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Call for Applications: UNAIDS Youth Advisory Team

crowdoutRecognizing the importance of youth leadership and engagement in the HIV response, UNAIDS launched a unique, open and democratic online policy process, CrowdOutAIDS in October 2011. CrowdOutAIDS enabled more than 5000 young people around the world to take part in shaping UNAIDS’ youth agenda. As a result of the robust and informative discussions from CrowdOutAIDS, in April 2012, a set of recommendations for how to increase youth leadership in the AIDS response were presented to UNAIDS’ Executive Director Mr. Michel Sidibé.

The CrowdOutAIDS recommendations consist of six strategic priorities with related key actions. The recommendations aim to contribute to achieving the targets set in the2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS by increasing youth leadership, ownership, and mobilization in the AIDS response by 2015, and beyond.

The CrowdOutAIDS recommendations covered a range of issues that young people have identified as priorities. One of the recommendations called for the UNAIDS Secretariat to establish a youth advisory body.[1] In alignment with this recommendation, UNAIDS will establish a Youth Advisory Forum (“Advisory Forum”) and is currently seeking applications of interest for membership on this forum.

Mandate of the UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum (“Advisory Forum”)

The UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum is a mechanism for open dialogue and exchange between UNAIDS and the diverse youth constituency with the mandate to:

  •  Provide strategic advice to the UNAIDS Secretariat on policies and programmes related to young people and HIV.
  • Update the UNAIDS Secretariat on emerging developments within the youth and HIV movements at local, regional and international levels.
  • On a yearly basis, provide a short summary analysis including key recommendations and follow up actions to strengthen the UNAIDS Secretariat ability to work with and for young people in reference to advocacy and leadership within the global AIDS response, to be presented to and discussed with senior leadership within the UNAIDS Secretariat.
  • Advice the UNAIDS Secretariat on effective strategies and tools to promote meaningful youth participation and leadership in the AIDS response at country, regional and global level for maximum impact.
  • Foster partnerships between the UNAIDS Secretariat and key youth constituencies and movements, with an emphasis on connecting HIV to the broader health and development agendas.
  • Shape and co-lead advocacy efforts together with the UNAIDS Secretariat to mobilize and inspire youth leadership in the AIDS response at country, regional and global level.

Membership of the Advisory Forum

 The Membership of the Youth Advisory Forum includes 16 young people aged 15-29. Members will represent their respective organizations in the Forum. The membership of the Forum will be gender balanced, and members will be selected from the following regions:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Caribbean
  • East and Southern Africa
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • North America and Western Europe
  • West and Central Africa

At least two seats will be reserved for young people living with HIV and two seats will be reserved for young people among key populations at higher risk. On seat will be reserved for a member of the UNAIDS women living with HIV platform to ensure linkages. Up to five UNAIDS secretariat staff will be appointed as observers to ensure capacity building, mentorship and knowledge transfer.

Requirements and Responsibilities for Membership

Members should be actively involved in youth-led or youth-serving organizations and have access to youth networks within their regions. This includes young people from networks of people living with HIV, key populations and student/youth organizations focusing on health, human rights and social justice-related issues among others. In addition to advanced knowledge of one of the primary languages of the region represented, advanced knowledge of English is essential for membership on the Advisory Forum. Members must also have consistent access to the internet in order to participate in the Advisory Forum meetings (see “Responsibilities of Members” below for more information).

Members, in their roles both as Advisory Forum participants, are expected to uphold and promote a just, rights-based and evidence-informed HIV response.

Responsibilities of Members

  • Meet online at least 4 times a year via an online platform specifically designed for the Advisory Forum.
  • Contribute the experience and strategic thinking and diverse perspectives from the broader youth community working on AIDS.
  • Contribute to the drafting and compilation of the annual summary analysis on UNAIDS’ engagement with young people.
  • Be available for email discussion from UNAIDS Secretariat staff seeking advice from a youth-focused lens.
  • Participate in an in-person meeting once a year, pending funding.
  • Ensure ongoing communication and consultation with the youth constituency in their region, to inform the positions brought to the youth advisory forum
  • Act with discretion on issues discussed within the Advisory Forum meetings, as sensitive, internal and sometimes confidential issues may be brought to the group for discussion.

Membership on the Advisory Forum is not remunerated. However, UNAIDS will cover expenses related to in-person meetings, contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Participation Requirements for Members

Although members serve on a voluntary basis and are not remunerated, they are expected to actively participate in Advisory Forum activities. Minimum participation requirements per year are:

  • Response to at least 80% of requests for written feedback
  • Attendance of at least 75% of online meetings or teleconferences.

