Community Paralegal – CVC

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition invites suitable candidates to apply for the full-time position of Community Paralegal. Applications are open to organizations and individuals residing in the following countries: Belize, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Civil society organizations may apply to support the establishment of the Community Paralegal post within their country office.
  • Individuals supported by a local NGO who can “house” the paralegal and provide a suitable workspace may apply.
  • Individuals must fulfil the “Requirement and Qualification” listed in the section below.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The work of the Community Paralegals is aimed at supporting the empowerment of key populations (KPs) to improve access to justice and reduce human rights violations with specific attention to incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) and intimate partner violence (IPV). The Community Paralegal seeks to:

  • Collect, document and report cases of human rights violations in the Shared Incident Database (SID) to identify trends/patterns, support redress, litigation and reporting to international human rights watchdogs;
  • Strengthen the capacity of key populations to understand their rights and seek redress for human rights breaches/violations; and
  • Increase legal literacy and promote advocacy among key populations groups and other redress stakeholders.

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Submissions

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter describing his/her academic and relevant professional experience, a resume and at least two (2) references. Applications should be sent to programms@cvccoalition.org.

The deadline for submission for applications is FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY 2021.

NO PHONE CALLS will be ACCEPTED.
ONLY SHORT-LISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED. 

Technical Writer for the Development of a Training Manual on Participatory Action Research

Background

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition is seeking to hire a technical writer to develop a Training Manual on Participatory Action Research (PAR) that will be used in the series of workshops with CVC affiliate organizations, CVC members, and other civil society organisations. The training workshops aim to build the capacity of the participants to conduct and analyse Participatory Action Research and is aimed at Community Based Personnel interested in the areas of strategic information, monitoring and evaluation, research, information, education, and documentation. The manual will cover the principles, concepts and methods Participatory Action Research as well as the wealth of experience accumulated by CVC in conducting PAR over the last 10 years. As such, this manual would be instrumental in providing a practical step-by-step guide to Community-Based Organisations in the PAR paradigm for knowledge-building, information dissemination, information and education, and advocacy on emergent issues relevant to Key Populations in the Caribbean.

General Objective

The purpose of the consultancy is to develop a Training Manual on Participatory Action Research to be used to provide a series of capacity building programmes for different Civil Society groups partnering with CVC in research projects as well as to enable them to undertake PAR on their own.

Scope of Work

The consultant is expected to develop the training manual. The course should be designed as a modular online course to be delivered over CVC E-learning platform. Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

• Consult with the CVC team to clarify objectives, process and expected outcomes of the assignment;

• Undertake desk review of documents provided by CVC relevant to this consultancy as well as other existing training manuals/relevant documents to inform the consultancy process;

• Propose outline of the contents/curriculum of the training manual with different modules targeting different groups of key populations;

• Design the draft and final version of training manual which includes training objectives, content, methodologies, timing, guides, tools, exercises and case studies to be used per module, in accordance with the standard acceptable to CVC;

More importantly, the final training manual shall:

• Describe the usefulness and benefit of the various modules for the capacity development of different key population groups;

• Define and explain key concepts relating to various modules in a simple and practical manner;

• Give practical examples, cases, and stories to illustrate the various concepts of the manual;

• Reflect cultural sensitivity and local context in the design of various modules;

• Provide relevant tools and instruments to be used for various activities under each module, and

• Use interactive and inspiring manner to encourage reflection, learning and inclusion.

Deliverables

The key deliverables for this consultancy include:

• Submission of work plan of the assignment including detailed outline of content of the manual and accompanying tools;

• Submission of the draft training manual for feedback and comments;

• Submission of final version of training manual, with integrated feedback and comments from CVC and changes following outcomes of a pilot training.

Institutional Arrangements

The consultant should report directly to CVC’s Research and M&E Officer.

Remuneration and Terms of Payment

The cost of contract shall be paid in the following manner:

Deliverables Percentage (%)  Amount (in US$)

• 40% upon signing the contract and submission of workplan

• 30% Upon submitting the first draft of Manual

• 30% Upon approval of the manual incorporating input by CVC

Qualifications

The consultant (or lead member of the bidding firm) is expected to possess the following qualifications:

• At least a Masters degree in Social Science, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the area of Participatory Action Research with Community Based Organisations.

• 5-7 years of work experience in the field of training and manual development, including proven track record of successful development of training materials and training programmes for Key Populations in the Caribbean;

• Good training and facilitation skills;

• Excellent communication skills;

• Excellent written and spoken English;

• Ability to work independently and produce high-quality outputs; and

• Ability to work under tight timeframes.

Application Instruction

• Send proposal including CV showing educational background and experience, and a list of similar assignments;

• Submit financial proposal with a clear indication of daily consultancy fee and number of days to complete the task.

• Applications must be sent to cvcdroffice@cvccoalition.org by Tuesday, 30 January 2020 at midnight AST time.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Small Grants for the implementation of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Survivor Support Interventions in the Caribbean

El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a gender-based violence (GBV) small grants programme in the Caribbean that will work with local civil society organizations to address the root causes of GBV. The small grants will be part of a broader project awarded to COIN by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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Regional Director, Americas and the Caribbean – International Planned Parenthood Federation

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global federation of 131 member associations, united by a common goal: that all human beings, especially women, girls and young people have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in a world where human rights and gender equality are a reality. We are united by our values of social justice, diversity and accountability. Created in 1952, IPPF is locally owned and globally connected. We work in 161 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, the Arab World, and the Americas and the Caribbean. In 2019, we provided more than 250 million sexual and reproductive health services worldwide, 81% of them to people living in poverty.

IPPF strongly believe in global solidarity and the universality of sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality. To better fulfil our core mission IPPF has completed a reform, which has made our governance more accountable, our financial allocation system better able to ensure quality investment in the populations we serve and our safeguarding mechanisms stronger. A new board of trustees was appointed in June 2020.

IPPF is now seeking to appoint a new Americas and the Caribbean Regional Director to join its Executive Team in leading and supporting IPPF at this exciting time.

Reporting to the Director-General, the Regional Director is responsible for leadership and management of IPPF work in the region, advancing the Strategic Framework (2016-2022), and providing effective support to the Americas and the Caribbean Member Associations and the Americas and Caribbean Regional Office team. This individual will also be an advocate and thought leader for SRHR and gender equality across the region.

IPPF is seeking a senior international executive, with significant experience and interest in SRHR, gender equality, human rights, and related fields. The successful candidate will also bring significant experience leading complex, international organisations and multi-cultural and remote people management. They will have a track record of effectively working with donors in the international development sector, and proven experience of networking to build sustainable partnerships. We are looking for a value-driven individual with a strong commitment to the populations IPPF serves particularly adolescents, youth, women and girls from the most left-behind communities. They must have national work experience and extensive knowledge of the Americas and the Caribbean region, including its political environment. Familiarity with IPPF’s work and/or its Member Associations is desirable, as is experience of working with boards and youth.  Fluency in both Spanish and English is essential and working knowledge of French highly desirable.

This role will be based in Bogota, Colombia or Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment. Further details, including the range of attractive benefits, are available from Perrett Laver.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for this exciting role, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 4945.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon EST, Monday 18 January 2021. Please note that applications will only be accepted in English.

Applications are particularly encouraged from female candidates and those who are openly and positively living with HIV. IPPF is committed to equal opportunities and cultural diversity. Candidates must be supportive of bodily autonomy and a woman’s right to have access to safe abortion care.

Candidates from all sections of the community are welcome to apply. IPPF is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Micro-Grants Technical Officer

Position Summary

  • The Micro-Grants Technical Officer coordinates the pre-award planning, organization, preparation, and the post-award administration of various micro-grants provided through the Global Fund
  • Interacts with CSOs and administrative staff to ensure that funds are being spent in compliance with approved agreements, CVC policies and guidelines and funding agency requirements
  • Provides guidance and support to CBOs in the management of donor resources and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and process grant applications
  • Manage mini-grant activities and ensure that awards are implemented in accordance with contracts terms including procurement procedures  and/or  relevant donor stipulated donor guidelines
  • Manage administrative problems and/or budget changes occurring during the awarded granting period.
  • Communicate the rules and regulations for grants and the responsibilities associated
  • Supervise the process of planning and guiding the implementation of the sub-awardees work plans and providing financial  and technical support to grantees
  • Review reports received and provide capacity development support to grantees as necessary
  • Maintain grant compliance and reporting, including outcome measurement and grant budgets, ensuring they meet a  high standard of effectiveness, timeliness and completeness
  • Maintain a basic grant-making manual and communicate appropriately with staff and grantees concerning policies, procedures and updates
  • Ensure adequate reporting and effective information sharing, to communicate activities, progress reports, data and other relevant information to key stakeholders and donors
  • Prepare monthly reports on the status of grants funded by CVC and submit them to the Finance Manager
  • Maintain grant-related reference resources including grantee files, include application, awards, grant reporting schedules, and other information as needed
  • Development of the capacity of implementing CSOs in financial management

The position is based in Jamaica. CVC is unable to support relocation costs.

