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THE REGIONAL GLOBAL FUND PROJECT ON HIV & HARM REDUCTION

REQUEST FOR CONSULTANTS/RESEARCHERS TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON HIV AND HARM REDUCTION IN TANZANIA

BACKGROUND

TACOSODE is an umbrella Organization consisting of more than 280 members all over the Tanzania Mainland.  TACOSODE is an abbreviation for Tanzania Council for Social Development formally known as National Council on Social Welfare Services registered in February 1965 as voluntary coordinating body for NGOs in the country. It is thus, a national umbrella Non-Governmental Organizations with a status of a Council.

Vision statement states: “Capable civil society organizations (CSOs) working for social justices” and the mission statement states that “TACOSODE is an Umbrella non-governmental organization (NGO) aiming at improving capacities of NGOs and community based organizations (CBOs) to deliver quality services through training, networking, policy analysis, lobbing and advocacy”.

Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) under a regional consortium of organizations successfully put through a concept note and was awarded by the Global Fund a regional grant to implement HIV and harm reduction interventions in eight countries.

TACOSODE as a sub-recipient of Global Fund in Tanzania (Mainland) is among eight  countries that have received Regional Grant to implement HIV and Harm reduction interventions in Tanzania. The regional project is named as the “HIV and Harm Reduction in Eastern Africa Regional Project”, and is being implemented in the following countries; Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (Mainland), and United Republic of Tanzania (Zanzibar)

The goal of the overall project is to increase access to essential HIV and harm reduction services for people who inject drugs in Eastern Africa. There are three linked overall objectives:

1. Creating an enabling environment to conduct harm reduction activities in Eastern Africa;

2. Strengthening of community systems for a sustained HIV response among people who inject drugs in eastern Africa; and

3. Generating and utilizing strategic information on drug use related interventions in the region.

PROBLEM DEFINITION:

There exist gaps in evidence in relation to the extent and nature of HIV and other harms linked to injecting drug use in Kenya. Thus, there is need to generate evidence in relation the potential and capacity for harm reduction interventions, and especially HIV prevention interventions, for people who inject drugs in Tanzania.

TACOSODE is seeking to recruit 2 qualitative researchers to collaborate with London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and key stakeholders in Tanzania and support the design and implementation of qualitative studies on the social relations and contexts of harm and its reduction among people who inject drugs in the Tanzania.

The scope /focus of the qualitative study

Together, the researchers will develop a qualitative study which is sufficiently targeted and focused to generate depth data on a specific issue of harm reduction intervention development for people who inject drugs. Possible topics already identified as part of the development of this Global Fund supported project include:

(a) HIV risk and access to care among women who inject drugs; (b) the role of peer-based interventions in the delivery of harm reduction and/or in supporting access to HIV treatment and care; (c) sexual risk and the development and incorporation of sexual risk reduction interventions; (d) access to, and engagement with, innovations in methadone assisted therapy; and (d) the dynamics of self-organization among drug user networks.

The researchers, in consultation with local stakeholders, LSHTM and TACOSODE will either select one of these topic areas, or make their case for proposing an alternative. There is scope within the qualitative study to adopt a qualitative longitudinal design, enabling follow-up of a proportion of participants interviewed at baseline, if the research question driving the study requires it. Overall, the qualitative study should be designed around baseline depth or semi-structured interviews (up to n=30), and the researchers will design their studies in light of what is both feasible and needed locally/nationally. Studies may also include elements of ethnographic observation as well as other data sources. How studies undertake their coding and analyses of qualitative data will be critical to ensuring their quality and impact, and all studies will proceed with appropriate local ethics approvals.

CONSULTANCY DURATION:

The research inception meeting for this work will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on July 06-11, 2016. The implementation of the qualitative study, with appropriate local ethics approvals, will start from September 2016, with all data analyses completed, and resulting reports/papers drafted, by March 2017. The senior consultant engagement will be between 20-40 days and the mid- level researcher engagement spanning 30-50 days.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

TACOSODE is seeking for CVs from two suitably qualified individual qualitative researchers, with links to established national or local research institutions, to partner with LSHTM. One position is for a Principal researcher, and one position is for Assistant researcher. Each will work closely together to form a local research team. The key areas of expertise required are:

v Academic qualifications in sociology, anthropology, social psychology or public health,

v (preferably PhD for the Principal position, and Masters or equivalent experience for the midlevel

v position).

v Current links to a Health higher learning or research institution in Tanzania, ideally a University

v Experience in qualitative research on Key Populations (KPs), including interview data analyses, ideally in the field of drug use and HIV prevention (preferably 5 years’ experience for the senior position, and 3 years’ experience for the mid-level position).

v Experience in designing and implementing qualitative research protocols, including an understanding of the ethical considerations necessary for research, and ensuring data quality.

v Proven expertise in undertaking qualitative depth interviews, managing fieldwork, data coding, and thematic data analysis (demonstrating this expertise is considered a key requirement for both the senior and mid-level positions).

v Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional level), including evidence of paper/report writing to publication quality in the field of public health (evidence of peer reviewed publication in qualitative research in the health field is preferred for the senior position).

HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following, not later than the close of business of June 17, 2016 (documents received after this deadline will not be reviewed):

Your CV:-

v Up to two page (not more) on how your experience and expertise is relevant to this project, why you are well positioned to take forward this qualitative study, and how you would ensure the delivery of a study to high academic standard.

v One example of your written work, ideally related to qualitative research, and for the

v senior position, ideally an example of a peer reviewed publication

v A statement of your daily fees/rates in USD or Tsh (exclusive of the field expenses)

All applications and proposals will be assessed in relation to the combination of: demonstrated experience and expertise; quality; and cost.

For hand/mail delivery address:

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

Tanzania Council for Social Development (TACOSODE)

Bima Road, Mikocheni B, P.O.BOX 63196, Dar es Salaam.

Mob: +255 754 284392

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Mob: +255 767 075084

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RESEARCHER/CONSULTANT FOR DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING QUALITATIVE

 

STUDY ON HIV AND HARM REDUCTION IN TANZANIA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Citizen Engaging in Government Oversight (CECO) in Health – Re-advertised

Issuance Date: November 18, 2014

Deadline for Questions: November 20, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Tanzania time

Closing Date: November 26, 2014

Closing Time: 4:00pm, Tanzania time

Anticipated Period of Performance: Three years from date of award


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