Terms of reference Consultants\Organizations to conduct the assessment of the sustainability of opioid agonist therapy in the context of donor transition in Republics of Belarus, Moldova and Tajikistan

In 2019 the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) has developed the approach and tools for countries to assess the sustainability of opioid agonist therapy (OAT) programs within the context of transitioning out of Global Fund, and other donor, support. This assessment covers the current situation, progress achieved, risks, and opportunities for sustainability with a focus on programmatic aspects of OAT.

EHRA is looking for the national level consultants\organizations to conduct the assessment of the sustainability of OAT programs using the EHRA developed assessment framework and methodology in Belarus, Moldova and Tajikistan. Assessment will be conducted in each country separately; one consultancy contract will be signed for assessment in each country.

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Tender for a peer educator (consultant) in Lithuania, in “Peer2Peer” project

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) as part of the two years project “Peer2Peer: Reinforcing Peer’s Involvement in Outreach Work”, is looking for a Consultant named “Peer to peer educator”  to participate in the implementation of tasks of the project on the national level.

“Peer2Peer” aims to reinforce the capacity of outreach CSOs to reduce drug demand, by recovering and upscaling the European heritage on cooperation between peers and professionals, outreach workers, small-scale drug dealers and law enforcement. This project comprises internationally recognized research, social intervention and advocacy institutions from Europe, gathered to increase the project’s impact.

More information about “Peer2Peer” project you can find at  https://harmreductioneurasia.org/projects/peer2peer/

Terms of references for Peer educator (Consultant):

  1. To participate in the need’s assessment focus-group, to discuss the empirical applicability of data produced in the activities of the project;
  2. To participate in the European Advisory Group for best practices meetings;
  3. To implement pilot-interventions in Lithuania;
  4. Support in the organization of the training in Lithuania for the preparation of pilot-intervention;
  5. To work in the field, contributing to the improvement of services provided to people who use psychoactive substances (PUPS), so they become more accessible and tailored to PUPS needs – in order to reduce drug demand and the risks associated with psychoactive substances use;
  6. To participate in the monitoring and evaluation of implementation;
  7. Support in the organization of two face-to-face discussion forums in Lithuania (including policy-makers, decision-makers, law enforcement officials, healthcare professionals and academia experts);
  8. Support in the organization of national policy dialogue seminar in Lithuania. This seminar will provide the opportunity to present project results to relevant national stakeholders, to define national policies on cooperating practices regarding outreach work with PUPS (taking into account the evidence-based knowledge produced in WP2 and WP3), to discuss future national actions and to promote effective means of exchange between all stakeholders.
  9. To participate in the policy dialogue meeting, which will be held in the European Parliament (Brussels) at the end of the project.

Proposed timeline:

From 1st December, 2019 to 31st October, 2020

Requirements to Consultant:

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):

  • Relevant experience (in peer education/consultation) (40 points)
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of harm reduction and drug policy (40 points);
  • Knowledge of the Lithuanian and English languages (20 points);

Payment:

Payment for the work of the Consultant will be decided based on the results of the tendering process. The proposed work under this ToR will continue starting from 1st of December 2019 till 31 of October 2020 and will take up to 130 working day approximately.

Payment will be done on monthly basis based on provided detail timesheet and invoice.

EHRA will cover meals compensation, travel, accommodation expenses required to ensure the Consultant participation in a project related event abroad.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit their CV and Letter of Interest  in free form to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “Peer educator”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on November 10, 2019. CVs and Letter of Interest  should clearly reflect the competencies of the candidate required to complete this task and should include filled daily rate form in EUR (EHRA’s template).

General terms

Interested Consultants should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • EHRA will sign a long-term contract with the Consultant for the period from 1st of December 2019 till 31 of October 2020. 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.
  • EHRA reserves the right to negotiate number of working days related to the each stage of work with the Consultant. Final number of working days can change during implementation by mutual agreement between EHRA and Consultant.
  • The Consultant undertakes to calculate and pay all and any taxes applicable under Lithuanian laws and regulations from the fee, if such tax payment obligation arises to him/her.

If you have any questions or need clarification regarding this ToR, please contact Eliza Kurcevič at eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org no later than November 8th, 2019.

Call for technical assistance for organizations wishing to try themselves in alternative financing

With the gradual withdrawal of major donors from the CEECA region and the failure of states to fulfill their obligations to switch to national funding, the issue of survival for NGOs working in the field of harm reduction is particularly acute. EHRA announces a call[1] for technical assistance (TA) for organizations wishing to try themselves in alternative financing[2].

