Technical Support Facility (TSF) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Implemented by: AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW)
Partner: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF-EN)
Start Date: January 2010
'Technical Support Facility in Eastern Europe & Central Asia' (pdf, 2009, 837 KB)
Organising an effective HIV/AIDS response is a complex effort requiring accurate region-specific planning, diverse specialist input and a huge mobilisation of resources. Through a comprehensive network of consultants, the Technical Support Facility (TSF) provides assistance in all areas of programming for 25 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Joint United Nations AIDS Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) supports the TSF as part of its global strategy for tackling the epidemic. Under the co-management of AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN), the TSF builds the region’s capacity to respond effectively to HIV/AIDS. It does this by providing a quality assured pool of consultants, equipping projects with resource management tools; and setting international standards of monitoring, evaluation and accountability.
How can the TSF assist your project?
All HIV/AIDS projects – from small-scale initiatives run by local community groups to major national programmes – can benefit from the TSF’s services to resolve practical issues at all stages of implementation, from planning to evaluation, including:
- Strategic, operational and budget planning
- Development of proposals
- Communications: campaigns, media, information education communication (IEC) and social marketing
- Crisis management
- Quality management
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Financial management
- Partnership development
- Support on a wide range of thematic areas and groups, such as people living with HIV, linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV, women and young people, men who have sex with men, sex workers, injecting drug users and migrant populations.
Advantages of working with the TSF
A ‘One Stop Shop’. The TSF offers one point of contact for recruitment and service procurement, ensuring that clients’ needs are met throughout the course of an assignment, from developing terms of reference to the point of sign-off.
Quality Assurance. TSF consultants pass through a strict quality control system that verifies their experience, skills and references before admitting them to the database.
Expectation Management. When matching a consultant to a project, TSF staff aim to ensure a clear understanding on both sides of requirements and expectations.
Non-stop Support. Once a consultant has been matched up to a project, TSF staff maintain regular contact with both consultant and client to monitor performance and smooth over any difficulties that may arise. Outcomes of assignments are evaluated and feedback solicited from clients and consultants to facilitate continuous improvement in service.
Cost Efficiency. The pricing of services is controlled to be realistic and competitive for the speciality type and local market.
Long-term Sustainability. A core principal of the TSF is to build national and regional capacity to effectively respond to HIV and AIDS. The TSF has a strong commitment to foster the professional development of the consultants and staff it works with, whose skills and knowledge will sustain activities locally in the future and ultimately be passed on to others.
Both technical experts and clients may contact the Technical Support Facility for more information and advice. We are now recruiting for motivated, high-quality consultants to join the database of the Technical Support Facility. Please send your CV, at least two professional references and a cover letter explaining your interest in joining the network to:
Anke van Dam
Director of Programmes and Operations
AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW)