Type of Funding
AVAC, an organisation that advocates HIV prevention to ending AIDS, is inviting early and mid-career community leaders and advocates based in low- and middle-income countries, working in the HIV/AIDS or related field, who are looking to build their advocacy skills in HIV prevention research and implementation, to apply for its 2020 AVAC Advocacy Fellows Program.
Advocacy Fellows will design and implement creative, context-specific advocacy projects focused on HIV prevention research and implementation in their countries and communities. They carry out their projects while based at host organisations in their respective countries and the program will run for 1 year, from April 2020 to March 2021.
The Advocacy Fellows program aims to expand and strengthen the capacity of civil society advocates and organisations to monitor, support and help shape HIV prevention research and rapid rollout of new effective interventions in low- and middle-income countries with high HIV burdens.
Applicants should submit proposals that identify a gap or need that can be filled by civil society engagement, map the steps to fill that gap, define ways to measure progress and adjust strategy and consider how to ultimately evaluate whether the change has occurred.
The Advocacy Fellows program is not intended to develop research capacities, but rather enhance advocacy skills. Priority will be given to projects in countries where biomedical HIV prevention clinical research is planned or ongoing – for example, in microbicides, multi-purpose prevention technologies, long-acting injectables, antibodies, vaccines and cure research – and/or where there is a need for plans for the delivery or scale-up of proven biomedical interventions.
Fellows are given a year of financial and technical support, which includes the following: full-time salary; a budget for project execution; and access to a discretionary fund for specific travel, infrastructure or and information technology (IT) needs. A small stipend and technical assistance will also be provided for the initial development of a detailed work plan (up to 3 days over a maximum of 2 months), which takes place before the official Fellows Program year commences.
AVAC also provides mentoring and capacity building in HIV prevention research and implementation advocacy for both Advocacy Fellows and host organisations. Fellows will be connected to a global network of HIV advocates including current and former Advocacy Fellows, researchers, civil society leaders and other individuals and/or organisations working in similar fields, hence there will be opportunities for information sharing and networking with other Advocacy Fellows and a broader community of advocates including activists, scientists, clinical trial staff and other stakeholders working in the HIV movement.
AVAC will award overhead administration funding to the host organisation to cover costs associated with hosting a Fellow. Overhead costs are those that are incurred by the Organisation to administer the grant that cannot be directly attributed to the Fellows Program activity (for example, proportion of rent, phone, some personnel costs such as executive director, accounting and administrative staff time) and calculated as a percentage of the overall grant.
Applicants should be emerging or mid-career community leaders and advocates involved in or interested in advocacy around HIV prevention research and implementation, particularly in particularly in biomedical HIV prevention. They must be based in low- and middle-income countries with high HIV burdens and where biomedical HIV prevention clinical research is planned or ongoing and/or where there is current work on implementation of new preventions strategies (such as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, treatment on demand, VMMC and multi-intervention programs such as the DREAMS Initiative for adolescent girls and young women or AGYW). Advocates can also develop proposals that seek to catalyze plans and policies in countries where little activity on these issues has happened to date.
They should have some experience or education in the areas of HIV and AIDS, public health, medicine, international development, women’s rights, communications, or advocacy with key populations, such as sex workers, LGBT people and drug users.
Applicants must be proficient in English. They have to demonstrate awareness of and willingness to learn about ongoing biomedical prevention research and implementation in their respective countries, although extensive knowledge in biomedical HIV prevention is not required. They must be able to demonstrate strategic analysis of how Fellowship-related activities will relate to local prevention landscapes.
Applications are to be submitted via email by 20 September 2019.