The purpose of this TA is to improve the understanding by public organizations and civil society organizations from СEECA countries of the possibilities and conditions for obtaining alternative funding.

Who can apply? Officially registered community-led and civil society organizations working in the field of harm reduction on national or sub-national levels, that already have experience in finding alternative resources or plan to introduce the chosen practice in the near future.

Eligible countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan.

Within this TA EHRA will cover travel expenses of 2 employees of two selected organizations to 4-6 day internship in the chosen organization. After completing an internship, the organization is obliged to try to implement the gained knowledge within six months after the internship.

List of organizations for internships

  1. Light of Hope, Ukraine http://www.lightofhope.com.ua

On the basis of the organization, there is an Adaptation Center for the homeless and those released from prison, a Shelter for women who have suffered from domestic violence or human trafficking, a Youth Center and the Training and Production Center (Social Enterprise), which helps socially vulnerable groups with employment, provides access to education and professional training.

The “Training and Production Center” is one of the most advanced social enterprises in Ukraine. The center was created to support and socially integrate representatives of various key groups into society.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Participation in social contracting
  • Organization of a social enterprise
  • Providing consulting services
  1. From heart to heart, Ukraine http://fhth.ck.ua

The organization provides services in the field of HIV prevention, counseling and testing for HIV and STIs, harm reduction services, psychological support, rehabilitation assistance, etc. Charitable Organization “From Heart to Heart” has experience in raising funds as part of charity events and fairs. The organization has a Reintegration Center for the homeless and people who have been released from prisons, where they can acquire skills that contribute to their social adaptation in society. Thanks to the advocacy actions of the CO “From Heart to Heart”, the local authorities introduced reduced rent rates for NGOs working with vulnerable groups.

Learning Opportunities:

  • organization of a social enterprise
  1. ReGeneration, Serbia https://regeneracija.blogspot.com/

The organization promotes effective drug policy; implements advocacy campaigns with the involvement of the media to expand harm reduction programs in the country. ReGeneration also conducts capacity trainings for other organizations and professionals who work with people who use drugs. ReGeneration is the only organization in Serbia that conducts research among people who use drugs.

Learning Opportunities:

  • sale of expert services
  • production of videos, articles, studies
  • crowdfunding
  • collection of private donations
  1. Foundation for Social Education, Poland https://fes.edu.pl/o-nas/

The organization’s activities include: free and anonymous testing for HIV and HCV in two counseling and diagnostic centers in Warsaw; educational and informational seminars and trainings in the field of sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention; hotline counseling services for people living with HIV and their relatives; harm reduction services; legal support for people living with HIV and their relatives. The Social Education Fund receives 1% of the personal income tax paid by the population.

Learning Opportunities:

  • percentage tax designation
  • grants from pharmaceutical companies
  1. Positive Initiative, Moldova http://www.positivepeople.md

“Positive Initiative” is an organization of patients living, affected, or vulnerable to HIV, which operates throughout the Republic of Moldova. The organization has positive experience in conducting campaigns to raise funds in cooperation with business, organize a social enterprise, receives membership fees, as well as donations from individual donors.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Financing prevention programs among at-risk groups from the compulsory health insurance fund through grants
  • Procurement of psychosocial support and rehabilitation services for people with drug dependence by the penitentiary system
  • Integration of peer consultants into the staff of state medical institutions (narcology service, ART distribution rooms)
  • Development of social business by NGOs
  • Crowdfunding
  1. Kings of the street, Slovenia http://www.kraljiulice.org

Kings of the Street is the largest organization in Slovenia working with homeless people and their social isolation. The NGO started its activity by launching the country’s first street magazine written by the homeless people themselves. “Kings of the street” conduct outreach work and provide counseling and information about organizations where they can get help. The organization also have a day center for homeless and other marginalized groups of the population, as well as an open and alternative form of education for people who have been excluded from other forms of formal and non-formal education.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Issue of a street magazine / tourist guide;
  • organization of a social enterprise.

Application selection process. Qualified applications from eligible countries will be assessed by project management team based on the selection criteria:

  • Justification of the selected organization and practice of alternative financing (45 points)
  • Implementation plan for the selected practice (25 points)
  • Understanding of their own shortcomings / needs in organizational capacity to increase competitiveness in obtaining affordable financing (30 points)

Qualification criteria:

  • Officially registered public and civil society organizations working in the field of harm reduction at the national or subnational levels.
  • The organization operates in one of 16 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan.

