REQUEST FOR SERVICES TITLE:
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING UNDER THE SADC HIV AND AIDS SPECIAL FUND
The decision to establish a regional Fund to support the fight against HIV and AIDS in the SADC Member States was taken at an Extraordinary Summit of July 2003 held in Maseru, Lesotho. The Fund is part of the Maseru Declaration on HIV and AIDS to which all Heads of States and Government of the 14 Member States of SADC are signatories.
The Fund primarily consist of contributions from Member States and other regional and non regional sources, including the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organisations, workers and employer’s organisations, as well as private philanthropic organisations.
The overriding principle of the Fund is that it should result in additionality at the regional level, and in no way should it disturb existing financial flows to individual Member States.
The management and administration of the Fund shall strictly adhere to the principles of transparency, accountability, good governance, efficiency in terms of cost and deployment of Funding, as well as professional management as prescribed under the SADC rules and procedures.
The Fund is to be used on small projects and activities intended to enhance the capacity, output, or impact of existing HIV and AIDS programmes in Member States.
2. Steering Committee of the Fund
The Steering Committee of the Fund will oversee the management of the fund. It is made up of representatives of Permanent Secretaries of Ministries of Health and representatives of the National Aids Authorities of the Member States and SADC Secretariat. The Steering Committee will a approve the proposals selected for funding and will review progress reports on the implementation of the projects and provide appropriate guidance.
3. Principles for funding
The Fund will support research projects or intervention projects in HIV and AIDS.
3.1. Projects to be submitted for consideration for funding shalll:
i. involve a minimum of three SADC Member States: MS are invited to colloaborate and develop a joint proposal to submit for consideration for funding. Potential executing agencies both within Governments, and outside, must not ever have been found guilty of grave professional misconduct of any nature, by any properly constituted body or mechanism;
ii. be of short term duration, not exceeding 3 years;
iii. be simple to undertake and have significant public health benefits
iv. be fundamentally of low cost in nature: the cost must not exceed a total amount of US $500,000.00 SADC contribution; any additional cost may be sought elsewhere. Before a project exceeding 500,000.00 USD is funded there has to be evidence that additional costs will be covered;
3.2. Member States are eligible for funding but they can sub contract with executing agencies or any national/regional partners for project implementation.
3.3. Prospective beneficiary Member States shall be fully involved from the onset of project development, as well as during its execution if the proposal is approved .
4. Priority areas for funding
Projects research/intervention to be funded shall be within the context of, and contribute to, the priorities as articulated in the Maseru Declaration of 2003, in the SADC 2016-2020 HIV, SHR, TB and Malaria Programme Integration Strategy. In addition to that the Projects should be also in line with the priorities of the countries where they are expected to be implemented.
The priorities to be considered are as follow :
i. HIV Prevention, with particular focus on Adolescent Girls and Young Women;
ii. HIV and AIDS treatment particularly focusing on 90:90:90 targets and ending AIDS by 2030;
iii. Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS and cross cutting issues;
iv. Capacity Development for effective programming, planning and management of HIV and AIDS integrated responses;
v. Promotion of operational research;
vi. Support for pooled/joint procurement and local/joint production of medicines;
vii. Any other priority aimed at contributing towards ending AIDS
5. Instructions for preparing the SADC HIV and AIDS fund proposals
The following sections outline the general instructions for preparing a solicited proposal in response to the fund’s request for proposals.
5.1. Format: proposal must be printed on one side only, with minimum margin of one inch on each side of paper. The text font must be Arial size 12.
5.2. Language: the language of the proposal may be one of the 3 official languages of SADC that is, English, French, or Portuguese.
5.3. The Project proposal must include the following components:
(a) Cover: it must include, the project title, the names of all researchers and/or the submitting organisations, as well as the funding amount requested from the SADC HIV and AIDS Funds and the total of cost share and third party in-kind contribution.
(b) Abstract: the abstract should be a concise summary of the purpose, objectives, methodology approach and anticipated results and benefits. It should capture the essence of the project proposal and should be no longer that one single-spaced page.
