Non-staff - Consultant/SAFER Implementation in Uganda - Level: NO-B Step 01 - Duty Station: Kampala/Uganda
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This Consultancy is to provide support for SAFER Uganda, a partnership led by the Ministry of Health of Uganda and the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen implementation of effective and cost-effective interventions to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. The consultancy includes provision of operational and technical support on a fulltime basis (100% FTE) from October 2022-March 2023, including project management of the SAFER Uganda implementation roadmap; research, analysis and development of SAFER Uganda technical documents; convening stakeholder engagement; and development of advocacy and fundraising materials.
Alcohol consumption in Uganda
According to the WHO Global status report on alcohol and health 2018, 36.3% of Ugandans aged 15 years and older (49.1% of men and 23.8% of women) are current alcohol users. Total annual per capita consumption of alcohol among Ugandans aged 15 years and older is 12.48 L, compared to 4.8 L in the WHO African Region and 5.8 L globally. Harmful use of alcohol is associated with more than 60 diseases and conditions, including liver cirrhosis, mouth cancers, breast cancers, tuberculosis, suicides, interpersonal violence, alcohol use disorders and road traffic injuries and deaths. Among Ugandans aged 15 years and older, 7.1% have an alcohol use disorder, compared to 3.7 in the WHO African Region and 5.1 globally. The estimated road traffic death rate per 100 000 population is 29.39, compared to 27.21 in the WHO African Region and 17 globally.
National alcohol control policy
The Government of Uganda recognizes its responsibility to protect the entire society against the impacts of harmful use of alcohol and committed to using proven cost-effective and affordable interventions for mitigating the harmful use of alcohol.3 The National Alcohol Control Policy, approved in November 2019, acknowledges that interventions to address concerns related to production, sale, consumption, regulation and the negative health impacts of alcohol have been fragmented and ineffective in addressing the problem. The policy provides a comprehensive approach to guide the development of a regulatory framework to address the priority interventions for ensuring safe production, sale, consumption of alcohol, in addition to regulation and management of alcohol related problems and conditions. To further advance its alcohol policy objectives, the Government of Uganda is developing an Alcohol Control Bill.
From 22-26 November 2021, the Ministry of Health and WHO led a joint mission to facilitate stakeholder engagement and identify priority interventions.
Following the mission, the SAFER Uganda team developed a 24-month multi-agency and multisectoral implementation roadmap. The roadmap includes approximately 40 actions linked to 8 objectives: 1) Strong political leadership and multisectoral coordination on alcohol control and SAFER implementation; 2) Adoption and effective implementation of regulations restricting the physical availability of alcohol; 3) Adoption and effective implementation of policies to increase access to screening, brief interventions and treatment; 4) Increase support to strengthen drink-driving countermeasures; 5) Increase support for development of regulations restricting alcohol advertising, sponsorship and promotion; 6) Increase support for raising excise taxes and strengthening pricing policies to raise alcohol prices; 7) Effective monitoring and evaluation of SAFER implementation and impacts; and 8) Protect alcohol control policymaking and implementation from undue interference. The roadmap implementation will be led by the SAFER Uganda Secretariat, which has established working groups to oversee implementation of roadmap actions.
The Global SAFER Initiative
WHO, in collaboration with international partners, launched the SAFER Initiative at the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. The objective of the initiative is to support Member States in their efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol by strengthening implementation of effective and cost-effective interventions to reduce the harmful use of alcohol in line with the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, the WHO Global NCD Action Plan, 2013-2020, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The SAFER package includes five interventions and three strategies to help ensure effective implementation.
- Work to be performed
The Consultancy contract includes the following work:
- SAFER Uganda roadmap managed including: providing operational support for the SAFER Uganda Secretariat and working groups; coordination between implementing partners; and tracking and reporting on implementation progress
- Events and stakeholder engagement convened, as provided for in the SAFER Uganda roadmap, including SAFER Uganda’s collaboration with organizers of the 2022 Uganda Alcohol Policy Conference.
- Research and analysis on alcohol control regulations and regulatory competencies supported including: taxation and price measures; and opportunities and barriers for increasing capacity to provide screening, brief intervention and treatment for people with alcohol use disorders
- Technical documents developed including the landscape analysis report, policy briefs and training materials
- Advocacy and fundraising materials developed.
- Characteristics of the consultant
The consultant should have:
- A master’s degree in sciences, public health or any other related field and relevant experience in working on alcohol policy development and implementation.
A doctorate (PhD) in prevention of Harmful use alcohol related field will be an added advantage.
At least 10 years’ experience in providing technical support or working on alcohol policy and strategy development and implementation.
- Specifically, the consultant should have:
- Strong organizational and project management skills and experience managing similar activities
- Strong research and analytical skills, particularly in relation to alcohol control or similar public health policy
- Familiarity with the political, legislative and economic contexts in Uganda, particularly in relation to alcohol control or similar public health policy
- Experience facilitating multisectoral stakeholder engagement
- Ability to produce high quality outputs
- Experience in working with WHO and any other UN agency on control of harmful use of alcohol will be an added advantage.
- Technical expertise
- Producing results
- Ensuring effective use of resources
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ways of working
The work will be carried out in Uganda.
The consultant will work under the supervision of WHO Country Representative. The consultant will work closely with the Ministry of Health of Uganda, the WHO Country Office, Uganda and the SAFER Uganda Secretariat.
- Time allocation
One hundred and fifteen days are available for the work:
- Project management of the SAFER Uganda roadmap (60 days)
- Convening stakeholder meetings, including the Uganda Alcohol Policy Conference (20 days days)
- Research, analysis and development of SAFER Uganda technical documents- landscape analysis report, policy briefs and training materials
- Development of advocacy and fundraising materials 20 days)
The work will be undertaken between November, 2022 and February 2023.
Convening stakeholder engagement
Research, analysis and development of SAFER Uganda technical documents- landscape analysis report, policy briefs and training materials.
Project management of the SAFER Uganda roadmap
- Remuneration and Budget
Level: National Officer Category at Level (NO-B). UGX 14,065,917 (Monthly rate).
Total for 4 months is UGX: 56,263, 668.
- Payment schedule
Monthly payments of UGX 14,065,917 upon submission of progress report showing satisfactory progress in accordance with the timeline in section 5.4.