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Date Posted: 27/Feb/2014
Deadline: 25/Mar/2014

CONSULTANCY FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS (CSO) AND NETWORKS WORKING ON DRUG PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CARE (DPTC) IN NIGERIA AND FOR A SUPPORT STRATEGY FOR CSOS AND NETWORKS.

 

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:

  • Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism;
  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions;
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies.

UNODC is implementing a large-scale project funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) - Response to Drugs and Related Organised Crime in Nigeria (FED/2012/306-744) (NGAV16), which aims at supporting Nigeria’s efforts in fighting drug production, trafficking and use, and in curbing related organised crime including counterfeit narcotics and psychotropic substances. The project proposes a balanced approach to drug control, with equal attention paid to drug interdiction and drug demand reduction, including drug prevention, treatment and care (DPTC). Against this background, the consultant is required to review the interventions and capacity among CSOs and the networks working on drug prevention, treatment and care in Nigeria and develop a support strategy for CSOs and networks in Nigeria.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator, and the technical supervision of the Project Officer (DDR) at the UNODC Project Office in Lagos, Nigeria. The consultant will undertake field work to assess the CSOs and produce a comprehensive report with recommendations based on the findings of the assessments. The consultant will use the same set of questions to assess all CSOs. The consultant will also familiarize himself/herself with the Treatnet Quality Standards for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care Services (Annex II) and use these as a guide in assessing the quality of the prevention, treatment and care services provided by the CSOs. Based on the findings of the assessment and on feedback from stakeholders, the consultant will develop the support strategy for CSOs.

The support strategy should cover (but not be limited to) technical support, training needs, staffing, equipment, reporting, M&E, strengthening linkages with government counterparts etc.

The assignment will last 28 working days from second week of February to second week of May 2014 and consist of the following:

  • Undertake a review and analysis of secondary literature available on the drug situation in Nigeria and drug prevention, treatment and care services in the country;
  • Develop a methodology and questionnaires for carrying out the assessment (include criteria from UNODC HQ on assessment of CSOs for grants);
  • Administer the questionnaire with each of the CSOs and networks identified for the assessment;Undertake field visits (as per agreed upon methodology) in order to assess in-depth both the interventions being implemented and the capacity of the CSOs, using the standardized questionnaire developed;
  • Submit a draft report to UNODC, FMOH and NDLEA on the assessment (including a list of CSOs and networks by state with contact details) and recommendations for the support strategy for inputs;
  • Facilitate a workshop where the findings of the report (assessment and support strategy) are shared with wider stakeholders and incorporate feedback;
  • Finalize the report that includes a detailed assessment of CSOs (including a list of CSOs and networks by state with contact details) and the recommendations for a support strategy after incorporating the comments from these key stakeholders; 
  • Draw the attention of stakeholders of further actions required to build the capacity of CSOs in the area of drug prevention, treatment and care during the workshop;
  • Incorporate specific elements of sustainability in the support strategy in view of continuation of actions by CSOs themselves at the end of the project.

Expected outputs/Deliverables

 
A consultancy report with the findings of the assessment (including a list of CSOs and networks by state with contact details) and related recommendations on a sustainable support strategy for CSOs and networks reviewed.

The consultancy will be both field-based and home based.

Methodology

The consultant will develop a methodology and questionnaire for assessment. He/she will conduct the assessment through direct interactions with the CSOs and staff (as much as possible), as well as clients receiving services at these facilities when relevant. The consultant will consult UNODC whenever necessary.

Prospective delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered:

As per the table above, the consultant will submit the report of the assessment on or before 15 May 2014. 

Period of Consultancy and remuneration

The consultancy will last between 25th March 2014 and 20th June 2014 (28 workdays). The consultant will be remunerated in the following manner:

  • 20% payment on submitting methodology and questionnaire to UNODC;
  • 40% payment upon delivery of the draft reports to UNODC;
  • 40% payment on delivery of final assessment report and support strategy to UNODC.

Competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent drafting and analytical skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of computer software applications, MS Word, Excel, graphs and charts;
  • Previous knowledge or work with the United Nations system and/or other international organizations an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience

 Education:

  •  Advanced university degree in health, psychology, social sciences or other related fields.

Experience:

  •   At least 10 years of experience in drug dependence treatment, institutional assessment of health institutions, CSO or related organisations and training of health professionals.

Language:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and another Nigerian language is essential.

 

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CONSULTANT TO SUPPORT THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL MASTER PLAN (2014-2018) FOR NIGERIA

 

The European Union (EU) and the Government of Nigeria have given to UNODC the responsibility to implement Project NGAV16 - Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria (FED/2012/306-744) (NGAV 16). The project supports Nigeria’s efforts in fighting drug production, trafficking and use, and in curbing related organized crime. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the United Nations agency entrusted with the mandate to assist Member States in their efforts against corruption, illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.

Of the numerous challenges emerging economies like Nigeria face, drug production, trafficking and use, and related organised crime are among the most threatening. This is particularly true in an environment with a rapidly growing young population, paired with a complex law enforcement setting. The potential impact of drugs and related organized crime on Nigeria’s society and economy could be devastating, as it affects the Government’s ability to provide public security, rule of law and basic services, and also directly affects the well-being of the population and its ability to rise out of poverty. 

UNODC is well placed to support Nigeria in more effectively combating the production, trafficking and consumption of drugs, and organised crime, based on its mandates, relevant conventions and treaties, and its direct expertise and experience in-country, in the region and world-wide as well as its strong working relationship with national and international counterparts in Nigeria.

Given this existing experience, the European Union (EU) and the Government of Nigeria have given to UNODC the responsibility to implement Project NGAV16 - Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria. The project supports Nigeria’s efforts in fighting drug production, trafficking and use, and in curbing related organised crime including counterfeit narcotics and psychotropic substances. The project aims: i) to support evidence-based policy formulation, and improve legislation and coordination; ii) to improve law enforcement and regulatory capacity in drug control and tackling organised drug-related crime; and iii) to enhance drug prevention, treatment and care services, adapted to Nigerian conditions. The project focuses on where drugs and organised crime interlock, in line with relevant international conventions and with a balanced, human-rights-based approach rooted in international best practice and a quest for public health enhancement. National capacity to tackle drug-related challenges will be strengthened by a multi-component approach.

To face the drug issue in a comprehensive manner, the Government of Nigeria has formulated and adopted a National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) 2008-2011, extended to 2013, to address the

increase and proliferation of illicit drug production, trafficking, abuse as well as related criminal activity in Nigeria. The Master Plan responded to the heightened risks that drug trafficking and abuse and their related criminality posed to the country’s social and economic stability through a comprehensive strategic approach. The Master Plan has been implemented with some progress but also challenges, and the Inter-ministerial Committee is determined to formulate a new master plan covering the period 2014-2018, based on a review of the previous one, and a large stock-taking exercise across the country.

Purpose of the assignment

The consultancy pertains to supporting the Inter-Ministerial Committee in the development of the National Drug Control Master Plan (2014-2018) for Nigeria. The national consultant will work in consultation with an international consultant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Project NGAV16 - Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria and in direct collaboration with the Secretariat of the Inter-ministerial Drug Control  Committee (IMC) and in consultation with an international consultant, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Support the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee in a bottom-up consultative process to garner input into the development of the new master plan from all Nigerian geo-political zones involving community, non-government organizations, ministerial, department and agency stakeholders through town hall style meetings;
  • Facilitate up to 11 meetings to be held across Nigeria in February, March and April 2014. Preparation of report consolidating findings and key messages from meetings, within 2 weeks of final meeting. (27 days in total, comprising: 2 days preparation of outline and questionnaires for meetings, 22 days involved in convening meetings and summarizing individual meetings, 3 days drawing together aggregated insights from meetings and preparation of report).