Internship period: November-December 2019.

How to apply

If your organization is interested in receiving this TA, please fill in and submit the application form along with the documents confirming registration of your organisation to irena@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “TA AltFund”, the deadline for submission is until 24:00 Eastern time on November 5, 2019.

 

 

[1] This activity is conducted under the project “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services” which is carried out by the Eurasian Regional Consortium. The aim of the project is to maximize capacity of consortium’s member organizations and their impact of advocacy to improve funding environment for sufficient allocation of resources for HIV programs in countries of EECA.

[2] Alternative financing – indirect state funding, crowdfunding, involvement of business companies in charitable projects, establishment of social enterprises, etc.

Terms of Reference for the consultant to develop methodology to analyze the implementation of the national plans for transition

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” (#SoS_project), the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is aimed at the improving the financial sustainability and allocative efficiency of HIV programs in EECA countries.

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Сall for applications to receive technical assistance for organizations, that want to increase their organizational capacity

EHRA announces a call for applications to receive technical assistance (TA) for organizations, that want to increase their organizational capacity to be more competitive and successful in receiving available state funding[1].

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Extended: Terms of Reference for a national consultant on legal analysis of cases of human rights violations against women who use drugs in Russia

 The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) as part of the three-year multi-country project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (#SoS_project), implemented by the Alliance of Public Health Charitable Foundation in consortium with the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV (100% Life), the Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV and the Eurasian Key populations Health Network, regional networks, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and a number of technical partners, announces an open tender for a consultant for legal analysis of interviews collected in Russia to implement Objective 2 of the project – to reduce the most important human rights and gender barriers to accessing HIV prevention and care services.

Gathering data on human rights violations among people who use drugs, their analysis, ensuring follow-up, and reporting to the UN human rights treaty bodies will help remove barriers to access to HIV prevention and care services for people who use drugs in EECA countries. In addition, mentoring and technical assistance to partners from national communities will help build community capacity in collecting data on human rights violations and understanding the follow-up system for its systematic and effective use.

The collection of data on cases of human rights violations against women who use drugs in Russia will serve as the evidence base for advocating for amendments to existing national legislation aimed at respecting and protecting the rights of people who use drugs, and will become the basis for subsequent submission of reports to the UN human rights treaty bodies.

Tasks of the consultant and expected results:

  1. To get acquainted with the interviews collected by EHRA, to identify the main patterns, trends and types of problems that women who use drugs face.
  2. To analyze to what extent the identified problems are a consequence of the Russian legislation on drugs, and where there are cases of discrimination and / or abuse by representatives of state and other structures.
  3. To prepare a descriptive 10-15 pages report.

Timeline:

  1. The first draft of the report – by December 10, 2019;
  2. The final report, taking into account comments from EHRA – by December 20, 2019.

Consultant Requirements:

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):

  1. The applicant is an employee or permanent consultant of a Russian organization working in the sphere of harm reduction and / or protection of human rights (25 points);
  2. Legal education (25 points);
  3. Relevant work experience (references to documents or relevant analytical materials should be provided in the application) (50 points).

Cost of services:

The amount of the contract may not exceed $1,000 (paid upon completion of work and the provision of a final report to EHRA).

How to apply:

Applicants must submit their CV and application (letter of interest) in free form to maria@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “Consultant RUS”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET November 4, 2019. 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 necessary to implement the assignment.

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.
  • The winner of the competitive selection agrees to provide confirmation of their daily rates before signing the contract.
  • 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.

If you have any questions or need clarification regarding this ToR, please contact Maria Plotko at maria@harmreductioneurasia.org no later than October 30, 2019.

Terms of Reference

Invitation to participate in the Tender for the selection of Editors

Eurasian harm reduction Association (further EHRA) announces a tender for the selection of editors for a long-term cooperation with EHRA.

Based on the results of the tender, EHRA will select several consultants, with whom EHRA will conclude long-term contracts.

More information about the Association and specifics of the work you can find on our website http://harmreductioneurasia.org

Type and subject of the tender:

As part of its work, EHRA requires quality editing and proofreading of various types of documents, reports and publications:

in English language,

in Russian language.

As a result of the tender, consultants with the highest amount of points for each of the following category of work will be chosen:

– (ER) editing texts in Russian language,

– (EE) editing texts in English language.

Requirements to participants of the tender / evaluation criteria:

Essential requirement for the participants of the contest:

– Category (ER) – the Russian language must be native to the candidate (native speaker);

– Category (EE) – the English language must be native to the candidate (native speaker).

