RFP for Sub-Sub Recipients (SSR),Gondia, Maharashtra.

Expired on: Jan 25, 2022
Relevant Sectors: CBO fund management Health HIV/AIDS NGO program implementation SSR patnership
Job Type: SSR Partner
Job Location: Gondia Maharashtra

Network of Maharashtra by People Living With HIV/AIDS – (NMP+)


for Vihaan – The Global Fund Supported Programme

I:  Introduction

India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) as Principal Recipient (PR) has been awarded the Grant funded by Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), for the programme known as Vihaan (which means Dawn’s First Light) care and support programme for People Living with HIV across India.

II: Background of the programme:

India revised care and support strategies in 2013 under NACP IV and under new strategy, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) is providing all treatment including treatment for opportunistic infections through Govt. health care facilities and a civil society organization will provide care and support services to all needy PLHIV. India Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) selected India HIV/AIDS Alliance as Recipient (PR) to implement care and support programme across the country.

The programme is being named as ‘Vihaan’ (Sanskrit word which means dawn’s first light) is providing care and support services to needy PLHIV since June 2013.  Till March 2021, the programme has reached to 14,31748 PLHIV provided with care & support services through 310 care and support centres. The programme is being implemented in close coordination with NACO, SACS and ART centres at national, state and district level respectively.

Alliance India has received the approval from Global Fund for continuation of programme from April 2021 to March 2024. During this period, care and support centres (CSCs) exclusively supported by Global Fund will be functional to cater the service needs of PLHIV enrolled in ART centres across the country.

Network of Maharashtra by People Living with HIV/AIDS (NMP+) is a Sub Recipient for Maharashtra and Karnataka. NMP+ is providing the hand holding support to the 77 CSCs from the above-mentioned states and will be collecting the applications of the interested NGOs/CBOs

III: Objectives of Vihaan:

Vihaan programme has evolved over a period of time as one of the good models of community-based care and support programme supporting national HIV programme through enhancing the quality of life of PLHIV.

The specific objectives of Vihaan include:

  1. To reach key populations on virtual platforms and establishing linkage to care and treatment
  2. To improve retention in HIV care by addressing medical, social, behavioural and structural barriers
  3. To reduce linkage loss from testing to treatment using peer navigators in 100 high linkage loss facilities
  4. To strengthen private sector engagement in HIV care and provide mentoring support to poor performing ART centres
  5. To incorporate community monitoring and accountability framework to strengthen community led response within NACP

IV: What are Care Support Centres?

Care and support centres (CSCs) are friendly places where PLHIV receive information on care and support, access to a range of health referrals, education and linkages to social welfare schemes and entitlements.

Apart from these, clients will be able to access the services including counselling services, resting, recreational facilities, entertainment etc. The team at the CSCs would also conduct home visits for the registered clients on their convenience and agreed timing to provide information and treatment education, adherence, any health referrals not only to the registered clients, but the family, which would be taken as a unit for information, education and referrals especially to social welfare schemes and entitlements. Building on the lessons learnt from the programmatic experience since inception, the programme will now adopt provision of differentiated care and support services to different categories of clients.

For more details of functions of a CSC and other details, please visit: NACO CSC guidelines

CSC: Key features

  1. Providing services to priority clients. (To be initiated, newly initiated clients , MIS and LFU)
  2. Community based screening
  3. ART refilling at CSC
  4. Linkages to social schemes and entitlements of priority clients.
  5. TB screening of priority list.
  6. Family member screening/testing for HIV.
  7. Services to TB-HIV comorbidity clients, clients on 2ndline & 3rd  line ART, clients with less than 200 CD4 /more than 1000 copies of viral load
  8. ICTC gap linkage
  9. Community system strengthening
  10. Special focus on registered adolescents, KPs and children in CSC.

V: Management of CSCs

Any Non-Govt. Organization (NGO) or Community Based Organization (CBO) who have legal entity, with the appropriate expertise of implementing HIV programmes at district or state level and presence in the district where application has been called for are eligible to apply. Discontinued NGOs/CBOs are not eligible to apply.

