Organizational Capacity Building Specialist for HIV NGOs

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Multiple Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as Organizational Capacity Building Specialists for various HIV serving NGOs within the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Ukraine. The chief mission of the PLHIV Network includes the following: to meet and protect the legal, social, economic, artistic and other interests of clients by promoting healthy lifestyles; to help clients overcome alcohol and drug dependency by improving their quality of life. PLHIV accomplishes this through advocating for tolerant attitudes towards people living with HIV and lobbying for access to HIV treatment for all individuals. Each NGO is an independent entity working in coordination with the central office of PLHIV located in Kyiv (note that volunteers will not be in Kyiv). An estimated 230,000 people (0.58% of the adult population) are living with HIV in Ukraine and only ~50% know that they are HIV positive. HIV-positive clients are often deprived of medical and social services. Currently, Global Fund support (90% of Ukraine’s HIV-service NGOs have relied on Global Fund support for more than 10 years) is quickly decreasing; PLHIV is looking for creative ways to diversify funding.

*Applicants must have some combination of experience in advocacy, program/project development, fundraising, and/or public relations in order to help increase the impact these organizations have in accomplishing their missions. It’s also helpful to have a background working with populations who are HIV positive or vulnerable in nature.

The respective missions of the various organizations focus on addressing the pressing needs around HIV/AIDS prevention and the reduction of stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV. Volunteers will collaborate with local counterparts and will revise or help develop an HIV advocacy strategy and help create an advocacy campaign; formalize communication strategies and facilitate collaboration with potential partner organizations and donors; and assess and help modify existing fundraising strategies. Volunteers will also lead organizational capacity skills building trainings (skills transfer) and involve external consultants. Volunteers will assist staff in developing project funding proposals and will share best practices related to innovative HIV-related service provision. The goal of this project is to transfer the necessary skills so that the various NGOs can continue to provide services in an environment of diminishing resources.

All PCRVs in Ukraine will live with a host family for the first 6 months of service and then they will have the option to find alternative housing. This is done to help with cultural integration and to increase safety and security. At a minimum, the Volunteer will have a private room with a lock on the door.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Ukraine at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change and applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

Local HIV-service NGOs/Local branches of All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV

Required Skills

• *Must have some combination of experience in organizational development, program development, project management, fundraising and public relations*
• BA/BS in public administration, social work, organizational management, business administration, international development, public health, or another relevant field
• Experience working with an HIV/AIDS serving organization; understanding of HIV/AIDS issues; and/or work with vulnerable populations
• Evidence of personal maturity and ability to work under challenging circumstances including flexibility in adapting to local circumstances and constraints
• Intermediate to advanced computer skills
• Ukrainian or Russian speaking skills are a plus

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Ukraine

  • Ukraine may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts.
  • After arrival in Ukraine, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.


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