General requirements for the participants of the contest.

To assess the tender applications, the following criteria will be used (maximum amount of points for each criterion):

  • Experience of editing in the fields of public health, human rights, harm reduction etc. – maximum 20 points.
  • Quality of the completed test task – maximum 50 points.

Text for Category (ER)

Text for Category (EE)

  • Education: diploma in linguistics, philology or other related fields; special certifications, etc.: maximum 20 points.
  • Price of editing of a page of text (1800 characters with spaces) maximum 10 points.

The maximum possible amount of points            100 points

Participants must submit:

  1. A cover letter in a free format (no more than in 1 pages), which should include:
  • information for which category of work (ER, EE) the documents are submitted;
  • indication of the cost of services, i.e. editing of a page of text in EURO (1800 characters with spaces);
  1. Completed test task in Word-format (.doc, .docx).
  2. CV in a free format;
  3. Copies of diplomas and certificates, as well as links on the examples of the previous editing.

ATTENTION! If these documents are not provided in full, such application in not considered for evaluation.

Application deadline – 1 p.m., September 30, 2019, Vilnius local time. Please send your documents at julia@harmreductioneurasia.org

Special conditions:

Upon the completion of the tender procedures, EHRA will sign long-term contracts with the selected number of Consultants on a fixed cost of services per unit basis in EURO (page of text, 1800 characters with spaces). Further work will be carried out based on the needs of EHRA and according to the timeline and other conditions, which will be decided upon in each individual case.

The submission of documents for participation in the tender does not impose on EHRA any additional obligation to conclude a contract.

Terms Of Reference For Development of “Chase the Virus, Not People!” National Campaigns

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is looking for national partners (country consortia, NGOs, community organizations and initiative groups) to develop and implement the CHASE THE VIRUS, NOT PEOPLE! campaign at the national level in 3 countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.

The assignment is implemented in the framework of the Eurasian Regional Consortium project “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services”, funded by the Robert Carr civil society Networks’ Fund.

Campaign was launched at AIDS2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in July 2018. The regional communities’ networks, who joined forces in the campaign represent key populations affected by HIV: people living with HIV, women living with HIV, youth and teenagers, affected by HIV, people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, trans people. The campaign emphasized the common needs of all key population groups and focuses on overcoming the discrimination, stigmatization and criminalization of key populations as a key condition for an effective response to the HIV epidemic in EECA countries.

Aim of the campaign:

To strengthen the voice and influence of national activists at the national level in articulating their advocacy priorities and drawing the attention of target audiences to the problems of key populations in relation to the catastrophic HIV/AIDS epidemic in the EECA region, in particular the impact of stigma, discrimination and criminalization on effective response measures to HIV/AIDS epidemic and mortality reduction.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE ASSIGNMENT

TASK:

to develop and implement the national campaign under the slogan “Chase the virus, not people!” with specific advocacy objectives in the framework of the regional campaign.

EHRA is issuing 3 grants in 3 countries accordingly to the winners in the open competition (NGO, community organization or initiative groups).

AIM (sample, to be adjusted per country needs):

To strengthen partnerships between national key populations organizations and activists to draw attention of key steakholders and decision makers to the impact of stigma, discrimination and criminalization on effective response measures to HIV/AIDS epidemic and mortality reduction in the country

Grant sum – 2,000 Euro per country.

EHRA technical support – EHRA representative’s participation in development of the national campaign (country visit for 1-day mentorship session; on-line technical support to the national campaign organizer).

Terms of project realization – till the end of 2019.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:

  • Be registered in one of the countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region;
  • Work with/represent/provide services/advocate for the needs of key populations on the national level;
  • Share the aim and objectives of the regional campaign “Chase the virus, not people!”;
  • Describe the problem statement for advocacy within the national campaign;
  • Identify the goal of the national campaign;
  • Demostrate the previous experience in realization of advocacy/communication campaigns (if any).

To apply for the assignment the organization or individual has to submit to natalia@harmreductioneurasia.org till COB September 20, 2019 the following documents:

Description of the organizational experience to follow the above described requirements,

Letter of interest (not less than 500 words and not more than 1500 words),

Timeline of campaign development and implementation with the brief description of stages and terms.

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

  • Work experience with key populations (20);
  • Problem statement (20);
  • Clear and achievable goal of the campaign (30);
  • Realistic and clear timeline of the campaign (30).

Before submission of the application, please read carefully ToR for national partners.