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HIV/AIDS Festival Program 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 : Botswana
Ville : Gaborone
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : The youth intern will assist with planning the series of 2007 festivals, strengthen the management skills of the festival secretariat and assist in further research on the relationship between arts and life skills education in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The festivals promote behavioral change to reduce the risk of HIV/ AIDS in youth by supporting the YOHO's "education-entertainment" jam sessions, art festivals, dramas and one-on-one follow-up discussions on issues raised. The festival(s) are the centre-piece of YOHO's "Triple-E" campaign related to HIV/AIDS (Entertainment, Education, Empowerment).

The Dzalobana Bosele Arts Festival (DBAF) is a unique and inspired arts-based approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness-raising with a national focus. The festival occurs over the period of one month in Botswana in multiple sites across the country, targeting the priority groups of women, children, youth (specifically young men) and people living with HIV/AIDS. Designed around intervention teams, the festival delivers activities such as daily theatrical performances, life skills education sessions and workshops in partnership with local organizations and artists. The intervention teams are trained to focus and deliver around six thematic areas: Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV; Voluntary Testing and Counselling; Adolescents' and Childrens' Sexual Reproductive Health; Gender-Based Violence; Blood Safety; and Alcohol and HIV/AIDS. An estimated 80,000 youth will be reached due to mass media efforts in conjunction with YOHO. As well as serving as a key member of the Festival planning and implementation team, the intern will contribute to implementing YOHO's overall five-year strategy for growth and increased outreach.

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.

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 intern will report to the Director of YOHO and participate in the leadership of all planning activities related to YOHO's Dzalobana Bosele Arts Festival (DBAF). The intern's role in 2007 will be particularly significant as YOHO expands its reach with the proceeds of significant new funding though Emergency Plan/PEPFAR. The job will include establishing a strong organizational and management platform for the growing festival, developing the capacity and skills of YOHO's volunteer team, and will include investigation of new methods and tools YOHO can use in its peer education work through the arts.

Specific responsibilities will include:
A review / evaluation of the current planning, coordination and festival management practices of YOHO.
Development of a series of recommendations for improvement of planning, coordination and management practices to meet the challenges of an expanded program.
Leading the implementation of new systems in concert with YOHO staff as a capacity development process.
Playing a key role on the implementation team for the 2007 festival with specific responsibility for coordination of activities among the festival sites in Botswana.
Investigation of methods and tools used by other organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa for peer education through the arts and their applicability to YOHO's work.

This placement is suitable for graduates with a background and interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health, popular theatre, drama and special events planning and management. Applicants should possess excellent communication skills (verbal and writing) and a demonstrated ability as a leader.
Organisation d'accueil : Youth Health Organization
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : YOHO is a youth-led, volunteer-run organisation founded in 1999 whose mission is to promote sexual and reproductive health and to contribute to the reduction of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and teenage pregnancy among youth in Botswana. YOHO seeks to address the critical issues Batswana youth and give direction to youth programs and services provided by local, regional, and national health clinics and Non Government Organizations (NGOs). It achieves its innovative mission through engaging Youth in peer developed and delivered Arts Festivals addressing HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and stigma across Botswana and through a Youth sports education program with a strong HIV/AIDS peer learning program based in Gaborone. YOHO has learned that programs implemented for youth/by youth are effective because: 1) there is more dedication to a common goal: YOHO members are motivated by the desire to help their peers - not by financial remuneration. 2) free communication between members: being for youth/by youth, YOHO members understand each other better and trust each other more readily. 3) YOHO members are motivated by the experience of losing friends and relatives 4) Music/ Edutainment is the key factor: having a public address system attracts attention and keeps other youth interested in the sexual health messages YOHO has been a successful Coady / Xtending Hope Program partner since 2003.