Terms of Reference for a consultant on the collection of data on cases of human rights violations in the Republic of Moldova

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 to collect data on cases of human rights violations in the Republic of Moldova 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, 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 among people who use drugs in Moldova 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. Conduct semi-structured interviews with:
  • people who have 1 conviction and have served sentences in prison in connection with narcotic drugs (2 minimum);
  • people who have 1 criminal record and received a suspended sentence in connection with narcotic drugs (2 minimum);
  • people who were held accountable, but chose treatment in connection with narcotic drugs (2 minimum);
  • people who have received a fine for storage / use in connection with narcotic drugs (2 minimum);
  • people who have more than one criminal record and have been serving sentences in places of detention in connection with narcotic drugs (2 minimum);
  • people who have more than one criminal record, but have not served their sentences in prison (2 minimum).

Selection of respondents:

  • Respondents should include both men and women;
  • experience in criminal / administrative prosecution over the past 5 years;
  • age 18-50 yearsold.

The interview guidelines will be developed by EHRA jointly with the selected consultant. A representative of EHRA will assist in conducting the interview (travel to Moldova).

  1. According to the form provided by EHRA for each interview, make a brief description with the most striking quotes.
  2. Prepare a general descriptive report with general trends and citations of 5-10 pages maximum. In addition to the information gathered as a result of the interview, the report should include:
  • Statistics by type of punishment (fines, terms and for how much);
  • How the size of fines relates to average income, minimum wage.

Timeline:

  1. The first draft of the report – by October 20, 2019;
  2. The final report, taking into account comments from EHRA, – by November 15, 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. Knowledge of Russian and Romanian languages ​​(20 points);
  2. Relevant work experience, knowledge and experience in the field of harm reduction are an advantage (the application must contain documents or links to transcripts of interviews and / or analytical reports prepared by the applicant) (45 points);
  3. Literate written Russian or English (15 points);
  4. Work plan with stages and deadlines (20 points).

The cost of work:

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 Moldova”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on August 25, 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 for each stage and the timing of their implementation.

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 August 20, 2019.

ToR for a Consultant.

Terms of Reference for a consultant to collect the official statistical data in the Kyrgyz Republic

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, announce an open tender for a consultant to collect official statistics in Kyrgyzstan 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, 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.

To prepare a report to the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rightson the proportionality of imposed fines for the possession of narcotic drugs, the EHRA is looking for a national consultant to collect official statistical information.

Tasks of the consultant and expected results:

  1. Collect official data, with links to the source:
  • Average salary;
  • Minimum wage;
  • The average unemployment rate across the country and by region, age group and gender;
  • The ability to receive social benefits, their size and inclusion/exclusion criteria;
  • Narcological registration (for what services are needed, what the deregistration procedure is, how open this information is for access to the third parties);
  • Barriers attributed to the presence of criminal and/or narcological records (for employment, education, obtaining a driver’s license, etc.);
  • The cost of rehabilitation services and the opportunity to receive them free of charge;
  • The size of fines for possession of narcotic drugs according to new legislation and the real size of imposed fines according to the court statistics;
  • The number of detainees since the introduction of the law on changing the size of fines for possession of narcotic drugs (for what offence, what punishment, distribution by gender and age if possible).
  1. Analyze the collected data in terms of the proportionality of the fines imposed to the offense and the economic situation in the country, and prepare an analytical 3-5 pages report.

Proposed timeline:

  1. Data gathering – September 30, 2019;
  2. The first draft of the report – October 13, 2019;
  3. The final report, taking into account comments from EHRA – October 31, 2019.

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):

  1. Knowledge of the Russian and Kyrgyz languages ​​(25 points);
  2. Relevant work experience, knowledge and experience in the field of harm reduction are an advantage (documents or links to analytical materials should be submitted in the application) (50 points);
  3. Literate written Russian or English (25 points);

The cost of work:

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 SREPHR”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on August 20, 2019. The CV and application should clearly reflect the competency of the candidate and number of working days necessary to complete this task.

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 August 15, 2019.

Tender for the Selection of Designers

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (further EHRA) announces a tender for the selection of designers for a long-term cooperation with EHRA.

