National Consultant for Update National Guidelines

Call for Expressions of Interest and Proposal

Job Title: #045

National consultant for update national guidelines on HIV diagnosis, prevention, care and treatment and development of counselling messages on elimination of mother to child transmission of HBV, HIV and syphilis

1. Background:

In July 2021, WHO releases Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, testing, treatment, service delivery and monitoring: recommendations for a public health approach. The WHO 2021 guidelines provided new recommendations on new ARV for prevention and treatment of HIV, new algorithms on treatment monitoring and diagnosis of children under 18 months old. In the WHO 2021 guidelines, detailed guidance on comprehensive care for PLHIV with coinfections and commodities such as hepatitis, TB, malaria, mental health, NCD, STI, nutrition care and support. The current MOH guidelines on HIV diagnosis and treatment was based on WHO 2019 guidelines and thus need to be updated to include new recommendations including new ARV for prevention and treatment and new service delivery and monitoring.

Following the Regional Framework on Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT), the Ministry of Health approved National Action Plan (NAP) on Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV HBV and syphilis in 2018. WHO has supported MOH in implementing National Action Plan on EMTCT in several provinces. During implementation, it is noted that community health staff although has been trained on delivery counselling on EMTCT to pregnant women, their limited knowledge and experiences on HBV, STI and HIV preclude them in delivering clear, accurate and comprehensive information on the impact of HBV, syphilis and HIV infection on mother’s and baby’s health, benefits of testing and effectiveness of timely interventions on prevention of mother to child transmissions. It was suggested to create simple, clear messages on prevention of mother to child transmission of HBV, syphilis and HIV to assist commune health staff in delivering their preand post-test counselling and follow-up mothers and babies.

The potential consultant is requested to support MOH in update the national guidelines on HIV prevention, treatment and care and key communications messages on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, HBV and syphilis. This is a part-time STC for 45 fulltime working days or equivalent.

2. Work to be performed

a. Specific objectives of the consultancy activity:

 To support VAAC in update national guideline on HIV diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

 To develop counselling messages on prevention of mother to child transmission of HBV, syphilis and HIV.

b. Description of the tasks/process involved in carrying out the activity:

 Work with WHO technical staff to understand the scope of work and develop timeline for proposed activities.

 Work with VAAC and national TWG to update national guidelines on HIV diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

c. Method (s) to carry out the activity:

 Study WHO 2021 consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, testing, treatment, service delivery and monitoring: recommendations for a public health approach

 Study WHO and MOH guidelines on EMTCT

 Participate in the technical working group meeting to present and collect comments/feedback from TWG

 Discuss with local MCH staff to understand the needs of commune health staff and develop key messages on EMTCT

3. Specific requirements

a. Qualifications required:

 The university degree of Doctor of Medicine and postgraduate training on infectious diseases

b. Experience required:

 Minimum 10- year experience of clinical management of HIV.

 Demonstrated experiences in development of national guidelines on HIV diagnosis and treatment

 Good experiences in implementation of HIV prevention, care and treatment programme

 Previous experience working with Viet Nam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control and WHO is desirable.

c. Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

 Advanced knowledge in HIV treatment and care.

 Good understanding on national HIV in Viet Nam

 Familiarity with WHO recommendations related HIV diagnosis and treatment and EMTCT

d. Language requirements:

 Written and spoken fluency in Vietnamese and English is essential.

e. Competencies:

 Excellent interpersonal and communication skill

 Ability to plan and prioritise challenging workloads

 Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team

 Fostering integration and teamwork

4. Place of assignment

Hanoi, Vietnam

5. Medical clearance

N/A

6. Travel The Consultant is not expected to travel.

7. Budget

Please take note of the following when submitting application:

- The contractor will be responsible for paying taxes, if any.

Those who are interested can send letter of interest and resume to:

Administrative Officer

World Health Organization

UN Building, 304 Kim Ma Street

Hanoi, Viet Nam

OR

wpvnmapplicants@who.int

Before/by 24 August 2021

For further information on this TOR, please contact:

wpvnmwr@who.int

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