Ukraine still faces the second highest HIV epidemic in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Even though new HIV cases are decreasing globally, Ukraine continues to experience an increase in HIV incidence, especially among key populations at higher risk of HIV. Data demonstrate that stigma, discrimination and violation of human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are widely spread in Ukraine. Despite the overall improvements in both the health care and the human rights environments relevant to HIV and TB in the country, certain barriers to service provision do persist. Key obstacles and issues related to human rights, stigma and discrimination against PLHIV, key populations and people affected by TB that hamper national responses have been extensively documented, and include the following: 1. Poor access to diagnostics and HIV-treatment for PLHIV and key populations; 2. Stigma and discrimination against PLHIV, people affected by TB, people who use drugs, sex-workers and the LGBTIQ community. 3. Disclosure of confidential information about a person’s HIV-status. In May 2019, the National Coordination Council on HIV, AIDS, TB response in Ukraine, chaired by the VPM, approved a Strategy on Comprehensive Response to Human Rights-related and Legal Barriers to Access to HIV and Tuberculosis Prevention and Treatment Services by 2030 (the Strategy). The implementation plan for 2020-2023 is developed (hereinafter referred to as the Plan). The Plan provides a detailed description of the comprehensive response to human rights and legal barriers to access to HIV and tuberculosis prevention and treatment services for 2020-2023 and encompasses all the necessary measures to sufficiently reduce or completely remove human rights barriers to access to HIV and tuberculosis services. The implementation of the Strategy and the Plan is coordinated by the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders at national level. With the continuous support provided by UNDP Ukraine to create enabling legal and policy environment related to public health in line with the ongoing HIV and TB response, UNDP aims to support initiatives that strengthen the health system and overcome legal barriers. Based on a request from the civil society and current epidemiological and political situation in the country, there is an urge to establish effective and comprehensive way for different stakeholders to be able to find information about different types of services related to HIV and TB, in this respect medical, legal, case management, substitution therapy, etc. In line with this, UNDP seeks the services of a National Consultant to create a repository of the aforementioned services in Ukraine and to work with an IT specialist to design, validate and promote the platform.Apply Now
Duties and ResponsibilitiesMAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT This main objective of this assignment is to develop a digital platform that maps the HIV/TB medical and human rights counselling services and its further validation and promotion among local stakeholders nationwide. The platform design should allow to be accessed by various end-users, particularly patients, their families and other national/local stakeholders and private sector representatives and will contain information on available HIV and TB related services nationwide. DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES / SCOPE OF WORK The Consultant will be responsible for conducting the following activities in order to achieve the overall goal of the assignment:
- Perform thorough review of medical, legal, counselling, case management, and other HIV and TB-related services in Ukraine.
- Create a repository of the aforementioned services with the necessary contacts, websites and other means of direct communication with the implementing organisations/institutions, hours of operation and short description of services provided.
- Work with an IT specialist hired by UNDP to create the structure of the electronic platform and its technical capability.
- Validate the platform with different stakeholders, prepare a promotion plan for the platform and implement the promotion plan upon the platform readiness.
- Demonstrate/safeguard ethics and integrity;
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
- Self-development, initiative-taking;
- Act as a team player;
- Encourage and participate in open communication in the team, communicate effectively;
- Create synergies through self-control;
- Manage conflict;
- Informed and transparent decision-making.
Required Skills and ExperienceMinimum qualifications and experience: Education:
- Advanced university degree in Human Rights, Public Health, Social Work, Community Work or other relevant area.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience in working in the field of HIV/TB
- Previous experience of work with key populations is an asset;
- Knowledge of international and national policies, guidelines and relevant reports regarding HIV/TB in Ukraine;
- Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian, working knowledge of English
- Letter of interest/proposal, explaining why the applicant considers him- or herself the most suitable for the work.
- Personal CV in the form of P11, including information about past experience in similar projects / assignments and contact details for referees.
- Financial proposal
- Advanced university degree in Human Rights, Public Health, Social Work, Community Work or other relevant area -Bachelor`s degree - 15 pts, Master`s degree - 17 pts, PhD degree - 20 pts);
- At least 5 years of relevant experience in working in the field of HIV/TB - (5-6 years - 24 pts, 7 years and more - 30 pts);
- Previous experience of work with key populations - 5 pts;
- Knowledge of international and national policies, guidelines and relevant reports regarding HIV/TB in Ukraine - 5 pts;
- Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian, working knowledge of English - 10 pts.