Aids Fonds is looking for senior policy officer s– sex work programme in 16 countries

Organization: Aids Fonds
Country: Netherlands
Closing date: 13 Nov 2017

Our vision is the end of AIDS in a world where all people affected by HIV and STIs access prevention, treatment, care and support. Working with Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Nederland, allows you to use and develop your skills in an environment with social relevance. Over 140 highly motivated people work at our offices in Amsterdam.

Globally, female sex workers are 13.5% more likely to be living with HIV than other women of reproductive age. Modelling studies indicate that decriminalizing sex work could lead to a 46% reduction in new HIV infections in sex workers over 10 years; eliminating sexual violence against sex workers could lead to a 20% reduction in new HIV infections. Sex workers are often stigmatized, marginalized and criminalized by the societies in which they live. In various ways, these factors contribute to their vulnerability to HIV. This lack of protection leaves sex workers open to abuse, violence and rape, creating an environment which can facilitate HIV transmission.

The Aidsfonds sex work program supports countries to address these structural barriers and ensure sex workers’ human rights are uphold and comprehensive package of HIV and health services for sex workers through community led approaches are sufficiently supported. The program is operated by a team of fourteen people. Together we coordinate the national program and several international programs: ‘Hands Off!’ is focusing on countering violence against sex workers in the south of Africa; our lobby and advocacy programme for sex workers, ‘Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH)’; and ‘Bridging the Gaps (BtG)’ is focusing on health and human rights for ‘key populations’. The sex work program is implementing these programs with partners in the field (sex worker led organisations and service providers) in 16 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and the Netherlands). We are looking for several new temporary colleagues (including maternity leave replacement) to support our team.
Policy officers– sex work programme

(32 hours per week) ranging from 8-12 months, starting date preferable : 1 Dec 2017The Policy Officers within the sex work program are responsible for the overall coordination of one of the main programmes (HandsOff!, PITCH or BtG) and the (internal and external) alignment and cooperation with alliance partners and other (inter)national actors and programs. Each policy officers is also responsible for the practical implementation in 2-3 countries and for guiding and supporting program officers and the program assistants.

Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Develops and implements the strategy for the sex work programme (BtG, PITCH or Hands Off!) –in close collaboration with colleagues, partner organisations and experts in the field
  • Overall project management and responsible of adequate implementation of one or more of the above mentioned multi-stakeholder projects and programs: project cycle management, contract management, frequent (Skype) meetings with partners, technical guidance, dissemination of lessons and special initiatives eg. Partner meetings and research
  • Represents Aidsfonds and the sex work program in international and regional working groups and alliance meetings; presents at high-level meetings and facilitates (partner) events on sex work and sex workers’ health and rights
  • Analyses trends and new funding opportunities for work in the areas of HIV, human rights, key populations and sex work. Uses research findings into innovative interventions and concrete policies and implementation, and collaborates with research institutes and universities
  • Is responsible for the implementation of the Bridging the Gaps, PITCH or Hands Off! sex work programme in 2-3 countriesYour salary will be between € 2.959 en € 4.568 gross per month (36 hours). You will be offered a temporary contract for a specific amount of months.
Experience and competences
  • At least five years of experience in managing and coordinating multi-country programs in a senior role
  • Experience with multi-year budgeting, including developing and coordinating an annual programme budget and supporting partners with annual work plans and budgets
  • Strategic thinking, planning, writing and presenting skills
  • Creative, driven and result oriented; networker who establishes and fosters connections between people from diverse contexts, communities and projects
  • Experience in working in complex international environments with small, community-led organisations. Knowledge of, and prior engagement with the sex worker movement and the field of HIV, human rights and key populations is an asset. Experience in working with and building capacity of small grass-roots organisations is essential, for in the form of field monitoring visits.
  • Coordinating programmes with a different range of stakeholders, such as research institutes, consultants, local governments, regional (and global) networks and other (inter)national NGOs. Experience with contract management and ToR development.
  • Fluency in English, verbal and written. A working knowledge of Dutch and a third language (Russian and/or Portuguese) is an asset
  • Willingness to travel regularly (6 trips/year) to implementing countries
  • Relevant master’s degree in the field of human rights, public health, and/or international relations or organisational management studies Policy
  • Aids Fonds – Soa Aids Nederland aim to a diverse workforce with a balanced representation of women and men, ages, sexual orientation and ethnic background. We particularly encourage applications from qualified candidates who are living with HIV and/or from the sex worker community.
More information?

Please go to our website and to for more information. You can also contact Sally Hendriks, programme manager ([email protected]) or Lynn Werlich, Policy officer ([email protected]).

How to apply?

You can only apply via the Aidsfonds website. Please send a motivation letter and CV via:

Please respond before Monday, 13 November. The interviews will be held in week 47.