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Submissions

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter describing his/her academic and relevant professional experience, a resume and at least two (2) references. Applications should be sent to hrm@cvccoalition.org

The deadline for submission of all applications is THURSDAY, 10th DECEMBER 2020.

NO PHONE CALLS will be ACCEPTED. 

ONLY SHORT-LISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED. 

PEPFAR Small Grants – Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Mission Kingston’s PEPFAR Coordination Office (PCO) is pleased to issue this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for their Small Grants Program. This NOFO outlines the PCO’s funding priorities and the procedures for submitting applications for funding.

Call for community COVID-19 projects

Strengthening HIV responses in the time of COVID-19

In the context of the COVID-19 response, UNAIDS supports the central role played by communities working with or affected by HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are therefore calling for project proposals.

The deadline is 31 August 2020. If you would like to submit a proposal please email Cedriann Martin for the submission documents – martinc@unaids.org

Public Health Specialist (Surveillance)

Duties

The Public Health Specialist (Surveillance) is the HIV/AIDS survey and disease surveillance portfolio manager. Job holder is the public health advisor responsible for providing technical expertise and assistance to the Ministry of Health and Wellness  (MOHW) and other participating partners in the design, implementation and strengthening of routine disease surveillance systems and the conduct of large, complex surveys designed to measure HIV prevalence and other indicators of importance to evaluating the impact of HIV control programs. Carrying out these functions requires public health technical knowledge, results-oriented data analysis, advocacy, and the ability to facilitate communication and maintain collaborative working relationships with partner organizations. Job holder reports directly to the Regional Director and plays an active leadership role in the Mission’s PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI) Technical Working Group (TWG) and/or the Multi-sectored Technical Group.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
EXPERIENCE:  Three years of mid- to senior-level public health experience in the management and development of epidemiological surveillance, data management, and/or large scale surveys of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or care programs are required. One additional year of experience at the managerial level is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:   Job holder is required to have detailed knowledge of research methods and the collection, analysis and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data in order to plan, design, direct the implementation of and strengthen procedures for collection, analysis and dissemination of HIV/AIDS epidemiological and programmatic data. This includes knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of USG and internationally recognized standards for surveillance and survey regulations and procedures. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required. Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements in the development and support of grants, contracts, memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements is required.

Education Requirements:
Master’s Degree – Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science Public Health (MSHP) Degree or host country equivalent in public health, medicine, public health policy, epidemiology, demography, or behavioural science is required.
Evaluations:
LANGUAGE:  Fluent speaking/reading/writing English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Strong analytical skills to readily understand and discuss new surveillance program design, management, and implementation approaches are required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports. Excellent oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to prepare substantive and analytical reporting. Strong management skills are required to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups. Excellent overall computer skills (keyboarding with both speed and accuracy) and advanced skill levels in use of at least one of the more common epidemiologic data analysis software (EPINFO, STATA, SAS, or SPSS) is required. Excellent numerical skills for manipulating and reporting statistical data is required. Experience in the setting of computer software development standards, specifications and guidelines as well as experience working within already set standards to implement IT solutions is required. The incumbent will be expected to exercise tact in applying PEPFAR guidelines to unique and different public health surveillance activities, as surveillance programs and surveys are highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders. Ability to persuade others, ingenuity and innovation will be required to influence collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programs to adopt appropriate strategies for improving the surveillance and survey process.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Qualifications:
All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info.

  • Benefits:

         Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Kingston, Jamaica may receive a compensation package that may include health and life insurance, US and Jamaican holidays and other benefits. For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office. The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

AEFM / USEFM

FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honourable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link

How to Apply

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification, Public Trust clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply, visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:
In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and/or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

    • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent) (if applicable)
    • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)
    • Degree (not transcript)
    • Language Scores (if available and applicable)
    • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
    • SF-50 (if applicable)
Next Steps:
Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Kingston, Jamaica.