Terms of Reference: Editor/Writer for the Western 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 Western Cape (WC) 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 underpins 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 WC 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 WC PCA as the framework to co-ordinate and monitor implementation by sectors, districts and municipalities in the province.
Role of the Editor/Writer
The role of the editor/writer is to work closely with the steering committee to edit and finalise the Western Cape Provincial Implementation Plan for the NSP. This will require writing an executive summary and including additional inputs received from stakeholders.
The main deliverable is a timeously completed high quality Provincial Implementation Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017 to 2022). The PIP has to be written in excellent English, with references as footnotes, all annexes labelled 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).
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 steering committee and PCA Secretariat to be able to draw out all the necessary information to ensure that PIP has been informed by stakeholder consultations.
- Develop final version of PIP to be presented for approval in late June 2017.
- Prepare presentations and communication pieces to various stakeholders.
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 and preferably the Western Cape Province.
- Strong understanding of HIV and TB programming, planning, performance monitoring and evaluation.
- At least five years experiences with the participatory strategic planning processes.
- Experience in leading or being a major contributor to the writing of HIV and TB programme documents
- Proven track record of delivering similar projects timeously to a high standard under tight deadlines.
- Excellent analytical and 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.
- Ability to work under pressure
Timelines and commitment:
- The level of effort expected is approximately 5-6 days.