RFP EXTENDED: trainers to run an online course on delivering digital services to key populations

We are looking for trainers to run an online course on delivering digital services to key populations

RFP Number EHRA-05-19
RFP Title Trainer online course on digital services
RFP Closing Date and time: 24:00 EET on June 19, 2022
Proposal Submission Address: info@harmreductioneurasia.org


Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization uniting harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) with its mission to actively unite and support communities and civil societies to ensure the rights and freedoms, health, and well-being of people who use psychoactive substances in the CEECA region. This call for proposals is organized within the project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

In 2021, in collaboration with the Global Public Health Network, EHRA has developed an online course that provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by community workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals who are already involved in or are just planning to launch digital and remote services for key populations.

The course consists of four modules with learning content, self-tests, additional tips and practical exercises. The course also contains additional materials including questionnaires and surveys, videos and links to external sources.

The course is designed in a way that 80% of the material is for self-study, and the rest 20% with supervision of trainers.

The course is available in Russian and English and can be found on the LearnWorlds platform – https://ehra.learnworlds.com/course/digi.

The consultants selected under this request for proposals will be financed from two different projects. The work of a trainer to deliver a course for social workers, outreach workers, psychologists and other professionals providing counselling to people who use drugs will be funded from the multi-country project ‘Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’ funded by the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The work of trainers to deliver a course on online services for other key populations, including gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and women and young people living with HIV will be funded by the Eurasian Regional Consortium project supported by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCF).

Aim of the consultancy: 

As part of this request for proposals, we are looking for qualified trainers who will be able to independently deliver an online course for 5 different groups in Russian or English. All pre-selected trainers will receive training for trainers to work effectively with the course.

Objectives of the consultancy:

  1. with EHRA support, familiarise with the course content and how to manage the LearnWorlds platform. EHRA will provide instructions on course management, access to the LearnWorlds platform, and technical support to trainers.
  2. Conduct online trainings for up to 6 groups of participants. In each training, the trainer will be required to keep high level of attention and interest of the course participants (up to 30 people) while going through 5 training modules and 4 online sessions in each training session, controlling giving feedback on test assignments.
  3. Provide participants with counselling and mentoring support after completion the course (no more than 2 hours of support for participants on request).
  4. Provide a progress report, including recommendations for further technical support to specialists who provide online services to key groups. 

Proposed timeline: All trainings must be completed by 31 November 2022. A detailed training plan will be agreed separately with trainers.

Evaluation Criteria

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

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

  • evaluation of the previous experience (portfolio) via technical criteria – 80% in total evaluation;
  • comparison of the costs (best value for money) – 20% in total evaluation.

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

 To assess submitted applications, the following technical criteria will be used (80%) (maximum possible number of points is 100):

Evaluation criteria:


Experience of working as trainer (including experience of delivering online training) 40


Experience in working with key populations 30


Relevant education (psychology, social work, pedagogy) 30



Maximum possible number of 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


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.

How to apply

To be eligible as a EHRA consultant, any organization or individual must comply with:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter

The CV and Letter of Interest should clearly reflect the competency of the candidate and trainer’s experience (including delivery of online trainings) necessary to complete this task, as well as include daily rate in US dollars.

Please submit your proposal to the info@harmreductioneurasia.org. In the subject line of your e-mail please indicate: EHRA-05-19 and your name.  Otherwise, the application will not be considered. 

General terms

Interested consultants should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • EHRA will sign an agreement with the winner of the competitive selection. The contract will define a detailed work plan and payment terms.
  • EHRA reserves the right (but does not commit itself to obligations) to enter into negotiations with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications or additional information, as well as to agree on the timing of work.
  • The winner must confirm his/her daily rate before signing of the agreement.
  • Results will be announced by June 23, 2022. Each candidate will be contacted individually.
  • Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to igor@harmreductioneurasia.org till June 17, 2022.