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Terms of Reference| Call for Consultant Researcher and Writer | Application Deadline October 10 2018


Working Title:

Scan and Analysis of Key Population Data Inclusion in 2018 Voluntary National Reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals

I. Background:

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulate an interconnected and human-rights based approach to development. The 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets include environmental, economic, and social dimensions of development. Rather than as a standalone development priority in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), HIV is now included as one target within Goal 3:  Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages. The SDG HIV Target also goes one step further than the MDGs by including agreed upon indicator 3.3.1 on HIV incidence by sex, age, and key population (gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, and prisoners and other incarcerated people).

The SDGs are aspirations for the entire world, not just “developing countries,” and each year countries can choose to engage in a “Voluntary National Review” (VNR) of implementation progress at the country-level. States are encouraged during the VNR process to include a national consultation that engages multisectoral stakeholders, including civil society and national human rights institutions. The result in an official report that is presented and discussed during an interactive dialogue at the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

In Getting on Track in Agenda 2030:  HIV in Voluntary National Reviews of Sustainable Development Implementation, MPact found that among the 43 VNR reports submitted by Member States in 2017, only 32 VNR reports included any mention of HIV. Coverage of HIV is inconsistent across VNR reports, with most reports referring to aggregate HIV prevalence or incidence in the general population. Only nine VNR reports mentioned key populations, and even fewer refer to HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Member States must show the political will to continue to raise HIV as a key development challenge, and address the cross-cutting issues implicated in the HIV response, particularly as relates to key populations.

Using the data from Getting on Track in Agenda 2030 as a baseline, this assessment will analyze the coverage of HIV within the official 2018 VNR reports. This assessment will again examine inclusion of data related to the HIV and health needs of key populations, including gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, and prisoners in the 47 VNR reports discussed at the 2018 HLPF. (See the online database of 2018 VNR reports on the sustainable development platform.)

In addition to considering the official VNR reports, the assessment will also include a scan the civil society parallel reports submitted in 2018 for the same topics. Civil society in nearly every 2018 VNR country produced at least one civil society parallel report.

Finally, in an effort to generate good practices and learnings about the involvement of key populations in VNR processes, the assessment will conclude with an analysis of the barriers and support factors which enabled inclusion of HIV, key populations, and people living with HIV in official reports. The consultant is invited to suggest an approach that will highlight the complexities, challenges, and successes of meaningful engagement in the VNR process.

II. Terms of Reference

A. Objectives

  1. Determine the key terms and content to be scanned in the 2018 VNR reports:
    • Consult key partners in the Free Space Process and other stakeholders to determine which words are essential to include in the assessment.
    • Terms from last year that will be included again this year:
      1. HIV prevalence
      2. HIV incidence
      3. Key populations
      4. Stigma
      5. Fast Track 90-90-90 Targets
  2. Scan 2018 VNR reports and 2018 civil society parallel reports for the terms identified in (a.).
  3. Create a descriptive summary regarding the change from 2017 to 2018 in the inclusion of terms.
  4. Analyze which Goals and themes were most likely to include references to terms . Add additional analysis regarding:
    • Number of VNR reports that included a standalone section on “leave no one behind”
    • Number of VNR reports that included content on all 17 Goals
    • Barriers and support factors which enabled inclusion of HIV and key population issues in VNR report
  5. Make recommendations for how Member States and civil society can most effectively describe HIV within the 2030 Agenda framework in VNR reports.

B. Scope of Work

Estimated 8-10 full days.

The consultant will conduct a brief stakeholder engagement to determine terms for the scan. The consultant will then conduct the review of 2018 VNR reports and civil society parallel reports.

The consultant will prepare a draft report to submit to MPact for review, and then incorporate edits as appropriate for a final version of the report. The report will be written in English.

C. Deliverables and Timetable

Start as soon as possible.

First draft on or before November 5, 2018.

Final Draft on or before November 19, 2018.

III. Application Submission Information

  1. Key qualifications
    1. Proven track record in research and writing on topics such as health, HIV, key populations, and community responses
    2. Knowledge of and familiarity with the Sustainable Development Goals, High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and Voluntary National Review mechanism
    3. Strong analytical skills
    4. Fluency in English; preference for applicants with fluency in Spanish and French. For applicants without Spanish and French fluency, please include in your application an explanation for how you will analyze VNR reports in Spanish and French.
  2. Submit the following to the email listed below before October 10, 2018:
    1. CV or résumé
    2. Brief description of approach to the project
    3. Estimated number of days required 

IV. Contact Information

Please submit application materials for consideration before October 10, 2018, to:

Stephen Leonelli, Senior Policy Advisor, MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health & Rights (formerly known as MSMGF)

V. About 

About MPact

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly known as MSMGF or The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 by a group of activists concerned about the disproportionate HIV disease burden shouldered by men who have sex with men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are leading innovative solutions to the challenges faced by gay and bisexual men around the world.

About Free Space Process

The Free Space Process (FSP) partnership brings together 11 international civil society, key population networks, and network organizations in an effort to proactively coordinate and collaborate on joint advocacy. FSP provides a “free space” for partners to discuss and work on common strategic policy and aims to maximize dynamic, experienced, and well connected advocacy for greater effect and combined policy impact.