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Scope of work

Treatment Action Group (TAG) is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, and organized Consultant to support the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Project in its US domestic work. The Consultant will be responsible for advancing the advocacy, research literacy, and community education and engagement activities related to HCV and HIV coinfection, long-acting treatments, and HCV diagnostics with external partners and allies. These include conducting research, preparing technical publications, and supporting community engagement and consultations to promote access to HCV diagnostics and treatment services, and promote the human rights of people affected by HCV, particularly people who use drugs, people who are incarcerated and people who are unstably housed.

The Consultancy role requires an exceptional degree of organization, follow-through, work ethic, and the ability to multitask, and work collaboratively and semi-independently within a larger team. Excellent project management, good judgment and communications skills (written and verbal), are a must. The consultant will work with TAG’s Hepatitis C Project Director. TAG’s headquarters are in New York City, but applicants may be based anywhere in the U.S., provided they are able to participate in calls with partners in time zones 6-12 hours ahead of New York City. Travel within the U.S. and internationally may be expected up to 15% of the time for the position as necessary.

The consultancy will be for 128hrs/month.

About TAG

Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an independent, activist, and community-based research and policy think tank committed to racial, gender, and LGBTQ+ equity; social justice; and liberation, fighting to end HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and HCV. At TAG, we strive to reflect in our organizational composition and operations the values, principles, and rights for which we advocate externally. This includes a commitment to equity and justice, as well as valuing diversity of experience in our hiring practices. We encourage people living with HIV and other conditions; Black, indigenous and people of color; women; transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people; and people with disabilities to apply.

Key Duties & Responsibilities May Include:

  • Research Support

o   Develop and review advocacy materials on HCV, including diagnostics, to build the capacity of civil society and HCV-affected communities to advocate at the global, regional, and national levels;

o   Develop abstracts for the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA), the SYNConference, and the International Stigma Conference;

o   Provide research for presentations, public statements, letters, and briefs on hepatitis C policy and programs, intellectual property, equitable access, drug pricing, and achieving national HCV elimination targets;

o   Support research for technical requests, including data analysis from our mapCrowd and hepCoalition advocacy platforms, case studies, and best practices in harm reduction and drug decriminalization;

o   Track R&D funding for HCV and advocate for HCV vaccine development funding.

  • Community Engagement

o   Support TAG’s efforts to engage communities in HCV research, including by organizing and coordinating community consultations, and webinars;

o   Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, partners, and allies;

o   Participate in working group meetings related to HCV diagnostics and treatment access and vaccine research;

o   Present accepted abstracts on HCV/HIV coinfection at the USCHA, the International Conference on Stigma, and the SYNConference

o   Organize and facilitate meetings with coalition partners, take meeting minutes, and maintain project archives.

  • Advocacy and Communication

o   Track developments related to HCV and Access to Medicines and provide support for related solidarity campaigns, as needed;

o   Collaborate on HCV/HIV coinfection advocacy and community engagement work;

o   Track updates, publications and other developments related to HCV and Access to Medicines to update hepCoalition and mapCrowd websites;

o   Present at and/or facilitate webinars on HCV elimination and HCV/HIV coinfection;

o   Support the management of HCV advocacy platforms including mapCrowd, hepCoalition, and worththewcure

  • Project Administration

o   Attend project meetings, assist with grants and administrative reporting;

o   Liaise with HIV Project Team to inform HCV/HIV coinfection project work;

o   Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Background, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

o   A minimum of three years of professional experience in health equity, social justice, harm reduction, drug policy, research & development, and/or global health;

o   Superb organization skills, attention to detail, and follow-through;

o   Robust project management skills and ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities in a fast-moving, dynamic work environment;

o   Excellent research, written, and oral communication skills;

o   Strong interpersonal and networking skills; friendly rapport with the ability to communicate effectively in a collegial manner and maintain relationships;

o   Sound judgment and problem-solving capacity;

o   Self-starter who can work independently and proactively in periods of limited supervision;

o   Willingness to learn about new, technical subject matters without getting intimidated;

o   Demonstrated experience or commitment to working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic and national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an important institutional value;

o   Basic Microsoft Office and Google suite skills are a must;

o   Enthusiasm for TAG’s mission is a must; familiarity with advocacy, global health, policy making, or the conditions on which TAG works, is a must.

Budget – Maximum funding $50,000 USD

Timeline  – March-December

How to Apply

Please send a one-page cover letter, current CV/résumé (2-page maximum), two writing samples (maximum of 5 pages total: a solo-authored or first-authored piece of writing is preferred), and 3 professional references and their contact information by February 14, 2024 to jobs@treatmentactiongroup.org, with “HCV Project Consultant” as the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please, no recruiters or phone calls.

Treatment Action Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. People of color; women; transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; veterans; and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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