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Job Title: International Consultant - Adolescent and Young People Analysis in the 2019 IBBSS Nigeria
Job Number: 526385
Duration of the consultancy: 60 working days spread over 11.5 months
Work Type: Consultancy
Background and Rationale
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with an estimated population of approximately 180 million with approximately 9% of the people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the country (UNAIDS, 2014) From 1985 when the first case of HIV was diagnosed in a 13 year old Female Sex Worker (Nasidi and Harry 2006), the HIV epidemic has since transformed from a concentrated epidemic, with only a few population groups with higher risk behaviours affected, to a generalized epidemic in all states.
All the three IBBSS conducted in Nigeria so far captured some elements of data analysis to understand what is happening among adolescents and young people aged 15-24 years. However, the level of analysis and description of the situation of these members of the population have been very limited. It is very pertinent that National HIV programs begin to address the challenges of this dearth of strategic information in a very systematic way. Learning from countries like the Philippines and Indonesia who closed the data gap, Nigeria is poised to ensure that the issues of AYP are adequately addressed in the upcoming IBBSS 2019.
The Purpose of the Assignment
The proposed 2019 IBBSS will measure behavioural risk factors and HIV status among selected key and vulnerable populations in Nigeria. It aims to complement the knowledge gained so that viable education, prevention, and treatment programmes can be designed and implemented. This will provide valuable information for stakeholders for describing and understanding HIV dynamics and the effects of interventions.
This consultancy shall ensure that the issues of AYP aged 15-24 years are well addressed and articulated at every stage of the survey starting with the protocol development down to report writing and dissemination, with the aim of enhancing evidence-informed, strategic, and targeted funding allocations and programs toward ending AIDS among AKP.
Major Tasks to be accomplished: (estimated time required to complete tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments) Strengthen national capacity for the integration of AYP in national surveys including conduct of analysis by national staff, putting in place measures/frameworks for inclusion of AKP in the IBBSS activities, counselling and ethical issues consent issues, addressing abuse, violence and other protection issues that might emerge, inclusion of older adolescents as part of the data collection and analysis team.
Develop products that provide will concisely provide strategic information to respond to the specific needs of AYP KP, age of initiation of drug use or sexual behavior for advocating new policies to benefit AKP, including overlapping risks (ie, adolescents who inject drugs and sell sex), sexual behaviors, barriers to service uptake, violence, as well as HIV- and non-HIV-related (ie, reproductive and mental) health needs
Develop a separate shadow chapter to capture the issues of AYP. Discussion chapter to provide detailed comparative analysis of the situation for AYP when compared with the general population.
Generate behavioural data to:
Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required
- Assess knowledge and beliefs of key and vulnerable populations about STIs, HIV & AIDS. Determine their current risk behaviours
- Assess key target population-level trends in risk behaviours over time Identify higher-risk sub-populations among these populations
- To determine the percentage of HIV positive persons who know their status
- To determine the percentage of HIV positive persons who know their status that are receiving ART
- Conduct trend analysis for key indicators using IBBSS 2007, 2010, 2014, 2019, disaggregate all existing data of adolescents in adult IBBSS and size estimations in the country into adolescent age groupings, disaggregate AYP data by state
- Provide technical support for the design and set up of ongoing AYP data analysis work of the Health and HIV section (trendlines, shadow score cards, dash boards etc).
The proposed consultancy and assignment is at P4 level. The required qualification and experience for the consultancy are:
Experience and Skills:
- Advanced University Degree in Public Health, Medical Sciences, Development areas or related field.
- At least 8 years of experience in research in HIV and AIDS, adolescent programming
- Hands on experience in support of national systems in the conduct of surveys, specific experience in the conduct of IBBSS will be an added advantage.
- High quality analytic, report writing, documentation skills; development of abstracts, research manuscripts and policy papers
- Capacity building, facilitation and technical team leadership
- Flexibility and ability to work virtually
- Self-driven, able to under tight schedules meeting tight deadlines, and provide detailed regular feedback
- Experience in planning and managing technical meetings/workshops and engagements with governments, implementing partners, donors and young people.
- Knowledge of UNICEF and UN language, protocols, branding and publication standards.
Application Closing Date
- Communication - Speaks English fluently; presents information with skill and confidence; projects credibility; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience; presents information in a well-structured and logical way.
- Relating and networking - Easily establishes good relationships with external partners and staff; builds wide and effective networks; relates well to people at all levels.
- Drive for results Sets high standards for quality of work; independently monitors and maintains quality of work; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals; focuses on the needs and satisfaction of internal and external partners; accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm.
- Deciding and initiating action - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people: takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activities and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions.
20th September, 2019 (Time: 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).
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