EHRA is looking for consultants to develop an interactive online training course on digital services

EHRA is looking for the consultants to develop an interactive online training course on digital services for key population groups that are vulnerable to HIV, including people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, trans* people and women living with HIV.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association  (EHRA) as part of the Eurasian Regional Consortium’s project “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services” supported by the Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks (RCF) is looking for qualified providers to develop and conduct an interactive online training course on digital services for key populations (people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, trans people and women living with HIV).

Tasks under this tender

The purpose of the course is to build capacities of peer workers, social workers, psychologists and other specialists who are involved in provision of online/remote services and managers of those programs for a better quality of those services. The course should take into account the information, conclusions, and recommendations provided in THIS technical draft[1] of the executive summary of the Report on Mapping Digital and Remote Healthcare-Social HIV Services for Key Populations in countries of Central, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  1. Develop and produce interactive online training course allowing potential users to progress in an engaging virtual learning environment. Course content and delivery should be designed in a way that participants can complete the course 90% independently. 10% of the course should include mentoring, supervision or coaching support.

The course should contain the following thematic blocks:

  • role and specifics of digital services in package of services for key populations;
  • planning and management of digital services;
  • practical skills building to improve provision of quality services;
  • safety and confidentiality (for both client and consultant);
  • ethics of consultant-client relationship in an online environment.
  1. Place the content of the course to existing online course platform: https://ehra.learnworlds.com/home.
  2. Pilot the course and, based on the results of the pilot (feedback from the participants and EHRA), make necessary changes in course design and content.
  3. Produce scripts/guidelines for mentors and trainers of the course.

All course materials should be available in Russian and English.

[1] https://harmreductioneurasia-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/igor_harmreductioneurasia_org/ERGwxX-JzBdGnQxwWBtztsQBa2d1xtyNM8vmJ7TbkPVS1g?e=tGKNBW

How to apply

Applicants must submit:

  • Technical proposal;
  • Cost proposal;
  • CVs of individual consultants or teams proposed for this assignment with references to their previous experience in similar tasks;

The subject of the letter is “Digital services course” and subject line of your attachment must

be labeled as follows:

  • Your name_technical proposal
  • Your name_cost proposal

The proposal should be submitted to igor@harmreductioneurasia.org,

The deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on May 23, 2021.

Please see full ToR

Invitation to participate in the additional selection of consultants for editing and proofreading of various types of documents: in English language, in Russian language.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) invites you to submit a price offer (in EUR) for the following services:

а.  editing and proofreading in Russian (RE);

b. editing and proofreading in English (EE).

We invite you to submit your proposals to viktorija@harmreductioneurasia.org by May 12, 2021.

More information and application form is in the Request for quotes.

Invitation to participate in the tender for the selection of translators

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) invites you to submit a price offer (in EUR) for the following services:

  • translation from Russian into English,
  • translation from English into Russian,
  • translation from Lithuanian into English,
  • translation from English into Lithuanian,
  • translation from Russian into Lithuanian,
  • translation from Lithuanian into Russian;

We invite you to submit your proposals to viktorija@harmreductioneurasia.org by May 12, 2021.

More information and application form is in the Request for quotes.

Request for Proposals. Grants to support the meaningful involvement of the civil society and communities’ representatives from EECA countries into the country dialogue processes related to the development of the national C19RM Funding Requests

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) invites initiative groups, organizations of communities of people living with or affected by HIV and TB, as well as non-governmental HIV and TB focused organizations being involved into the implementation of Global Fund grants at the national level in EECA countries, and also those being involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to apply for grants to support the meaningful involvement of the civil society and communities’ representatives from EECA countries into the country dialogue processes related to the development of the national C19RM Funding Requests.

LIST OF POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES FOR SUPPORT (These are just examples. You may suggest your own activities):

• Conducting a needs assessment among representatives of a particular community in the context of the impact of and response on COVID-19;

• Conducting face-to-face meetings in order to identify interventions of a most priority for the representatives of a particular community to be included in the national C19RM funding request;

• Moderation of the online discussions with representatives of various communities in order to develop proposals for submission to the CCM. Expert to protocol such discussions and develop a final document with proposals; etc.

