National Consultants - Cambodia's Joint Program Review of Health Sector HIV/AIDS

  • Entry-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 7 May 2019
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Closing on 20 May 2019

Job Description

1 Key Deliverables
The assignment will be based on Level of Effort (LOE) for the purpose of fee payment based on satisfactory completion of task. However, the tasks of the national consultants are to contribute to the achievements of the key deliverables of the international consultants which will require all, but not limited, to the above roles and responsibilities. The main division of the responsibilities of the two national consultants will be provided in the below table.

International Consultant
A. Lead
B. Epidemiology and Lab
C. Prevention
D. Treatment and Care
E. Cross cutting themes

National Consultant 1
A=√
B=√
E=√

National Consultant 2
C=√
D=√
E=√

1 Management Process
The national consultants will work and report to NCHADS under the direct supervision of the JPR lead consultant. HP+ will directly manage the contracting process and fee payment to the consultants.

1 Level of Effort and Proposed Timeline
Level of effort for this assignment is 25 days for each consultant between May 2019 and -September 2019.

Schedule for international consultants:
1.1Steering Committee Meeting-4 Consultant Team presents the plan for JPR; Preparation for fieldwork and interviews with key informants Week of 3 June 2019
1.2Field Work: Stakeholder interviews, and other relevant data collection completed Review progress made against strategic objectives, identify key challenges and lessons learned through desk review, stakeholder interviews, and other relevant data collection Week 10-21 June 2019
1.3Steering Committee Meeting-5Review progress in data collection, address challenges and discuss issues with ConsultantsWeek of 17 June, 2019
1.4Data Analysis and drafting of JPR Report completed and shared with SC over email for review and commentsConsultant team shares the initial draft for reviewMonday 22 July, 2019
1.5Steering Committee Meeting-6Review the first draft of the JPR Report by SC and provide detailed comments; Discuss JPR Validation meeting and HIV SP visioning exercise.Monday, 29 July 2019
1.6Revised JPR Report shared with Steering Committee Friday, 9 August 2019
1.7JPR Validation and SP Visioning workshop- two-day workshop 14-15 August 2019

1 Qualifications
* Public Health background and program experience
* Direct experience in HIV/AIDS program implementation both in the health sector and non-health sectors desired. Experience in participation of HIV/AIDS related assessment is preferred.
* Health research experience, particularly on the data collection and manipulation
* Facilitation and communication skills with different type stakeholders
* Proficient in English
* Native Cambodian
* Experience in working in multi-cultural environment

About the Organization

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Background
Cambodia faced one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Asia in the mid-1990s. Within five years, it became one of the few countries to have reversed the trend. In 2017, Cambodia is one of seven countries globally to have achieved the 90-90-90 targets[1]. Eighty eight percent of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) know their status, 87% are on anti-retroviral therapy (ART), and an estimated 83% of PLHIV on ART have achieved viral suppression[2]. These achievements have been driven by the strong support from the Royal Government of Cambodia and the work of local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) dedicated to the response.

The first comprehensive review of the national HIV/AIDS programme of Cambodia was conducted in 1996, followed by periodic evaluations of different thematic areas. The second comprehensive review of the national health sector response to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Cambodia was conducted in 2013 by a composite team of national and external members. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STI (NCHADS), Ministry of Health (MOH), is currently conducting another review of the health sector response to HIV/AIDS to prepare for development of new health sector strategic plan for HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and control and for next concept note development for GFATM grant.
The national HIV joint program review comprises of a desk review, an epidemiological and impact analysis, assessments of programmatic themes including HIV prevention, testing and diagnosis, treatment, care and support, laboratory, assessments of cross-cutting themes, additional qualitative interviews and field visits, synthesis of findings, recommendations and their prioritization, report preparation and dissemination, follow-up of implementation of recommendations.
The Joint Program Review will be conducted by a team of consultants including one lead international consultant; three international consultants, each leads review of prevention, care and treatment, and epidemiological section. To support this team two national consultants will be tasked with the role and responsibilities in the below sections.

Objectives
The overall goal of the Joint Program Review is to monitor the progress towards targets in the current national HIV strategy plan in health sector and inform the program improvement plans and development of the next strategic plan.

Specific objectives of conducting the national HIV program review are to:
* Assess the level of, and trends in the HIV epidemic (incidence, prevalence, mortality) and its distribution;
* Examine the programmatic and cross-cutting factors associated with the level and trends in the epidemic and its distribution;
* Identify the main areas in need of improvement in order to achieve set targets/impact; and
* Provide recommendations for program improvement to achieve impact.

Key roles and responsibilities of the national consultants:
Overall roles and responsibilities of national consultants are to assist and provide necessary support including but not limited to technical and administrative to international consultants (including Lead, prevention, treatment and care, epi, lab and cross cutting themes) to conduct overall Joint HIV program review and on different components of HIV program.

The specific tasks include:
Data collection and analysis

Based on the data collection plan of the JPR team, the national consultants will perform the following tasks:
* Prepare a summary list of key achievements, challenges, recommendation of each thematic areas of National HIV/AIDS program implementation based on existing national program report, donors report and other assessment (for instance: case control study, etc.)
* Finalize the data collection plan in collaboration with the team lead and NCHADS
* Provide input to development of data collection tools led by International Consultants.
* Search and collect relevant documents for review of different components of JPR including but would not limit to HIV prevention, care/support/treatment, epidemiology, lab and cross cutting themes identified by the team lead and international consultants.
* Collect available secondary data from the databases such as NCHADS’s ART, VCCT, lab data, PMTCT, B-CoPCT (KP), B-IACM, PNTT, program report, assessments, AEM, LMIS and other data including Health Equity Fund (HEF) and Patient Management and Registration System (PMRS) of the MoH’s Payment Certification Agency (PCA) and/or IDpoor data from the Ministry of Planning if needed/required.
* If requested, conduct interviews (or focus group discussion) based on the data collection plan and methodology defined by the international consultants.
* If requested, the national consultants will conduct part of the analysis and provide proof readings of the draft write-ups of the JPR report.
* Coordination/Facilitation of meetings, discussion, consultations

Under the guidance of NCHADS and working with the lead and other international consultants, the national consultants will:
* Develop field visit plans, facilitate and coordinate field work of the international consultants
* Participate in the meetings including field visit, discussions and consultations of the JPR and assist in taking notes on key discussion, comments and feedbacks.
* Assist in organizing meetings and consultations as requested by the international consultants as part of the process of the JPR exercise.
* As necessary and required by the international consultants, assist in translation during the field work and Key Informant Interviews of the international consultants, and translation of any relevant documents required by the international consultants.
* Ensuring administrative accuracy

The national consultants will:
* Ensure that all the names of the persons, places, institutions, and structures and systems in Cambodia will be correctly spelled out, particularly in the JPR report
* Provide any necessary advice to the international consultants on any government and formal protocols for the meetings and discussions with any particular government officials.
* Provide any other administrative support as required.

[1] UNAIDS; Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 targets (July 2017)
[2] Aidsinfo.unaids.org

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