Appointment of a Lead Writer for the Northern Cape Provincial Implementation Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017 to 2022)

Appointment of a Lead Writer for the Northern Cape Provincial Implementation Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017 to 2022)



The National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP) is the strategic guide for the national response to HIV, STIs and TB in South Africa. This plan is developed for 5-year cycles with the current NSP coming to an end at the 31 March 2017. The NSP under current development will cover the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022.  The focus of this brief is on development of the Provincial Implementation Plan (PIP) for the Northern Cape (NC) in line with the NSP 2017-2022.


The NSP is aligned with the ideals of human dignity, non-racialism, non-sexism and the rule of law that underpin the Constitution of The Republic of South Africa and is also aligned with the broader development plans of government. These include the Medium Term Strategic Framework and Programme of Action, which commit to ensuring ‘A long and healthy life for all South Africans’ and the National Development Plan that calls for an AIDS free generation. The NSP is aligned with international and regional obligations, commitments and targets related to HIV, STIs and TB.


The NSP addresses the drivers of the HIV and TB epidemics and builds on the achievements of the previous NSPs to achieve its goals. Interventions that have worked well will be scaled up and the quality of service delivery will be improved, while at the same time proven new interventions will be implemented. Because it is intended to respond to the changes in the HIV and TB epidemics, the NSP is reviewed periodically for relevance and effectiveness and, when necessary, adjustments are made. The NSP is hence a strategic framework with a few more detailed strategies to change the key drivers of the epidemic.


The NC PIP will draw guidance from the NSP to inform provincial, district and community-level stakeholders on strategic directions to be taken into consideration when developing implementation plans. It will also be used by NC PCA as the framework to co-ordinate and monitor implementation by sectors, districts and municipalities in the province.



Role of the Lead writer


The role of the lead writer is to work closely with the technical writing team, to participate in provincial consultations and to participate in working groups to fully understand the direction and intention of consultations where evidence will be reviewed and priorities identified within what the evidence shows. This will enable the lead writer to write the whole PIP document based on the input from the consultations, the technical writing team who will be capturing the evidence and the prioritisation from consultations and the many different stakeholders that will be tasked with providing input.




The main deliverable is a timeously completed high quality Provincial Implementation Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017 to 2022) with all chapters according to the SANAC guidelines and further developed by the technical writing team after further consultation at provincial and district levels. The PIP has to be written in excellent English, with references as footnotes, all annexes labeled appropriately, must include an index, abbreviations list, executive summary and all relevant chapters (epi-analysis, thematic areas, Monitoring and Evaluation framework and plan, costing and finance section


This will include working with many stakeholders, attending and preparing for consultations, assisting with the development of presentations and communication pieces on progress, ongoing development and refinement of the PIP document.


Scope of work


  • Work with the steering committee to understand and assist with the implementation of the plan for the development of the PIP.
  • Work with the technical writing team to review, guide and optimise the collection of data to inform the consultations and then to collate and sort information from the consultations
  • Participate in provincial and district stakeholder consultations and smaller workshops to understand the detail of discussions and the logical framework.
  • Work with the technical writing team to be able to draw out all the necessary information to inform the writing of the chapters.
  • Work with leading NC PCA structures and other stakeholders to best incorporate comments.
  • Develop draft of PIP to be shared with all stakeholders as per plan.
  • Develop final version of PIP to be presented for approval in early March 2017
  • Complete final version of PIP by 13 March 2017, incorporating comments from approval committees (PCA, PEC).
  • Prepare presentations and communication pieces to various stakeholders.
  • Review of all relevant documents that will be used to inform the epi-analysis and the detail in the chapters.


Qualifications and experience


  • Post graduate degree in public health, development studies, social sciences or other relevant field.
  • Extensive knowledge of the HIV and TB epidemics in South Africa
  • Strong understanding of HIV and TB programming, planning, performance monitoring and evaluation
  • At least five year experiences with the participatory strategic planning processes
  • Experience in leading or being a major contributor to the writing of major HIV and TB programme documents
  • Proven track record of delivering similar projects timeously to a high standard under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, strategic programming skills
  • Outstanding communication and facilitation skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft word and Excel with excellent attention to details.
  • Excellent proficiency in oral and written English (Native English speaker is preferable)
  • Excellent command of English (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work under pressure

closing date is 28 February 2017 @ 11:00

please download the RFQ on below link :

RFQ for the appointment of Lead Writer PIP Northern Cape


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