Call for proposals: MEL expert mid-term review Hands Off programme

Call for proposals: MEL expert mid-term review Hands Off programme

Aidsfonds is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) expert to coordinate the mid-term review for the Hands Off programme. The Hands Off mid-term review (MTR) will provide the Hands Off team and partners with an opportunity to assess programme implementation, identify the best way forward for the remaining years, and importantly, strengthen capacity in the process.

About the Hands Off II programme

The first phase of the Hands Off programme (2014 - 2019) has proven that the Hands Off model, a combination of (I) engagement with police in the HIV response, (II) crisis response and litigation, and (III) movement building results in reduced violence against sex workers. Hands Off 2 (August 2019 July 2025) works directly with sex worker-led groups, police and NGOs working on human rights and health services. Hands Off targets female, male and transgender sex workers. The programme is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maputo and is part of the regional Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programme (EKN SRHR).

Hands Off will contribute to the reduction of violence through four long-term outcomes:

  1. An empowered and resilient sex worker movement that demands its rights
  2. Increased access to and use of inclusive services for sex workers
  3. A more enabling environment for sex work
  4. Sex workers are protected and served by law enforcement

Hands Off is implemented in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As part of the programme a longitudinal study is implemented on the impact of the Hands Off model on the level of experienced violence and the number of new HIV infections in sex work communities. See for more information on Hands Off: sex-workers.

Purpose of the mid-term review

The purpose of the MTR is to provide an independent assessment of the programme. In the MTR the focus will be on analysis and documentation of the progress of the Hands Off programme, as well as to provide recommendations to sharpen the strategic direction and operation of the programme for the remaining years.

Who are we looking for? We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and flexible consultant with MEL expertise and excellent coordination skills. The consultant is familiar with the theme of sex work and has a neutral attitude towards female, male and transgender sex workers who receive money or goods in exchange for sexual services and towards other key populations.

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