Consultant to focus on the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) for the development of the South African Global Fund

Consultant to focus on the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) for the development of the South African Global Fund

Consultant to focus on the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) for the development of the South African Global Fund

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    2 months ago

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    11 Dec, 2023

Terms of Reference:  Consultant to focus on the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) for the development of the South African Global Fund Request for Funding (1 April 2025-31 March 2028)


The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) brings together government, civil society, and the private sector to create a collective response to HIV, TB and STIs in South Africa. SANAC released the fifth National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in 2023. This five-year plan (2023–2028), guides the multi-sectoral implementation of strategies to mitigate the impact of HIV, TB and STIs. 

International donors such as Global Fund (GF) support the implementation of the National Strategic Plan in SA, amongst others. The GF grant is coordinated through the Global Fund Country Co-ordinating Mechanism (GF CCM), which is a SANAC-hosted body set up to raise funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund). As part of its function, the CCM oversees the development and submission of a request for funding proposal to the Global Fund (GF) every three year cycle. 

Based on the Global Fund Board’s decision in December 2022 on the funding available for the period 2025-2028. South Africa has been allocated 536 040,497 USD for HIV, tuberculosis and building resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH). The allocation amounts for all countries have been determined according to a methodology approved by the Global Fund Board, primarily based on disease burden and income level. South Africa is classified as an upper-middle-income country.

A technical team comprising of in-country and external TB and HIV experts is being identified to assist in the development of the funding request. Additional technical assistance for the HIV Funding Request Technical Task Teams (TTT) are required to ensure that all elements of the HIV components are consistent and sound.

Purpose of the Consultancy:

Considering this background, SANAC intends to award a contract to a Community System Strengthening (CSS) specialist consultant as part of a larger team responsible for RSSH & Sustainability who shows their ability and suitability to contribute to the writing team that will develop the next joint Key HIV/TB/Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health request for funding to be submitted by the GF CCM to the Global Fund. The successful candidate will need to meet all the requirements as set out in this RFP. The duration of the contract will be for a maximum of 60 days from the contract's commencement date, which is anticipated to be from January 2024 to September 2024.The Bidder proposing to provide the technical support for the Global Fund request for funding must be able to provide adequate information proving that he/she will be able to satisfy the CCM’s set requirements.

Role of the CSS consultant

The role of the CSS Consultant is to write the CSS technical content of the grant with special focus on CSS that will supports the development of informed, strong, and coordinated communities, and the development of community-led and community-based organizations, groups and structures to advance health and equity in efforts against HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, whilst taking into consideration of all GF requirements, work closely with the team members, participating in grant writing, stakeholders consultations, and to participate in technical working groups, to fully understand the direction and intention of consultations where evidence will be reviewed, priorities identified within what the evidence shows and the details of programme content and implementation arrangements finalised. The Global Fund prioritizes funding for four CSS interventions: Community-led monitoring; Community-led research and advocacy; Capacity building and leadership development; Community engagement, linkages and coordination, therefore the consultant should develop activities for each intervention.

The Consultant will also lead a special CSS technical working group that will work closely with many stakeholders to develop the content of the RFF that focuses on CSS as an essential part of Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) and as a vital element of responses to HIV, TB and malaria. This will enable the lead writer to write the SA GF Request for Funding based on the input from the consultations and the range of stakeholders that will be tasked with providing input.


The main deliverable is a timeously completed high quality GF Request for Funding for HIV, TB and Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (1 April 2025 to 31 March 2028) after all relevant consultations have taken place. The Request for Funding has to be written in excellent English, with references as footnotes, all annexes and attachments are formatted and labelled appropriately, must include an abbreviations list and all the relevant chapters as described above. 

Other deliverables include:

  • The full inclusion of CSS interventions and activities for community-led and community-based organizations, groups and structures focusing on key populations and the prioritised resilient sustainable systems for health that support these interventions in the RFF. 
  • Linkage of CSS activities with Programmatic Gap Table(s), Funding Landscape Table(s), Performance Framework and Budget, Sustainability Plan) in a way that is cohesive and aligned to what is in the main document. 
  • Consultant will work closely with the lead technical team consisting of lead and support writer, monitoring, and evaluation, costing and finance and sustainability consultants.
  • Ensure collection, collation, analysis, and management of relevant information throughout the process and the writing up of sections in support of the various team members. 
  • Ensuring that lessons learnt for the grant are thoroughly included. 
  • Working with many stakeholders, specifically civil society, attending and preparing for consultations, assisting with the development of presentations and communication pieces on progress, ongoing development, and refinement of the Request for Funding (RFF) document.  

  of work and more detailed deliverables:

