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December 11, 2019

Call for Quotations: Baseline Study on the Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions of Law Enforcement Agents in the South African Police Services towards Key and Vulnerable Populations for HIV & TB

Reference: Human Rights-Baseline Study

Closing date: 20 December 2019


In June 2019, South Africa launched a Three-Year National Implementation Plan for A Comprehensive Response to Human Rights-Related Barriers to HIV and TB Services and Gender Inequality. This 3-year plan is informed by the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022, which has identified the urgent need to strengthen Human Rights programing in South Africa. The NSP has further noted a need for such programing for key and vulnerable populations (KVPs).

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) has been appointed as the main PR to implement Module 2 of the Global Fund program: Programs to Reduce Human Rights Related Barriers to HIV Services (The Human Rights program).  Implementation of the Human Rights program builds on existing research, tools, trainings, reporting mechanisms and legal support from the Global Fund and aligns to the 7 key programs recommended by UNAIDS.[i] This baseline study will address program area 3, which is Sensitization of Lawmakers and Law Enforcement Agents.

AFSA thus seeks the service of a Consultant for a baseline study on the Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions among Law Enforcement Agents in the South African Police Services towards Key and Vulnerable Populations for HIV & TB.

Objective of the Request for Quotations

AFSA seeks the services of a consultant/organization to conduct a baseline assessment of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions among Law Enforcement Agents in the South African Police Services towards Key and Vulnerable Populations in the specified Global Fund supported districts.

Under the guidance of the AFSA team, the consultant will:

Activity Timeframe
Conduct a current situational analysis of law enforcement agents’; 20 January 2020
Provide a literature review on relevant documents including national policies and program documents;
Agree on the appropriate methodology and scope of the baseline;
Conduct a baseline assessment covering all Global Fund supported districts; 23 January to 17 February 2020
Draft a report, present it to AFSA for comments and incorporate feedback; 28 February 2020
Produce final baseline report. 10 March 2020

Minimum requirements

The service provider must demonstrate that they meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree in the Social Sciences or legal studies or related;
  • Minimum of five years’ working experience in the area of HIV/AIDS, Human Rights or related;
  • Proven experience on successfully conducting similar research projects;
  • Advanced knowledge on Human Rights, HIV/AIDS and related strategic documents, policies and practices;
  • Proven experience of working with mixed or diverse research methodologies;
  • Good organizational and programming skills with a focus on monitoring of project implementation;
  • Advanced knowledge of producing analytical reports;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills: in English and the ability to speak at least one additional South African local language.


This study must be completed during the period: January – March 2020.

Documents to be submitted

Individuals and/or organisations with the required experience and qualifications are invited to submit their applications to AFSA for consideration.  Applications must include a narrative of how the baseline assessment will be conducted. Include a short description of previous experience in conducting similar work, with two references. Provide a breakdown of professional fees /cost structure for services to be rendered.

Supporting documents to the attached to this application

Annex 1: Proof of legal entity (NPC, Trust, NPO, Close Corporation, Pty (Ltd))

Annex 2: Profile of the individual or organisation, including history and work experience relevant to this application. Attach two reference letters or provide their contact details

Annex 3: Valid SARS tax clearance certificate and tax compliance status pin

Annex 4: VAT Registration document (not mandatory)

Annex 5: Valid BBBEE certificate or sworn affidavit (for eligible entities)

Annex 6: CV/s of consultant(s)/researcher(s), including proof of qualifications

Annex 7: Detailed work-plan for the proposed project (–include timelines)

Annex 8: Detailed proposed budget. Prices quoted must exclude VAT.

Submission procedure

Applications should be submitted via email to: [email protected]

Email subject use: “Reference number shown on the advert and on this document”.

The closing date for submission of applications is 20 December 2019, 17h00.

Email enquiries by latest 13 December 2019. Email subject, use: “Reference number shown on the advert and on this document – Enquiry”.

Disclaimer: Emails with incorrect subject line may be disqualified. Closing date remains the same regardless of date of responses to enquiries /questions or lack of response. AFSA reserves the right to amend conditions stipulated in this document. Such amendments will be posted on AFSA website before the closing date.

Additional Information

South Africa remains home to the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.9 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) in 2017.[ii] There are subsets of people that are highly exposed and most at risk of contracting HIV and STIs, these groups are defined as Key and Vulnerable populations (KVPs).[iii]  Key populations (KPs) are those groups considered to be at greater and general risk, whilst vulnerable populations (VPs) are groups considered to be at high risk in specific settings when it comes to HIV, STIs and TB.[iv] Key and Vulnerable Populations for HIV, STIs and TB may vary by country. The South African National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2017-2022 (NSP) defines South Africa’s KVPs as follows:[v]

  • Sex Workers (SW)
  • Transgender People (TG)
  • Gay Men and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)
  • People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)
  • Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW)
  • Lesbian, Bisexual and Intersex People
  • Inmates at Correctional Facilities
  • Children
  • Diabetics

The criminalization of sex work, compounded by the stigma and discrimination experienced by sex workers – such as HIV testing without informed consent and denial of services – creates barriers to access to health care services. Furthermore, this creates a culture of impunity for human rights violations and often deters sex workers from accessing justice. [1] These challenges also extend to the other key and vulnerable populations. People who use/inject drugs are punished through the criminal justice system rather than receive support and care via a public-health approach. LGBTI people in South Africa still face homophobic and transphobic violence, which has significant implications for participating in public life. Human rights violations by law enforcement agents against key and vulnerable populations have been identified as a significant barriers in accessing health care services and social justice, and can be attributed to the high HIV prevalence and incidence rates[2].

To address this, AFSA will appoint a service provider to provide sensitization and training for law enforcement agents in the South African Police Service. This will include police officers, metro officers and correctional service staff. The training and sensitization to be provided will prioritize districts where most disputes have been brought against the SAPS and where there is evidence of human rights violations against SW, TG, MSM and PWUD/PWID.

Provinces and Districts to be covered in study may include:

Province District
Mpumalanga Gert Sibande
Eastern Cape Amathole
Buffalo City
Alfred Nzo
Nelson Mandela Bay
OR Tambo
Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana
Limpopo Mopani
Greater Sekhukhune
North West Bojanala
Gauteng West Rand
KwaZulu-Natal King Cetshwayo
Western Cape Cape Town
Garden Route

[1] NOTE: See GFATM doc for references fns 35 to 39.

[2] See study by Aidsfonds:

[i] UNAIDS (2012) Key programme to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase access to justice in national HIV responses. Online at

[ii] Simbayi LC, Zuma K, Zungu N, Moyo S, Marinda E, Jooste S, Mabaso M, Ramlagan S, North A, van Zyl J, Mohlabane N and the SABSSMV Team (2018) South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2017. Cape Town: HSRC Press. Page xxi. Key Reference Document.

[iii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC’s HIV Prevetnion Programs in South Africa: Most At-Risk Populations. Last Updated: 2011-12-05. Retrieved from:

[iv] AIDS Foundation of South Africa and NACOSA. NACOSA-CSS-Issue – 2 – Web-PDF. Retrieved from:

[v] The South African National AIDS Council. The South African National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2017-2022. Retrieved from: