NSWP regional opportunities - HIV policy consultants

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NSWP has received short term funding from the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund (RCNF) to support our regional networks in identifying and documenting good practice in sex worker led HIV programming; sex workers access to treatment and the impact of free trade agreements; and the impact of HIV programming for sex workers that fails to reflect a rights based approach.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Friday, 12 April 2013 @ 24.00.

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience but also welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male and transgender sex workers. It advocates for rights based health and social services, freedom from abuse and discrimination, and self determination for sex workers.

Our core values are:

  • Acceptance of sex work as work
  • Opposition to all forms of criminalisation and legal oppression of sex work (including sex workers, clients, management and others related to sex workers)
  • Support for self-organisation and self-determination of sex workers

HIV REGIONAL POLICY CONSULTANTS in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America & Caribbean: funded until December 2013 

We are seeking five experienced individuals who can reach out and work with members and other sex worker led organisations in the five NSWP regions, possibly utilising local consultants, to: 

  • document the lived experiences of sex workers and examples of good practice in rights based HIV programming by and for sex workers and write up a report on this including case studies,
  • explore and document sex workers access to treatment, including access to affordable and effective medicines. The findings will be written up in regional briefing papers that will later be combined into a global advocacy tool.
  • explore and document the impact of HIV programming for sex workers that fails to reflect a rights based approach, including compulsory or highly coercive testing and treatment. The findings will be written up into regional briefing papers that will be later combined into a global advocacy tool.

These advocacy tools will strengthen sex worker led groups’ ability to engage effectively with HIV policy makers and programmers and amplifying the voices of sex workers both regionally and globally in highlighting the damage done to sex workers by compulsory and highly coercive HIV programmes.

Applicants must be based in the region and have previous experience in policy analysis, drafting reports and briefing papers, an understanding of issues affecting sex workers both in the region and globally, experience of developing advocacy tools, and excellent interpersonal skills. 

All applicants must complete the NSWP application form, making reference to the Term of Reference and professional experience required.  Applicant do not need to list local consultants in their initial application, as the regional advisory groups or networks will work with the successful applicant in identifying suitable local partners and potential consultants in country. However, budgeting to cover any local consultancy costs is necessary. Consultants should also identify in their application their experience of working remotely, their plan for coordinating their work with the regional advisory group or network and NSWP Secretariat in Edinburgh, as well as identifying any benefits of the work being undertaken where they are based - this information will be considered and scored in the selection process.

We believe this is a challenging but very exciting opportunity to make a valuable contribution to improving the rights of sex workers.  

Further details and application pack from:secretariat@nswp.org