IMPLEMENTATION TIME: May – July 2021

LANGUAGES: Russian and English

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:

  • be registered as a legal entity in one of the EECA countries which received allocation within the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism; in case of initiative group, it should have a financial agent registered in one of such EECA countries.
  • 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 affected by HIV and / or TB at the national level.
  • Ensure coordination and consolidation of the content of the grant proposal with key non-governmental sector partners in the country involved into the development of the national C19RM funding request.

No more than 6 grants will be awarded for the period up to three months of implementation. The indicative budget for each grant is US $ 5,000. The EHRA could consider more ambitious applications, if justified.

Application deadline: May 10, 2021, 23:59 CET.

Applications will be considered and a decision on applications will be made as soon as they are received, and therefore it is recommended to submit applications as soon as possible.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send the following documents by 10th of May 2021 23:59 CET to ivan@harmreductioneurasia.org:

  1. Filled application form, signed with the organization director or responsible representative.
  2. Filled work plan and budget in Excel format.
  3. Annex 1 – Registration document of the organization.

Applicants who have submitted an incomplete package of documents will not be considered as tender participants!

Statement of Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional community networks to the United National General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS on key priorities in HIV and AIDS response

Prior to High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, EHRA together with other regional networks representing the communities of key populations and people living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia publishing joint statement to ensure that the new Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS:

  • The Declaration should not only describe the vision, priorities, policies, and plans of governments, but above all be a reflection of the needs of people and communities most affected by the HIV epidemic;
  • The Declaration should not only declare a general goal of ending the HIV epidemic but set up specific and measurable targets and results in protecting the health and social well-being of people and communities most affected by HIV;
  • The Declaration should include commitments and mechanisms of political and financial support for its implementation;
  • The Declaration should ensure the learning and dissemination of the best experiences and lessons learned by countries and communities over the four decades of working to protect human health and well-being from the HIV epidemic.

Taking into account the needs of communities and countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, we call upon inclusion in the new Political Declaration of particular positions as stated below:

  1. Look at us, see us. We are gravely concerned that Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is one of the only two regions in the world where the annual rate of HIV infections continues to rise at a concerning rate among key populations.
  2. No one should be left behind. Nothing for us without us. List all the key populations by name to stop the existing disregard, ignorance and discrimination of key populations, ensure meaningful involvemen and improve the space for advocacy and other cooperation between governments and key populations, and for community-led monitoring.
  3. Chase the virus, not people! Call for decriminalization of HIV exposure and transmission, same sex behavior, drug use and possession of drugs for personal use, sex work, in EECA countries and around the world.
  4. Let us work. Ensure favorable legal environment, including freedom of association so that communities can freely create and register non-profit organizations, receive public and donors’ funds, and provide services aligned with the needs of our communities. Ensure fair allocation of resources for the community-led response, including community-led monitoring and peer-led evidence-based services for key populations.
  5. Evidence is here. Ensure implementation. Focus on implementation of evidence-based, people-centered, human rights- and community-based integrated policies, practices and services on mental health and sexual and reproductive health and HIV for key populations.
  6. From words to actions. Ensure transformation of commitments into fully funded actions implemented at international and national level with transparency, inclusiveness, and effectiveness.

Please see full statement in English and Russian.

EXTENDED: EHRA is looking for national consultant in Georgia to analyze the changes in the harm reduction packages and unit costs during transition from international to domestic funding

Despite commitment by governments to continue HIV prevention among key groups, transition has significantly weakened community systems and interrupted services. Available packages and quality of harm reduction services are decreasing even if services are supported. Lack of political support for harm reduction, not only as an HIV prevention measure but as a social service, is one of the main obstacles to sustainable and sufficient funding for quality programmes.[1]

Since harm reduction (HR) programs have been first introduced in the countries the package of provided services changed and varies from country to country. Georgia recently started funding the HR services from domestic resources through social-contracting and public procurement.

