and speech impairments can send inquiries to the following e-mail address: cz114@civilna-zastita.hr

Embassy of Ukraine in Zagreb, Voćarska 52
Telephone: +385 1 461 6296

E-mail: emb_hr@mfa.gov.ua
www.mfa.gov.ua/croatia

Consulate of Ukraine in Omišalj, Pušća 131
Telephone: +385 51 842 037
E-mail: pk.ukrajine@net.hr

Consulate of Ukraine in Split, Coast of the Croatian National Revival 7
Telephone: +385 99 686 2797
Email: ivicapiric@yahoo.com

Ukrainian Community of the Republic of Croatia, Cardinal Alojzija Stepinca 45, Vukovar
Tel / fax: +385 32 493 224
Mobile phone: +385 95 378 1199
E-mail: ukrajinskazajednica.hr@gmail.com

Single European Emergency Number – 112
Police – 192
Firefighters – 193
Emergency medical care – 194
Roadside Assistance (Croatian Auto Club) – 1987
Zagreb bus station +385 72 500 400

Information and reservations for calls from abroad to the number: +385 1 647 1100
Zagreb Railway Station +385 60 333 444 * TRAIN (* 8525)
Franjo Tuđman Airport (Zagreb) +385 60 320 320 – for calls from abroad: +385 1 456 2170
Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia – Headquarters: e-mail:
privremena.zastita@mup.hr

Important Websites

A website with all the information you need https://hrvatskazaukrajinu.gov.hr . This website contains all valuable information for the reception and care of displaced persons from Ukraine and information for everyone who wants to help the displaced population of Ukraine.

Official website in Ukrainian that you can send to anyone seeking help in Croatia

https://hrvatskazaukrajinu.gov.hr/ua/.

Experience based information about seeking help in Croatia: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bso9AJQpyTKQ6iSA9nqrp7DIPselgF_j/view?fbclid=IwAR2VQQ0Zrhvsbm0W1WkljQLVvIP7US1EVYmUHkFIZTCC0EIMZO1tLyZxdaA

Croatian Railways passenger transport provides free transport to Ukrainian citizens on all routes in the national railway traffic of the Republic of Croatia in the 2nd class of trains.

Free tickets for Ukrainian citizens can be issued at the ticket office or on the train by presenting a Ukrainian passport, identity card or a decision on approval of entry into the Republic of Croatia.

 

EXTENDED: EHRA is pleased to announce a new RFP for the selection of the consultant to develop an Info Note on the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment

RFP Number EHRA-04-13
RFP Title External consultant. Info Note on the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment
RFP Closing Date and time: 23:59 EET on May 4, 2022
Proposal Submission Address: info@harmreductioneurasia.org

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 enhance community knowledge of the Global Fund and its processes, through the regular bi-directional sharing of tailored and targeted information to a diverse audience.

To be in line with this objective, EHRA through its EECA Regional Platform is aimed to better inform civil society and communities in the region about the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment including its Investment Case.

Objectives of the tender and key tasks of the consultant:

EHRA is looking for a consultant to develop the Info Note for civil society and communities in EECA on the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment.

The consultant is expected:

  1. To propose the format and structure of the Info Note. The document may cover the next topics (but not be limited by them):
    • What is the Global Fund’s Replenishment?
    • A brief overview of the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment including its objectives, key processes, timeframe
    • Brief summary of the Global Fund’s investment case for the 7th Replenishment
    • Key messages for civil society activists and advocates with regard to the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment
  2. To collect all required information needed to develop the Info Note. The methods of data collection may include:
    • desk review of all relevant publications, documents, and other info materials on the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment being publicly available, including those being available at the Global Fund’s website and being produced by different Global Fund’s partners including those from civil society (like GFAN, W4GF etc.)
    • interviews with the key informants (if needed).
  3. Based on the collected information – develop an Info Note on the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment including its Investment Case.

Deliverables:

A document presenting a brief overview of the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment objectives and processes including its Investment Case. The length of the document should not exceed 7 pages.

The language of the resulted document should be English or Russian.

Timeframe

  1. By 12th of May – to propose and agree with EHRA on the format and structure of the final document to be developed.
  2. By 30th of May – to provide EHRA with the draft document for feedback and comments.
  3. By 10th of June- to provide EHRA with the final product.

Cost of services

The total contract cost for the work of the consultant under this ToR should not exceed 1 100 EUR (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 to negotiate the agreement.

Criteria Weighting
Good understanding of the Global Fund’s processes including the Replenishment in particular (should be clear from LoI) 25 points
Knowledge of, and access to relevant sources of information required to complete the task (should be clear from LoI) 25 points
Experience of development of similar publications and a strong record of adherence to evidence-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
Total 100 points

Additionally, the consultants should have:

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

How to apply

To be eligible as an EHRA consultant, any organization or individual must comply with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Code of Ethics which you can find at the following link: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/ehra-code-of-ethics/

Applicants must submit the following documents:

1. CV with the relevant information

2. Letter of Interest (LoI)

Please submit your proposal to info@harmreductioneurasia.org by the 4th of May 2022 23:59 EET.

In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate the RFP number EHRA-04-13, the title “Consultant to develop Info Note on the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment, and your name. Otherwise, the application will not be considered.

ATTENTION. If these documents are not submitted in full, the participant will not be allowed to take part in the tender.

General terms

Interested consultants should pay attention to the following conditions:

•  This RFP shall not be interpreted as a contract or obligation of any kind. This invitation to tender does not in any way oblige EHRA to enter into contracts, nor does it oblige EHRA to pay any costs incurred in preparing and submitting applications.

•  EHRA will sign an agreement with the winner of the competitive selection. The contract will define a detailed work plan and payment terms. The contract is not an employment contract. Payment of all taxes and social insurance is the responsibility of the contractor.

•  EHRA reserves the right (but does not commit itself to obligations) to enter into negotiations with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications or additional information, as well as to agree on the timing of work.

EHRA is looking for experts for the EECA Regional Platform National Focal Points to help generate requests for the Global Fund’s CRG Technical Assistance in Armenia and Tajikistan

RFP Number EHRA 04-16
RFP Title External experts
RFP Closing Date and time: 23:59 EET on May 08, 2022
Proposal Submission Address: info@harmreductioneurasia.org

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 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 2022, EHRA is planning to sub-contract experts to serve as the EECA Regional Platform National 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 National Focal Points in the following 2 countries: Armenia, Tajikistan.

Key tasks to be conducted by the experts.

Each expert selected to become the EECA Platform CRG TA National Focal Point is expected to assist the civil society and communities’ representatives in relevant country in development and submission of at least 1 successful request for the CRG TA per country in 2022.

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 National Focal Points are expected to:

  • Initiate a dialogue with the civil society and communities’ representatives involved into the Global Fund related processes in each selected county 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 Secretariat CRG Department on the results of the TA Request consideration (if needed).

Online training on the key aspects of the CRG TA Program will be provided for the selected consultants by EHRA, if needed.

Also, the EECA Platform CRG TA National 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 these 2 countries. The template Excel form for such mapping will be provided by EHRA.

Deliverables and Time frame

1 CRG TA Requests per each country being developed, submitted with the support of the EECA Platform CRG TA National Focal Points and approved for the TA provision by the Global Fund CRG Department until November 30, 2022.

Mapping of principal, sub and sub-sub-recipients of the Global Fund HIV and TB grants in each country conducted until July 30, 2022.

Cost of services and payment order

Payment will be done for the successful CRG TA request being generated with support of the EECA Platform CRG TA National Focal Point – 800 USD per TA request (not more than 1 request per country in 2022). Of this amount 400 USD will be paid after the fact of the submission of the TA request is confirmed, and other 400 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 800 USD will not be paid to the Focal Point.

Also, 400 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 each of 2 countries.

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

The total contract cost for the work of one consultant under this ToR in 2022 should not exceed 1 200 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.

Criteria Weighting
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 one of three countries 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
Total 100 points

General terms

Interested consultants should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • EHRA will sign an agreement with the winner of the competitive selection. The contract will define a detailed work plan and payment terms.
  • EHRA reserves the right (but does not commit itself to obligations) to enter into negotiations with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications or additional information, as well as to agree on the timing of work. No conflict of interest (should be declared in the Letter of Interest);
  • No conflict of interest (should be stated in the letter of interest);
  • Fluency in language relevant for the country in which the expert is interested, as well as in English (desirable).

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 country you are interested to work with]” to info@harmreductioneurasia.org by 23:59 EET 08 of May 2022.