Terms of Reference (TOR): Project Coordinator
||Strengthening HIV and Harm Reduction Responses for PWID in Asia
Project Duration 36 months
||12 months, (with 3 months probation) renewed yearly based on satisfactory performance
||January 24, 2017
ANPUD is a community-led regional network that works to improve the quality of life of people who use drugs through the enjoyment of equal human rights and opportunities. The formation of ANPUD is underpinned by the principle of “Meaningful Involvement of People who Use Drugs ” (MIPUD) with a strong belief of unity, support, equality, inclusiveness, spirit of friendliness, collaboration and will to change the current situation faced by people who use drugs in the Asian Region.
Objectives of the Organization:
- Promote a unified platform and common voice for people who use drugs in Asia
- Coordinate representation at various forums where the voices of people who use drugs should be heard .
- Establish or strengthen national networks of people who use drugs in Asia and ensure they are represented at all decision-making forums and processes that affect their lives.
- Advocate for the harmonization of policies that negatively impact on the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs, including decriminalization of drug use and reduced stigma and discrimination
- Advocate for universal access to a diverse range of evidence based, locally driven harm reduction approaches in conformity with the ‘WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS Technical Guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users’ in the Asian region with a special focus on access to hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment.
- Establish strategic alliances and forge collaborations with various like-minded individuals, groups and organizations to promote and support the effective and meaningful participation of people who use drugs in the regional and global response to HIV and drug use.
- Provide expertise, resources and support to country networks in advocating for issues affecting people who use drugs at country level.
About the Project
The goal of the regional project is to “increase access to essential HIV and harm reduction services for people who inject drugs in Asia through removing legal barriers, community systems strengthening and increasing the evidence base”. The Global Fund through India HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Principal Recipient (PR) funds the project. It is a mechanism to address existing barriers strategically by pulling experience from project partners in neighboring countries and at the global level. The project will be a critical platform to advocate for comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and present the results of Asian pilots for replication across the region. Some of the pilots that could be considered include: community-based HIV testing, community-based drug dependence treatment, scaling up Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) coverage among PWID, community-based tuberculosis (TB) testing, community-based Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) with Buprenorphine and/or Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT), and pre-release prison programs, etc.
A regional approach to harm reduction policy advocacy in Asia will ensure that regional mechanisms such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that influence country level policies take cognizance of health and rights based approaches to drug use as well as policy and implementation gaps in the context of HIV prevention among PWID. The regional and in-country activities of the project are designed to address identified gaps in the AIDS response across the Asian region.
Purpose and Scope of Job:
Based in Bangkok, the project coordinator is responsible for coordinating the successful implementation of the project at regional and national levels (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) , through the provision of technical support to country networks, monitoring and reporting of overall project outcomes. She/he is expected to manage the following responsibilities,
- Develop community-based quality monitoring tools for harm reduction services, particularly Needle Syringe Programs (NSP) and Oral Substitution Treatment (OST) services for people who inject drugs in India and Thailand.
- Develop the advocacy skills of PUD communities in the context of drug policy, women who use drugs (WUD) issues and hepatitis C Virus (HCV).
- Strengthen national network capacity for effective and meaningful engagement of the community through community mobilization, organizational strengthening and community led advocacy in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Support the establishment of a national drug user network in the Philippines and develop leadership of PUDs, particularly of women.
- Coordinate with other Global Fund regional grant funded projects and work closely to build synergies.
- Provide technical assistance to national PUD network partners in organizational development and strategic planning, human rights documentation and monitoring of discrimination.
- Sensitize national networks and partners on issues of women and drug use including how to develop gender sensitive models of harm reduction and strategies to address gender-based violence.
- Prepare advocacy materials from the activities implemented.
- Prepare quarterly, semi-annual, annual and the final project progress reports, to be submitted on time to the PR along with the financial report.
- Liaise with the Principle Recipient (PR), GFATM, partners in 7 countries, other SRs in the project, and other relevant stakeholders such as the UN agencies.
- Assist the Regional Coordinator as required.
Qualifications, work experience and key competencies:
- Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or related studies
- Experience of Project Cycle Management.
- Good management and coordination skills
- Five (5) years working experience in the field of harm reduction and HIV prevention, preferably in projects funded by the Global Fund
- Sound knowledge of Global Fund Funding Model, Community System Strengthening (CSS), Health System Strengthening (HSS), Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI) and human rights.
- At least 1 year of working experience at regional/international level managing multi-country projects or 2 years experience at the national level managing multi-province/district projects.
- Experience in project report writing and budgeting.
- Proficient in spoken and written English and AT LEAST ONE Asian language
- Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences and individuals with varying levels of knowledge
- Ability to work independently including developing work plans and meeting deadlines
- Ability to prepare a range of materials including (but not limited to) training materials, policy briefs and advocacy tools.
Preference will be given to qualified candidates from the community of people who use drugs and living with HIV/hep C.
Documents to be included in the application:
- A letter of application with expected salary.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with details of three referees.
Deadline for submission of the application is 27th January 2017, 5pm Thailand Time.
Kindly submit your application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further process.
Please do not make phone calls or email follow up after your application has been submitted.