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

Background

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

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

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

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultant

The consultant is expected:

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

Deliverables:

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

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

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

Timeframe

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

Cost of services

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

Evaluation Criteria

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

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

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

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


Additionally, the consultants should have:

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

How to apply

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

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Call for Consultancy to analyze the changes in the harm reduction packages and unit costs during transition from international to domestic funding in Ukraine, Moldova, North Macedonia and Kyrgyzstan

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association is seeking a short-term national consultancy in Ukraine, Moldova, North Macedonia and Kyrgyzstan to analyze the changes in the harm reduction packages and unit costs during transition from international to domestic funding.

Background Information

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. Ukraine, Moldova, North Macedonia and Kyrgyzstan recently started funding the HR services from domestic resources through social-contracting and public procurement.

EHRA is looking for national consultants in Ukraine, Moldova, North Macedonia and Kyrgyzstan 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
  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 May 31, 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 March 8, 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

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

Background

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

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

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

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deliverables and Time frame

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

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

Cost of services and payment order

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

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

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

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

Evaluation Criteria

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

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

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

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


Additionally, the consultants should have:

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

How to apply

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

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

Background

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

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

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

Key tasks to be conducted by the consultant

The consultant is expected:

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

Deliverables:

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

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

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

Timeframe

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

Cost of services

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

Evaluation Criteria

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

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

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

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


Additionally, the consultants should have:

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

How to apply

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

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Grants: Community-led research on client satisfaction with OST services

EHRA invites community-led groups interested in conducting the study on client satisfaction with opioid maintenance treatment based on EHRA’s methodology and in cooperation with professional researchers to submit their project proposals.

Community-led monitoring has a critical role in identifying and effectively addressing issues and bottlenecks in reaching, connecting and retaining people along the prevention and treatment continuums and improving the quality of care. Information gathered within the monitoring can be leveraged by users/communities to help understand, explain, justify and specify within their advocacy the changes that have to be made. The proposed methodology will help assess the quality of services, clients’ perception of OST program and their quality of life.

Two successful candidates will receive 8500 USD on research related activities. Selected candidates will:

  • Work closely with researchers on methodology adaptation to the country context
  • Recruit interviewers and study participants
  • Participate in data analysis and development of the report and recommendations
  • Present the research to the relevant stakeholders

Implementation period:

  • March 1, 2021 – November 30, 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.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Officially registered community-based organization working in drug policy and harm reduction
  • Initiative group working in drug policy and harm reduction that has financial agent registered in one of the project countries
  • Civil society organization working closely and in the interests of the community of people who use drugs

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):

  • Problem statement and understanding the situation with opioid maintenance treatment in country / city (50 points)
  • Experience in community-led research or monitoring (40 points)
  • The group/organization is delegated by, accountable to and/or led by the community of people who use drugs (10 points)

How to apply

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

  1. Application form
  2. Organizational registration document
  3. Memorandum of cooperation (in case of working through financial agent)

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

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

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

THEMATIC PRIORITIES

Applicant should select one of the topics of interest:

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

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

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

IMPLEMENTATION TIME: March – September, 2021

LANGUAGES: Russian and English

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:

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

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

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

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SMALL GRANT?

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

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

2) Annex I – Organizational registration document.

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

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EHRA is looking for a consultant to update „Criminalization Costs“ data

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) as a part of the three years project of the International Harm Reduction Consortium “We Will Not End AIDS Without Harm Reduction” is looking for a consultant to collect and update information on „Criminalization costs“ in 27 countries[1] in CEECA region.

Tasks of the consultant and expected results:

·        To identify list of national focal points in 27 countries, who will support consultant in finding data needed for the update of the „Criminalization costs“.

·        To do a desk review in international and national reports and interviews to receive needed data in each country (with references) on the following indicators:

                           I.          The costs of incarceration:

1.      Number of prisoners

2.      Number of prisoners for drug law offences

3.      Average sentence for drug law offences

4.      HIV prevalence in prisons

5.      OST in prisons (YES/NO)

6.      ART in prisons (YES/NO)

7.      NSP in prisons (YES/NO)

8.      The costs of incarceration (per prisoner/ per year)

                          II.          The costs of health and social services:

1.      Number of PWID in the country

2.      HIV prevalence among PWID

3.      NSP price (per client/ per year)

4.      OST price (per client/ per year)

5.      Unemployment benefit (minimum) (per year or per month)

·        To write short summaries about each country, based on the collected data and prepare it for EHRA website. Example of the summary can be seen here.

Proposed timeline:

All tasks should be completed in the period from 8th March till 30th May, 2021.

Evaluation criteria

The submitted applications will be evaluated by the selection committee of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association

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

·        evaluation of the previous experience (portfolio) via technical criteria – 80% in total evaluation

·        comparison of the costs (best value for money) – 20% in total evaluation.