Based on the results of the tender, EHRA will select several designers, 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, professional graphic design, infographics, banners and other design services to fill the site’s content, groups in social networks, to use it in promotional materials (presentations, stands, guides, methodologies, articles, blogs, interviews, project implementation reports to partners and donors).
As a result of the tender, designers with the highest amount of points will be chosen. Description of work:
– graphic design services;
– infographic design services;
– design in Word document, PPT presentations;
– production of banners (static and moving).

Requirements to participants of the tender/evaluation criteria:
Essential requirement for the participants:
– knowledge of Russian or English languages (Intermediate level B1 – minimum);
– work experience as a professional designer at least 3 years;
General requirements:
To assess the tender applications, the following criteria will be used (maximum amount of points for each criterion):
ATTENTION! If the participant doesn’t have a relevant experience in some of the criteria, please, skip it (do not put any cost of such service in the form).

Participants must submit:
1. CV in a free format, which should include:
– previous work experience as a professional designer;
– filled form of the cost of services (mentioned above).
2. A link to the portfolio of works (At least 10 examples).
3. Copies of diplomas and certificates (if the participant has).

ATTENTION! If these documents are not provided in full, such application in not considered for evaluation.
Application deadline1 p.m., August 10, 2019, Vilnius local time. Please send your documents to Yuliia Holub at julia@harmreductioneurasia.org

Special conditions:
Upon the completion of the tender procedures, EHRA will sign long-term contracts with the selected number of winners on a fixed cost of services per unit basis in EURO (one hour of work under design and one page of one product). 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.

By submitting the requested data, I agree that the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association has the right to use my personal data the name, surname, email, phone number, motivation letter and biographical data (including copies of diplomas and qualifications’ certificates, examples of my work) with the purpose of holding a tender and selecting the candidates, which participate in the tender, further accounting and audit of the Association.
To communicate with the participants of the tender, the EHRA can use my name and surname, email and phone number.
I agree that my data will be saved in the archives of the EHRA according to the Order of the Lithuanian State Archive “On the approval of the general term for keeping the documents”.

Invitation to participate in the tender for the selection of photographers

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (further EHRA) announces a tender for the selection of photographers for a long-term cooperation with EHRA in Lithuania.

Based on the results of the tender, EHRA will select several photographers, 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, professional photos to fill the site’s content, groups in social networks, to use it in promotional materials (presentations, stands, guides, methodologies, articles, blogs, interviews, project implementation reports to partners and donors).

As a result of the tender, photographers with the highest amount of points will be chosen. Description of work:

– photography (conferences, meetings, round tables, trainings, seminars, etc.; portrait and group photo sessions of the EHRA team); photo processing.

Requirements to participants of the tender/evaluation criteria:

Essential requirement for the participants:

– place of residence – Lithuania;

– knowledge of Russian or English languages (Intermediate level B1 – minimum);

– work experience as a professional photographer at least 3 years;

– tolerance to vulnerable groups of people.

General requirements:

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

Participants must submit:

  1. CV in a free format, which should include:
  • previous work experience as a professional photographer;
  • indication of the cost of services: photography/ photo processing in EURO (1 hour/1 photo).

2 A link to the portfolio of your work (At least 10 examples).

3 Copies of diplomas and certificates.

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

Application deadline – 1 p.m., August 10, 2019, Vilnius local time. Please send your documents to Yuliia Holub at julia@harmreductioneurasia.org

Special conditions:

Upon the completion of the tender procedures, EHRA will sign long-term contracts with the selected number of winners on a fixed cost of services per unit basis in EURO (one hour of photography and photo processing of one photo). 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.

WEB developer is needed for a long-term contract

EHRA is looking for a specialist to provide long-term maintenance and support for harmreductioneurasia.org  website.

Application deadline is July 25, 2019.

Please see the detailed Terms of Reference to familiarize yourself with the tasks, requirements and conditions. Applications can be submitted by contacting Irena Zubkova at irena@harmreductioneurasia.org

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Call for proposals to receive small grants for community-led monitoring of service quality and satisfaction

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The Eurasian Regional Consortium invites you to fill in forms to take part in the call for proposals to receive small grants for community-led monitoring of service quality and satisfaction.

The call for proposals and the workshop to develop the skills and knowledge in monitoring of service quality and satisfaction are organized with financial support of the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) within the project  “Thinking outside the box: overcoming challenges in community advocacy for sustainable and high-quality HIV services”.

The Eurasian Regional Consortium joins the efforts of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), the Eurasian Women’s AIDS Network (EWNA) and the 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.

