The 2gether 4 SRHR is a joint UN regional programme being supported by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and implemented by UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO with the goal of improving the sexual and reproductive health of all people in East and Southern Africa (ESA). The programme works in partnership with regional economic communities, governments, civil society and community networks. Its objectives are to create an enabling policy and legal environment, expand access to integrated services for those in need, strengthen community-facility linkages and amplify lessons learnt across the region. While regional in nature the programme supports SRHR programme implementation in ten countries, with a view to distilling lessons to be learnt that can be amplified across the region.
In the ESA region, more than 30 million people, including 17 million children (45 percent) are in need of humanitarian assistance due to climate-related shocks, health emergencies, and displacement. Droughts, floods, and cyclones have left more than 27 million people food insecure, without access to basic health care and education, and at risk of violence and abuse. Other health risks that threaten the region include ebola, cholera, yellow fever, plague, TB, Malaria, and typhoid. Women and girls, including young women and adolescent girls, people living with HIV, key populations in particular sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and persons with disabilities are affected disproportionately in both sudden and slow-onset emergencies, and conflict and post-conflict situations and face multiple sexual and reproductive health challenges, including gender-based violence.
Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe are experiencing the effects of multiple humanitarian crises that are associated with climatic conditions. All three countries in the first half of 2019 experienced severe flooding relating to cyclone Idai and Kenneth. At the same time, all three countries are or have experienced droughts linked to the effects of global warming, combined with the El-Nino phenomenon, resulting in a large scale food insecurity and malnutrition during the lean period. Across all three countries, these climatic conditions have resulted in a large number of people who are in need of humanitarian assistance.
This consultancy will review the humanitarian response capacity and preparedness measures in the region, with a particular focus on Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe to provide effective SRHR, HIV, and SGBV services in response to the different climatic humanitarian crises and the extent to which these met the needs of vulnerable population groups.
To provide guidance on actions to ensure timely, effective, principled and integrated delivery of integrated SRHR/HIV/SGBV services to strengthen the humanitarian, development nexus with a particular emphasis on building capacity of Government, UN Agencies and non-governmental partners to build resilient health care systems that are prepared for and can rapidly respond to meeting the needs of all people, in particular those left behind in times of humanitarian crisis.
The above goal is to be accomplished through a literature review and stakeholder consultation on recent SRHR, HIV and GBVhumanitarian work in the region, a review of global and regional guidance and structured country visits to Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
The specific tasks of the consultancy are as follows:
Desk review with shortlisted candidates requested to submit:
Candidates should provide required documentation via email to Pumla Golimpi (email@example.com). Email Subject: Application to undertake consultancy titled “Toward improving SRHR outcomes in humanitarian settings: A review of literature and country experiences in ESA region” by 6 November 2019, 5 pm Johannesburg local time.
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.