Cost evaluation is only undertaken for technical submissions that score a minimum 70 points out of a maximum of 100 as a requirement to pass the technical evaluation. A proposal which fails to achieve the minimum technical threshold will not be considered further.

To assess submitted applications, the following technical criteria will be used (80%):

·        Experience in carrying out desk researches (data collection) in the harm reduction and drug policy field, develepment of technical reports and documentation on drug use issues (40 points)

·        Wide range of contacts on regional level to identify list of national focal points to collect information (40 points)

·        Literate written English and/or Russian (20 points)

Cost proposal (20%):

EHRA will allocate same importance to the provided portfolio and recorded experience as to the cost of the services. The cost proposal will be evaluated in terms of best value-for money to EHRA in EUR, price and other factors considered.

Condition

This announcement and its attachments 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

The candidates are invited to submit their:

·        CV

·        Letter of interest with the suggested consultancy fee for all work and

·        Suggested national focal points list

by e-mail referenced under title “Criminalization costs consultant” to Eliza Kurcevic at eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org by 23rd February 2021, 24:00 EET.

Results will be announced by 1st March 2021. Each candidate will be contacted individually.

Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org


[1] Countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Ukraine.

TENDER: PROVISION OF GRAPHIC DESIGN AND LAYOUT

EXTENDED! Deadline for submission: March 7, 2021

EHRA is looking for companies, design studios or graphic designing freelancers to develop graphic design layouts and other presentation materials such as brochures, posters, reports, analytical materials, books, briefs and design infographics and illustrations. Most of the EHRA publications are digital, published in Russian and English for different audiences, include text material, tables, illustrative material.

Set of works on development of graphic design layouts and presentation materials consists of:

– development of design concepts, taking into account the requirements of corporate identity (brand book), which includes in particular: the presentation of the plot and stylistic series, options of text material layout, the interaction of text and illustration material, finalizing the approved concept based on the EHRA’s comments;

– preparation of original layouts and digital page making, which includes: graphic design, layout of pages within the approved concept, creation/purchase of rights to illustrative / photo materials, corresponding to the approved concept, preparation of the necessary illustrative material, creation of pictograms, creation of infographics, proof-reading, preparation of digital or printing files.

EHRA’s publications examples here à https://harmreductioneurasia.org/library/

Working conditions:

Distance work using own facilities: computer, stable access to the Internet.

Consultancy agreement without social insurance for one year starting from March 2021.

Requirements for companies:

  • Working experience (at least 1-year, good business reputation in this sector of activity, as well as the necessary manpower and technical resources to fulfill obligations under the contract).
  • A strong portfolio of graphic designing project and layouts;

Requirements for freelancers:

  • At least 1+ year of experience as a graphic designer;
  • A strong portfolio of graphics projects; reports layout in particular;
  • Professional user of design software like Photoshop, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign;
  • Good taste;
  • Proven understanding of current visual and social trends reflected in portfolio;
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a high pressure environment;
  • Intermediate or higher level of English and Russian;
  • Good organizational skills, strong attention to detail, strive for perfection.

 Interested participants should provide:

  • Cover letter with described previous work experience in arbitrary form;
  • Updated CV outlining specific relevant experience and skills (for freelancers only);
  • portfolio of works
  • price offer (in EUR) for the following graphic design categories:
  1. Design report layout: A4 format, development of at least 2 variants of cover page, typical text pages, illustration pages, half-title. Creation of the grid, design and layout of 40 pages, drawing of illustrations, purchase of illustrative- and photo-materials with transfer of rights to the EHRA. Finalization (including proofreading in English or Russian) of the concept according to the EHRA’s comments. Use this publication as reference to estimate number of illustrations – https://harmreductioneurasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020_8_20_EHRA_NPS-Report_Georgia_EN-1.pdf
  2. Design poster: A0 format, development of at least 2 variants of grid, design, and layout, rendering of illustrations, purchase of illustrative material and photo materials with transfer of rights to the EHRA. Finalization of the concept according to the EHRA’s comments.
  3. Design infographic (per one).

NB! If you don’t have a relevant experience in some of the above mention categories, please, skip it and don’t put any cost of that category in the form.

 

Special conditions

Participants should ensure the cost of the work specified in the application for a period of no less than 14 months from the date of the tender.

Based on the results of the tender, the winners will be invited to sign 2-year long contracts. Further work will be carried out according to EHRA request, which will specify the time frame and other specific terms.

Submission of documents for participation in the tender does not impose on EHRA obligations to conclude a contract.

Documents should be sent to:  Igor Gordon igor@harmreductioneurasia.org

Deadline for submission: March 7, 2021

Vacancy announcement: Communications and Public Relations Officer (call open until February 26, 2021)

EXPECTED START DATE: ASAP

JOB TYPE: permanent, full time

JOB LOCATION: Vilnius, Lithuania

COMPENSATION:  Minimum gross salary is 1700 euro and up depending on qualifications and experience

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Oversee and implement the organization’s communication.
  • Employ effective communications to support EHRA’s mission delivery and increase the effectiveness of EHRA’s advocacy and technical support.
  • Lead the implementation of a comprehensive communication plan to support EHRA’s strategic objectives, program delivery, branding and organizational development.
  • Coordinate EHRA’s key messaging/communications products and communications channels (website, listserv, social media etc.).
  • Develop and maintain relations with media to ensure EHRA’s presence in media and coverage of key harm reduction and human rights issues.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION

  • Degree in Communications, Marketing or or a related field.
  • Experience of media content development (written article, video product, PR products);
  • Experience and skills in organizing regional or national media/public awareness or issue-based campaign through different media.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including media relations, briefings, meeting facilitation and presentations.
  • Working experience in a similar position in international environment.
  • English and Russian language speaking and writing skills.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a commitment to work within an international team.
  • Excellent computer skills, PowerPoint (video production and editing is an asset).
  • Understanding of the non-profit/NGO world.
  • Tolerance and comfort working with diverse communities (people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, etc.).

Interested candidates should provide:

  • updated CV outlining specific relevant experience and two references.
  • at least three examples of work in communications, PR or marketing OR job portfolio.
  • a short cover letter indicating suitability for the position.

Documents should be sent to: igor@harmreductioneurasia.org until February 26, 2021.

Download full job description HERE

Interviews will be done on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

EXTENDED: Tender for consultancy to conduct mapping of budget advocacy effort and impact in EECA region for the past 3 years

the new deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on February, 17, 2021

Within the regional analysis and dialogue “Taking stock of budget advocacy efforts to date in EECA region”, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) announces an open call for a consultant to conduct the mapping of budget advocacy activities and its impact on sustainability and funding of HIV services for key populations, for the past 3years in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.

Objectives of the consultancy

The objective of the consultancy is to map budget advocacy effort and projects funded by different international donors and its impact on sustainability and funding of HIV services for key populations, for the past 3 years in 8 EECA countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Ukraine).

The mapping will include:

  • analysis of scope, funding and geography of budget advocacy projects implemented in the region;
  • defining roles of different civil society organisations, community groups, patients’ organisations, transperancy and open budget partners, parliament members and other officials;
  • identifying different components of budget advocacy implemented in countries;
  • documenting results that have been achieved, how they were measured and how they were compared to the initially set goals and targets;
  • analysis of what budget advocacy interventions have been most successful in leading to the documented outcomes;
  • analysis of factors such as specific advocacy approaches, partnerships, processes of health reforms or introduction of e-governance, transparent procurement, etc., which led to results in budget advocacy and ensured transition of HIV response services for key populations to domestic funding.

Focus of the mapping should be made on the efforts and projects dedicated to advocacy for sustainable funding of specific HIV prevention, testing and treatment services for such key affected populations as people using drugs, sex workers, men having sex with men, trans* people, people living with HIV and inmates.

The outcome dimensions of the projects and effort need to be taken into account while mapping:

  • budget related outcomes: specific budget approved, released or allocated;
  • outcomes for health finance systems, mechanisms of procurement and funding of services;
  • impact on capacity of CSOs in budget negotiation skills, shifting focus on the budget advocacy.

For the regional analysis the data from already published national reports and project reports could be used. The recently published report on the results of budget advocacy in Kyrgyzstan in the period from 2016-2019 could be a good example of such documents.

Tasks of the consultant:

  1. To develop the outline of the mapping and questioner for semi structured interviews with informants. EHRA will provide list of the key informants which could be extended by the consultant.
  2. To collect and analyze available publications and other secondary data.
  3. To conduct up to 20 interviews with key informants.
  4. To draft the mapping report which includes 8 country case studies and regional overview.
  5. To present report for discussion during the expert group meeting in April 2021.
  6. To finalize the report based on expert group recommendations.

Expected results of the consultancy:

  • Report on mapping of budget advocacy efforts and analysis of outcomes in EECA region in the past 3 years. Report should include 8 country case studies/mapping results analysis and regional overview;
  • Suggested recommendations for donors on priorities for investments in budget advocacy of services for key populations in EECA based on mapping and new economic and public health challenges impacting budget advocacy efforts in EECA region.

Knowledge of spoken Russian and English for conduction of interviews with budget advocacy projects implementors across the region is essential. The mapping developed within the consultancy can be submitted to EHRA in Russian or English (per consultant’s preference).

Find more information about project, objectives, timeline and evaluation criteria HERE

How to apply

Applicants must submit their CV, application (letter of interest) and relevant materials with experience proof in free form to anna@harmreductioneurasia.org, the subject of the letter is “EECA budget advocacy mapping”, the deadline for submission is before 24:00 EET on February, 17, 2021. The CV and application should clearly reflect the competency of the candidate necessary to complete this task, as well as include the proposed number of working days for each stage, cost and timing of their implementation and confirmation of fluency in Russian and English to implement the task.