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RFP--Environmental Scan and Situational Analysis: Newcomer Health Services and Networks in Ontario, with a focus on South Asian and Chinese Newcomer services and initiatives

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 13, 2016


CATIE is Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. We connect people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk communities, healthcare providers and community organizations with the knowledge, resources and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life.

Overview of Project

CATIE is soliciting proposals to conduct an environmental scan of existing  newcomer services and networks in Ontario, along with a situational analysis of key organizational players working in newcomer health in Ontario. The scan will establish a baseline and recommendations for CATIE’s future action plan for work with newcomer health organizations, with a focus on South Asian and Chinese service providers, to strengthen the local and provincial response to HCV prevention, testing and engagement in treatment for newcomers. CATIE is looking to expand the focus of work to include a role in pro-actively working with different stakeholders in strengthening the front-line response in providing prevention, testing and linkage to treatment and care services for  newcomers with HCV in Ontario.

Anticipated Outcome

The completed environmental scan and situational analysis will provide a baseline of key players with recommended future directions to guide CATIE’s future community partnership and capacity building work in this area. The report will provide CATIE with the information necessary to determine key newcomer health organizations, networks, and other stakeholders that should be prioritized in future capacity building work by CATIE to improve the response to HCV for newcomers in Ontario.

Deliverables and Activities

The primary deliverable is an environmental scan and situational analysis that summarizes the key players in newcomer health and social services; this includes but is not limited to:

  • Identifying and synthesizing information on key strategy documents, policies and guidelines;
  • Identifying and synthesizing information on key networks and organizations who have a mandate to build capacity of front-line service providers working in newcomer health, including relevant knowledge exchange networks in Ontario and across the country;
  • The identification and summary information on key organizational players and networks, particularly with a newcomer health focus, including recommendations for South Asian and Chinese newcomer health services.
  • Through this review process, the scan will identify emerging trends and challenges, outline unique population specificities, and provide recommended strategic directions for CATIE to advance knowledge exchange and community partnership work in this area.

The contract will commence on or before May 1, 2016. All work should be completed on or before June 30, 2016.


CATIE seeks to increase knowledge and awareness to prevent the transmission of HCV and increase engagement in treatment and care among priority populations in Ontario. CATIE’s work with newcomers includes multilingual web and print resources on HCV prevention, transmission and testing, targeted ethnic media campaigns, and educational workshops.  

CATIE is looking to expand the focus of work to include a role in pro-actively working with different stakeholders in strengthening the front-line response in providing prevention, testing and linkage to treatment and care services for newcomers with HCV in Ontario. In particular, we will focus this enhanced role with South Asian and Chinese communities.

Key Qualifications

  1. Knowledge and understanding of Ontario’s health care and social services sector, with a focus on newcomer health;
  2. Knowledge of factors influencing health in ethnocultural communities in Ontario;
  3. Experience conducting needs assessments and/or evaluations, especially community-based projects;
  4. Experience in developing an environmental scan, situational analysis or comparable comprehensive research summary;
  5. Knowledge and understanding of hepatitis C vulnerability issues;
  6. Education and experience in health sciences, health promotion and evaluation, adult education, or a related discipline preferred;
  7. Excellent written communication and presentation skills and demonstrated experience in consolidating research findings into a user friendly format using clear language;

Submission Requirements

The following information must be included in your quotation:

A brief proposal of no more than five (5) pages including the following:

  1. A resume that clearly demonstrates how your experiences reflect the key qualifications required in a successful candidate;
  2. A plan and description of how the requested deliverables will be executed;
  3. A breakdown of costs including time availability and cost per day, out of pocket expenses, if any expected;
  4. The names and contact information for 2 references for whom similar work has been done;
  5. Sample of an environmental scan or comparable comprehensive research project report.

CATIE is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from: people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C; visible minorities and people with culturally diverse backgrounds; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; and people with disabilities.

Interested applicants should visit our web site at  

E-mail responses preferred. No phone calls, please.

We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: March 13, 2016        

Submit applications to:

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