Technical assistance to support the kick-off meeting for sub-recipients of the Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia (SKPA) Program

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations’ (AFAO) regional office in Bangkok is seeking a short team consultant to facilitate a four-day meeting for approximately 50 persons to be held in Bangkok as part of our new multi-country Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) Program, SKPA.

Meeting dates: 29 July to 1 August 2019

Location: Bangkok venue TBA

Organisational Context/Background – AFAO and SKPA

AFAO is the national federation for the community response to HIV in Australia. It provides leadership, coordination and support to the country’s policy, advocacy and health promotion on HIV. AFAO’s International Program is based in Bangkok and contributes to the development of effective policy and programmatic responses, particularly in the Asia Pacific. It has supported community-based responses to HIV across the region for over two decades.

AFAO is the principal recipient of a Global Fund supported multi-country grant. At its 36th meeting in November 2016 the Global Fund Board, in consultation with global disease partners, approved funding for catalytic investments priorities for the 2017-2019 allocation period for the 2017-2019 funding cycle. US$260,000,000 was allocated to the multi-country approach to target a limited number of key strategic multi-country priorities deemed critical to meet the aims of the Global Fund Strategy and not able to be addressed through country allocations alone. Out of this amount, US$12,500,000 was allocated to support the sustainability of services for HIV key populations in the Asia region.

Based on input from key stakeholders in February 2018, the term of reference was developed for the multi-country grant in Asia. This eight country Global Fund grant will be covering Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos, Mongolia, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

The grant aims to promote sustainable services for key populations at higher risk of HIV in the Asia region including sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs. The grant will build on existing Global Fund-supported programs in country and multi-country grants for key populations as well as focus on developing strategies to promote the scale-up of necessary interventions and their long-term financing in each country to:

  • Secure up-to-date strategic information, particularly on key epidemiological and response information including population size estimates, programme coverage and community needs assessment of key populations to inform program design
  • Scale-up outreach to key populations and improve their access to prevention, testing, treatment and retention in the service cascade
  • Strengthen community responses and systems to support increased scale-up of services for key populations
  • Strengthen community advocacy for the sustainability of community-led and community-owned services through community-based research, effective use of data, other strategic information and through community mobilisation
  • Address barriers to access including addressing stigma and discrimination and other human rights- and gender-related barriers to services, where relevant
  • Secure the long-term sustainability of increased service delivery at national levels through securing domestic investment and spending, exploring innovative approaches and identifying alternative sources of funding for key programs.

The technical assistance provided under this contract will assist AFAO, as principal recipient, to ensure sub-recipient partners are fully oriented to the details of the grant’s programmatic and financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation and related requirements for effective delivery of this grant in line with Global Fund reporting requirements.


  • Facilitate a four-day regional kick-off meeting of the SKPA program ensuring all partners and stakeholders are provided adequate opportunities to provide feedback and be engaged meaningfully throughout the meeting
  • Contribute to the development of the kick-off meeting agenda (one day planning meeting prior to the kick-off meeting and Skype calls with AFAO SKPA staff as required)
  • Coordinate with AFAO SKPA staff to ensure all presentations and resources are prepared ahead of the meeting
  • Co-facilitate and coordinate break out groups as required during the meeting
  • Facilitate daily debrief with AFAO SKPA staff and amend subsequent days agenda as required

Minimum Requirements:

  • A proven track record working directly with the Global Fund and key population organisations in at least three of the participating partner countries
  • Seven years experience in working on HIV and Global Fund programs or related development work in the Asia Pacific
  • An extensive track record in engaging with key population issues including stigma and discrimination and HIV prevention technologies
  • An ability to work independently and with sound knowledge of Global Fund policies and procedures

Only applicants residing in South East Asia will be considered for this assignment due to budget limitations.

Applicants should submit their CV, EOI and documented proof of daily consultancy rates of two recent assignments by no later than Friday 12 July 2019.

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