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RFP--Consultant to design and implement a process to renew the Strategy to Address Issues Related to HIV Faced by People in Ontario from Countries Where HIV is Endemic, ACCHO

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 25, 2012

The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) provides leadership in the response to HIV and AIDS in African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities in Ontario. It is an Ontario-based coalition of organizations and individuals committed to HIV prevention, education, advocacy, research, treatment, care and support for African, Caribbean and Black communities. ACCHO and its members strive to reduce the incidence of HIV among African, Caribbean and Black people in Ontario, and to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through the implementation of the Strategy to Address Issues Related to HIV Faced by People in Ontario from Countries Where HIV is Endemic (the ACB Strategy).
ACCHO is looking for a consultant to design and implement a process to renew the ACB Strategy.

The ACB Strategy

The ACB Strategy was developed in 2003 to promote a timely, coordinated and adequate response to issues related to HIV faced by people from ACB communities in Ontario. The Strategy was intended to be a framework or “roadmap” to coordinate and guide action.

The overarching goal of the ACB Strategy is to reduce the incidence of HIV among ACB people in Ontario and to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The general objectives of the Strategy include:

  1. To coordinate the work of agencies, institutions and policy makers working with and for ACB people regarding prevention, education, health promotion, care and support.
  2. To facilitate community development in response to HIV/AIDS challenges.
  3. To identify research needs, priorities and opportunities to inform the response to HIV/AIDS in ACB communities in Ontario.

Implementation of the ACB Strategy officially began in 2005.

The ACB Strategy can be obtained from the ACCHO website at http://www.accho.ca/pdf/ACCHO_strategy_ENGLISH_Dec2003.pdf.

Evaluation

In 2010-2011, after nearly five (5) years of implementation, ACCHO retained a consultant to undertake an evaluation of the ACB Strategy. Its purpose was to assess the implementation and impact of the Strategy in Ontario over the past 5 years, and identify lessons learned and recommendations for the future. African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario 2

For the renewal process, the selected consultant will need to consider the original Strategy, as well as the ACB Strategy evaluation report. The consultant will also need to consult with agencies around the province of Ontario who are directly and indirectly implementing the Strategy. The consultant is expected to use a variety of data collection methods to reach these stakeholders across the province, including Internet-based surveys, key informant interviews (in person and via telephone), as well as focus groups for service providers, ACB Strategy workers and other stakeholders – including people living with HIV/AIDS – in ten (10) different communities in Ontario.

Deliverables

Under the direction of the ACCHO Director and the guidance of the Executive Committee, the selected candidate is expected to:

  1. Develop a methodology for the renewal of the Strategy. This should include a documentation review, focus groups, key informant interviews and surveys.
  2. Develop a detailed work plan for the renewal process.
  3. Develop all data collection tools.
  4. Administer data collection.
  5. Manage, analyze and interpret the data collected.
  6. Prepare a new Strategy with accessible language and include clear indicators of success for future monitoring and evaluation.
  7. Propose a roll-out plan.

Note: The consultant must have the capability to collect and manage data in both English and French.
 
Timeline

It is expected that the evaluation would begin in June 2012 and conclude no later than March 31, 2013.

How to Apply
 
Interested individuals should submit:

  1. A curriculum vitae, which demonstrates their experience with large scale community consultation or development processes, monitoring and evaluation, familiarity with methods utilized in HIV/AIDS social and behavioural research, and a good understanding of the issues that impact the lives of diverse people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, particularly African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada.
  2. A proposal describing how they plan to undertake the work, including an estimate of the number of days and associated costs to complete the work.
  3. A sample of similar work
  4. Three (3) references.

Proposals should be emailed to ACCHO, with “Strategy Renewal Proposal” in the subject line, no later than Friday, May 25, 2012 to:

Valérie Pierre-Pierre
Director
African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)
Email: v.pierrepierre@accho.ca