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Offer: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Women’s Observers to the UNAIDS board meeting, Deadline 10 October, 2010

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Women’s Observers to the UNAIDS board meeting

Deadline for Applications 10th October, 2010
Are you actively engaged in the response to HIV and AIDS?

Are you engaged in the women’s movement and believe that the role of UNAIDS and the ten UN Cosponsors is an essential part of the action and solution to HIV and AIDS?

Do you believe that stronger linkages among HIV work at the global level, and the national and local levels are needed?

Do you have creative and innovative ideas on how to share information with your constituents?

If so, you should consider applying to come to the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting as a Women’s Observer in December 2010. This rewarding opportunity requires an energetic, innovative, self motivated, committed, and resourceful woman who can work under pressure, both independently and as part of a team.

You will have the opportunity to meet with regional delegates and support the work of the NGO Delegation. We would especially like to encourage candidates living with HIV and who come from the Global South. By supporting women from diverse backgrounds to attend the PCB, we aim to create opportunities for women working at the grass roots and national levels to share their issues and concerns at the international level, as well as take back information from the global level to their own communities. We are particularly keen to support women who are or would like to be involved in implementing the UNAIDS Operational Plan on Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV in their country.

Visit the PCB NGO Delegation’s website at www.unaidspcbngo.org to learn more about the Board of UNAIDS and the civil society delegation who form a part of their decision-making board. More background information on UNAIDS can also be found via their website at www.unaids.org.

What is your role?

You will be supported to attend the UNAIDS board meeting as a civil society Observer. Prior to the meeting, you will have the chance to work with the World AIDS Campaign and the NGO Delegation to familiarize yourself with the way the PCB operates, and engage in the preparation for the meeting. As an Observer, you will attend meetings organised by the NGO Delegation including a pre-meeting with other civil society representatives and daily briefings with the official civil society Delegates on the board. Your role will be to document the process and decision points from the meeting in a way that explains what they mean for your constituency. Rather than a once-off meeting, this is an opportunity to be part of and strengthen ongoing dialogue around the accountability of PCB decision points, creating communication and exchange well beyond the meeting itself.

The World AIDS Campaign will cover the costs for your travel, accommodation and stay from December 5th to the 9th.

WAC Women’s Observer Profile:

§ Innovative ideas on how to create stronger community linkages with the PCB
§ Engaged in the women’s and HIV movement
§ Well-organised
§ Self-motivated
§ Strong writing skills
§ Able to work under pressure
§ A team player with demonstrated coordination skills
§ Responsible
§ Respectful of timelines
§ Must have a proven network with which to share information
§ Ability to analyse and summarise diverse perspectives and messages
§ Able to work long hours
§ Have some advocacy and lobbying skills
§ Ability to speak and write in English. Other languages are a plus.

Responsibilities:

§ Able and willing to dedicate time in the weeks leading up to the conference to prepare for the role as an Observer
§ Read all relevant PCB documents prior to the meeting
§ To consult with your community and collect information in preparation for the meeting
§ Actively engage in all meetings during the PCB week; this will normally entail long days
§ Keep an online daily journal in the form of a Blog to share information on the WAC website.
§ Ensure that a report or other form of information sharing of the meeting’s key outcomes is prepared within two weeks of the end of the PCB
§ Ensure that feedback to your networks is carried out within one month of the meeting

How to Apply:

Please provide the following information:

Personal Information
First name(s) Last name(s)
Affiliated Organisation (if applicable)
Nationality
Country of Residence
E-mail
Do you have a valid passport?
Do you have a visa to travel to Geneva?

Please check the following boxes below as it pertains to you.

a) Do you have regular reliable access to emails? (Please select the option that best describes your Internet access):
All the time/once a day Occasionally Rarely Never

Please respond to each of the following questions in 200 words or less.

1. Why would you like to be an Observer to the PCB?

2. Why do you think it is important to have civil society (particularly women living with HIV) participate in the PCB meeting?

3. What is the link between Food security/ Nutrition and HIV and why is it relevant?

4. Have you had any experience with the PCB in the past? If so please elaborate.

5. How do you think information on the PCB and the relevance of its decision points can be better disseminated and followed up on? What would you do to contribute to this?

6. Please share any experiences you may have had with the country roll out of the UNAIDS Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV.

Please send your answers along with your CV, a cover letter and a writing sample to Juliana Davids at davidsj@worldaidscampaign.org by 10th October 2010. If selected, you will be expected to dedicate time to prepare prior to the conference. This is estimated to be approximately 5 to 10 hours per week for the three weeks before.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is the 10th of October, 2010. A confirmation of application will be sent upon receipt of application and the chosen candidates will be notified by the 31st October 2010.

Applications from women living with HIV are particularly welcome. We would also be particularly interested in receiving applications from women who are or have experience working with other population groups, such as youth, sex workers or drug users to share diverse experiences and perspectives.

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