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International Consultancy to develop Adolescent Health Development Training Package on HIV/AIDS prevention in Maldives

Apply now Job no: 515237
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Maldives
Categories: Adolescent Development, Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, P-4, P-3, Consultancy

Terms of Reference for an Individual Consultancy (INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT) to develop Adolescent Health Development Training Package on HIV/AIDS prevention


TOR Reference Number: TOR/2018/24

UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Purpose of assignment & Background:

Maldives has a low prevalence of HIV, with high risk for a potential concentrated epidemic. While the prevalence is low, more recent research shows that risky behaviors leading to HIV is prevalent in the Maldives. Research findings indicate that risky behaviors among key population groups are high, and reveals that individuals engage in high risk activities at a very young age. National data and studies such as the National Drug Use Survey (2013) also reveals the high-risk behaviors which can trigger an outbreak of HIV infection exists in the country, unless prevention efforts are maintained and scaled-up. The prevalence of risky sexual behavior such as unsafe sex and other harmful behavior among drug users are high (National Drug Use Survey, 2013; National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS, 2015).

Low awareness and skills puts adolescents and young people at a greater risk for HIV/AIDS. The Demographic Health Survey (2009) indicates that the basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS is high, yet comprehensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS and skills to protect them from are relatively less. Young people need age appropriate information and set of life skills that will enable them to make informed decisions and practice behavior that will protect them from HIV/ AIDS, STIs and other risky behavior, including substance abuse. Hence, there is a critical need to initiate specific HIV prevention interventions to adolescents and reach out to the at-risk young people and increase awareness on sexual reproductive health, as well as drug use-sex-HIV and other risky behavior.

In this regard, UNICEF Maldives Country Office is seeking a consultant to design a training package to health service providers, on adolescent health and development with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention among young people of the Maldives.

What are the objectives to which the consultancy is related?

The objective of the consultancy is to improve knowledge and skills among adolescents and young people on HIV/AIDS prevention and related harmful health risk, to promote safe behavior, through increasing capacity of health service providers.

The specific objectives of the consultancy are:

  1. to develop a training package on HIV/AIDS prevention and adolescent health and development, including one module targeting adolescent and young key population (A/YKP). on HIV/AIDS harm reduction and secondary prevention
  2. to improve capacity of trainers / facilitators from health sector & CSOs and support to deliver the packages to one group of adolescents

Duty station:

Home-based and travel to Maldives (2 visits while in Male, Maldives (based in the Health Protection Agency), and UNICEF Maldives country office.


UNICEF, Programme Specialist for Health and Nutrition. From the Government, the Focal Point from National AIDS Programme, Health Protection Agency, Male, Maldives will provide support and supervision.

Main roles and responsibilities

The main role of the consultant is to develop a standard HIV/AIDS prevention training packages for adolescents in the Maldives, including a module on HIV/AIDS harm reduction and secondary prevention for A/YKP. Specific tasks include:

  1. Review the existing packages and training programmes used in Maldives on HIV/AIDS prevention and other relevant areas. Consult with stakeholders to identify needs and gaps. Refer to evidence-based international programmes and identify needs, intervention and components suitable for local context
  2. Develop outline of topics for the package. Develop outline for facilitators training. Present to technical group / stakeholders and seek feedback, and incorporate comments
  3. Develop a training package on HIV/AIDS prevention from an adolescent health and development, perspective including a module for A/YKP on HIV/AIDS harm reduction and secondary prevention (working draft for stakeholder input).
  4. Develop a trainer's module for facilitators from the health sector, including core content and messages
  5. Based on the feedback received, update the two documents
  6. Conduct stakeholder consultations and one validation meeting
  7. Develop capacity of a core group of facilitators (aprox -20, mainly from the health sector) to conduct the training to adolescents and young people (aprox 3 -5 days)
  8. Support to pre-test the package in one location; support the trained participants to deliver the training package to adolescents (aprox 3 days)
  9. Based on the pre-test findings, revise and finalise the training package and facilitator module (home-based)
  10. Develop a simplified monitoring tool for the training (Home based)

Develop a guidance note for facilitators on reaching out to the YKAP, to deliver information, training and services to the at-risk young people

Estimated duration of contract

It is estimated that the work will take approximately 46 calendar days between August / September 2018 & December 2018

 Official travel involved (itinerary and duration)

It is anticipated that there will be two trips to the Maldives.




Est Days


  1. Inception report, with time line, based on:
    - Desk review
    - Stake holder consultations
    - Literature review of evidence-based programmes and global guidelines



Home & Maldives (2 days)

  1. Outline of Adolescent training package (topics and areas), & Outline of facilitators training. Presentation to technical group


Home & Maldives

  1. Training package on HIV/AIDS prevention from an adolescent health and development perspective & 1 module on YKAP (draft for stakeholder input). Core content and messages to be included




  1. Trainer's manual for facilitators (core content and messages to be included)



  1. Stakeholder validation meeting held (ppt, resources and report)




  1. 2nd draft of two documents (based on feedback)



  1. Conduct training to train facilitators to deliver the Adolescent Health package ( aprox 3 -5 days training,  20 pax)



  1. Pre-testing: Support the trainers to deliver training in for adolescents




  1. Revised package and training module based on pre-testing findings



  1. Monitoring tool for adolescents training (with indicators to track)




  1. Guidance note for facilitators on reaching the at-risk adolescents and YKAPs



  1. Finalised documents and final report





  • Editable soft copy and hard copy to be submitted to UNICEF and partners. All deliverables are property of UNICEF
  • Deliverables to be submitted within 5 days of completion of activity (or submission of key task by the lead / international consultant). UNICEF will only make milestone payments based on achievement of specific deliverables as listed in the table above  
  • Payments are tied to the deliverables and will be subjected to acceptance of deliverable by UNICEF and partners
  • UNICEF does not make advance payment and UNICEF is exempted from paying VAT & any other forms of taxes

Travel will be from most economic and direct route, and reimbursed


Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required

  • A degree in public health, human development, psychology youth work or relevant field.

Advanced Degree in a relevant area is an added advantage

  • Relevant experience, preferably in developing training packages, related documents or working in HIV/AIDS context
  • Experience conducting trainings is a requirement, and must have excellent facilitative skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) and advanced skills in professional writing.
  • Able to lead groups and coordinate groups. Receptive to feedback and is flexible to changes. Able to travel
  • Have an open attitude towards working with people at different levels. Able to liaise with different stakeholders and work proactively. Able to manage diverse view points and work in demanding situations.


Deadline for application is 22nd August 2018, 06:00 pm (West Asia standard time)

Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit the application with

(i) updated CV, (ii) An expression of interest (signed)

Application link  : https://goo.gl/89QEV6

All applications are to be submitted through the online system through the link provided above.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: West Asia Standard Time
Applications close: West Asia Standard Time

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