Activities of the Eurasian Regional Consortium within the Project: Learning cycles of the Project implemented by the Eurasian Regional Consortium are composed of five interlinked thematic areas: Organizational sustainability; Building broader coalitions for budget advocacy; Community-led advocacy for comprehensive quality standards for HIV services based on national needs and international recommendations; Budget monitoring and accountability and Community-led monitoring of quality of services.

1. Within the Project component “Community-led monitoring of quality of services”, the Eurasian Regional Consortium 1) organizes a workshop, and among the workshop participants 2) initiates a call for proposals for small grants to conduct research studies.

The workshop for community-led organizations is organized to provide the tools and develop the skills to conduct community-led monitoring of service quality and satisfaction. During the workshop, research developers and practitioners will share their expertise and train the participants how to use the following monitoring tools:

  • “Secret client”, adapted for assessing government services by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health
  • “Access to sexual and reproductive health services”, developed by the Eurasian Women’s AIDS Network
  • “Community-led monitoring of the satisfaction with OST programs”, developed at the request of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

Quotas. The expected total number of workshop participants is 18 people, with equal quotas for each community:

  • 6 people representing the community of people who use drugs/OST participants
  • 6 people representing the community of gay/bisexual men/trans people
  • 6 people representing the community of women living with HIV and vulnerable to HIV

Working languages of the workshop: Russian and English, dates July 3-4, 2019

2. The call for proposals for small grants will be initiated among the workshop participants.

The goal of the call for proposals: ensure practical use of the acquired skills for the community-led monitoring of service quality and satisfaction. Six grants will be awarded. The total budget of the call for proposals is USD 35,000, with the maximum amount of one grant being USD 5,800. 

Quotas.  The following quotas are set forth for each of the communities:

– 2 grants for the community of people who use drugs/OST participants;

– 2 grants for the community of women living with HIV and vulnerable to HIV;

– 2 grants for the community of gay/bisexual men/trans people.

Criteria to select grant recipients:

  1. The group/organization is delegated by, accountable to and led by one of three above-mentioned communities.
  2. The group/organization has an experience of organizing/participating in research studies.
  3. The group/organization has an experience of advocacy through the government decision-making mechanisms.
  4. The group/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.
  5. The applicant presents a clear and specific plan/budget describing the use of grant funds as per the goals of the call for proposals.

! All other things being equal, preference will be given to the groups/organizations, which are active members of EHRA, ECOM and EWNA.

Each proposal will be considered by secretariats of the organizations, which are members of the Eurasian Regional Consortium, and the decision on composition of the workshop participants will be taken considering the agreed quotas.

If you meet the above-mentioned criteria, please fill in the form to confirm your intention to conduct community-led monitoring of service quality and satisfaction

Deadline. The proposals will be accepted by 23:59 on May 29, 2019 (Vilnius time).

Till June 5, 2019, the members of the Eurasian Regional Consortium team will contact you: ECOM – Paata Sabelashvili paata@ecom.ngo, EWNA – Svetlana Moroz svetamorozgen@gmail.com and EHRA – Olya Belyaeva olga@harmreductioneurasia.org.

Extended: Terms of reference for the external consultant Facilitator of EHRA 2020-2024 Strategy development

Context information

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) – is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization, registered in March 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania, by the initiative of harm reduction activists and organizations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) continues traditions of regional harm reduction activists’ network since 1997.

We strive for a creation of a favorable environment for the delivery of sustainable harm reduction programs and decent lives of people who use drugs in the CEECA region. EHRA is keen to achieve 4 strategic objectives in 2018-2019 in accordance to the Strategical framework 2018-2019:

  • Ensuring sustainability and efficiency of harm reduction services in the CEECA region;
  • Advocating for non-punitive drug policies in the CEECA region based on public health and human rights;
  • Developing leadership and expertise of civil society and people who use drugs in the monitoring of drug policies, financing, access and quality of harm reduction services in the CEECA region;
  • Strengthening organizational governance and operational systems, program efficiency and financial sustainability of EHRA.

EHRA now unites 251 organizational and individual members for advocacy actions on regional and national level from 29 countries in 7 sub-regions of the CEECA: Baltics, Central Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russia. EHRA has a transparent, open and participatory-based governance structure which is regulated by EHRA Articles of Association. Organization is led by the elected Steering Committee and overseen by the Treasurer and the international Advisory Board. EHRA is acting as a strategic partner and fiduciary agent of the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD).