EHRA is looking for national consultant in Georgia to analyze the changes in the harm reduction packages and unit costs during transition from international to government funding.

Objectives of the consultancy:

  • Analyze changes in unit cost per client, list/package of services since HR services were introduced in the country using secondary data (applications to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, budgets or target setting in national documents, national AIDS response strategies, standards/packages of services and/or national unit costs calculations, state procurement tenders and contracts with service providers);
  • Describe the rationale behind the changes in the package and/or unit costs (interviews with 2-3 key national informants involved in decision-making process)
  • Analyze the impact of occurred changes in unit costs and package of HR services on services provision, quality of provided services and client satisfaction with them (interviews with services providers and community representatives/clients from different cities of the country)

Steps of the consultancy:

  1. Secondary data analysis
  2. Development of questionnaires in consultation with EHRA and national consultants from other 3 countries (Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, North Macedonia)
  3. Interviews with key informants (the list of informants should be approved by EHRA)
  • 2-3 with national stakeholders involved indecision-making process regarding unit costs, standards and packages of services
  • 5 with harm reduction services providers from different cities of the country
  • 10 with clients of opioid substitution and needle and syringe programs
  1. Prepare draft analytical report based on the collected data
  2. Finalize the report based on EHRA’s feedback

Expected results of the consultancy:

  • Analytical report in Russian or English (up to 30 pages) on how the transition process affects harm reduction packages, unit costs and quality of provided services.
  • Suggested recommendations for donors and governments based on the analyzed data and interviews with key informants
  • Translation of the report into the national language

Proposed timeline: All tasks should be completed by June 15, 2021.

This call for proposals is organized within the  “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services” project of the Eurasian Regional Consortium financed by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCF).

The Eurasian Regional Consortium joins the efforts of Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM), Eurasian Women’s AIDS Network (EWNA) and Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) to effectively address the lack of financial sustainability in prevention, treatment, care and support programs for the key populations vulnerable in terms of their rights violation and the risk of HIV.

Selection criteria:

The submitted applications will be evaluated by the selection committee of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the bids (the maximum possible number of points is 100):

  • Knowledge and understanding of GF funding and national procurement procedures (25 points)
  • Clear understanding of situation with harm reduction funding in the country (25 points)
  • Relevant work experience (analytical reports) (20 points)
  • Established connections with service providers (15 points)
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation (10 points)
  • Fluent Russian or English (5 points)

EHRA will consider for the contract only applicants that scored at least 80 points out of 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.

Terms of payment and other conditions same as a final timeline will be indicated in the agreement which EHRA will sign with the winner.

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following documents to maria@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “Call UC”,the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on April 26, 2021:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of interest with suggested consultancy fee (USD) and number of working days (8 hours/day)
  3. List of potential respondents from organizations providing harm reduction services

 

 

[1] https://www.hri.global/files/2020/10/26/Global_State_HRI_2020_2_2_Eurasia_FA_WEB.pdf

Announcement of EHRA members online Regional meetings to elect Steering Committee members

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) (Eurazijos žalos mažinimo asociacija), registered at Gedimino pr. 45-4, Vilnius 01109, Lithuania (actual address Verkių g. 34B-701, Vilnius) announces the convocation of the members regional meetings to elect Steering Committee members from the following regions: South-Eastern Europe and Russia.

List of all current Steering Committee members.

A list of Steering Committee members subject to rotation, is as follows:

  1. Samir Ibisevic (South-Eastern Europe);
  2. Maksim Malyshev (Russia).

Schedule of elections:

  • From 19 April to 16 May, 2021– nomination process (4 weeks). Candidates are submitting their applications to participate in the Steering Committee elections
  • From 24 Мay to 6 June, 2021– online voting to elect Steering Committee members in the South-Eastern Europe and Russia regions
  • 7 June, 2021– announcement of the results.

