UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications for an individual consultant to support the development of an HIV Sustainability Roadmap for Zimbabwe
18 Jan 2023
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|Recruiter||United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)|
|Position||Individual consultant to support the development of an HIV Sustainability Roadmap|
|Experience Required||Seven years|
|Application Deadline||January 18, 2023|
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF Zimbabwe is seeking to hire an innovative and enthusiastic individual consultant to to support the development of an HIV Sustainability Roadmap for Zimbabwe as part of strengthening the health care system
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Zimbabwe is one of the high HIV burden countries with a prevalence of 12 percent, with 1.2 million people living with HIV (ZIMPHIA, 2020). Although the HIV incidence amongst adults is low at 0.4 percent, it has a significant gender dimension, being higher among women (0.5%) than men (0.2%), specifically, women aged 15-24 years (0.8%). The 12 percent prevalence masks the regional variation which is as high as 17.6 per cent in Matabeleland South Province. In 2020, there were an estimated number of 1.2 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Zimbabwe of which 120,000 were children and adolescents aged 0-19 years old. The mother to child transmission rate of HIV is high and currently at 9 per cent. Twenty three per cent of all new infections in Zimbabwe during 2020 were among adolescent girls and young women despite accounting for only circa 10 per cent of the population.
As financial resources for the HIV/AIDS pandemic continue to decline globally, Zimbabwe is not spared. External partners make significant contributions to the Zimbabwe Government’s response to the provision of HIV/AIDS services, with PEPFAR and Global Fund (GF) being the main partners. Nevertheless, with the ongoing global challenges, funding for HIV/AIDS may not be sustained at the current level in the foreseeable future creating a potential gap in sustaining the provision of HIV treatment and prevention efforts to reduce new infections. Failure to address the issue of sustainability adequately will affect the successful transitioning from the reliance on external funding.
Against this backdrop, UNICEF is seeking to engage a Consultant who under the leadership of MoHCC will work with the TWG to facilitate high level engagement and consultations which will inform the development of a sustainability roadmap for the country. This will involve the review of HIV financing, and the related program components. This will help with taking stock of the whole HIV financing mechanism in the country and develop a robust plan that will help build sustainability of the HIV response financing in Zimbabwe within the broader health care system.
The roadmap will serve as a reference document for all stakeholders including government, donors, civil society organizations (CSO) and multilateral agencies on the actions required to move the country towards sustainable HIV epidemic response.
UNICEF with support from PEPFAR/USAID is availing the MoHCC with the services of a senior level Consultant with vast experience in public health financing with a strong focus on HIV, primary health care (PHC), and health system strengthening to support policy level dialogues and development of a sustainability roadmap on HIV within the broader health care system. This will entail working with various stakeholders, preparing and facilitating consultations, assisting with the development of various communication pieces and tools on the process, and the development of the roadmap. As this process coincide with the writing of the new Global Fund application, NFM4, the consultant will also work in liaison with the GF consultant who will be drafting the component on RSSH, resilient and sustainable system for health.
Position in Organization:
- Job no: 558347
- Contract type: Consultant
- Duty Station: Harare
- Level: Consultancy
- Location: Zimbabwe
- Categories: HIV/AIDS
- Advanced degree in Public Health/Health Financing/Economics, Strategic Planning/Social Science or any relevant field
- At least 8 years of professional work experience at national and international levels including field experience and expertise in HIV programme management
- Experience working in related field in Eastern and Southern Africa, is desirable
- Shona and Ndebele will be an added advantage
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