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HIV/AIDS and Poverty Reduction Programming Associate

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Coady International Institute
Acronyme : COADY
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959,and named for Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, the Coady Institute works with innovative people and organizations to create effective and practical solutions to reduce global poverty and injustice. Coady accomplishes this through education, action partnerships, and initiatives to help young Canadians become active global citizens.
Adresse : P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia,
B2G 2L4
FAX: (902) 867-3907
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : J. Hugh Landry
Courriel : hlandry@stfx.ca
Pays : Rwanda
Ville : Kigali
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : The Associate will work on projects of the RWN HIV and AIDS Programme. RWN provides HIV and AIDS related programming to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence across the country in the recognition that women and children remain the most vulnerable and marginalized groups within Rwanda civil society following the 2004 genocide. The RWN's core provision of health care and support is facilitated through the Polyclinic of Hope, a center for women victims of violence. The clinic offers free medical care, including psychosocial and trauma counselling, HIV/AIDS awareness and reproductive health education. Over the last three years, the Rwanda Women's Network has worked to identify and bring together women's grassroots initiatives from Ruhengeri, Gitarama, Kigali Urban and Kibungo Provinces dealing with HIV/AIDS activities in order to replicate the unique health care model of the Polyclinic of Hope for best practices in community health relating to gender and violence. Through their team of training staff, RWN provides training to the grassroots initiatives. The Associate will work with RWN Program staff to identify best practices and share information amongst these groups. The Associate will also work with Program Staff to identify markets for income generating products produced by RWN-supported initiatives.

In Canada
Coady's Youth in Partnership program has two Canada-based components: a four week pre- departure orientation (including workshops designed to prepare the associate for living and working overseas) and an educational program (for which a certificate is awarded).

Pre-Departure Orientation: The educational component, working as joint participants with development professionals from across the global south, allow the youth associate to become more familiar with the philosophy of development, the principles of adult education and community-driven development. It also enables the associates to learn directly from the experience of Southern development leaders. The workshops guide the associates in their preparation for the overseas component of the program. Associates learn to compile research related their placement countries and organizations as well as the specific issues that are central to their overseas job description. The workshops include counselling and training related to gender, environment and HIV/AIDS as well as practical approaches to living and working in a Southern country environment. The responsibilities of the associates during this component are: to live cooperatively together in a residential training setting; to attend and participate fully all educational and workshop sessions; to research and document their placement country and organization and build a portfolio related to the overseas job description; to participate in one-on-one counselling sessions with the Youth Programs Coordinator and to develop links with a Canada-based mentor who will be available by email and telephone to provide advice related to the overseas work. The orientation period for this placement will also include specific discussions with Xtending Hope / Coady staff who will provide an overview of the partnership work undertaken with RWN to date. The Associate will also be provided with background information to increase understanding of the relationships between HIV, poverty and gender. Training will be provided in the preparation of marketing research.

Re-entry Program. Following the overseas component of the internship, the associate is required to participate in a two-week re-entry program in Canada. The re-entry program assists the youth associate to reflect on their experience, to de-brief and to share their experiences with other Canadians. The program also includes an opportunity to develop career and job search skills. Associates are required to prepare substantive reports of their achievements relative to their job descriptions, prepare a press release, engage in job search activities, to participate and present their experience in at least one public forum, and to participate fully and openly in debriefing exercises with their colleagues as well as on a one-on-one basis with the Youth Programs Coordinator. They are also required to prepare written evaluations of each component of the internship program, to participate in group evaluation discussions and to provide a critical assessment of their individual placement.

Overseas
The Associate will report to the RWN Program Manager and will work along side training staff of the HIV and AIDS Programme. The Youth Associate's overall responsibilities will relate to project monitoring and documentation amongst RWN-supported grassroots initiatives and identification of markets for income generating products of these groups. The Associate will help to identify and document best practise amongst these groups. The Associate will also assist program staff to develop a network for information and experience sharing. This knowledge sharing will contribute to the promotion of peer learning in order to strengthen local/national capacities and then link into other regional and international alliances. The Associate will also work with Program Staff to identify markets for products produced by RWN-supported initiatives.

The Youth Associate's specific responsibilities will include:
Project monitoring visits to RWN-supported HIV response initiatives in Ruhengeri, Gitarama, Kigali Urban and Kibungo Provinces
Develop monitoring and report schedule with grassroots initiatives.
Facilitation of group meetings with grassroots initiatives.
Identification and documentation of best practices of grassroots initiatives resulting in the production of a reproducible series of case studies for national distribution.
Development of newsletter to be distributed amongst grassroots initiatives.
Create a marketing and distribution strategy for the income generating products of grassroots initiatives.

This placement is suitable for graduates with an interest in monitoring and evaluation, communications and marketing and with a basic background / experience working in a community development environment. Applicants should possess excellent writing skills, marketing experience, and effective interpersonal communication skills.
Organisation d'accueil : Rwanda Women's Network
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : Rwanda Women's Network (RWN), is dedicated to promoting and strengthening strategies that empower Rwandan women. Founded in 1997, the network is driven by a vision of a healthy, empowered and peaceful society. With peace and reconciliation as its ultimate goal, the RWN strives to improve the overall
welfare of Rwandan women by:

- Providing health care and support for victims of violence through the RWN Polyclinic of Hope and Village of Hope;
- Fostering socio-economic empowerment and self-reliance; and
- Establishing human and legal rights education and awareness programs.