The objective of the project is to expand Member States’ capacity to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users and in prison settings. The project is being executed by UNODC in Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The primary goal of the project is to enhance the quality of services available to female injecting and non-injecting drug users (including those involved in sex work and spouses/families of male drug users specially HIV positive ) in the community and in prison settings by improving female access to existing harm reduction services and developing new female-specific services and effective referral systems to female health service providers. Key outputs include trained staff and outreach workers at existing harm reduction services, the establishment of gender-sensitive drop-in-centre services, institutionalization of a training course in gender-specific harm reduction service delivery for prison staff and prison peer counsellors, and establishment of harm reduction services in female prisons.
Purpose of review
The review should provide information on the achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations with regard to: appropriateness, impact and sustainability of the project. This includes any gaps or unintended outcomes, the effectiveness of the mode of implementation, and the appropriateness and use of national and international best practices. The mid-term review should contribute to adjusting the project strategy so that to respond to country needs and to better coordinate with other existing projects, maximize impact and lead to a sustainable environment. UNODC will share the report findings and recommendations with the relevant units of UNODC including the Project Office, government counterpart agencies, donor and Project Steering Committee.
UNODC HQs has recruited an international evaluator to review the project with the help of a National consultant, who will carry out the desk review of the project.
The National Consultant will assist the international Evaluator as following review scope and review method
The National Consultant will assist the Evaluator in the mid-term review of the project which will cover activities from October 2008 (project start date) up to November 2009 (13 months).
The review should cover the following specific issues:
- the project relevance taking into account the country policies on HIV/AIDS and illicit drugs;
- the effectiveness of the project design, strategy, approach and activities in response to the country needs on HIV/AIDS among female IDUs and female inmates;
- the efficiency of project planning and implementation including assessing to which extend organizational structure, managerial support and coordination mechanism used by UNODC supports the project;
- the process of planning, coordination and implementation of activities with other donors in the area of HIV/AIDS services for female IDUs and female inmates: UN agencies (UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO), Principal Recipients of the GFATM Programmes operating in the countries and the added value of the project in relation to these efforts;
- the progress made towards the achievement of the planned results and expected outcomes.
The assistance for mid-term review should include but not necessarily limit to the following methods:
- collect and conduct desk review of relevant documents (project document, quarterly, semi-annual and annual project reports, minutes of technical meetings, training reports, relevant national policy documents etc.);
- Participate in development and finalization of finalization of individual and/or group interviews with members of the Project Steering Committee (main governmental stakeholders, donor, civil society, UN agencies), representatives of the counterparts and implementing partners;
- With Project staff, plan field visits and identify sites and meetings with representatives of the project beneficiaries and meetings with representatives of the UN collaborative agencies;
- Coordinate with project team to preparation of review;
- Assist international consultant in preparation of finalization of review report
- Conference calls with representatives from the relevant UNODC units, such as HIV/AIDS Unit in Vienna.
Based on the findings, National consultant will prepare a draft report and submit it to the UNODC. Upon arrival of evaluator from UNODC HQs, National consultant will share the desk review as per aforementioned review scope. The draft report will be circulated for comments to the involved parties. The evaluator may choose to take the comments into account in producing the final report, for which she/he will be individually responsible.
Planning and Implementation Arrangements
The National consultant appointed to do the desk review will be briefed on the project by the UNODC HIV/AIDS Unit Pakistan.
The review tools and methodology must be agreed with UNODC. The final report to be developed in association with the evaluator will contain the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the mid-term review as well as a recording of the lessons learned during project implementation. The draft report must be discussed with the UNODC office. While considering the comments provided on the draft, the expert would use his/her independent judgment in preparing the final report. The report should not be longer than 30 pages, excluding the annexes and the executive summary. The report should be developed with respect to the following chapters:
- executive summary (maximum 4 pages)
- background (project description)
- review purpose and objective
- review methodology
- major findings
- lessons learnt
- constraints that impacted project delivery
- recommendations and conclusions.
Annexes to the review report should be kept to an absolute minimum. Only those annexes that demonstrate or clarify an issue related to a major finding should be included. Existing documents should be referenced but not necessarily annexed. Maximum number of pages for annexes is 25
The consultant will be issued a Short Service Agreement (SSA) and paid in accordance with United Nations rules and procedures.
A lump sum payment will be made in two installments:
• First payment ( 50percent) will be made upon receipt of the draft report;
• The second/ final payment (50 per cent, i.e. remaining fee) will be made only following completion of the respective tasks and receipt of the final report and its clearance by the Independent Evaluation Unit.
Duration of Consultancy:10 Days