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HIV/AIDS Knowledge Network Officer – Namibia

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Centre for International Health
Acronyme : CIH
Type : Établissement d'enseignement
Mandat : The Centre for International Health (CIH), based in the University of Toronto's (UofT) Faculty of Medicine, is a multi-disciplinary Centre mandated to harness the research, education and service expertise of the University with the goal of improving international health and redress the "90/10 Gap" - whereby 90% of the health research spending affects only 10% of the world's population.

In 2003, the CIH launched its HIV/AIDS Initiative-Africa (The Initiative) to help it achieve its mandate. The Initiative utilizes UofT's leadership in research, education and service delivery to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The overall goal of The Initiative is to develop the research, education and service delivery capacities of partner universities through long-term programs that are holistic, collaborative and developmental in nature. The Initiative is focusing its work on partnerships with five universities in sub-Saharan Africa:

* Moi University (MU) in Eldoret, Kenya;
* The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
* The University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek, Namibia
* The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
* The University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka, Zambia
Adresse : University of Toronto
Health Sciences Building
569-155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario,
M5T 3M7
FAX: (416) 946-7910
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Aaron Yarmoshuk
Courriel : aaron.yarmoshuk@gmail.com
Pays : Namibie
Ville : Oshakat
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : The presence of the Initiative in Namibia is borne out of the existing collaboration between the Department of Anthropology at UofT and the Faculties of Education, and Health at the University of Namibia (UNAM). Since 1999, third year Medical Anthropology students have undertaking study placements during the summer at UNAM and have conducted joint research projects with nursing students on topics looking at the anthropology of the AIDS pandemic.

In Canada
In Canada activities will consist primarily of orientation to the work of the of the HIV/AIDS Initiative, its partners at The University of Toronto and internationally.

Pior to departure, the intern will be required to develop a draft concept paper on key priority areas as identified by the host organization. This concept paper will form the basis of the intrens work plan upon arrival at the host institution. This process will coincide with the drafting and setting of career goals for the internship. The intern will also be required to particpate in outreach activities promoting international health and internal experiences for studenst and youth. This will include participation in the the annual Global Health Conference hosted by the Centre for International Health

Upon arrival, the intern will be undergo debriefing to review the outcomes of the internship and how the experience may have contributed to the attainmnet of the interns carreer goals. The intern will be required to participate in an outreach activity as arranged prior to arrival back in Canada.

Overseas
Purpose/function of the Position

The primary function of the HIV/AIDS Knowledge Network Officer - Namibia is to assist with building the functional relationship between the University of Toronto and University of Namibia by assisting the latter institution in increasing its response to combating Namibia's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Principle Tasks
1. Assisting with the establishment of a curriculum development program in which HIV/AIDS is mainstreamed into UNAM's curriculum campus-wide with the assistance of faculty from the UofT.
2. Assisting the HIV/AIDS Focal Point, the HIV/AIDS Unit and representatives from across UNAM with the development of World AIDS Day events at the main campus in Windhoek and/or at the Northern Campus in Oshakati.
3. Working with HIV/AIDS Focal Point and the HIV/AIDS Unit on securing funds and reporting on funds secured from local and regional sources of funding to realise the expansion of the UNAM/UofT partnership.
4. Assisting with the development of a quad-country research proposal between the Universities of Dar es Salaam, Namibia, Toronto and Zambia examining How Universities in southern Africa can better respond to the needs of their student, faculty and staff in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
5. Performing any other duties that her supervisors may assign from time to time.

Secondary Tasks
1. Assisting with the development of the CIH-led HIV/AIDS Knowledge Network by establishing and promoting it at UNAM and amongst other members of the Network.
2. Assisting with the strengthening of the UNAM/UofT Student Summer Placement program.
3. Supporting the placement of UofT students exploring electives in Namibia.
4. Participating in UNAM's HIV/AIDS Steering Committee.
Organisation d'accueil : Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) - University of Namibia Northern Campus in Oshakat
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : In accordance with Namibia's National Development Plan (NDP1&2), Vision 2030, and its motto: "Education, Service and Development", the University's programs are designed to meet national human resources requirements through quality teaching, research, consultancy, and community services. Through its highly competent and dedicated staff and quality infrastructure, the University has been serving the nation of Namibia in various ways, and contributed significantly to national reconstruction and development since its inception.

In June 2001, the Senate of UNAM approved the University's "HIV/AIDS Policy". In 2005 UNAM's HIV Coordination Unit (HCU) was formally established. UNAM's administration places highest priority on the implementation of the HIV/AIDS Policy. The HCU is the central coordinating body of all HIV and AIDS related activities at UNAM and seeks to accelerate the implementation of the HIV/AIDS policy. While offices were made available and a Focal Person (Dr. Scholastika Iipinge, a Senior Lecturer in Nursing) and members of the Unit's steering committee appointed, the Unit lacks human and financial resources (Reference: HIV Coordination Unit Action Plan, 2007-2009).
The HCU has five programs. They are:
- HIV Capacity Development
- HIV Workplace Program
- HIV Research
- HIV Teaching and Training
- HIV Outreach