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NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE CONTROL OF AIDS (NACA)-REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR ENGAGEMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOR KEY POPULATION PROGRAM


ENGAGEMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOR KEY POPULATION PROGRAM

BACKGROUND

Key populations (KPs), including female sex workers, men who have sex with men, Transgender (TGs), Persons in custodial settings and people who inject drugs and their sexual partners contribute a largest share of the HIV transmission in Nigeria (IBBSS 2020). In this regard, greater focus has been put in place for reaching KPs with prevention (biological, behavioral & structural), testing, care & support and treatment services.



While important investments and progress has been made to reach KPs with services, some of the results from the 2020 IBBSS indicate the need for a review of KP program design and delivery of services and make needed adjustments to further advance efforts towards epidemic control. Some of the 2020 IBBSS results include:

  • Increasing HIV prevalence among MSM;
  • increasing HIV prevalence among PWID (steady increase for the age group 15-19 years);
  • Increasing HIV prevalence among FSW for non-brothel based FSW;
  • Low consistent condom use for all KP groups – FSWs, MSM, PWIDs and TGs;
  • Knowledge by KPs of places to receive HTS, medication for HIV/AIDS, information/education about HIV, STI and condoms showed huge variation among the states and the different KP groups;
  • Referral to One Stop Shop (OSS), Drop-in-Centre (DICs), KP Friendly Facilities and other contacts with peer educators or outreach workers who provide HIV/AIDS related services also remain very varied and lowest among PWID;
  • Harassment or threats of arrest by law enforcement or beaten by mobs also remains frequent for all typologies;
  • Age of sex debut is low: mean age of sexual debut is about 17 years both for FSWs and MSM; 15.9 years for TGs and 17.9 years for PWIDs.

2.0 Objectives:

  • To examine the progress of KP programs and its contribution to the epidemic control;
  • To identify replicable good practices to accelerate the progress, including opportunities for GF grant reprogramming, NFM4 funding request and PEPFAR COP;
  • Identify challenges and bottlenecks that hamper implementation of KP programs.
  • To provide recommendations from the review that will foster improvement and learning for KP programs.
  • Review how the results of the IBBSS 2020 have been incorporated in the current design of the KP programme interventions.
  • Set KP program priorities for the next 2 years.

3.0 Scope of Assignment

  • The scope of this review is expected to be national, with a focus on states and LGAs covered by KP programs over the last 3 to 5 five years (January 2016 to December 2021) (through support from GF, PEPFAR, GoN or other partners). The review will cover 18 KP program states in Nigeria which are: Niger, Kogi, Delta, Bayelsa Adamawa, Edo, Enugu, Anambra, Abia, Imo, Oyo, Gombe, Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Kano and Taraba. These include states that were sampled for IBBSS 2020 to allow for adequate comparisons. Selection was also based on KP size estimates and the extent of availability of KP programs.
  • The review will cover KP program areas including defined package of prevention services, testing, treatment care and support, and human right aspects.
  • This work will include a review of i) operational guidiance for delivery of services (including defined package of services), ii) operational plans and KP targets, iii) programmatic results/data over the past 3 – 5 years, and iv) an analysis of all these and triangulation with IBBSS and other study findings/results.

Tasks to be performed by the Technical Support Organisation

  • Conduct data scouting and scooping for the evaluation
  • Develop a succinct literature review of the Nigerian HIV KP programme
  • Work with the technical committee to develop a research protocol for the study
  • Recruitment of the Field officers including data collectors
  • Conduct field assessment of the programme in 18 states:
  • Review the KP program areas including defined packages of prevention services, testing, treatment care and support, and human right aspects.
  • Review the following:
  • operational guidiance for delivery of services (including defined package of services),
  • operational plans and KP targets,
  • programmatic results/data over the past 3 – 5 years, and
  • An analysis of all these and triangulation with IBBSS and other study findings/results
  • Submit a programmatic review report to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
  • Jointly facilitate a dissemination of the findings from the review through a dissemination meeting and
  • Work with the technical committee to develop at least one manuscript form the primary data collected to share with the scientific community.
  • Submit all data collected for the research to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and should not use it except with express approval from the Agency.
  • Perform any other functions that contributes or supports the achievement of the set objectives for the KP programme review as directed by the steering or technical review committees.

The TSO will report biweekly to the M&E TWG on the progress made on the project through the secretariat. The secretariat led by the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Department with staff from other programmatic departments in the agency and selected staff from the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCP) will work with the Technical Support Organization and provide the required support for implementing the programme.

4.0 Expected Outputs

  • Detailed Operational plan
  • Desk Review report
  • KP Program Review protocol submitted to IRB
  • Comprehensive final programmatic report which must contain an executive summary, analytical in nature (both quantitative and qualitative), structured around issues and related findings/lessons learnt, and include conclusions and recommendations.
  • At least one manuscript developed

Duration of the Consultancy

The duration of this consultancy shall be for Four  (4) months and the technical support organization will be required to be available throughout the duration of the assignment

  • General Eligibility Criteria

Other documents required to be submitted with the proposal are:

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Form CAC1.1 or CAC02 and CAC07.
  2. Evidence of Company’s Income Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years (2019, 2020 and 2021) valid till 31st December, 2022.