Consultancy task and expected results

EHRA is searching for a consultant to help with the development and drafting of new Strategy for 2020-2024.

Specific objectives of the consultancy are the following:

  1. To prepare and facilitate face-to-face Steering Committee meeting on Strategy development which needs to help the participants to:
    1. Revisit mission and vision of EHRA if needed;
    2. Review the results of EHRA Strategical framework 2018-2019;
    3. Conduct SWOT/TOWS analysis to evaluate EHRA (any other analysis methodology can be proposed);
    4. Define key strategic objectives and objectives indicators for the new strategy 2020-2024.

Meeting expected results:

  • Understanding of strengths/weaknesses/threats/opportunities of EHRA by all SC members;
  • Understanding of key achieved results, role of EHRA and expectations from members, regional experts/partners/stakeholders collected during preparation to the meeting by EHRA Steering Committee and Secretariat team;
  • Outline the strategic objectives for Strategy 2020-2024 and their indicators.
  1. To develop the first draft strategy outline and infographic (with the vision of key SMART indicators, risks and options/approaches for Association effective work).
  2. To review the draft Strategy outline in line with the comments and suggestions received in the consultation process with EHRA Advisory Board, members and key partners.
  3. To finalize the Strategy outline.

 

Stages of work and proposed timeline

Objectives Detailed description Timeline
1.      Prepare and facilitate  face-to-face Steering Committee  meeting on Strategy development Key objectives of the meeting in Vilnius:
 

–          Review the results of EHRA Strategical framework 2018-2019
–          Conduct SWAT analysis of EHRA-          Define key strategic objectives and indicators

9-10th of July , 2019
2.      Develop the first draft of the strategy outline and suggested infographic First draft based on the Strategic meeting outcomes with the vision of key SMART indicators, risks and options/approaches for Association effective work. July-August, 2019
3.      Review the draft Strategy outline in line with the comments and suggestions received in the consultation process with EHRA Advisory Board, members and key partners. Collection of comments and suggestions to the organizational Strategy from consultation process with EHRA Advisory Board, members and key partners, revision of the Strategy draft. September- October, 2019
4.      Finalize the Strategy outline Finalization of the Strategy. October, 2019

Requirement to the consultant

Submitted applications will be evaluated by a selection committee at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. To assess the tender applications, the following criteria will be used (the maximum possible amount of points is 100):

  • Rich and diverse experience in developing/building capacities of regional or global community networks – 20 points;
  • Excellent understanding of harm reduction, drug policy, HIV response and/or civil society involvement into advocacy and capacity building in social and public health issues – 15 points;
  • Excellent facilitation skills, experience in facilitating group work, brainstorm, organizing fruitful discussion in multicultural and multilanguage team – 20 points;
  • Experience of facilitating strategic planning process and development of Strategic documents for international/regional organizations – 15 points;
  • Fluent speaking and writing English. Russian is an asset – 10 points;
  • Reasonable cost of services – 10 points.

How to apply

The candidates are invited to submit their CVs, Letter of Interest and filled daily rate form (EHRA’s template) by e-mail referenced under title “Consultant for Strategy Development” to irena@harmreductioneurasia.org by 24:00 EET, 20 of May 2019. CVs and Letter of Interest should clearly reflect the competencies of the candidate required to complete this task and include proposed amount of working days, estimated cost of services and filled daily rate form in Euro (EHRA’s template).

General Conditions

The following should be noted by interested consultants:

  • EHRA will sign a contract with the winner of the competition where detailed workplan and payment conditions will be determined.
  • The winner of the competition is obliged to provide the confirmation of his daily rates before signing the contract. EHRA reserves the right to negotiate services cost for working days if it is not confirmed by previous records or is not affordable for EHRA.
  • EHRA reserves the right (but is not under obligation to do so) to enter into discussion with one or more bidders in order to obtain clarifications or additional details or negotiate the proposed cost.
  • EHRA reserves the right to negotiate number of working days related to each stage of work with the consultant. Final number of working days can change during implementation by mutual agreement between EHRA and consultant.

If you have any questions or clarifications in relation to these ToR, please feel free to contact Ganna Dovbakh anna@harmreductioneurasia.org no later than 27th April 2019.

