International Rescue Committee Consultancy for HIV Trainings in Kakuma Refugee Camp

Oct 16, 2016

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Consultancy for HIV Trainings in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Sector: Reproductive Health  

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Consultant 

Employee Category: Not Applicable
Terms of Reference
Background: Turkana County is located in northwest Kenya with an estimated population of 855,399 (Male: 52%; Female: 48%) people that includes 185,984 (female 46.1%: male 53.9%) refugees in Kakuma refugee camp. 

Both groups have large adolescent (10-19 years) populations, estimated at 31% (approx. 300,000) and 27% (approx. 50,000) of the host and refugee populations respectively. HIV prevalence is estimated to be 7.6 % (national average 6%). 

Most new HIV infections are concentrated in hot-spot towns along the Kitale-Lodwar-Lokichoggio-South Sudan transport corridor due to cultural and sexual interactions between host and camp populations. 

In Kakuma refugee camp the HIV prevalence is estimated to be 1.2%, however transmission among key populations, such as sex workers (SWs) and men having sex with men (MSMs) is much higher at 17%. Approximately 5,736 children and adolescents <14 are="" br="" hiv.="" in="" living="" turkana="" with="" years="">
 The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading humanitarian and development agency, supporting communities in transition in 40 countries. 

Simultaneously a global technical leader and proven implementer, the IRC has shaped youth priorities and approaches at the national level and implemented programs at the community level since its founding in 1933. 

The IRC has worked in Kenya since 1992, implementing highly-effective programs in youth livelihood, economic development, women’s empowerment and protection, integrated healthcare, governance and peace-building.

In Nov 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) through National AIDS & STI Control Programme (NASCOP) launched six strategic documents namely; national IPC guideline, HTS communication strategy, HTS guideline, revised STI poster and the ART guideline (Rapid Advice) that incorporate the latest evidence based on information to facilitate provision of quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Kenya. 

In the same year a four year strategic plan dubbed “90-90-90 strategy” was developed as a means towards achieving the end of HIV epidemic. 

With the current evidence of research, the NASCOP again launched the “Test and Treat” guideline in July 2016 which requires everyone who is diagnosed with HIV to be started on ART almost immediately to achieve maximum viral suppression and reduce future complications

According to the current program statistics, only 17% (30,626) of the refugee camp population against a target of 20% knew their HIV status, with 403 of these being key population clients in the host community program. 

The cumulative number of active patients currently enrolled for care as of end of 2015 was 614 out of the 1,410 ever enrolled in the program. 97% of pregnant women attending Ante Natal Clinics were tested for HIV however only 27% of their partners were tested in 2015. 

There have been minimal efforts in both the host community and refugee programs to support index testing for family members of persons living with HIV, despite higher possibilities and risks to HIV. 

There are only 10 health workers and 29 key population peer leaders and other 10 stakeholders (gate keepers and opinion leaders) with capacity on identification and linkage of at risk adolescents.

In light of the above, the IRC is sourcing for a consultant to carry out four trainings to be held in Turkana County between 4th week of October and 2nd week of November 2016. 

These trainings are; ART “Test and Treat” guideline, HTS guideline, Community PwP aka Positive Health & Dignity Prevention (PHDP) and My Health My Choice (MHMC).

Goal: To equip health care providers with knowledge and skills to offer effective HIV prevention, care & treatment services to refugees and surrounding host population.

Specific objectives
  • To increase identification and linkage of HIV+ individuals through targeted HIV testing services
  • To improve HIV care and treatment outcome through timely initiation of ART and effective monitoring
  • To strengthen community based HIV intervention to enhance retention of HIV+ individuals in care and treatment programs
  • To train youths and adolescents on life skills to promote HIV prevention and realization of their goals in life
Training Methodology

A diverse training methodology is expected including:
  • Presentation and mini lecture
  • Group work
  • Role Play
  • Brainstorming
  • Peer counseling on real issues
  • Simulated practice
  • Teach back
  • Observed practices
Expected Outcome
  • 81 (HTS: 25, ART: 20; PHDP: 20 and MHMC: 16) health care providers are trained and certified on different aspects of HIV programming
  • The participants will develop and share a work plan for implementation of the new recommendations as espoused in the recent guidelines
Schedule & venue: The training will be conducted within Turkana County between 24th Oct and 11th Nov 2016

The IRC Role
  • Organize for the training venue well in advance
  • Provide lunch, tea, refreshments and conference package to trainers and participants during the training period
  • Organize transport and other logistics for participants & trainers to and from the training venue
  • Pay the consultancy fee by cheque within two weeks or as indicated in the signed contract upon receiving all the required deliverables
  • Arrange for participants accommodation for the training which are to be held off-site
  • Pick-up trainers from Lodwar and back
  • Arrange for air transport of faculties coming from outside Turkana subject to budget flexibility
The consultant role
  • Provide experienced faculties/trainers to facilitate the trainings
  • Share the schedule/time table of the trainings well in advance
  • Avail the required training materials e.g. participants manuals, job aids e.t.c.
  • Successfully execute all the requested trainings using the national curriculum
  • Provide regular updates on the progress of the trainings to the RH/HIV Program Manager (focal person)
  • Submit all the relevant qualification and statutory documents before commencement of the activity
  • Provide all the relevant information to the trainers (expectations, mode of payment, scope of work, reporting e.t.c.) well in advance to avoid unnecessary inconveniences
  • Prepare and submit comprehensive training report within one week after completion of the trainings
Note: Kindly make sure to provide your budget when sending in your applications.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. 

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.  

How to Apply

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