Mminimum cumulative Turnover of N250 Million Naira  for the referenced years;

  1. Evidence of Pension Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2022
  2. Evidence of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2022.
  3. Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2022;
  4. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/12/2022 issued by the BPP.
  5. Sworn Affidavit:
  1. Certifying that the company is not in receivership, insolvency or bankruptcy. Stating that no officer of NACA or Bureau of Public Procurement is a
  2. Director or Shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder.
  3. Also, that none of the Directors of the Company has been convicted for a criminal offence in relation to fraud or financial impropriety in any court in Nigeria or elsewhere.
  4. And that all information presented in the bid is true and correct in all particulars.
    1. Company’s Audited Account for the last three (3) years (2019, 2020 and

2021)

  1. Reference Letter from a reputable commercial bank addressed to NACA within the period of the advert indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed;
  2. Company’s profile with the Curriculum Vitae of the Key Staff to be deployed for the consultancy, including copies of their Academic/ Professional qualifications;
  3. Experience working with GF and PEPFAR Program
  4. Verifiable document of 3 similar jobs executed in the last Ten (10) years including Letter of Award and completion certificates;
  5. The minimum validity period of the Tender should be One Hundred and Twenty (120) Days:
  6. Signed Cover letter attached to the technical submission with the company’s letter head. Any submission without a cover letter will be disqualified:
  7. Copies of staff academic certificates should be provided by firm in their submission
  • Terms of Reference for the TSO
  • Conduct data scouting and scooping for the evaluation
  • Develop a succinct literature review of the Nigerian HIV KP programme
  • Working with the technical committee develop a research protocol for the study
  • Recruitment of the Field officers including data collectors
  • Conduct field assessment of the programme in 18 states:
  • Review the KP program areas including defined package of prevention services, testing, treatment care and support, and human right aspects.
  • Review the following:
  • operational guidance for delivery of services (including defined package of services),
  • operational plans and KP targets,
  • programmatic results/data over the past 3 – 5 years, and
  • An analysis of all these and triangulation with IBBSS and other study findings/results
  • Submit a programmatic review report to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
  • Jointly facilitate a dissemination of the findings from the review through a dissemination meeting and
  • Working with the technical committee, develop at least one manuscript form the primary data collected to share with the scientific community.
  • Submit all data collected for the research to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and should not use it expect with express approval from the Agency.
  • Perform any other functions that contributes or supports the achievement of the set objectives for the KP programme review as directed by the steering or technical review committees.
  • The Technical Requirements for the TSO
  • At least 5 years’ Experience in project/programme implementation review and or evaluation in Nigeria and or sub-Saharan Africa
  • At least 5 years’ Experience in HIV/AIDS Programming in Nigeria and or sub-Saharan Africa
  • Evidence of working with government organizations and multiple donor and implementation partners
  • Evidence to be provided in the use of data analytics and data visualization software
  • Evidence to have conducted public health researches at scale in Nigeria and or-sub-Saharan Africa
  1. LINK OF REQUESTS FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) DOCUMENT
https://naca.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/SBD-KP-Program-Review-1.pdf

SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Prospective consulting firms are to submit two  (2) hard copies  (one original & another copy) of the requested documents and financial bid. Thereafter, the Tenderer shall enclose the original in one (1) envelope and all the copy of the Tender in another envelope, duly marking the envelopes as “Engagement of  TSO for Key Population Programme Review” and “FINANCIAL.” The two (2) envelopes shall then be enclosed and sealed in one (1) single outer envelope after registration using the NACA bid register.  Vendors are expected to register their submission into the bid register and place their submission in the assigned Bid Box at the front of the reception of the Agency.

  1. Prospective bidders can submit their documents as a Joint Venture with relevant documents provided in line with the requirements stated in the SBD.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

The deadline for the submission of Tender should not be later than 12 noon of 29th December, 2022. Clarification can be obtained at the Office of the Head of Procurement, Ground Floor, NACA main building, 3 Ziguinchor Street. Wuse Zone 4. Abuja. The bids will be opened immediately after close of submission.

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official authorized by the bidder;
  • Bids submitted after the deadline for submission would be rejected;
  • NACA reserves the right to evaluate and award per line item and in the event of exigency, NACA may vary the quantities/quality of the items during the time of evaluation, award and execution of contract with respect to this invitation to tender;
  • NACA is not bound to shortlist any Consultant, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or providing reason.
  •               ADDRESS FOR INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Attention:

Head Procurement

NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE CONTROL OF AIDS (NACA)

Ground Floor Room 1.08

No. 3 Zinguinchor Street, Beside AEDC Office, Wuse zone 4, Abuja

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +234-9-4613726-9 Fax: +234 94613700

  1. GLOBAL FUND CODE OF CONDUCT

You shall get acquainted with the global fund code of conduct for suppliers using this link below: https://www.theglobalfund.org/media/3275/corporate_codeofconductforsuppliers_policy_en.pdf

Accepting this invitation shall serve as an acknowledgement and agreement to abide by the Global Fund Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

  1. Notes/Disclaimer
  2. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  3. NACA shall verify any or all documents and claims made by applicants and will disqualify consultants with falsified documents and claims.

iii. If it is determined that submitted documents and claims have been falsified, the consultant may face prosecution in a court of Law.

  1. NACA shall not be held responsible for any disqualified proposal as a result of any omission or deletion relating to the submission guidelines.

iii.   This advertisement shall not be construe a contract to any Consultant, nor shall it entitle any Consultant submitting documents to claim any indemnity from NACA.

  1. NACA is not bound to shortlist any Consultant, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or providing reason.

Signed

Management.

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