WAP+ Position Description Women's Global Outreach Officer International AIDS Conference 2014
Melbourne, Australia has been chosen to host the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), the largest international meeting on HIV, where every two years up to 25,000 participants representing all stakeholders in the global response to HIV meet to assess progress and identify future priorities.
AIDS 2014 is organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS), in partnership with government, scientific and civil society partners in Australia; and international partners from civil society and the United Nations. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the IAS is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals.
Women and girls carry an increasingly disproportionate burden of HIV, but their voices are often not heard nor does their perspective impact on the global dialogue. This is particularly true for young women living with HIV, who face enormous challenges in addressing their needs, including contraceptive choices, gender-based violence, access to treatment, and maternal health choices.
The outreach position aims to prepare for full and meaningful engagement, inclusion and maximum participation of women in the all facets of the conference including the Women’sNetworking Zone(WNZ) 2014 and the Women’s Program at the International AIDS Conference 2014 and beyond.
The ICW Global vision is a world where all women living with HIV irrespective of our culture, age, religion, sexuality, social or economic status, class or race:
− have respected and meaningful involvement at all political levels in decisions that affect our lives;
− have full access to care and treatment; and
− enjoy full rights, particularly sexual, reproductive, legal, financial, and health rights.
The International AIDS Conference is a key event for women living with HIV and is an opportunity for us to advocate around these priority issues relating to women and girls living with HIV. ICW Global has played an active role in outreach for past conferences, using our position, knowledge and networks to effectively promote the conference and support the participation of women living with HIV.
The ICW Global AIDS 2014 Outreach plan will include all regions with a particular focus on the host region, Asia and the Pacific. Women of Asia Pacific+ (WAP+) will be responsible for managing this post. WAP+ will carry out outreach activities during the regional ICAAP11 via the Women's Networking Zone.
ICW Global recognises that although the highest proportion of women living with HIV are in Africa, the African region may have the most difficulties raising funds and obtaining visas to get to Melbourne. We therefore intend to guide women in our African network through the process of setting up Hub Centres and will encourage as many Hub Centres as possible throughout Africa with live streaming of women's activities.
Beginning in September 2013 we shall conduct outreach activities among our networks and this will continue up to and throughout the conference. The objective is to increase the participation of women living with HIV in AIDS 2014 so that their unique lived experiences can contribute in a meaningful way to the outcomes of the conference.
ICW Global will work with the other civil society partners to strengthen all outreach efforts and optimise all opportunities to reach women living with HIV.
The Women's Global Outreach Officer
This may be a full time position for a woman who is a Thai national or a consultative position for a woman from the region, starting October 2013 until September 2014. This position will work in close collaboration with the WAP+ regional coordinator and will report to the Outreach working group.
The Outreach Officer will be entrusted with the following responsibilities:
1. Maintain webpage
Maintain a user-friendly webpage to support women's participation in the conference. This will be an interactive platform for discussion and knowledge sharing for women living with HIV to help inform, shape and support community outreach for AIDS 2014. The webpage will support women living with HIV to know how the conference works, what to expect, and to learn from others who have attended a conference previously.The webpage will connect women to various appropriate websites. We will also create a webpage banner with an embedded URL to direct women to the page.
The webpage will contain:
Information on hosting Conference Hubs
Information regarding Australian visa process, immigration and customs
Overview of all women-specific events at or related to the conference
2. Conduct Online outreach
Because the rigorous abstract process is an ongoing obstacle for women attending the conference, The Outreach Officer will convene a group of experts who will offer on-line assistance and advice on how to write abstracts, in order to ensure the maximum level of participation of women living with HIV in the conference.
3. Conduct community consultations
With support from ICW Global regional representatives and the WNZ Global advisory group the Outreach Officer will consult with ICW regional networks to develop a common advocacy agenda and to disseminate information about AIDS 2014 and encourage and support development of Hub Centers. With support from WNZ advisory group the coordinator will develop surveys to identify barriers to women’s participation at AIDS 2014 and seek to address those barriers.
The Outreach Officer will promote AIDS 2014 through oral presentations in planned activities/meetings/conferences, and communicate opportunities for women's involvement so women gain maximum benefit from AIDS 2014.
The Outreach Officershall build on and expand our data base that was established in Washington 2012, to link women in with activities, disseminate information and keep members updated via our global and regional list-serves, Face book, twitter and website.
The Outreach Officerwill develop and support effective working relations with stakeholders and partner organisations, including groups from diverse and affected communities, and work collaboratively with local and international planning committees and conference secretariat departments.
The following skills and qualifications are essential:
• Three years’ experience in a non-profit, preferably community-based organization
• Experience in website maintenance and updates
• Experience in all aspects of developing and using social media
• Excellent organisational, problem solving, interpersonal, cross cultural and team skills
• Experience working collaboratively with multi-sector stakeholders and diverse communities
• Excellent communication skills, including speaking, writing and presenting in English
• Experience working in the field of HIV, international development and/or youth issues
• The ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines under pressure in an intense, complex, multi-stakeholder environment
• Excellent computer skills in various software applications (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
• Experience working with and supporting volunteers and committees
• Be able to work a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends, increasing near and during the conference
Applicants should have a keen interest in the conference. More information can be found at www.aids2014.org. Your application should be written in English and include your resume or CV, a personal letter (not more than one page),and a specification of your skills as requested above.
Send your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 30th September 2013. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
ICW Global and APN+ are committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, and diverse staff, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. Women living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.
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