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.