Consultancy

 

e-CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

8th-9th DEC 2020

 

 

 

Terms of Reference for a Technical Conference Coordinator

 

 Introduction

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) encompass the right of all individuals to make decisions concerning their sexual activity and reproduction free from discrimination, coercion, and violence[1]. It is also recognized that every individual has the right to make his or her own choices about his or her sexual and reproductive health, which implies that people should be able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so[2],[3]. For universal access to SRHR to become a reality, national policies and implementation plans need to take a comprehensive approach to SRHR. Following such an approach will, for a relatively low cost, realize benefits for different populations, including saving lives and improving household income and health[4].

 

Background

Uganda is one the five African countries implementing a 5 years SIDA funded Regional UN Joint program on SRH/HIV and GBV integration (2gether4SRHR) which was officially launched in 2018. This program is implemented in 5 countries in East and Southern Africa; Malawi, Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe delivered as UN-joint catalytic program through UNFPA, WHO, UNIFCEF and UNAIDS to complement the already existing Government and development partners supported programs.

The program is being implemented at national level to ensure adequate policy environment and in eight (8) districts of Amudat, Bududa, Isingiro, Gulu, Kampala, Katakwi, Namayingo and Yumbe supporting selected health facilities as centres of excellence in delivery of integrated SRHR/ HIV and GBV services. The Programme is catalytic aiming at enhancing optimal access to SRHR, HIV and GBV services in a client centered manner hence improving their health outcomes. Health facilities and health workers are supported to improve the quality of health services and the communities are also empowered and supported to exercise their SRH rights to access quality, integrated SRHR/HIV and SGBV services. The program prioritizes focus on learning and knowledge sharing for expedited adaptation and expanded coverage with quality integrated services with countries and at districts level

Rationale

From 2016, Uganda through her Ministry of Health (MoH) and UN partners on health joined hands to support the development of policies, guidelines, strategies, frameworks and plans to facilitate the environment for provision of SRHR services in the country. The gains have started to make difference in the lives of the population from 2019; however, the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has decimated some of the gains and the momentum of progress. It is therefore paramount that experiences by different institutions, learning, studies/assessment results and knowledge being shared among the stakeholders through this e-conference so that strategic and adaptive approaches/strategies are devised and or services are improved for sustainability. The purpose of the e-conference is to facilitate sharing of status, progress and achievements in SRHR and adaptations compelled by the Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda. The conference will specifically encourage participation of district and service provision level actors to amplify learning across districts

The conference is anticipated to run for two days both physically and virtually featuring a formal opening session, plenary and breakout, abstract poster boards, and other innovative channels for knowledge sharing.

The AIDS Information Centre as a major CSO partner on the 2gether4SRHR program is supporting organization of the national conference on SRH/HIV/GBV integration. AIC seeks for services of a conference technical coordinator to undertake the following tasks

Goal

Facilitate successful delivery of the e-CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS.

Key tasks  

The TA will work with the organizing committee of MoH and other TA teams to:

  1. Coordinate the development of the conference technical document and program
  2. Coordinate conference publicity through relevant channels to attract appropriate participants government ministries, departments, agencies (MDA), CSO and private sector entities, development partners and community groups
  3. Coordinate development of the conference program including identification of tracks/topics/areas of focus for presentations during the e-conference
  4. Coordinate the process for soliciting for technical abstracts, reviewing them working with the scientific committee, communicating outcomes to abstract authors and compiling an online abstract book
  5. Coordinate processes for Identifying key note speakers, moderators and panelists
  6. Facilitate delivery of the entire e-Conference
  7. Support in preparation of the e-conference proceedings

 

Deliverables
  1. Agreed Conference Program
  2. Agreed and implemented conference publicity plan
  3. Endorsed Conference online abstract book
  4. e-conference organized held on 8-9th December featuring quality technical content
  5. e-conference report and policy brief on SRH/HIV/BV

 

Proposed timeline

The exercise will be done over a period of 12 Working Days (1st November to 12th November), while the actual conference will take place on the 8th to 9th December 2020.

Qualifications
  1. Post graduate degree in relevant field
  2. Demonstrable experience in handling multisector social or health related technical events at national
  3. Background in SRH/HIV/GBV program management and delivery an added advantage
  4. Good communication and interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to work with others collaboratively
  6. Competence in exploiting IT for events management
Contact persons at AIC

The Consultant will directly work with the AIC Director programs and Planning in consultation with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager AIDS Information Centre Musajja – Alumbwa Road, Plot No 1321, Block 12 Mengo – Kisenyi, P. O Box 10446 Kampala- Uganda.

 Submission and deadline

All interested Applicants that meet the requirements should send their Expression of Interest (EOIs) for their understanding of the assignment as well as a Technical and Financial Proposal. Include in the message text; ‘‘Technical Assistance on e-Conference on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights’’

Expressions of Interests should be submitted to procurementcommittee@aicug.org by close of business Monday 5th November 2020 by 5:00pm.

 

References 

[1] Definition taken from the International Conference on Population and Development, Summary of the Programme of Action (New York: United Nations Department of Public Information, March 1995).

[2] United Nations Population Fund (2014). Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population Development. 20th anniversary edition. New York.

[3] World Health Organization (2004). Reproductive Health Strategy. Geneva.

[4] Starrs AM, Ezeh AC, Barker G, Basu A, Bertrand JT, Blum R, Coll-Seck AM, Grover A, Laski L, Roa M, Sathar ZA, Say L, Serour GI, Singh S, Stenberg K, Temmerman M, Biddlecom A, Popinchalk A, Summers C (2018). Accelerate progress – sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission. Lancet, vol. 391, pp. 1642–92.