Call for Applications: Young Emerging Leaders (YEL)

Deadline Date: March 08, 2024

Donor Name: Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global)

Grant Size: Not Available

Are you a young person living with HIV or a member of a key-population community who is passionate about making a difference in your community? Are you actively engaged in national or regional advocacy? Do you feel ready to voice the needs of young people in global advocacy spaces? Join the elite squad of advocates to bring change to young people in all their diversity!

The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) are inviting young advocates across the globe to apply for the joint Young Emerging Leaders Program (YEL), a leadership development program which will build an elite squad of young advocates to engage and influence global policy and health governance spaces. The Young Emerging Leaders Program (YEL) will strengthen the representation of young people on global platforms, such as the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization and the Global Fund.

GNP+ and Y+ Global will recruit 15 YEL advocates focused on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues.

Who are they looking for?

  • Young people living with HIV (preferably openly) or young Key-Populations: sex workers, LGBTQIA+ people, people who use drugs;
  • Must be between the ages 18 to 25 years old;
  • Show willingness, commitment, and availability to engage in the program learning and advocacy activities until December 2024, this includes at least 2 virtual trainings/meetings per month;
  • Be willing to publicly represent their communities (existing social media presence as an advocate or being an influencer in HIV and SRHR issues will be valued);
  • Experience in advocating and engaging with key stakeholders/decision makers at national level; initial engagement with global platforms is strongly desirable;
  • Commitment to human rights principles, non-discriminatory and inclusive approaches;
  • Have an excellence driven, creative and proactive approach to work;
  • Passion and knowledge about HIV and SRHR related activism.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Experience in implementing advocacy and movement-building projects;
  • Attachment/connection or link with a Y+ Global country offices, if existing, or with Key
  • Population-led organizations and PLHIV networks where Y+ doesn’t have an office. These organizations must provide a letter of recommendation describing the candidate’s skills and experience.

Required Skills

  • Good English reading and speaking levels are preferred. Arabic, French and Portuguese speakers are also encouraged to apply, as translation support will be provided for these languages;
  • Ability and experience in mobilizing and recruiting a critical mass of young advocates for community events, campaigns and meetings;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Basic computer or information technology (IT) skills – particularly Google Drive, Microsoft Word, email, social media and access to the internet.

For more information, visit Y+ Global.

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