Advocacy Training Facilitator

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The Middle East and North Africa
Harm Reduction Association

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Harm Reduction Advocacy Training in the Middle East and North Africa Region

People who inject drugs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are disproportionately affected by HIV and HCV, as the region seeing an overall increase in rates.

Exacerbating this health crisis are punitive drug laws and human rights violations that several countries in MENA inflict upon people who use drugs. Punitive approaches include forced rehabilitation in compulsory drug treatment centers and in the most extreme cases, the death penalty for drug offenses or extrajudicial killings. This environment significantly heightens the risk of HIV/HCV among people who use drugs by impacting on their access to HIV/HCV prevention, treatment, and other life-saving health services.

Further, coverage of harm reduction services that are proven to stop the transmission of blood borne viruses, such as needle and syringe programs (NSP) and opioid substitution therapy (OST), remains inadequate.

General Description

For this purpose, the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) with the Middle East and North Africa Network of/for People who use Drugs (MENANPUD) will present a joint activity mainly linked to community-led advocacy. This activity will introduce advocacy activities to increase/enable PWUD access to all harm reduction services including prevention, treatment (HIV and HCV medication) and care programs for people who use drugs.

Advocacy Facilitator Job Description

The Advocacy facilitator recruited by MENAHRA will develop a two days training on harm reduction related advocacy activities for seven individuals (People Who Use Drugs- PWUD) from seven different countries from the Middle East and North Africa area: Yemen, Iran, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

This training aims to develop their capacity to produce and consume evidence-based analysis of policy issues in order to influence decision making. Developing the capacity of individuals effectively in the region where practical insights are desperately needed. This advocacy capacity development work will focus on bridging communication gaps, effective research-based policy studies and how to take the key insights learned through research and analysis and feed them into the policymaking process to inform or influence decision making.

Purpose/Expected outputs

  • Education/Educational:
  1. oPresent, gather, network, share information, discuss and plan for the future advocacy approaches
  2. oReview highlighted policy briefs related HIV and HR response in the Area
  3. oMention various other data sources available on harm reduction advocacy and the HIV/HVC responses in the region
  • Training:
  1. oTraining sessions on shaping successful strategies and skills for direct action on issues related to PWUD
  2. oTrainings on how to generate an advocacy action plan to be implemented in each participant country.

Accountability

  • The Advocacy Facilitator will be hired, supervised and evaluated by the Executive Director.
  • The Advocacy Facilitator will assist the program coordinator to write down the concept note of the training activity, the detailed agenda for two days, the Monitoring and Evaluation Tools, Pre- Posttests and the participant’s evaluation form.

Responsibilities

The Advocacy Facilitator should have the following skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree in social service-related field and five years of relevant work experience in harm reduction
  • The ability to communicate with, supervise and empower the participants to be effective in their
  • Roles - Experience with PWUD given preference.
  • The ability to work cooperatively with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics linked to the legal environment, stigma, crisis and neglect.
  • Commitment to MENAHRA goals and mission
  • Assist with the coordination of the training program as needed.
  • Review previous advocacy activities and assign appropriate new consultation with the Executive Director.
  • Advocacy education and referrals to services
  • Provide assistance, consultation and supervision

 If interested, please submit a CV with a cover letter to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.  by May 21, 2019 

For further information, you may contact the MENAHRA offices at +961 1 493 211 or visit our website at www.menahra.org

Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

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