Looking for a DR Country Coordinator
The Caribbean Vulnerabilised Groups Project is a five-year regional project which responds to HIV and AIDS among Caribbean sex workers, men who have sex with men, socially excluded youth, and drug users. The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) have come together to implement this project as sub-recipients of a Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Grant provided by the Global Fund to Fight Malaria, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Vulnerabilised Groups Project works with populations who are systematically discriminated against and put at increased risk for HIV and AIDS. While prevention efforts in the Caribbean have had some success over the past two decades, the epidemic is concentrated among people who society tries to exclude and demonize. In some countries, HIV prevalence is as high as 27% among sex workers and 32% among men who have sex with men. Young people between 15 and 24 years old account for the highest number of new HIV infections. Despite these glaring statistics, Caribbean states have chosen to focus almost exclusively on targeting the wider population and have developed generalised responses, rather than tailored programming. Our mandate is to work with community organisations, coalitions and social movements to develop model program interventions for vulnerabilised groups that highlight civil society contributions to the HIV and AIDS response and can be scaled up by national programmes.
A Country Coordinator for DR will join CVC/COINs Project Unit, a regional team with expertise in public health, human rights, community organising, monitoring and evaluation, and HIV and AIDS. The Country Coordinator will be responsible for implementing CVC/COINs Vulnerabilised Groups Project in his or her assigned country. We are looking for a highly motivated project coordinator with demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights issues and strong experience of working on HIV and AIDS programs in the Caribbean. These individuals will have a passion for providing technical support to community partners and hands-on experience of advocating in solidarity with vulnerabilised groups, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people, sex workers, socially excluded youth or drug users. The Country Coordinator will be a self-starter with excellent follow-through skills and experience of working independently and within a multi-cultural team.
DR Country Coordinator
Coordinating in-country research (baseline studies, situational analyses and assessments)
Providing technical support and M&E assistance to community partners through regular communication and on-site visits
Providing support to documentation of models and best practices
Coordinating and implement in-country capacity building workshops, tailored trainings, stakeholders meetings and advocacy activities
Developing and delivering on a work plan including programmatic and administrative tasks
Developing quarterly budget requests
Developing high quality written monthly and quarterly programmatic reports
Supporting in advocacy related activities coordinated by community partners or by CVC/COIN Vulnerabilised Groups Project
Providing in-country representation for CVC/COIN attending relevant meetings on HIV and AIDS, human rights issues and vulnerabilised populations related to the national HIV and AIDS response
Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with community partners, social movements, activists and key actors in-country including government, media, law enforcement officers, and other duty-bearers
Participating in regular team and planning meetings with project staff based in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and other islands
From time to time, working on weekends and evenings to meet project deliverables
A relevant academic degree in social sciences, international development, human rights or community health
A Masters degree in social sciences is preferred
A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in HIV and AIDS project implementation, programming, coordination and/or operational research in the Caribbean.
Proven experience of working with HIV and AIDS partners, activists, and with vulnerabilised populations, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug users, marginalized youth and prisoners
Demonstrated experience of managing and oversight of the administration and finance portion of a small grants
Sensitivity in working with vulnerabilised populations and experience of handling confidential information
Exceptional initiative and follow-through skills that deliver measurable results
Experience of facilitating and providing trainings for CBOs/NGOs
Demonstrated writing skills
Working knowledge of Spanish, French or Creole a significant advantage
Proven experience of working independently and within a multi-cultural team.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice, community development and human rights
Commitment to the values and approach of CVC/COIN
2 ó más años de experiencia
Inglés: lee y conversa con cierta fluidez
Requiere residencia actual en República Dominicana
Indefinido / Fijo
Qualified candidates must send a resume, cover letter and salary history to:
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by October 11 2013. The cover letter should not exceed 2 pages and should clearly outline how candidates meet the qualifications and experience, with clear examples when possible. Please include in the subject line of your email the title of the position you are applying for.