Terms of reference for the external consultant Facilitator of EHRA 2020-2024 Strategy development

Context information

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) – is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization, registered in March 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania, by the initiative of harm reduction activists and organizations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) continues traditions of regional harm reduction activists’ network since 1997.

We strive for a creation of a favorable environment for the delivery of sustainable harm reduction programs and decent lives of people who use drugs in the CEECA region. EHRA is keen to achieve 4 strategic objectives in 2018-2019 in accordance to the Strategical framework 2018-2019:

  • Ensuring sustainability and efficiency of harm reduction services in the CEECA region;
  • Advocating for non-punitive drug policies in the CEECA region based on public health and human rights;
  • Developing leadership and expertise of civil society and people who use drugs in the monitoring of drug policies, financing, access and quality of harm reduction services in the CEECA region;
  • Strengthening organizational governance and operational systems, program efficiency and financial sustainability of EHRA.

EHRA now unites 251 organizational and individual members for advocacy actions on regional and national level from 29 countries in 7 sub-regions of the CEECA: Baltics, Central Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russia. EHRA has a transparent, open and participatory-based governance structure which is regulated by EHRA Articles of Association. Organization is led by the elected Steering Committee and overseen by the Treasurer and the international Advisory Board. EHRA is acting as a strategic partner and fiduciary agent of the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD).

Consultancy task and expected results

EHRA is searching for a consultant to help with the development and drafting of new Strategy for 2020-2024.  

Specific objectives of the consultancy are the following:

  1. To prepare and facilitate face-to-face Steering Committee meeting on Strategy development which needs to help the participants to:
    1. Revisit mission and vision of EHRA if needed;
    2. Review the results of EHRA Strategical framework 2018-2019;
    3. Conduct SWOT/TOWS analysis to evaluate EHRA (any other analysis methodology can be proposed);
    4. Define key strategic objectives and objectives indicators for the new strategy 2020-2024.

Meeting expected results:

  • Understanding of strengths/weaknesses/threats/opportunities of EHRA by all SC members;
  • Understanding of key achieved results, role of EHRA and expectations from members, regional experts/partners/stakeholders collected during preparation to the meeting by EHRA Steering Committee and Secretariat team;
  • Outline the strategic objectives for Strategy 2020-2024 and their indicators.
  1. To develop the first draft strategy outline and infographic (with the vision of key SMART indicators, risks and options/approaches for Association effective work).
  2. To review the draft Strategy outline in line with the comments and suggestions received in the consultation process with EHRA Advisory Board, members and key partners.
  3. To finalize the Strategy outline.

Stages of work and proposed timeline

Objectives Detailed description Timeline
1.      Prepare and facilitate  face-to-face Steering Committee  meeting on Strategy development Key objectives of the meeting in Vilnius:

-          Review the results of EHRA Strategical framework 2018-2019 -          Conduct SWAT analysis of EHRA

-          Define key strategic objectives and indicators

9-10th of July , 2019
2.      Develop the first draft of the strategy outline and suggested infographic First draft based on the Strategic meeting outcomes with the vision of key SMART indicators, risks and options/approaches for Association effective work.   July-August, 2019  
3.      Review the draft Strategy outline in line with the comments and suggestions received in the consultation process with EHRA Advisory Board, members and key partners. Collection of comments and suggestions to the organizational Strategy from consultation process with EHRA Advisory Board, members and key partners, revision of the Strategy draft. September- October, 2019
4.      Finalize the Strategy outline Finalization of the Strategy. October, 2019

Requirement to the consultant

Submitted applications will be evaluated by a selection committee at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. To assess the tender applications, the following criteria will be used (the maximum possible amount of points is 100):

  • Rich and diverse experience in developing/building capacities of regional or global community networks – 20 points;
  • Excellent understanding of harm reduction, drug policy, HIV response and/or civil society involvement into advocacy and capacity building in social and public health issues – 15 points;
  • Excellent facilitation skills, experience in facilitating group work, brainstorm, organizing fruitful discussion in multicultural and multilanguage team – 20 points;
  • Experience of facilitating strategic planning process and development of Strategic documents for international/regional organizations – 15 points;
  • Fluent speaking and writing English. Russian is an asset – 10 points;
  • Reasonable cost of services – 10 points.

How to apply

The candidates are invited to submit their CVs, Letter of Interest and filled daily rate form (EHRA’s template) by e-mail referenced under title “Consultant for Strategy Development” to irena@harmreductioneurasia.org by 24:00 EET, 29 of April 2019. CVs and Letter of Interest should clearly reflect the competencies of the candidate required to complete this task and include proposed amount of working days, estimated cost of services and filled daily rate form in Euro (EHRA’s template).