In conjunction with UNODC, the IMC Secretariat and the international consultant engage with senior representatives from key Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Abuja or Lagos in March or April 2014 to obtain insights and guidance on contents of the NDCMP 2014-2018. (5 days):

  • In conjunction with international consultant, substantively prepare and facilitate a 2 day consultative workshop of the Inter-Ministerial Committee aimed at reporting the findings from the town hall style meetings and incorporate these into the development of the 2014-2018 Master Plan (2 days preparation, 2 days workshop in May 2014)
  • In conjunction with international consultant, draft the NDCMP 2014-2018 (10 days home- based in May and June 2014);
  • In conjunction with international consultant, meet with Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to present and discuss the draft NDCMP 2014-2018 (1 day preparation and 1 day meeting in June 2014)
  • In conjunction with international consultant substantively prepare and facilitate a 3 day consultative workshop of the Inter-Ministerial Committee aimed at reviewing the draft 2014-2018 Master Plan (2 days preparation, 3 day workshop in June 2014);
  • In conjunction with international consultant, finalize draft the NDCMP 2014-2018 (10 days home-based in June and July 2014);
  • Present finalized NDCMP 2014-2018 to IMC. (1 day preparation and 1 day at meeting in July 2014).

At all times, the consultant shall provide to UNODC access to intermediate products of the consultancy. In addition to submission of the work products, as described in the contract, the consultant will report by e-mail on a weekly basis to the UNODC Project Coordinator on the status of works.

Expected tangible and measurable outputs:

  • The questionnaire and guidelines to be used during the town hall style meetings;
  • A report encompassing findings and insights from the town hall style meetings within 2 weeks of final meeting;
  • Draft NDCMP 2014-2018;
  • The final output will be a high-quality and comprehensive National Drug Control Master Plan 2014-2018 for Nigeria in a professional and acceptable format. The final report will contain monitoring and evaluation systems and a clear and costed implementation strategy.

Dates and details as to how the work must be delivered:

Sixty five (65) working days from March to July 2014.

The selected consultant will be remunerated per working day. The consultant will be remunerated in the following manner:

  • 30% payment on commencement on submission of guidelines and questionnaire to be used at town hall style meetings;
  • 20% payment upon delivery of the of the report from the town hall meetings to UNODC;
  • 20% payment upon delivery of draft NDCMP 2014-2018 to UNODC;
  • 30% payment on delivery of final NDCMP 2014-2018 to UNODC.

Travel deemed necessary for the conduct of the consultancy will need to be approved in advance by UNODC and related costs will be covered according to the prevailing rules and regulations of the United Nations.

Indicators to evaluate the consultant’s performance:

  • Substantive and linguistic quality of the documents prepared;
  • Timely and quality delivery of outputs;
  • Acceptance of the required outputs by UNODC.

Further, both UNODC and the consultant fully and unconditionally subscribe to the following principles for ethical research:

  • The consultant will ensure that stakeholders are shielded from needless risk of harm or embarrassment and proceed with their willing and informed cooperation;
  • Proper presentation of the consultant should be provided, including his/or her name, as well as the sponsoring role of UNODC and the project context;
  • The consultant should maintain objectivity and exercise professional integrity. 

Competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent drafting and analytical skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of computer software applications, MS Word, Excel, graphs and charts;
  • Previous knowledge or work with the United Nations system and/or other international organizations an advantage. 

Required Skills and Experience

 Education:

  •  Master Degree in social science, development studies, law, or other related field of studies.

Experience:

  • Previous experience with drug control master plan formulation, particularly in the context of Nigeria;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of drug control, including drug demand reduction;
  • Excellent knowledge of the social, political and economic situation of Nigeria; 
  • 10 years knowledge and experience on social research or drug control (drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction, drug control surveys.

Language:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

 

 

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