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Do you have a passion for social justice? The HIV Legal Network is seeking a full-time policy analyst to use their legal skills to advance the human rights of people living with and affected by HIV in Canada and around the world.

Policy Analyst

Location: Remote work to begin; eventually based in Toronto office

Application deadline: Monday, April 26, 2021

Job description

The Policy Analyst will be a member of our Research & Policy Team, and will work closely with the other team members, the Executive Director and other staff in achieving the overall goals of the HIV Legal Network.

Specific responsibilities include:

· monitoring developments related to HIV and HCV with legal, policy or human rights dimensions;

· researching and writing documents on legal and policy issues related to HIV and HCV for diverse audiences, including communities particularly affected by HIV/HCV, frontline workers and policymakers;

· developing materials for strategic litigation and other law reform initiatives;

· working with other staff to develop, implement and regularly review our advocacy priorities and initiatives, including associated communications activities;

· delivering presentations, lectures and workshops;

· delivering media interviews and responding to media inquiries;

· representing the HIV Legal Network at meetings with other organizations (domestic and international) and government agencies, policymakers and officials;

· identifying strategic directions for the HIV Legal Network’s legal/policy research and advocacy, in collaboration with other members of the Research & Policy Team and the Communications Team;

· managing and reporting on projects; and

· assisting as necessary in developing funding applications and project budgets in those areas involving research, policy development and advocacy work, and preparing activity reports to funders.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include:

· a law degree from a Canadian law school (being called to the bar in a Canadian province or territory is an asset, but is not required);

· proven skills in legal research and writing;

· excellent oral and written communications skills in English;

· experience in legal and policy analysis and advocacy work in relation to HIV, human rights or a related field;

· proven project management skills;

· an ability to travel, both within Canada and internationally; and

· initiative, perseverance, flexibility, collegiality and a passion for social justice.

The ideal candidate will also:

· be familiar with issues related to HIV and HCV including the health and social impacts of repressive laws and policies on communities particularly affected by HIV/HCV;

· be fully bilingual in English and French, with other languages an asset;

· have experience working with marginalized communities;

· be well-versed in international law;

· have some litigation experience; and

· have experience with public speaking and delivering media interviews.

Salary and benefits

Salary for this role is between $67,000 and $72,000, commensurate with experience. The HIV Legal Network offers a highly competitive vacation package, in addition to employer-paid benefits.

Application process

Please apply by e-mailing a cover letter, your resume and a brief writing sample (that has not been edited by another) to hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and should be received no later than Monday, April 26th, 2021.

Desired start date

We would like to fill the position as soon as possible, but have some flexibility in the starting date and are seeking a candidate well-suited for the position and organization.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but cannot respond to all inquiries; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The HIV Legal Network is strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups, including people living with HIV, Indigenous people, Black people, other racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities, are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their application.

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Position: Communications Officer (Eastern Europe and Central Asia)

Location: Based in Toronto office (with remote work as necessary given public health considerations, and some travel required when feasible)

Application deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Status: Full-time, permanent position

Since 1992, the HIV Legal Network has been working to promote the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education and community mobilization. We envision a world in which the human rights and dignity of people living with HIV or AIDS and those affected by the disease are fully realized and in which laws and policies facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment and support.

For nearly 30 years, the Legal Network has not only been making change in Canada, but also contributing to the global movement for health and human rights. Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) remains among the global regions where HIV epidemic continues to grow. People who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and migrants are the “key populations” affected by the epidemic. Their vulnerability to HIV is driven by outdated and/or discriminatory laws, policies and practices that impede effective prevention measures and their access to appropriate care and treatment. For more than 15 years, the HIV Legal Network has been actively engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights of key populations in EECA, working in collaboration with partners confronting this challenging environment.

Job description: The HIV Legal Network is looking to hire a full-time Communications Officer (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) to join our Communications Team, reporting to the Director of Communications and Advocacy. They will work with the other communications staff and with the Senior Policy Analyst leading our work in EECA to support our human rights research, education, advocacy and community engagement in the region. This will include raising awareness of human rights issues affecting the HIV response in the region, and of the work of the HIV Legal Network and its regional partners, among various target audiences, including government officials and agencies, media, civil society organizations, and donors and funders, both in the EECA and beyond.