General Conditions

The following should be noted by interested consultants:

  • EHRA will sign a contract with the winner of the competition where detailed workplan and payment conditions will be determined.
  • The winner of the competition is obliged to provide the confirmation of his daily rates before signing the contract. EHRA reserves the right to negotiate services cost for working days if it is not confirmed by previous records or is not affordable for EHRA.
  • EHRA reserves the right (but is not under obligation to do so) to enter into discussion with one or more bidders in order to obtain clarifications or additional details or negotiate the proposed cost.
  • EHRA reserves the right to negotiate number of working days related to each stage of work with the consultant. Final number of working days can change during implementation by mutual agreement between EHRA and consultant.

If you have any questions or clarifications in relation to these ToR, please feel free to contact Ganna Dovbakh anna@harmreductioneurasia.org no later than 27th April 2019.

Receive assistance to promote humane drug policy

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) would like to inform you about the possibility of obtaining resource assistance/funding for initiative groups and organizations of the community of people who use drugs to achieve necessary objectives.

The competition is announced jointly with the Eurasian Drug Users Network (ENPUD). Community expert capacity is a significant resource for EHRA and partners in countries in the processes of organizing, implementing and discussing the results of resource support.

Taking into account EHRA Position Paper on Drug Policy, we are striving to make international and national drug policies recognize the fact that drug use is a complex socio-cultural phenomenon and acknowledge at the legislative level that:

  • People use drugs for various reasons, including for socialization or leisure purposes;
  • Drug use is not the evidence of mental illness or antisocial behavior in most cases;
  • Certain patterns of drug use carry health-related risks, and therefore drug policies should be based on harm reduction principles.

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association would like to offer its assistance by providing necessary resources to promote humane drug policy, including (but not limited to) four sub-grants for organizations/initiative groups.

Implementation time June – November 2019

Languages: Russian and English

We are going to provide our assistance to: initiative groups and organizations that either have a legal status or not legally registered, managed by the community of people who use drugs.

The total budget for sub-grants is $17,500. 4 groups/organizations will be selected to receive the funding in the amount of 4,375 USD each for a period of 3 to 6 months.

Our approach to grant allocation.

The practical implementation of one of EHRA’s principles – our work starts with a request and ends with the result, requires allocation of resources to implement the activities that have already obtained interim results during the previous allocation period of 2017-2018, as it is possible that further assistance is required in such cases.

In this regard, EHRA uses the following quotas for grant allocation:

two grants in the amount of 4,375 USD each will be allocated to the countries that have already taken part in the previous allocation period of 2017-2018 so that the activities already started will have a practical effect.

List of the countries and the results achieved:

Belarus – new OST regulation was signed, new services of the OST program are implemented: take-home methadone, out-patient treatment/hospital admission/detention without interrupting treatment. Description of previous activities can be found here.

Georgia – promoting drug policy reform based on previous experience of civil society mobilization. The history of the White Noise Movement can be found here.

Kazakhstan – documentation of the process of expanding OST coverage, advocacy to make the OST program stable in the country; advocacy for implementation of the recommendations received from the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR*) on drug policy in Kazakhstan. Description of previous activities can be found here. Here you can find out how the community managed to prevent closing the programs with the help of regional and international funding.

Kyrgyzstan – amendments to the Code of Misconduct as a result of the community-led monitoring of negative consequences.  Here you can find out what was done in Kyrgyzstan in 2017-2018 thanks to the resources provided.

Lithuania – drawing attention to the need of drug policy reform in the country, including by promoting harm reduction services during festivals; harm reduction training of night club employees. The experience of the Lithuanian youth movement is described here.

Estonia – advocacy for implementation of the recommendations received from CESCR during the 65th Session on drug policy and HIV in Estonia. Description of previous activities can be found here.

– two grants of 4,375 USD each will be allocated to two organizations/groups in the following countries: Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Croatia, Montenegro, Czechia.

Deadline for submitting applications: 12:00 am 24 April 2019 GMT+3.