(c)Table of contents: beginning with the project description, pages in the proposal should be numbered sequentially, including all attachments
( d) Project description:
i. Background: provide a summary of the topic including the current state of knowledge
ii. Research/Intervention approach:provide a clear and concise scope of work which includes the objectives of the research/intervention, the method that would be used, and the nature of anticipated results
iii. Evaluation criteria:provide specific criteria that can be used to evaluate the development and the success of each project objective
(e) Potential benefits: define the practical benefit of the proposed project in addressing HIV and AIDS in the region
(f) Implementation of the project: Identify the individuals and organizations participating in the project, their specific roles and their responsibilities and their time commitment to the project. Describe how the accountability for the individuals and organizations involved in the project will be maintained. Include the organization chart showing the relationship and the lines of communication among the research/intervention team and all project participants.
A committee consisting of senior representatives of beneficiary countries/institutions, the SADC Secretariat, and senior government officials shall be established to oversee the implementation of the project. The responsibility of each collaborating Member State in a joint project shall be clearly demonstrated: joint identification of the need, and planning for the project, joint programming and coordination. Each Member State should have a clearly spelt out role in the implementation, management, and supervision of the project.
(g) Schedule : Define the estimated duration of the project’s implementation phases. In general the project start date should be within the first three months after receiving the funds.
(h) Budget: The budget should provide detailed items and the narrative. The narrative budget should itemize, explain and justify, each cost item included in the project budget and identify when during the project implementation the cost is expected to be incurred.
6. Proposal review and criteria for evaluation
Before the proposals be submitted for consideration for funding they have to be endorsed by relevant authorites of SADC Member States where the project will be implemented.
The review of proposals submitted will be done an ad hoc Technical Review Committee (TRC) comprised of SADC Secretariat and representative from SADC Troika. The TRC can also invite other experts, according to their experience in a particular area of expertise. Selected proposals will be endorsed by the Steering Committee and further submitted for approval by Ministers Responsible for Health HIV and AIDS.
The evaluation of the proposals to be funded will be based upon the following criteria:
i. Relevancy: the intervention/research must contribute to the regional agenda and be in line with national HIV and AIDS strategies in countries where project will be implemented;
ii. Cost-effectiveness: the proposal must have clear objectives and activities. The budget shall be realistic and in line with the activitis to implemented;
iii. Gender sensitivity: contribution to the reduction of gender disparities
iv. Replicability: potentiality to be duplicated in other SADC countries
v. Sustainability: ownership, committement of MS and integration into regular activities of existing programs
7. Practical modalities
The following modalities will be taken into consideration for the implementation of the approved projects:
- in country specific mechanisms to be used by Member States for the endorsement of the proposals to be submitted to Secretariat for consideration for funding;
- a funding agreement shall be signed by SADC Secretariat, Principal Implementer and NAC/MOH before the implementation of any approved;
- supervision missions, monitoring and evaluation activities of the projects will be conducted jointly by SADC Secretariat and Member States delegates;
- reporting will be done in agreement with mechanisms in place in Member States;
- mechanisms for replacement of the principal implementer to be discussed and agreed upon between Member States involved in the implementation;
8. Disbursement of funds
The research/intervention project is treated as a single project operating in multiple sites (Member States) such that there is no independent Member State, assessment, evaluation, or any form of rating and administration of funds.
Financial management of the project shall be within the existing SADC Secretariat institutional financial arrangements. Within the administrative rules, Member States can agree on mechanisms to expedite disbursements of Funds. Disbursements of Funds to the project shall be in tranches such that the first disbursement does not exceed 25% of the total amount of the project Funding. 75% of any previous disbursement must be cleared before the next disbursement is effected. A clear detailed financial and technical report must be submitted as part of the application for any subsequent disbursements, according to the Guidelines of the Implementation of the Projects which will be part and parcel of the agreement ot be signed.
9. The deadline for submission of the proposals : 15 September 2017
The proposals shall be accompanied by letters of endorsement by National HIV and AIDS Authorities of the countries where the projects are expected to be implemented.
The Subject of the email for the electronic submissions should clearly indicate “SADC/SHD&SP/HIV FUND/2017” – Submission Proposals for Round 3 of the SADC HIV and AIDS Fund.