  • Reviews all relevant Global Fund documents including ( but not limited to):
  • The GF allocation letter
  • GF policies and guidance documents for applicants
  • Review all relevant documents and then develop a document that will guide discussion about the priorities for CSS (HIV, TB/HIV integration and prioritized RSSH interventions) that:
  • Reviews past performance in this area (both for those areas receiving GF support and other support including government, PEPFAR and other development agencies), identifying strengths and weaknesses, opportunities for improvement.
  • Compile community input about current gaps and priorities
  • Reviews current community-led and community-based response strategies and implementation plans including the new NSP for HIV, TB and STIs, Provincial Implementation Plans and Multi-Sectoral District Implementation Plans as available.
  • Reviews all recent information that should influence these strategies and plans.
  • Reviews direction and guidance given by the Global Fund, community-led and community-based organizations, groups and structures that are implementing CSS , including the SANAC Civil Society Forum and Technical Review Panel.
  • Reviews and analyse the current community-led and community-based responses of the GF grant: plans and implementation including areas of challenges and achievements.
  • Work with SANAC CSS and human rights specific designated technical advisor/s to lead and co-ordinate the technical team that will focus on the development of the inclusion of CSS as part of the larger RSSH & Sustainability interventions and link with the M&E, finance and costing teams. 
  • Work as a member of the technical team to develop formats for collection, collation and analysis of data to ensure optimum contribution from all stakeholders and development of an optimal RFF as a full document with the necessary attachments.
  • Participate in meetings when required, GF Request for Funding subcommittee meetings, dialogues/consultations and technical working group, and other meetings  coordinated by SANAC to be able to accurately capture the comprehensive overall picture being built up as well as the details in the Request for Funding document.
  • Work closely with Principal Recipients, costing and finance and monitoring and evaluation consultants to ensure the development of an appropriate work plan and budget and performance framework and monitoring and evaluation plan that links to the content of CSS work to be included in the RFF.
  • Work closely with the technical team to ensure the CSS strategies is captured and expressed concisely and accurately in the relevant parts of the draft and final RFF e.g. Performance Framework, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, PR budgets. 
  • Contribute to communication pieces and presentation to be used for various stakeholders.
  • Ensure CSS programmes are developed and costed optimally

Qualifications and experience

  • At least a Master’s level university degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines or a minimum of ten years’ experience relevant in the field;  
  • Extensive knowledge of the HIV and STI epidemics, including sexual and reproductive health in South Africa and the region. 
  • Extensive knowledge of the HIV and TB epidemics and KP including community responses.
  • Strong understanding of HIV, TB and STI programming, including the need to focus on gender issues, key populations, and human rights. 
  • Advocacy experience and skills to articulate the need for community health systems strengthening.
  • At least five years’ experience with the participatory strategic planning processes. 
  • Demonstrable experience in leading or being a major contributor to the writing of KP strategic documents  
  • Previous experience in contributing on CSS programmes. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in strategic planning, and key populations. 
  • Past experience in working on Community Responses and System Strengthening.
  • Minimum 10 years progressively responsible professional work experience at in HIV and STI programming and policy development. 
  • Experience in leading or being a major contributor to the writing of HIV and STI programme documents.
  • Strong track record of technical writing and editing high-level documents in English on HIV, TB and STIs prevention related strategies with a quality high standard under tight deadlines. 
  • Research and publication experience in the Community Systems and Community-led Programming field. 
  • Knowledge and / or understanding of the SANAC and its stakeholders, with strong stakeholder management skills and experience working at different levels of the South African Government Structure, will be an advantage

Core Competencies:

  • Computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access), and applicable financial systems / applications / statistical analysis / software 
  • High degree of integrity, and highly organized and good analytical skills  
  • Excellent networking, oral and written communication, presentation, and reporting skills 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is an absolute necessity.  

Timelines and commitment:


The consultant will be supervised by the Lead Writer; Support Writer and RFF Lead Co-ordinator: who will work closely with the consultant to discuss the work and the review drafts and the final product.  

Proposal Format  

A detailed CV in response to this ToR is due on 11 December 2023 by 09h00 containing all the information required to evaluate the bid against the requirements stipulated in these terms of reference document. Please send your proposals to   the following should be attached to the proposal as annexures:

i) Annexure A: Summary of experience. Please attach CVs of proposed team members, where applicable which show the range of similar assignments they have undertaken and the size of these assignments, three letters of reference or other means of verifying experience

ii) Annexure B: Summary details of proposed team 

iii) Annexure C: Consultant/Company Profile

iv) Annexure D: Tax Clearance Verification

v) Annexure E: Recent Central Supplier Database (CSD)

vi) Annexure F: Pricing information. Price proposals should include VAT and should be fully inclusive of ALL costs (including travel) to deliver the outputs indicated in the terms of reference. Budget notes should be provided to justify costs .

Criteria for Selection 

The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method: (the qualifications and experience will be weighted 80%, combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 20%).

  • The CV or Profile demonstrates clear process knowledge and experience for delivering high quality products in line with the ToR (80%).
  • Financial proposal (20%).
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