Call for Service Provider: SRHR-HIV Knows No Borders: Improving SRHR-HIV Outcomes for Migrants, Adolescents and Young People and Sex Workers in Migration-Affected Communities in Southern Africa 2016 - 2020.

Organizational Context and Scope

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a dynamic and growing inter-governmental organization, with over 162 Member States. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM address the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects. 

Background and Rationale

The goal of the project is to improve SRH and HIV related health outcomes amongst the target populations in selected migration affected communities in the SADC region. However, sustainable improvement in SRH-HIV related health outcomes amongst migrant, non-migrant, adolescents and young people (AYPs), sex workers (SWs) their clients and individuals in migration affected communities is significantly dependent on change at the household and community levels in order to support individual level change. Freedom of choice by the target group is a critical building block for the realization of improved health outcomes. Such freedom of choice is influenced by attitudes, norms and behaviours that the project aims to influence over time. In order to truly attain freedom of choice about sexuality, changes in social and cultural norms that underlie barriers to the attainment of SRH-HIV rights are required. Working toward such changes, the project will influence individual and collective attitudes towards SRH-HIV rights of migrants, AYP and SWs and community members, which will lead to changes in collective and individual behaviours with regard to SRHR-HIV, and a reduction in stigma and discrimination towards migrants, AYPs and SWs. Thus, the project aim to contribute to significant positive change in collective knowledge and attitudes in communities and institutions in a way that promote sexual and reproductive health for all members of the communities.

Migration is a key livelihood and survival strategy for many households in Southern Africa. Many people including young women and girls are migrating to escape hardship resulting from failed economies, protracted civil unrest, social marginalization and other reasons. Crossing international borders, they may face harsh conditions, making them vulnerable to negative  Sexual Reproductive Health consequences.Sub-Saharan Africa has the greatest productive Health (SRH) challenges, including high unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality and morbidity, unmet family planning needs, high prevalence of STIs, HIV and reproductive tract infections, cervical cancer, clandestine/unsafe abortion. Such problems are heightened among migrant women and girls as many are pressured into risky migration decisions for their survival whilst having limited choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. This is due to their desperate financial situation, vulnerability to sexual exploitation and abuse, combined with poor physical, mental and social well-being resulting from being away from home. Due to their irregular migratory status, many migrants are often neglected in national SRHR initiatives, which has a lasting impact on their human development.

Objectives

The purpose of this assignment is to carry out needs assessment and baseline survey among target population. 

Scope of Work

The Service Provider will lead the research in the selected country, and is expected to carry out the following activities:

Needs assessment amongst:

- Adolescents and young people (AYP), SWs, clients of SWs (e.g. truck drivers)

- SRHR government programme officer, and key informants - community leaders, parents, teachers, and health care workers; SRHR service providers. This will involve:

•Mapping of SRH service delivery points, utilities (e.g. water points, schools), hotspots for SWs, truck stops, sleeping places of mobile population

•List of SRH service providers/CSOs/forums in the area and their area(s) of focus (including contact person with details) 

•Identification of the participants for needs assessment

•Translation of questionnaires

Responsibilities and Accountabilities 

•Mapping of SRH service delivery points, utilities (e.g. water points, schools), hotspots for SWs, truck stops, sleeping places of mobile population

•List of SRH service providers in the area and their area(s) of focus (including contact person with details) 

•Identification of the participants for needs assessment

•Translation of questionnaires

• Obtaining in country ethical clearance

•Training of fieldworkers

•Piloting testing

•Collection of information from selected respondents (IDI, KII, IDI and/or FGD among AYPs)

•Data entry

•Transcribing & Translation

Education and Experience 

The research institution/consortium should demonstrate the following professional experience, qualifications and skills:

-This core team must have the following:

- An advance degree in social sciences, public health, and population studies, preferably at PhD-level;

- Very good understanding of migration dynamics in Southern Africa;

- Experience in Migration and Health research

- Demonstrated experience in mixed methods research

- Extensive knowledge and experience in SRHR in the context of Southern Africa;

- Demonstrated skills and experience in quantitative and qualitative research;

- Relevant experience in conducting regional and/or multi-country research, preferably in Southern Africa

- Demonstrate cultural and language sensitivity;

- Cognizance of social sensitivity of target population.

Method of Application 

Interested candidates should respond to this ToR by submitting separate technical and price proposals. This should include electronic copies of the technical proposals and price proposals saved in separate CDs (1 for technical and 1 for price proposal) along with 1 hard copy each. Technical and price proposals should be submitted in sealed envelopes to:

jmusiyambiri@iom.int

International Organization for Migration

353 Corner Festival and Arcadia Street Hatfield

 Pretoria 0083.

 

Closing date for applications is 18 April 2017.

Questions for clarity should also be sent to jmusiyambiri@iom.int. Please note that response to questions of general interest will be posted on the website.

Duty Station: 
Pretoria, South Africa
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017