Information on resource assistance for the community

to change drug policy in member countries of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association

The assistance is jointly provided by secretariats of ENPUD and EHRA as part of the project “We Will Not End AIDS Until We Adopt Harm Reduction and End the War on Drugs”  of the International Harm Reduction Consortium, which now involves eight international and regional networks of people who use drugs and harm reduction and drug policy organizations, such as International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD), Eurasian Drug Users Network (ENPUD), Youth RISE, Harm Reduction International (HRI), Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA), Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), and Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN).

Here you can find the description of the processes and results of the joint work of the country teams of the movement #Narconomics: from street to government &EHRA & ENPUD & members of the International Harm Reduction Consortium in 2017-2018. 

    The project was implemented with the support of Robert Carr Fund.

                   Thematic priorities

You are free to submit an application for any issue directly related to opportunities to change either your life or the lives of your peers who use drugs. Your application should contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the group/organization in the field of drug policy and available harm reduction services meeting the people’s needs in accordance with the EHRA Position Paper on Drug Policy.

We will do our best to find funding or opportunities to implement the maximum number of grant proposals, if we receive more applications for resource assistance in drug policy than we can actually finance.

How to apply for a small grant

Fill in the application form (download Word document)

Send it to Olga Byelyayeva, EHRA, e-mail: olga@harmreductioneurasia.org, tel.:  +37063036691

Application deadline: April 29, 2019, 12AM, Lithuanian time.

You will receive a confirmation of received application.

Evaluation criteria

Criteria for prioritizing the provision of assistance:

  1. Evaluation criteria: the group/organization has already collected evidence and data to build the evidence base of the problem – up to 10 points
  2. The group/organization has formulated its objective for 2019, provided the activities plan and documented its previous actions to solve the problem – up to 10 points.
  3. The group / organization understands what results it is going to achieve and what actions are necessary to take to do this – up to 10 points.
  4. Small grant allocation budget provided – up to 10 points.

In turn, EHRA and ENPUD agree to obtain approval from the groups/organizations on the information to be published on the decisions taken, as well as before and during the implementation of the project. 

Key dates

Activity Result Deadline Person responsible/focal person
Call for proposals Published on the EHRA website and social media 12 April 2019 Igor Gordon, EHRA, Program Team Lead Igor@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063652650
Submission of applications from the community of people who use drugs The full list of received applications provided to the experts Until 29 April 2019 EHRA, Advocacy manager and an expert on drug users community advocacy   olga@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063036691
Commission members review and evaluate applications Commission members provide the evaluation sheet 26 April – 5 May 2019 Team of experts on resource assistance
Informing applicants on the results The list of priority topics for resource assistance is provided, the results of discussions and consultations  are published on the EHRA website and social media Until 10 may 2019 Team of experts on resource assistance sign the Agreement. The Agreement is published. Person responsible for drafting and publication of the Agreement: Olga Belyaeva olga@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063036691
All applicants are informed about the results to determine who is ready to seek resources further. The list of all requests is agreed upon with all the applicants and published to find additional funding or opportunities. Until 10 June 2019 Igor Gordon, EHRA, Program Team Lead Igor@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063652650  
Preparation and signing of agreements on provision of the basic package of financial support for 4 groups/organizations Work plans agreed, ageements signed Until 10 June 2019 Tatiana Fomicheva, EHRA, Head of the Finance and Administration Team tania@harmreductioneurasia.org      
Providing resources for 4 groups/organizations on priority issues Documentation of the advocacy process. June – December 2019 Team of experts. Responsible for communication Olya Belyaeva, EHRA olga@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063036691

Alexander Levin, Specialist on drug policy, ENPUD   sasha.levin75@gmail.com
ENPUD will organize an Internship in Germany for small grant recipients to get acquainted with progressive drug policy and acquire practical skills in its implementation.   Here is a video about the drug policy model of Portugal, which the group members studied in theory and practice as part of the Project "#Narconomics: from street to government" in 2017. Representatives of 4 groups/organizations together with the resource assistance team developed, agreed upon and conducted the internship. The information is published on the websites and social media of ENPUD and EHRA. August-September 2019 (dates will be specified until June). Alexander Levin, Specialist on drug policy, ENPUD sasha.levin75@gmail.com  

Olga Belyaeva EHRA, Advocacy manager and an expert on drug users community advocacy olga@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063036691  
Communal effort to find opportunities to provide resource support for all groups that have requested assistance. Communication with groups waiting for assistance and seeking opportunities to expand resource assistance based on existing requests. Seeking funds from other projects, informing donors and partners about requests for resource assistance, receiving funding or submitting requests to partner organizations. The implementation of the request. Documentation. Informing the general public using media. June – December 2019 Igor Gordon, EHRA, Program Team Lead Igor@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063652650    

