National Consultant to support the development of the Global Fund HIV Funding Request (open to nationals of Suriname only)

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Suriname is a country in the North-East of South America, but also part of the Caribbean region, with 618,040 (2022, Worldbank) inhabitants. The HIV prevalence (15-49 years) is 1.6 percent; in 2022, an estimated 7,200 (5,900 – 8,500) people were living with HIV. Both HIV incidence and HIV-associated mortality are on the rise. Since 2010, UNAIDS recorded an 11% increase in new HIV infections in the country (<500 new infections per year). In 2022, there were <500 HIV-related deaths reported compared to <200 HIV-related deaths in 2010. Key populations are disproportionately affected by HIV; in female sex workers the HIV prevalence is estimated at 2.1% (2023); for MSM 16.6% (2018). A study was conducted in 2023 with a small sample size of male and trans sex workers gave a HIV prevalence of 40% .

The Government of Suriname (GOS) has worked with local stakeholders and development partners in meeting the 95-95-95 goals by 2030. In 2020, Suriname had 93% of diagnosed persons on ART, thereby exceeding the 90% target. This percentage declined to 86% in 2022. UNAIDS estimates that there are 7,200 people living with HIV in Suriname in 2022. This translates to 40% undiagnosed, 40% not treated and a little more than one third being virally suppressed.

Suriname is eligible to receive funding from the Global Fund for the period January 1, 2025 – December 31, 2027 according to the Global Fund’s allocation letter. Since CCM Suriname will submit the HIV Funding Request in window 6, instead of window 5, the next HIV grant will start on April 1, 2025. To support this process, a “Funding Request Development National Consultant” will be recruited.

Objective and Scope of Assignment

The national consultant will support the international lead consultant in the development of a HIV funding request proposal to the Global Fund to access resources for the National HIV/AIDS programme in Suriname. He/she is expected to start the preparatory work (as outlined here below) and further collaborate and support the international consultant once on board.

The national consultant will work in close collaboration with the lead consultant, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), the Core group established by the CCM, National HIV/AIDS Programme and national level stakeholders to:

– Review country programme documentation (Strategic Plan; Operational Plan, Mid -Term Review of NSP, Assessment reports, Workplans; Gap analysis, M&E Plan; Data from IBSS and other surveys, etc.);
– Participate in core group meetings and document decisions taken during these meetings
– Revise Funding Request development calendar (roadmap) as necessary
– Compose contact list for broad consultation
– In collaboration with the lead consultant, draft in-country dialogue methodology
– Record all key meetings with listing of participants
– Co-facilitate the in-country dialogue in collaboration with the lead consultant and CCM
– Draft in-country dialogue report
– Lead the process to identify funding priorities from civil society and communities in collaboration with civil society representatives of CCM
– Support the review of existing support, through partnership mapping of current activities, resources and anticipated changes
– Collect and ensure that all annexes are included in the funding request
– Collect and ensure that all relevant documents are included in the submission of the funding request
– Provide support to the country to address Technical Review Panel (TRP) questions

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • An advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Research, Communication, Training or any other related field
  • National Consultant with prior experience in supporting funding requests for the Global Fund under the current Funding Model; preferably at advanced academic level (Masters degree), and minimum of 5 years work experience.
    • Familiarity with the Surinamese context, specifically with respect to Health, HIV and Development is highly recommended
    • Experience with technical HIV interventions, including human rights issues and experience working with civil society organizations
    • Strong skills in strategic analysis and writing
    • Knowledge of broader health policies and National HIV/AIDS Control Programmes
    • Familiarity with Global Fund regulations, procedures and processes
    • Ability to facilitate discussions between different stakeholders and foster consensus on difficult technical issues
    • Experience working in national environments
    • English fluency and ability to write clearly and concisely; Dutch language is requirement.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

  Please access the complete ToR here Download File TOR National Consultant GF Proposal SUR 2024.pdf

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 02 Jul 2024 SA Eastern Standard Time
Deadline: 08 Jul 2024 SA Eastern Standard Time

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