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Oct 11, 2017

KANCO East Africa Harm Reduction Chief Rapporteur Job in Kenya

Vacancy: East Africa Harm Reduction Chief Rapporteur

KANCO is  regional membership network of organizations including: Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs), Faith Based Organization (FBOs), Private Sector, Research and Learning Institutions responding to HIV & AIDS and TB in Kenya. 

It is also accredited as a Linking Organization with the International HIV & AIDS Alliance. Its mission is to provide leadership, promote collaboration and enhance capacity among Civil Society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to respond to HIV & AIDS, TB other public Health concerns at community level.
Guided by the vision of healthy people, empowered communities, over time KANCO has evolved to become a premier agency for sensitizing, mobilizing and promoting collaboration among civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the region.
KANCO in partnership with stakeholders is in the process of organizing the 1st Eastern Africa Harm Reduction Conference. 

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Leadership and Innovation in Harm Reduction in Africa’ and is scheduled to take place from November 15th to 17th, 2017. 

There will be a preceding preconference on the 14th November 2017 focusing on drug use prevention.
Terms of Reference for a Chief Rapporteur
Background: KANCO in partnership with stakeholders is in the process of organizing the 1st Eastern Africa Harm Reduction Conference. 

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Leadership and Innovation in Harm Reduction in Eastern Africa’ and is scheduled to take place from November 14 to 17, 2017.
Conference Objectives

The objectives of the EAHR Conference 2017 include:
  • To share knowledge  and experience in  Harm reduction
  • Inter-sectorial debate to define the  value of harm reduction policies in the region and Africa
  • To share different strategies in harm reduction programing
  • Creation of action plans to follow-up on outcomes of the conference and reinforce partnerships
  • To mainstream harm reduction discussion among policy makers and institutions
Conference Tracks
Track A: Epidemiology and Prevention Science
  • Emerging harm reduction programs in EA
  • Universal access to health: addressing the health needs of people who use drugs in the region
  • Responses for women, adolescents and young people using drugs in the region
  • Responses for people with disabilities using drugs
Track B:  Community Systems Strengthening
  • Organizing communities of drug users for effective advocacy
  • Best practices in creating space for communities to engage stakeholders
  • Community mobilization and engagement
Track C: Law, Human rights, Social science and Political science
  • Grounding harm reduction in regional and national policy
  • Existing policies and implications for harm reduction
  • Policies under review and progress covered
  • Securing and grounding harm reduction policies in national and regional law
  • Stigma, Discrimination and the Legal Environment
  • Sex, Sexuality, gender relationship and HIV
  • Social theories and knowledge production
  • Socio-cultural determinants of health among PWID
  • Structural determinants of health among PWID
Track D: Health systems, Economic and implementation science
  • Global, Regional and national commitments for domestic resource mobilization in harm reduction
  • Funding for harm Reduction programs in EA region
  • Cost effectiveness of ham reduction programs
  • Best practices in implementing harm reduction
Track E:  Clinical science, treatment and care
  • Diagnosis and management of co-infections/co-morbidities
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Adherence, retention and fall out from treatment
  • ART in children and pregnant women
Track F:  Global perspectives and implementation of harm reduction
  • National and regional harm reduction programs in other settings outside Eastern Africa
Justification for a Chief Rapporteur
All the Conference proceedings need to be captured per organized sessions as well as the Conference tracks. 

It is proposed that a number of rapporteurs will be engaged to support the process of documentation for the Conference. 

A Chief Rapporteur will therefore be required to collate together all the session reports from the rapporteurs and develop the final Conference report.
Key Tasks for the Chief Rapporteur
The Chief Rapporteur will work under the supervision of the Scientific/Abstract Committee chair and will be expected to:
  • Participate in the identification and selection of appropriate session rapporteurs
  • Prepare a summary reporting template for the session rapporteurs
  • Coordinate the daily activities of session rapporteurs including assigning them sessions to attend, briefing, ensuring that day-to-day proceedings are captured, compiled and edited as well as briefing and debriefing at the beginning and end of each day
  • Work in conjunction with the conference manager/event organizer to ensure that all summary session reports/briefs are circulated accordingly at the end of each day
  • Ensures that key inputs and recommendations are integrated in the final rapporteurs report, answers any queries and cross-checks facts
  • Prepare a summary of conference highlights and recommendations and present to the closing plenary at the end of the conference
  • Prepare a final report of conference presentations and recommendations and present to the conference Scientific/Abstract Committee.
Key Competencies and Experience Required
  • A research scientist with at least Master’s degree qualification in the field of public health, health planning/economics, health system strengthening, epidemiology from any recognized institution of higher learning
  • Strong computer and report writing skills, especially with regards to capturing conference proceedings
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills especially working under tight timelines
  • Demonstrated experience in Scientific Conference organization, documentation and coordination
  • Experience in Harm Reduction, drug policy , HIV and AIDS programming and mentorship or supervision of research work would be an added advantage
Deliverables / Output
  • Summary reporting template for session rapporteurs
  • Daily session summary reports/briefs
  • Final conference report detailing conference proceedings
  • Standardized Power point presentation on the conference report to facilitate regional dissemination
Process and Timelines: The assignment is expected to last 15 days within the period of October– November 2017 as detailed below:
  • Conference Activity Schedule - No. of   Days
  • Pre-conference - 3 (12th  November, 2017)
  • Actual Conference - 3 (15th -17th  November, 2017)
  • Post Conference - 9 (18th –28th   November2017)
How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their cover letter and CV to via email to: [email protected]  before 14th of October 2017.

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.eahrconference.com/

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