Specialist on Advocacy, ENPUD (will be selected after the applications will have been received)
Analysis and evaluation of actions, results, experience and next steps - together with EHRA, ENPUD and the group/organization of the community of people who use drugs. The monitoring, assessment and lessons learned questionnaire completed. November – December 2019 Olga Belyaeva, EHRA olga@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063036691

Alexander Levin, ENPUD sasha.levin75@gmail.com
Informing the members of EHRA, ENPUD, their partners and donors about the activities implemented by the community and its partners, as well as suggestions for further actions. The description of actions, country advocacy and general regional overview are prepared, proposals for future activities are provided. January – February 2020 Олą Belyaeva EHRA olga@harmreductioneurasia.org +37063036691  

Alexander Levin, Specialist on drug policy, ENPUD sasha.levin75@gmail.com, and Specialist on Advocacy, ENPUD

The group of experts to analyze and evaluate the requests according to the criteria and to formulate a priority list of resource assistance: Eliza Kurcevic, Masha Plotko and Olga Belyaeva (EHRA), Alexander Levin, Expert on Drug Policy (ENPUD/EHRA Steering Committee Member); Larisa Solovieva, ENPUD Coordination Council Member. Igor Gordon and Tatiana Fomicheva – managers of the resource assistance program for EHRA community.

We also involve experts from EHRA Steering Committee and Executive Board and experts from partner organizations in implementation processes of resource assistance according to the topic of the request. Here is a link to detailed information about the people who will help us prioritize and implement resource assistance.

All experts are professionals in their field, have a solid background and understanding of the topic and achieved high performance in their countries, at the regional and international level, and protect the interests of the community of people who use drugs. 

Questions and feedback

To get the answer to your question as soon as possible, submit comments or provide feedback, please refer to our contact persons:

Olya Belyaeva, EHRA, e-mail: olga@harmreductioneurasia.org, tel.:  +37063036691

Igor Gordon, EHRA, e-mail:  Igor@harmreductioneurasia.org, tel.:  +37063652650

You can also ask a question, leave a comment and give other feedback on Facebook pages of EHRA and ENPUD.

Fill in the application form

EHRA is looking for a consultant to collect the best practices of alternative funding

With the gradual withdrawal of the main donors from the EECA 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. In this regard, EHRA is looking for a consultant to collect the best practices of alternative (non-donor and non-state) funding for non-profit organizations.

Consultancy task and expected results

The consultant’s task is to compile a report describing the best practices with step-by-step instructions for their implementation, the necessary documents and financial/human resources, as well as laws and acts regulating this type of activity.

Stages of work and proposed timeline:

  • Conduct desk review of the existing mechanisms of alternative sources of funding – April 30
  • Conduct interviews with the organizations already implementing them – May 22
  • Based on the collected data compile a brochure with best practices (at least 10) – June 14

Requirement to the consultant

Submitted applications will be evaluated by a selection committee at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association. To assess the tender applications, the following criteria will be used (the maximum possible amount of points is 100):

  • Level of education (20 points)
  • Relevant work experience (documents or links should be provided in the Letter of Interest) (45 points)
  • Good command of English and Russian (20 points)
  • Proposed price (15 points)

How to apply

The candidates are invited to submit their CVs and  Letter of Interest  in free text format by e-mail referenced under title “Consultant AltFin” to irena@harmreductioneurasia.org by 24:00 EET, 12 of April 2019. CVs and Letter of Interest  should clearly reflect the competencies of the candidate required to complete this task and include proposed amount of working days, estimated cost of services and filled daily rate form in USD (EHRA’s template).

General Conditions

The following should be noted by interested consultants:

  • EHRA will sign a contract with the winner of the competition where detailed workplan and payment conditions will be determined
  • The winner of the competition is obliged to provide the confirmation of his daily rates before signing the contract
  • EHRA reserves the right (but is not under obligation to do so) to enter into discussion with one or more bidders in order to obtain clarifications or additional details, or negotiate the proposed cost
  • 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

If you have any questions or clarifications in relation to these TORs please feel free to contact Maria Plotko maria@harmreductioneurasia.org no later than 9th April 2019