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U=U Global Knowledge & Advocacy Assistant

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Prevention Access Campaign


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April 5, 2021
March 31, 2021
$65,000 - $70,000

U=U GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE AND ADVOCACY ASSISTANT

All people with HIV worldwide have a right to accurate information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health.

U=U BACKGROUND

"U=U is the foundation of being able to end the [HIV] epidemic." Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director, NIAID, NIH (July 2019)

U=U is "the campaign credited with beginning to change public perception of HIV transmissibility." The Washington Post (December 2017)

"U=U set me free." Lucy Wanjiku Njenga, Founder, Positive Young Women Voices, Kenya

In 2016, Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) launched the "Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)" campaign, now a health and human rights movement of over 1000 research associations, public health bodies, and HIV/AIDS organizations from over 100 countries uniting to communicate a game-changing but still widely unknown fact: people living with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. In other words, undetectable equals untransmittable. 

U=U is a solution to longstanding HIV stigma, bringing hope and new possibilities for people with HIV to love, have sex, and conceive children without any fear of passing on HIV. Knowledge of U=U greatly improves the social and emotional wellbeing of people living with HIV, reduces anxiety associated with HIV testing, and helps motivate treatment uptake, treatment adherence, and engagement in care.

It is a call for universal access to treatment, care, and diagnostics for both personal and public health. A recent CDC modeling study shows that increasing access to treatment for Americans with HIV is the most cost-effective way to end the epidemic. 

During the first five years of the U=U campaign, PAC, researchers, and partners focused intently on advocacy to clear up the mixed messages about transmission risk. Now that PAC’s initial goal to verify U=U has been firmly achieved, PAC is increasing its support of partners as they integrate U=U into public health communications, clinical practice, and policies that affect treatment and diagnostics access for people with HIV.  Toward that end, PAC is establishing a U=U Global Knowledge and Advocacy Collaborative (KAC) to support the international dissemination of U=U by curating, developing, and sharing best practices in training, communications, and advocacy. The KAC will be a forum to gain and share knowledge about communicating U=U to key stakeholders and using it in advocacy for universal access for personal and public health.

Despite unequivocal scientific backing and support of U=U from the global medical, public health, and scientific community, including NIH, PEPFAR, WHO, CDC, and UNAIDS, many parts of the world, at every level of income and resources, are not yet effectively communicating the message. Some are still denying it. As a result, people with HIV continue to suffer from HIV stigma, isolation, prosecution, and other significant internal and external harms. Opportunities to propel toward ending the epidemic are wasted.

PAC is well-positioned at the center of the global movement to support partners as they build sustainable national movements to ensure this life-changing, stigma-busting, and transmission-stopping message reaches the people it was intended to benefit.

THE POSITION

This is a challenging and meaningful entrepreneurial position with PAC’s Global U=U Knowledge and Advocacy Collaborative (KAC).  The KAC is in the early stage of growth, so this is a chance to be part of the conversation as global organizations, leaders, and activists join with in-country partners to support community-driven and sustainable U=U movements that change the narrative about HIV. 

This position will provide support on a variety of PAC's work with partners including conducting needs assessments; providing coalition-building support; curating, developing, and offering "best practices" training and communications materials to engage key audiences including clinicians, community, and policymakers; advising on public health communications; and integrating U=U into advocacy for policies and programs that will increase access to treatment and services.

Your contribution will be wide-ranging administrative and entrepreneurial, including:

  • Scheduling and correspondence
  • Coordinating speaking engagements and travel 
  • Processing and monitoring invoices 
  • Coordinating translations 
  • Curating and maintaining the "best practices" database from international partners
  • Developing surveys and reports on country programs
  • Conducting partner surveys and needs assessments
  • Supporting the development of a new website
  • Updating website and seeking new technologies to better serve partners
  • Taking meeting minutes and follow-up notes
  • Updating the PAC USA team on global activities
  • Developing social media promotions
  • Identify ways to continually celebrate the global U=U community as it continues to make history! 

What we’re looking for:

  • Kindness, kindness, kindness!
  • Passion for social justice, especially issues affecting Black, Brown and LGBTQ communities, indigenous peoples, undocumented immigrants, people who inject drugs, and sex workers 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized even while the world is chaotic
  • At ease communicating with a diverse range of stakeholders, including researchers, public health officials, funders, journalists, and activists
  • Adept at handling challenging and controversial topics
  • Ability to thrive with a significant amount of autonomy in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment 
  • Strong ability to manage upwards
  • Passion for continuous learning, systems change, and disruptive innovation
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Experience in HIV/AIDS or public health preferred but not required


U=U GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE AND ADVOCACY ASSISTANT

All people with HIV worldwide have a right to accurate information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health.

U=U BACKGROUND

"U=U is the foundation of being able to end the [HIV] epidemic." Dr…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Generous vacation benefits and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Generous vacation benefits and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency

English - excellent proficiency

English - excellent proficiency

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States

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Instructions:

Please send your resume and a cover letter. Please include in the cover letter why the position interests you and why you'd be the right match. Additional documents are not required, but feel free to submit other documents that you feel will help us learn more about you. 

We encourage candidates of color and those representing the key-affected populations of the HIV epidemic to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your interest! 

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