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Job Opportunity: GATE Policy Officer HIV/AIDS

Global Action for Trans* Equality is hiring a policy officer HIV/AIDS in the Africa or Asia/Pacific regions.

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12th April 2012 11:23

Alessia Valenza

Policy Officer HIV/AIDS Position Description

The Policy Officer HIV/AIDS will be responsible for developing and implementing GATE’s agenda for HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy work for trans*identities at the international level with international organizations, such as UNAIDS, key governments, bi- and multi-lateral organizations, and funding agencies. The goal will be a supportive policy environment that ensures quality HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services at individual, community, and regional levels for trans*individuals. 

The work will consider overall health and wellbeing of trans* communities, in addition to HIV/STI and sexual-health related issues. A careful attention will be given to key gaps in current HIV prevention models; for example, failure to recognize the distinct needs of trans* communities and conflation of trans* identities with MSM, leaving out trans* masculine identities, and a lack of focus on overall health and wellbeing in addition to HIV/STI and sexual health.

The Policy Officer HIV/AIDS will be required to carry out policy analysis and research; to develop strategies for advocacy, develop communications and build networks; strategize capacity building for trans* activists, organizations and networks; create program-related documentation including policy briefs, abstracts for international conferences, and process documentation and reporting. The Policy Officer will do this towards furthering trans* equality in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

The Policy Officer HIV/AIDS will be based will in Africa or Asia/Pacific, and their core focus will be on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and trans*identities.
The candidate should be committed to equality, health and wellbeing of trans* communities and have demonstrated core competencies and experience in the following:

  • Developing and implementing policy proposals and strategies
  • Developing and conducting advocacy initiatives or campaigns at international, regional or national levels
  • Building alliances and coalitions to support advocacy and policy development
  • Developing individual and organizational capacity to advocate for trans* people’s human rights

Qualifications and other requirements:

  • A solid knowledge of standards of trans* people’s human rights, equality, and health issues, specifically HIV/AIDS prevention, as they relate to trans*communities
  • 3-5 years’ experience in program management
  • Excellent communication skills (writing and presentation), including a versatile command of written and spoken English and knowledge of at least one other language
  • Strong analytical, research and strategizing skills
  • Strong self-organization skills, and ability to follow-up on time and multitask
  • Must be able to self-start and work with colleagues in different locations
  • Experience working in an NGO and/or another human rights institution

Additional requirements:

  • Must be residing in Asia/Pacific or Africa and legally able to work
  • Ability to work from home or find shared office space
  • Travel required (up to 30% of work time)

Gross salary:

  • GATE offers a contract for the duration of 1 year, with the possibility to renew, depending on funding. There will be a proof period of 3 months.
  • Remuneration is commensurate with experience, local comparable salaries and international travel requirements.
  • Projected starting date: June 1, 2012

Please note: given the current composition of the GATE team, individuals identifying in the trans* feminine spectrum will be given preference.

Closing date for receipt of applications: May 1, 2012, 5:00 pm (time zone of applicant).

For a downloadable application pack, which also contains more information about the job, please visit our website at