Call for Proposals: Bridging the Gaps (Health and Rights for Key Populations)

Deadline: 4 October 2017.

Launched in 2011, Bridging the Gaps is a key populations programme focused on the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including men who have sex with men (MSM), people who use drugs (PWUD), and sex workers.

The programme is implemented in 15 countries, by nine alliance partners: Aidsfonds, Aids Foundation East West (AFEW), COC Netherlands, Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), and Mainline.

Capacity development of civil society organizations is one of the strategies to contribute towards achieving the programme’s goals, and Aidsfonds is therefore looking for an academic partner to conduct a study to identify and document the current best practices in this field. Aidsfonds is seeking proposals that utilize community-based, participatory methods to gather and analyze data and disseminate findings. Interested institutes must demonstrate experience conducting evaluation research and working in equitable partnerships with communities.


  • ‘prove’ – Objectively measuring the progress on outcomes: to what extent and in which ways are achieving objectives (with a focus on the medium term outcomes)?
  • ‘improve’ – Learn and adapt: learn what goes well and what needs to improvement, where are urgent gaps to address?

Research Design and Methods

Aidsfonds is seeking proposals that utilize community-based, participatory methods to gather, and analyze data and disseminate findings.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Consultants/researchers who express their interest for this call are part of a research /consultancy institute, and are able and willing to commit to a potential second phase of the evaluation (the end evaluation in 2019-2020).
  • Has an excellent level of expertise and an existing network in international cooperation, and evaluations of broad, multi-country programmes in particular;
  • Has an excellent level of expertise in international cooperation, especially in the field of SRHR/HIV programming for key populations (sex workers, LGBT, people who use drugs), community based programming, and an understanding of programmes operating on multiple levels (global, regional and local level)
  • Demonstrates experience working with communities and research institutes in the Global South and is willing to conduct the evaluation in equitable partnership with as an alliance, as well as with their national and regional partners;
  • Has experience with community based research, applying participatory methods and culturally sensitive approaches;
  • Is familiar with the work processes of NGOs and CBOs and is capable of translating knowledge from research and evaluation into practice recommendations for programming.
  • The proposals should include a clear vision, plan and budget for both the programme’s mid-term (due end of June 2018), as well as for their potential role in the programme’s end evaluation (due end of June 2020). The end evaluation should be linked to and build on the mid-term.

How to Apply

  • The Following documents need to be submitted:
    • Expression of interest (Maximum 3 pages)
      • Explaining why the institute is most suitable for the work, including ideas for scope and methodology;
      • Including a Time-line for doing the research
    • Detailed Financial proposal (Maximum 1 page), including number of days per deliverable, daily rate and clearly stating the total amount (incl/excl VAT) up to a maximum sum of 250.000€ (100.000 for the mid-term, 150.000 for the end-term).
    • Personal CV of (max 3) lead researcher(s) (max 2 pages each) including past experience in similar projects and the names and contact details for at least 3 references.
  • Interested institutes meeting the qualification requirements are invited to apply and send their expression of interest at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries

  • Kenya, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, South Africa
  • Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan
  • Mozambique, Myanmar, Uganda, Botswana, Nepal, Georgia


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1 thought on “Call for Proposals: Bridging the Gaps (Health and Rights for Key Populations)

    John gonani

    (September 25, 2017 - 8:30 pm)

    The correct and consistent use of condoms with lubricant is the recommended for key population to prevent sexual transmission of Sri n hiv

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