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). The organizations are tasked with increasing HIV-case finding, ART (antiretroviral therapy) and PreP demand creation as well as bringing positive change to the lives and dignity of people living with HIV and their families. Today, one of the most significant challenges to HIV-response in Ukraine is to increase HIV-positive case finding, especially among Key Populations, largely by means of Index Testing. Developing new strategies to increase outreach, testing and PreP demand-creation among Key Populations - is among the important priorities. Overcoming stigma and discrimination against people affected by HIV and representatives of Key Populations is among core goals of the program. Civil society organizations have increased awareness of the issue and knowledge about it, but have not progressed enough in changing public attitudes and behaviors to motivate the public to donate funding for programs or operating costs.
Host organizations would greatly benefit from Peace Corps Response Volunteers with experience in working with members of Key Populations, project design and management (especially related to increasing outreach, new strategies in HIV, ART and PreP demand creation), and organizational capacity building - particularly in advocacy, fundraising and effective communications. PCR Volunteers will strengthen the organizational capacity of their partner organizations in program/project development especially related to case finding, HIV-testing/Prep/ART-demand creation, advocacy, fundraising, and public relations to increase the impact that these organizations have in addressing the pressing needs surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, control and reduction of stigma and discrimination against people affected by HIV. The goal of this assignment is to improve the organizations’ project design and management practices and strengthen the organization’s capacity in working with Key Populations.
Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Various Local HIV-service CSOs/Local branches of All-Ukrainian Network of People Living With HIV (Network of PLWH)

Required Skills

• B.A./B.S. and/or MA/MPH/ in public health, social work, gender studies, non-profit organization management, organizational management, economics, business administration, public relations, international development, or another relevant field;
• Experience working with HIV/AIDS organizations and/or projects targeting youth affected by HIV, People Who Inject Drugs, Men Who Have Sex with Men, Commercial Sex Workers. Understanding of HIV/AIDS issues and specifics of work with vulnerable populations
• Experience with organizational development, program development, project management, fundraising and public relations
• Evidence of personal maturity and patience to work under challenging circumstances including flexibility in adapting to local situations and constraints

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 review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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