The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps Response recruits U.S. citizens with at least 10 years of professional experience as well as returned Peace Corps Volunteers for short-term, high-impact assignments. These positions are streamlined and designed for Volunteers to hit the ground running.
Three Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Fundraising Training Specialists for HIV NGOs in the Ukraine. These organizations were initiated by 18 NGOs in the region, as a result of a strategic planning meeting that identified a need for increased HIV-service NGO representation and advocacy efforts. At the beginning of 2010, an estimated 360,000 people were living with HIV in Ukraine. The epidemic continues to be driven by unsafe drug injection and sexual practices, and remains concentrated among most-at-risk populations, including injecting drug users, prisoners, female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and the sexual partners of these populations. Since 2007, the reported primary mode of HIV transmission seems to be shifting from injecting drug use to sexual transmission through the partners of most-at-risk populations, showing a changing epidemic pattern and the necessity to focus future prevention efforts increasingly on changing sexual behaviors of most-at-risk populations.
The Fundraising Training Specialists, with intermediate Russian language skills, are needed to strengthen the organizational capacity of the NGO in fundraising to increase the impact that these organizations have in addressing the pressing needs around HIV/AIDS prevention and reduction of stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV. The Volunteers will work to update fundraising goals, timelines and methods and work with colleagues to research and review funding sources in line with the fundraising strategy. Based on identified funding sources, the Fundraising Training Specialists will develop a short-term and long-term fundraising action plan to ensure the organization is committed to, and possesses enough staff and volunteers to implement the plan and pursue funding opportunities as well as co-plan and coordinate the implementation of fundraising events, participate in stakeholder meetings and in technical training for clients and partner NGOs on fundraising/grant-writing, and personal budgeting. The goal of this project is to improve the financial sustainability and decrease donor dependency, to be less dependent on solely Global Fund resources and create advocacy for regional programming and “social order” funding from local authorities.
B.A. and at least 2 years of work experience in fundraising, and/or grant management
Intermediate Russian language skills
Understanding the issues of organization's clients (people who inject drugs, commercial sex workers, men who have sex with other men)
Strong IT skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint
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