The Communications Officer will operate with supervision, as needed, by the Director of Communications and Advocacy and in partnership with the Senior Policy Analyst responsible for leading the HIV Legal Network’s work in EECA.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring relevant daily news across the EECA region.
  • Preparation of communications materials (e.g., talking points, briefing notes, info sheets, etc.) to support and demonstrate the impact of the HIV Legal Network’s advocacy activities in the EECA region.
  • Cooperation with the HIV Legal Network’s partners in joint external communications activities, including media relations and advocacy campaigns, as relevant to the EECA region.
  • Writing and editing content, in Russian and English, for publication on the HIV Legal Network’s (and/or partners’) digital platforms (e.g., website, social media, e-newsletters), including managing the Legal Network’s social media feeds in Russian.
  • Support and collaborate with the HIV Legal Network’s Communications team and Senior Policy Analyst in generating dynamic, high-impact and differentiated content raising awareness of the organization’s work and advancing its advocacy objectives.
  • Identifying media opportunities and tools to influence appropriate audiences for advancing the HIV Legal Network’s mission and its specific objectives with its activities in the EECA region.
  • Manage projects providing information support for partners’ activities in EECA region, with a particular focus on activities for the promotion and protection of human rights of people living with HIV and people vulnerable to HIV.
  • Prepare communications materials and carry out other activities aimed at securing ongoing funds to support the HIV Legal Network’s work in EECA.

 Competencies:

  • Ability to work both in a team and independently, carrying out tasks in a timely and organized manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with a variety of audiences (civil society, experts, donors, government representatives, etc.), as well as with colleagues.
  • Good knowledge of web-based knowledge management systems and social media platforms.
  • Ability to be strategic and analytical.
  • Strong planning and organizing skills, with the ability to juggle multiple tasks by identifying priority activities and assignments and to use time efficiently.
  • Track record in creating relevant content for key populations affected by the HIV epidemic and by human rights abuses.
  • Ability to travel, including internationally, on a flexible schedule as needed.

Core values:

  • Respect for diversity and comfort working with diverse communities, including key populations affected by HIV and human rights abuses.
  • Professionalism and a commitment to high-quality work.
  • A clear understanding of, and commitment to, the protection and promotion of human rights and to the mission and values the HIV Legal Network.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Education and certification

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, advertising, public relations or relevant field is required.

Experience

  • First-hand experience of working with key affected populations in the EECA region.
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience at the regional and/or international level in public relations, communications, fundraising or advocacy.
  • Previous work experience in the NGO sector would be a strong asset, as would experience with fundraising.
  • Experience with the use of social media.
  • Experience in using different web content management systems (e.g., WordPress).
  • Experience in developing content for a range of communications products (print and digital) and for different target audiences.
  • Knowledge of human rights issues, particularly those related to drug policy and people who use drugs, as well as other key populations affected by HIV, is highly desirable.

Language requirements

  • Given the nature and purpose of the position, fluency in both English and Russian is essential. The main working language of the HIV Legal Network is English, but its work in EECA is conducted primarily in Russian. This position will play a key role in raising the awareness of this work with the target audiences in both Russian and English.
  • Working knowledge of another EECA-region language is an asset.

Salary and benefits

Salary for this role is $55,000/year plus employer-paid benefits. The HIV Legal Network offers a highly competitive vacation package and a collegial, flexible working environment.

Desired start date

We would like to fill the position as soon as possible but have flexibility and are seeking a candidate well-suited for the position and organization.

Application process

Please apply by e-mailing a cover letter, your resume and a brief writing sample (that has not been edited by another) to hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and should be received no later than Friday, May 7, 2021.

We thank all applicants for their interest but cannot respond to all inquiries; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The HIV Legal Network is strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups, including people living with HIV, people who use(d) drugs, sex workers, Indigenous people, Black people, other racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities, are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their application.


Volunteer opportunities

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the Legal Network is a valuable experience. It can allow you to acquire knowledge, gain insights and make contacts, while defending the legal and human rights of people living with or affected by HIV or AIDS.

Before applying

Think about the following questions and please let us know your answers:

  • When am I available (e.g., during daytime hours, during the week, or only evenings and weekends)?
  • How much time can I volunteer?
  • Do I want to work in or out of the office?
  • What skills can I offer? (Identify 2 or 3 skills, which could include experience in making contacts by phone; ability to use software such as Word or Excel; writing skills, including in languages other than English; experience in providing reception or filing services; research abilities; etc.)
  • What do I want to gain from this experience? (Volunteering will be more fulfilling if you let us know what you’re looking for; e.g., experience to add to your resumé, a way to support a worthy cause, social relationships or contacts within the community of non-governmental organizations.)

Available opportunities

  • Advocacy Campaign — Gathering and updating information on members of Parliament or members of a provincial/territorial legislature or municipal government; contacting people by phone or e-mail; writing advocacy material; developing web content, including video and text; programming and designing for websites.
  • Office Assistance — Greeting people at reception; answering phone calls and helping respond to e-mails; supporting mailings; assisting at events.
  • Policy Research — Performing research; helping formulate policy and legal briefs; summarizing in-depth research reports.

Applying

To submit your application for a volunteer position, please e-mail your resumé and the answers to the above questions to Terry Gould, Program Support Manager, at tgould [at] hivlegalnetwork.ca.