Consultant - Global Fund for TB

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Purpose of the consultancy

The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical support to the Papua New Guinea Country Coordination Mechanism in the revision of the Global Fund funding request 2025-2026 for the TB component.

Background

Tuberculosis remains a major public health problem in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Papua New Guinea is one of the 30 high TB and MDR-TB burden countries in the world. The estimated incidence of TB was 441 per 100,000 population in 2020, which is one of the highest globally and in the Western Pacific Region. TB treatment success rate stands at 71% in 2020. TB is one of the leading causes of death in PNG with an estimated mortality rate of 49 per 100,000 population in 2020.

The National Department of Health has been implementing a joint TB/HIV grant 2021-2023 supported by the Global Fund in close collaboration with World Vision International, the principal recipient, and the sub-recipients (SRs). This grant supports priorities and interventions in alignment with the National STI and HIV Strategy 2018-2022 and the National TB Strategic Plan 2021-2025.

The current grant will end on the 31st of December 2023, thus the new funding request has been submitted to the Global Fund under the leadership of the Country Coordinating Mechanism on the 30th of May 2023. The Technical Review Committee comments with recommendations for iteration received in August 2023. Thus, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) is planning to revise and resubmit the joint TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund in Window 5 by the 29th of April 2024.

To revise the funding request and address TRP comments external technical assistance is required. These terms of reference are focused on technical assistance for revising the TB component of the joint TB/HIV funding request.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Estimated start date: 15 February 2024

Duration: 8 months (part-time, 2-3 days per week)

Work to be performed

The consultant will work with Papua New Guinea CCM, Oversight Committee of the CCM, the National Department of Health, and other partners to achieve the following outputs:

Output 1: Completed Applicant Response form to TRP comments:

Deliverable 1.1 Develop response to issues 4, 5 and 6 raised by TRP.

Deliverable 1.2 Coordinate and support any analysis needed (epidemiological, programmatic, financial, risk, etc) that will serve as inputs for responding to TRP comments.

Deliverable 1.3 Work closely with HIV/Team Lead and RSSH consultants and in-country partners to address and respond to issues 7,8,9 and 10 raised by TRP.

Output 2: Final revised version of the funding request documents including funding request forms, programmatic gap analysis, performance framework, and other documents

Deliverable 2.1 Revised versions of the fundamental elements of the funding request (narrative, lessons learned, programmatic gap table, performance framework, prioritized above allocation, all relevant annexes, etc) based on TRP comments and in line with existing technical documents, and national strategic plans.

Output 3: Develop a response to TRP comments after approval of the funding request by the Global Fund

Deliverable 3.1 The response to TRP comments in July-August 2024 is developed and completed.

Methods to carry out the activities

· Provide technical support in the revision of the Funding Request 2024-2026 through a consultative process with all relevant stakeholders (government, civil society, and technical partners) under the overall leadership of the CCM.

· Coordinate, and if needed conduct, any analysis needed (epidemiological, programmatic, financial, risk, etc) that will serve as inputs for responding to TRP comments as well as revised version of the funding request.

· Facilitate in-country discussions across TB, HIV and RSSH programs with different stakeholders and partners to address TRP comments.

· Revise the fundamental elements of the funding request (narrative, lessons learned, programmatic gap table, performance framework, prioritized above allocation, all relevant annexes, etc) based on TRP comments and in line with existing technical documents, and national strategic plans.

· Work closely with HIV/Team Lead and Finance consultants to have the final version of the complete funding request for submission.

· Regularly present drafts to the CCM through the Oversight committee and relevant stakeholders to receive and incorporate feedback in the final funding request document.

Qualifications, Experience, Skills and Knowledge, and Languages

Qualifications

Essential:

Master’s Degree in Medicine (MD, MB BS) and/or Public Health, and/or Epidemiology, and/or Social Sciences or related area

Experience

Essential:

· Minimum of 7 years of public health work experience in communicable diseases, including TB and HIV

· Demonstrated experience in developing Global Fund proposals, concept notes or funding requests

· Previous experience facilitating complex decision-making conversations at the country level, gathering different views and feedback, and follow-up on group decisions

· Experience collaborating with multi-lateral and bilateral donors, international health partners, and Government and civil society representatives

Desirable:

· Experience working with the Global Fund Secretariat, or Global Fund implementers

· Experience working with key and vulnerable populations/people living or affected by the disease(s)

· Previous experience of successful work with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams of consultants

Technical Skills and Knowledge

· Excellent knowledge of tuberculosis and HIV prevention and care, including management of TB and DR-TB, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation

· Excellent understanding of Global Fund policy, including counterpart financing, gender, human rights, equity and high impact

· Excellent analytical skills (incl. in programmatic and financial gap analysis)

· Ability to work as part of a team, and high level of interpersonal skills to work with the National Department of Health and partners

Languages

Fluent in written and spoken English.

Competencies

· Ability to clearly and briefly generate insights based on analysis of data · Strong capacity to communicate clearly and quickly · Exceptional organizational skills · Ability to work independently and produce high quality outputs · Demonstrated flexibility to excel in a multi-cultural environment · Willingness to provide and receive constructive feedback

Place of Assignment

Remote and on-site support. It is expected that the consultant will provide onsite support at least two times for 2 weeks during the contract period. The final dates of travel to PNG will be agreed upon with NDOH and CCM.

Medical Certificate

The selected consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

Travel

A consultant is required to travel to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in March and April 2024.

Additional Information

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