CVC is a constituency-based regional advocacy coalition of diverse civil society actors, grouping over forty community leaders and non-governmental organizations working with populations especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS that are often forgotten by treatment and health care programme. We provide a platform for policy dialogue and comprehensive, coordinated responses that address vulnerability, human rights, and sexual health. CVC has offices in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with partners in the countries that we work.
CVC’s work is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, MSM GF, RCNF and the MAC AIDS Fund.
Civil society is increasingly advocating for mechanisms to address issues that impact key populations and increased accountability, including those related to breaches of rights as well as service delivery.
REGIONAL KEY POPULATION NETWORKS
Regional and national networks of key populations have played a significant role in promoting social acceptance and advocacy in the Caribbean. CRN+ provides a regional framework for many of the CSOs working with PLHIV; CariFLAGS for groups working with LGBT, and CSWC for those that represent sex workers. Networks that support Marginalized Youth are nascent, strong in some countries and absent in others. Many of the regional networks continue to lack capacity in management, governance and accountability and have weak linkages with the national organizations that they are supposed to be strengthening and upon which they rely for inputs and feedback. While some gains have been made, much more remains to be done to incorporate their active involvement and participation in the national and regional responses, by further developing their capacity to promote acceptance beyond the health sector, monitoring and holding duty bearers accountable as well as incorporating them in advocacy and lobbying to improve legislation.
A Key Population Youth Leaders meeting was held July 14th – 15th, 2017 in Trinidad, one of the output of the meeting was the establishing a youth steering committee to guide the framework for a regional marginalized youth network.
SCOPE OF WORK
CVC seeks the service of a part-time Consultant to provide technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of a regional youth network to champion the issues of key population youth and to provide leadership to national key population movements.
The duties and responsibilities are as follows:
- Coordinate and Facilitate monthly virtual meetings with the youth steering committee
- Conduct a mapping of the youth groups/networks in the region and establish a comprehensive database of the active youth groups/networks.
- Create and support initiatives that will enable and promote in country dialogue towards the establishment of a regional network.
- Work along with the steering committee to establish a terms of reference to guide the start-up ofthe regional youth network which should include but not limited to:
- Purpose & Mandate of the network
- Governance Structure
- Executive Committee responsibility
- Term of Appointment
- Decision Making
- Membership Criteria
- Code of Conduct
- Make recommendation on model youth networks that fit the Caribbean context and how to sustain it.
- Support the coordination of the first regional youth network meeting
- Prepare and share meeting notes along with action items 5 days after the monthly meetings
The Consultant will report directly to the CVC Programme Assistant – Monitoring and Evaluation/Communications and indirectly to the Programme Coordinator.
The Meeting Coordinator is expected to deliver the following:
|| Due Date
|| Monthly Progress Reports
|| 23rd of each month
|| 6 months Action Plan
|| January 8th , 218
|| Terms of Reference for the Regional Youth Network
|| February 28th , 2018
|| Database of the major active youth groups/networks around the region
|| May 31st , 2018
The Consultant should possess:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences or related field
- 3-5 years’ experienceworkingin youth developmentpreferablyinanNGO environment with experience in human rights and sexual and reproductive health
- Knowledge of Human Rights the Human Rights Based Approach as well as stigma and discrimination concepts
- Candidates must be members of youth-led or youth-servicing organizations and have access to youth networks within their regions.
- Sound knowledge of PC applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- An excellent command of oral and written English
- A second language would be an asset
- Strong interpersonal skills including flexibility and initiative, team-work essential
- Willingness to work with Key Populations and based in Jamaica
The Consultant will be contracted for a twenty (20) hour work week over a six (6) months period starting January 1st 2018 to June 30th 2018
Interested individuals must submit a cover letter describing his/her academic and professional experience, a resume and at least two (2) references. Application should be sent to email@example.com no later than December 15, 2017 at 4:30pm Jamaica time.
ONLY SHORT-LISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED