The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has the lowest HIV prevalence in the world (0.1%) with 230,000 people recorded to be living with HIV in 2016. Despite its low prevalence, the MENA region is increasingly impacted by HIV and AIDS. In 2016, MENA was one of the two regions to still witness a rise in AIDS-related deaths. This is mainly a result of very limited access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services in the region.
Thus, in order to increase visibility of the HIV situation of among children, adolescents and youth, and pregnant women in the region, and advocate and influence partners and donors to invest and prioritize assistance for children, adolescents, youth, pregnant women and HIV in the region, UNICEF MENA Regional Office jointly with UNAIDS MENA Regional Support Team and WHO EMRO is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to write two reports.
The goal of the consultancy is to write/edit: 1) a Joint UN regional publication on HIV and AIDS among children, adolescents and youth, and pregnant women, and 2) two country (Iran and Djibouti) analytical reports on HIV and AIDS among children, adolescents and youth, and pregnant women.
The objectives of the consultancy:
• Write and edit the joint UN publication and two country analytical reports, including all components for clarity, readability and consistency of message, keeping in mind the publication s audience. Editing may require rewriting, abridging and restructuring text for greater readability, better logical sequence, and elimination of repetitions and jargon.
• Carry out research to clarify ambiguities and to rectify substantive errors in the text
• Ensure that the text is lively, clearly written and phrased in ways that engage the intended audience
• Ensure that arguments are presented in a balanced manner and that citations are included for statements and passages where required
• Resolve any politically or culturally sensitive issues in the text through editing, and/or flag such issues to the attention of the supervisor
• Incorporate comments/feedback from a number of sources while maintaining a consistent writing style and tone of voice
• Review fact-checking and copy-editing comments and incorporate them in the text
• Review first page proof (layout) of the publication.
KEY TASKS AND DELIVERABLES OF ASSIGNMENT
• Finalize the Joint UN publication outline
31 August, 2018
• First draft of the Joint UN publication to be completed and shared for comments
10 September, 2018
• Finalize the draft of the Joint UN publication based on comments received from regional and HQ technical focal points
• Approximately 30 000 words (or 15 pages of text without tables/ graphs, table of content, abbreviations, sources) regional report drafted and finalized
20 September, 2018
• Finalize the country analytical reports outline
Desired Candidate Profile
Select proposed methodology: By Deliverable
Overtime, weekend and official holidays will not be compensated, nor will any holiday/leave time be granted. The payment is linked to the deliverables.
Payment schedule linked to deliverables
• Submission of the final joint UN publication on HIV and AIDS (by 20 September 2018)
50% of total payment
• Submission of the final country analytical reports (30 October 2018)
50% of total payment
Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
• Cover letter/application.
• Technical proposal including main milestones and timeframes.
• Financial quote as lump sum (linked to number of working days )
• Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable (reports/data analysis)
• At least 2 Referees
• P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html ).
Late submissions, incomplete packets, or submissions with an incorrect email subject heading will not be considered.
Successful applicants may be invited for further technical assessment and offers will be evaluated.
Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.