The core area of CSC’s work is linking PLHIV into various services. Hence the agency should have excellent rapport with all key stakeholders in the district and proven leverage skills. Therefore, a track record of working successfully with the local PLHIV community/KP groups and proven experience of effective advocacy with SACS/DAPCU or local government for treatment or care of PLHIV will be advantage.


VI: Details of the RFP

There is a need of replacement of SSR Partner at below mentioned 2 District in Maharashtra.


S.N District State ART Centre CSC Type
1 Gondia Maharashtra ARTC, KTS Hospital, Gondia Replacement of SSR Partner


NMP Plus invites request for proposal from the agencies/organisation to be submitted to NMP Plus. Later in consultation with the respective State AIDS Control Society and PR representatives, NMP Plus will identify potential applicants and shortlist (as per the selection criteria given below) from the concerned districts for the site assessment.

Eligibility Criteria for NGO/CBO Setting Up CSC

  • Organisations that have been discontinued are not eligible to apply.
  • The agency should be a non-profit organisation and legally registered under The Societies Registration Act of 1860 or an equivalent Act of a State; or The Charitable and Religious Act of 1920; or Indian Trusts Act of 1882; or an equivalent Act of a State; or Section 25 C Company ACT
  • It should have a clearly defined organisational structure.
  • It should have established administrative and management systems.
  • It should have sound financial track record with an established financial management
  • System (three years audit reports and audited accounts required in case of NGOs and one year report for CBOs).
  • It should have a minimum of three years’ experience in managing public health programmes or allied programmes in health.
  • Experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, especially in the area of care and support, will be an added benefit.
  • The organisation should have been working for minimum three years in case of NGOs and one year in case of CBOs and have a good track record in providing services..
  • Readiness to make available adequate infrastructure deemed necessary to carry out all the activities planned in CSC.

The RFP is open from: 12th of January 2022

Applicants wishing to respond to this RFP are required to submit their applications in the prescribed format (Form 1) with supporting documents by or before 6 pm on 25th

January 2022, Form 1 is available as Annexure A.https://ncpiplus.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Annexure-A.pdf

Applications received after the above date and time shall be summarily rejected.

All eligible applications received shall be carefully appraised and assessed, considering all details provided in the prescribed format.

The appraisal process shall inter alia consider:

  • HIV experience of organisation in district, where applying for SSR
  • Financial Systems
  • Governance and management systems
  • Depth of work in the area of care and support, social protection, stigma reduction and advocacy
  • Level and nature of involvement of PLHIV in the organisation
  • Linkages of the organisation with SACS/DAPCU
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience and systems
  • Successful district level advocacy

Site visit for the detailed appraisal as mentioned will be carried out by a Joint Appraisal Team (JAT) comprising of representatives from NMP Plus, representative from PR and respective SACS.

The JAT team shall visit shortlisted agencies on any day during 31 Jan to 04 Feb 2022 for detailed site assessment. Due to tight timeframes, the team may not be able to give some shortlisted organisations more than a days’ notice for the proposed site assessment. As a result, the team may be required to visit shortlisted organizations on weekends and holidays.

Requests for change of dates shall not be entertained due to the limited timeframe for this exercise.

Shortlisted organizations shall be required to cooperate with JAT team by providing detailed information regarding organizational functions, structure and/or arranging meetings with the top management team, details of on-going and/or concluded projects executed for any donor agency, management systems, community involvement, outreach of the organization, etc.

Shortlisted organizations failing to provide or cooperate with the above information needs, including due scrutiny of documents and/or interviews with management and/or staff, shall be automatically considered ineligible for final selection.

Submission of Proposals

Applicants are required to ensure that soft copy of their applications in Form 1 are received by NMP Plus via email to the id given below by or before 6 pm on 25th January 2022 for the initial screening of applications:


*Note: Telephone calls will not be entertained for any reference and this may disqualify the NGO from the application process.

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