Duration of the consultancy
Five (05) months.
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:
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:
Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and French. Experience with qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including interviewing, data collection and critical analysis
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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.”
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