Individual Consultant: HIV Specialist & Keys Population
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Close on 15 Jul 2020
Location: Dakar (Senegal)
Grade: Consultant
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Job Description

Duration of the consultancy

Five (05) months.

The Context

The HIV epidemic in West and Central Africa (WCA) has distinct dynamics compared to the other regions of sub-Saharan Africa. The national HIV prevalence is low to moderate ranging from less than 1% to a high of 4.5%. There are, however, key population groups who, due to specific higher-risk behaviors, are at increased risk of HIV irrespective of the epidemic type or local context. In this context, key populations (KPs) include: 1) men who have sex with men, 2) people in prisons, 3) people who use drugs, 4) sex workers and 5) transgender people. Key populations and their sexual partners account for 40% of new HIV infections in western and central Africa (UNAIDS Global Update 2018).

UNFPA WCARO has been without a dedicated HIV or key population specialist, and has not been very strategic in responding to the needs of the country offices in provision of support to the key population networks and individuals, including young key populations.

Main Tasks & Objectives

The Consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • Conduct a desk review of the above factors, including existing policies, structural/environmental factors, epidemiologic data, programmatic responses, community engagement, resource needs, partnerships and evaluation efforts regarding HIV, STIs, SGBV and SRHR interventions within the key populations/young key populations in WCA
  • Develop a survey instrument to identify above information, including good practices in programming on integrated, people centered HIV, STIs, SGBV and SRHR interventions with and for the key populations in Africa, that can be adapted to the WCA region
  • Conduct online interviews with key informants of key population networks, service providers, policy makers and development partners within WCA region
  • Organize a two day-meeting to review the research findings
  • Draft a report with action points for WCARO and the regional networks


On-going with online briefing every two weeks and progress report at the end of each month.

All deliverables and reports will be delivered electronically in French or in English as appropriate

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced University degree in public health, demography, social sciences, management or a related subject in international development

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in developmental work, preferably in management
  • Strong analytical ability and professional experience in engaging with community and high level stakeholders
  • Experience in the field of HIV prevention is a strong asset
  • Knowledge of key population issues, especially in the African context, and programming. Ability to manage sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy, plus ability to promote and uphold human rights principles.
  • Knowledge of UNFPA issues and actions at the regional and country levels


Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and French. Experience with qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including interviewing, data collection and critical analysis

How to Apply

  • Deadline for application is July 8, 2020 at 5 pm Dakar time.
  • Interested applicants should send proposals (CV and similar publication templates), with the reference "HIV & Keys Population" in the subject line, to the e-mail address
  • UNFPA will only respond to those applicants in whom UNFPA has further interest.


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UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA is formally named the United Nations Population Fund. The organization was created in 1969, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared “parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.”

UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.

UNFPA Supports:

  1. Reproductive health care for women and youth in more than 150 countries – which are home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s population
  2. The health of pregnant women, especially the 1 million who face life-threatening complications each month
  3. Reliable access to modern contraceptives sufficient to benefit 20 million women a year
  4. Training of thousands of health workers to help ensure at least 90 per cent of all childbirths are supervised by skilled attendants
  5. Prevention of gender-based violence, which affects 1 in 3 women
  6. Abandonment of female genital mutilation, which harms 3 million girls annually
  7. Prevention of teen pregnancies, complications of which are the leading cause of death for girls 15-19 years old
  8. Efforts to end child marriage, which could affect an estimated 70 million girls over the next 5 years
  9. Delivery of safe birth supplies, dignity kits and other life-saving materials to survivors of conflict and natural disaster
  10. Censuses, data collection and analyses, which are essential for development planning