Annually, amfAR’s GMT Initiative (formerly the MSM Initiative) supports frontline organizations in Africa to reduce the spread and impact of HIV among gay men, other men who have sex with men and transgender individuals(GMT). Awards are up to a maximum of $20,000 (US), and fund innovative HIV/AIDS-related community-based projects. Projects may include programming targeting openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals; hidden/non-gay identifying MSM; and/or engaging allies in the struggle. Emphasis is placed on innovative approaches that are sustainable beyond amfAR’s funding.
amfAR is seeking experts in the field of HIV/AIDS among GMT and LGBT Rights to serve on a `peer review panel’, making recommendations to amfAR regarding applications to be supported. Specifically, amfAR seeks experts who would be available to individually review and provide feedback on approximately 12-15 applications submitted to amfAR (10 page proposals), and attend a two day peer review meeting on the 7 and 8 December 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. amfAR will cover all logistical issues and costs associated with attendance, including any necessary travel costs (e.g. visa fees, ground transportation, airfare, accommodation, and meals) In addition to the face-to-face meeting, it is expected around 8-10 hours of the reviewer’s time would be needed to review and score applications in the weeks prior to the meeting.
For the panel, amfAR seeks to assemble a diverse group of up to 10 reviewers, representing various constituencies in the field of HIV/AIDS among GMT and LGBT rights, including regional technical experts, donors, coalition members, as well as community-based experts/activists representing various geographies of Africa. Panel members must be based in the region. This year, amfAR will not be considering panel members who will be applying for funding in this cycle.
The following criteria will be used in selecting reviewers:
- Experience in developing, implementing and/or evaluating effective and sustainable community-based HIV GMT projects and/or LGBT rights programming in Africa
- Knowledge of the HIV among GMT epidemiological/community impact of the epidemic in the region
- Knowledge of LGBT rights and other structural interventions implemented to overcome GMT access to health services
- Ability to read and write in English and/or French. (Simultaneous French interpretation will be provided)
Persons living with HIV/AIDS and transgendered persons are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in assisting amfAR in this vital process, please submit the following to Ben Clapham, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to the MSM Initiative (email@example.com) by 30 September 2012:
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- A paragraph describing your motivation to be a reviewer (e.g. why you think you would be a strong candidate)