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Adolescents and Young People (AYP) segment of the population constitute 33% of the Nigeriaâ€™s population. They are found in and out of school, and all spheres of endeavor of our lives (married, engaged in labor).
Adolescents are very active, yet invisible population of the society (exploited in different ways, missing in data and services, not eligible to vote etc)
Access to and uptake of HIV counselling and testing (HTC) by adolescents is significantly lower than for adults. UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013 report indicate that only 10% of young men and 15% of young women (15â€ 24 years) were aware of their HIV status in sub-
Saharan Africa. However, access and coverage vary considerably across countries and regions.
Globally, there is 30% decrease in AIDS related mortality in adults, 50% increase in AYP between 2005 -2012 (UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013).
This increase in adolescent HIV-related deaths is due primarily to poor prioritization of adolescents in national HIV plans, inadequate provision of accessible and acceptable HTC and treatment services and lack of support for adolescents to remain in care and adhere to antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Half of the 3.1 million Nigerians living with HIV are AYP aged 15 â€ 24 years.
Nigeria has the second highest global burden of HIV. 10% of the global population of adolescents living with HIV live in Nigeria.
An ambitious plan to accelerate progress on AYP HIV intervention was conceptualized for Nigeria aligned to the four work streams of the â€œALL INâ€ initiative namely â€ a.
Changing social context by working with adolescents as agents of change, b. Sharpening adolescent components of national programs, c.
Promoting innovation and approaches for scale-up, d. Advocacy, communication and resource mobilization
Kaduna state is one of the flagship demonstration states. Thus, intensive programming took place in Kaduna state through an 12 month intervention to pilot an approach for comprehensive HIV service delivery for adolescents and young people initially in Jaba and Jemaâ€™ LGAs and later on to Kagarko, Lere, Igabi, Chikun and B / Gwari LGAS.
This intervention built in capacity strengthening of the adolescent HIV service delivery systems, partnerships, community mobilization and advocacy at state and LGA levels to achieve results.
The intervention created demand for services, provided HIV Testing services and referral for prevention, treatment and care.
In Kaduna State, 7 LGAs were identified for intensive intervention and evidence based work plans with clear objectives were developed following a rapid assessment, an in-
depth analysis of the selected interventions to identify bottlenecks, and an analysis of the bottle necks to proffer solutions and evidence based of plans developed to remove the bottle necks using AADM tool.
The four tracer interventions selected were 1) HIV testing Services 2) Interpersonal Communication for HIV prevention 3) Condom programming and 4) Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE)
The work in Nigeria has gained global attention within UNICEF and attracted additional funding. 1.7 million dollars has been allocated to intensify Adolescent HIV programming in Nigeria with the aim of helping to identify and place 90% of the 200,000 ALHIV in Nigeria, ensure 90% of those identified are placed on treatment and 90% of those on treatment achieve viral suppression (UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets).
In the last 10 months the funds have been utilized for the implementation of four key intervention areas. One of the four areasÂ â€œ Intensifying Adolescent programming in Kaduna Stateâ€ , has been implemented with the technical support of this consultant to achieve the set objectives / activities as below with appreciable progress.
Specific activities successfully rollout this intervention area include :
It is required that the systems and structures that have been strengthened be sustained fir continuous delivery of services for AYP.
Thus, there is still need for the technical support to continue for the purpose of implementing a sustainability and exit plan.
A LGA level consultant is required to ensure continuous implementation, monitoring and coordination and reporting of all planned activities in the 3 LGAs of Kaduna State.
The Purpose of the Assignment
The LGA consultant shall be responsible for providing day to day technical support for direct implementation, coordination of partners in 3 LGAs.
S) He will ensure high quality and timely implementation of monthly work plans; collation and validation of data, identify and address challenges with the support of the State consultant.
The LGA consultant shall report to the state consultant and contribute to the LGA, documentation and research consultants monthly and quarterly reporting to UNICEF as required.
S / He shall be the direct focal person with facilities, LACA, youth groups and communities; and shall be responsible for the planning and preparation of community entry and training activities.
Major Tasks to be accomplished : (estimated time required to complete tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments)
1) Contribute to the development of the LGA AYP implementation monitoring plan under the supervision of the State consultant
2) Support the strengthening of the LGA coordination mechanism
3) Participate as an ad hoc member of the Prevention TWG and AYP Subcommittee
based organizations, women and youth groups for effective use of networks to promote programme ownership and sustainability Â
End Product / Ouputs :
Qualifications or specialized knowledge / experience required :
The proposed consultancy and assignment is at NOA level. The required qualification and experience for the consultancy are :
presents information in a well-structured and logical way. Fluency in local language is an added advantage
relates well to people at all levels.
accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm.
initiates and generates activities and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions.
Estimated time of consultancy and deadline for submission of end product :
Eleven and a half Months
Applicants should indicate an all-inclusive fee
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Thu May 17 2018 05 : 00 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT) W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Fri May 25 2018 18 : 55 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT)