Request For Application

Request for Proposals

November 7, 2019

Service Provider to train AGYW programme field staff in HIV Testing Services (HTS)  

Scope of work: Service Provider to train AGYW programme field staff in HIV Testing Services (HTS)  

Reference: GLO02REQ00530


AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is one of four South African Principal Recipients (PRs) of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), for the period: 2019-2022. The Global Fund Programme offers a comprehensive package of services that aim to improve her health, psychosocial and socio-economic wellbeing. The programme targets adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), aged 15-24 years, in and out of school, with the aim to effect risk reduction, behaviour change and empowerment. Objectives of the AGYW programme are aligned to She Conquers Campaign and aim to:

  • Decrease HIV incidence
  • Decrease teenage pregnancy
  • Increase retention in school
  • Increase economic opportunities
  • Reduce gender based violence (GBV)

AFSA appointed community-based organisations as sub-recipients (SRs) to implement this programme and render services, including HTS services, in targeted communities. To ensure that SRs are supported in ensuring that they render quality HTS to their clients and communities, AFSA wishes to contract a qualified and experienced service provider to provide accredited and DOH recognised HTS training to AGYW field staff.

Purpose of this proposal

AFSA is looking for two suitably qualified and experienced Service Provider (one for Mpumalanga and one for KwaZulu-Natal provinces) to provide HTS training and support experiential learning of trainees, for quality HTS services.

Services required

HTS (counselling and finger-pricking)

Training of 30 field staff on: HTS (counselling and finger-pricking), linkage to care, disclosure, and quality: IQC. Place learners at accredited clinics and support their experiential learning. Provide accredited training and certificates, at completion of training. Training will be conducted at four different venues, as shown in table 1 below:

Table 1: Four training venues to be covered

Training venue Number of trainees
KwaZulu-Natal: Richards Bay or EMpangeni 15
Mpumalanga: Nelspruit 15
Total 30

Scope of work

The training must be focused on improving HTS knowledge and skills in the following learning outcomes:

  • HIV knowledge; HIV pre- and post-test counselling; infection control; finger-prick blood collection; disclosure counselling; risk-reduction counselling; quality assurance and control: testing of rapid test kits using known serum (IQC) and also unknown panel testing; storage of rapid test kits as well as waste management.
  • Provide and implement ARV treatment plan.
  • Management of HIV
  • HIV Legal & ethical issues
  • Behaviour change
  • Supervision & Mentoring
  • Gender & AIDS
  • Training must include basic knowledge on: HIV prevention, tuberculosis, STIs, ART, PrEP and PEP.
  • All training resources and materials must be provided by the trainer

AFSA shall organise and directly cover costs associated with:

  • Travel costs and accommodation related to the undertaking of this assignment.
  • Venue bookings and refreshments


Training services are required between: November 2019 and February 2020.

Minimum requirements

  • More than 3 years of experience providing comprehensive and accredited HTS training including: facilitation, assessment, moderation and certification
  • Experience in Health Systems Strengthening, capacity building and training for delivery of quality HTS services
  • Experience working with Community Based Organizations and Community HIV testing
  • Experience in the development of materials and quality improvement tools and protocols for community level organization’s
  • Leader in rapid HIV testing, case management and linkage to services in community
  • Proven experience in HTS systems development, quality assurance and quality improvement for HTS
  • Good knowledge and experience interacting with Department of health’s policies on HIV testing, treatment adherence, HIV prevention and management.

Documents to be submitted

Organisations with necessary experience and qualifications are invited to submit their applications to AFSA for consideration.  Applications must include details of how this training will be conducted. Specify training venue you will cover: either KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga. If applying for both provinces, then indicate as such. 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: NPO registration status and confirmation of compliance with Department of Social Development requirements
  • Annex 3: Profile of the organisation, including history and work experience relevant to this application. Attach two reference letters or provide their contact details
  • Annex 4: Valid SARS tax clearance certificate and tax compliance status pin
  • Annex 5: VAT Registration document
  • Annex 6: Valid BBBEE certificate or sworn affidavit (for eligible entities)
  • Annex 7: CVs of trainers and SETA Facilitator/ Assessor/ Moderator registration letter for trainers
  • Annex 8: HWSETA Registration
  • Annex 9: Proposed training programme
  • Annex 10: Detailed work-plan for the proposed project (–include timelines)
  • Annex 11: Detailed proposed budget using the attached quotation template. 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 12 November 2019, 13h00.

Email enquiries by latest 8 November 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.