We are inviting all EHRA members from the above-mentioned regions to submit applications to become a member of the Steering Committee until 16th May, 2021. Candidates’ applications are filled in online: https://forms.gle/j5hpoUVKoQVbXwMc9

The requirements for the candidates are: 

  1. be a member of EHRA;
  2. demonstrate readiness and ability to work responsibly and actively as a Steering Committee member;
  3. follow the principles listed in the Association Steering Committee Regulations;
  4. to reside within a region participating in the current elections;
  5. to avoid a potential conflict of interests, candidates cannot be representatives of Association’s donor organizations.

ATTENTION! According EHRA Regulations, a country represented in a particular region may have only one representative in the Steering Committee who is elected in the Regional Meeting. Therefore, EHRA Members from Serbia cannot submit their candidacies, as one of the EHRA Steering Committee members is from Serbia.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate Secretary of the Regional meetings Eliza Kurcevic, by e-mail: members@harmreductioneurasia.org

Announcement of EHRA members online General Meeting

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) (Eurazijos žalos mažinimo asociacija), registered at Gedimino pr. 45-4, Vilnius 01109, Lithuania (actual address Verkių g. 34B, 7th floor, Vilnius, Lithuania) announces the convocation of the members online General meeting, in the period from 24th May 2021 to 6th June 2021.

General meeting suggested agenda:

  1. Approval of EHRA financial report for 2020 year (Statement from EHRA Treasurer will be sent until 24th May, 2021); 

Timeline of the General meeting:

19 April, 2021 – announcement of the General meeting of EHRA members

19 April – 24 May, 2021 – documents for the General meeting are sent to members

24 May – 6 June, 2021 – online voting

For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Secretary of the General meeting Eliza Kurcevic by e-mail: members@harmreductioneurasia.org

EHRA is looking for writers to prepare short articles on the state of harm reduction in CECCA countries

In 2020 within the preparation of Eurasia chapter of the Global State of Harm Reduction Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) conducted interviews with national partners. Based on the gathered information EHRA recently started publishing articles providing an overview of harm reduction and drug policy developments in each country of CECCA region.

Article structure example: https://harmreductioneurasia.org/countries/slovenia/

EHRA is looking for writers to prepare similar short informational texts on the 20 countries (the consultants can choose the number of articles they are willing to work on).

Based on the desk research and transcripts of interviews selected consultants should prepare 3–5 pages informational text about the country in English or Russian.

Selection criteria:

The submitted applications will be evaluated by the selection committee of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the bids (the maximum possible number of points is 100):

  • Quality of the portfolio (must include publications related to harm reduction or drug policy) (60 points)
  • Literate English or Russian (25 points)
  • Relevant education (15 points)

EHRA will consider for the contract only applicants that scored at least 80 points out of 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.

Terms of payment and other conditions same as a final timeline will be indicated in the agreement which EHRA will sign with the winner.

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following documents to maria@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “Call writer”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on April 26, 2021:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of interest with suggested consultancy fee for 1 text and number of articles the consultants is willing to work on (USD)

 

 

How to write a successful small grant application?

Each year, EHRA and other partners in the region are announcing small grants programs. We are sure, you heard, or maybe even applied for it?

Most of the applications we receive consist of great and inspiring ideas. But at the same time, some of them lack consistency. So, if you ever asked yourself “Why was my project not selected?” or “Why was my project not selected the third time in a row?”, we are here to help and guide you on how to write a successful small grant application.

 

On March 23, 2021, EHRA held a practical webinar “How to write a successful small grant application?”. Participants of the webinar learned what algorithm to use working over the application, why the topic of the competition is important, and how to link it with the goal of the grant, whether a lot of text is good or bad, what the goal, objectives, and activities are, how to make a budget and check your application.

The presentation and recording of the webinar are available on the EHRA educational platform at https://ehra.learnworlds.com/course/how-to-write-small-grant-application. Registration is required to access the platform.