Members who do not meet minimum requirements will be contacted to try to resolve any technical issues that may impede their participation, if possible. If UNAIDS does not receive a response from the member and/or if the member fails to improve participation, then the member will be removed from the Advisory Forum.

Term of Service

Membership to the Advisory Forum will be for a two (2) year term per member.

Instructions for Application

To express your interest to become a member of this forum, please submit an application including:

a) Your CV

b) A document of no more than 1000 words including a motivational statement and answers to the following questions:

  • Outline up to five bullets with key advice you would give to UNAIDS on how we can work more effectively to remove social or legal barriers young people face in the AIDS response
  • What are some of the strategies that you would use to share ideas and information with youth networks in your region?
  • What are some of the strategies you would use to generate input and ideas from the youth networks in your region to contribute to the work of the forum?

(c) Contact information for three references for work relevant to youth leadership, participation and/or HIV/Health/Development.

Please send your complete application to Mikaela Hildebrand (hildebrandm [at] unaids [dot] org), with a copy to Nina Sun (sunn [at] unaids [dot] org) by 15 March 2013.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Young people living with HIV and young people among key populations at higher risk of HIV infection are particularly encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

Once applications have been received, UNAIDS will run a selection process together with an ad-hoc working group of representatives of global youth networks, to choose the most suitable candidates based on the above-mentioned membership criteria.




UNAIDS Launches #CrowdOutAIDS Strategy on HIV/AIDS

ABUJA, 24th April, 2012

Courtesy:AF-AIDS Forum

Youth leaders from around the world today presented a set of youth-defined recommendations that will guide the UNAIDS Secretariats work on HIV and young people through 2015. The recommendations were received by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at an event in the Paiko community near Abuja, organized together with Nigerian youth leaders and government officials.

Based on the voices and views of more than 5000 young people from 79 countries, the recommendations resulted from CrowdOutAIDS, an innovative youth-led policy project initiated by UNAIDS. Leveraging crowdsourcing technology and new media tools, the five-month project enabled young people to fully participate in the development of strategic recommendations for the UNAIDS Secretariats youth agenda.

I am so impressed by the dedication, energy and enthusiasm that young people have shown through the CrowdOutAIDS initiative, said Mr Sidibé. The recommendations they have presented to UNAIDS will help us mobilize a new generation of young leaders and we will work together to stop new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths.

Presenting the recommendations to UNAIDS, Gabriel Adeyemo, a young Nigerian activist, described CrowdOutAIDS as a high level meetingbut by and for young people. It brought decision-making to the grassroots, to the skilled and unskilled, learned and unlearned, rich and poor, to contribute to an issue that affects all our lives: HIV,” said Adeyemo, who is also the West Africa focal point for the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS.

Globally, an estimated five million young people (15-24 years of age) are living with HIV. About 3000 young people are newly infected with HIV each day. According to recent surveys in low- and middle-income countries, only 24% of young women and 36% of young men responded correctly when asked questions on HIV prevention and transmission.

Through CrowdOutAIDS, young people proposed six key recommendations for the UNAIDS Secretariat, including:

1. Strengthen young peoples skills for effective leadership at all levels of the AIDS response;
2. Ensure the full participation of youth in the AIDS response at country, regional, and global levels;
3. Improve young peoples access to HIV-related information;
4. Diversify and strengthen strategic networks between the UNAIDS Secretariat, youth networks, and other key players;
5. Increase the UNAIDS Secretariats outreach to both formal and informal networks of young people; and,
6. Increase young peoples access to financial support.

We have worked together, using the simplest toolseach one of us in their own corner of the worldto create spaces of exchange and draft this important document in real-time, public online sessions, said Zahra Benyahia, a CrowdOutAIDS drafting committee member. This is not the end. Its the first step toward revolutionary youth leadership in the AIDS response. (

The full set of recommendations are presented in Strategy recommendations for collaborating with a new generation of leaders in the AIDS responsethe first-ever crowdsourced AIDS-related document in UN history. The recommendations, together with an internal organizational assessment on HIV and young people, will inform the UNAIDS Secretariats New Generation Leadership Strategy.

Online at:

For more details;Visit: CrowdOutAIDS Website

Photo Credit: Bankole Taiwo

Call for Nominations:UN Secretary-General Special Advisor on Youth and his/her Advisory Board!

Call for nominations to the UN SecretaryGeneral Special Advisor on Youth and his/her Advisory Board!
The UN Secretary-General will appoint a Special Advisor on Youth, supported by an Advisory Group, as one of three key initiatives on youth within her five-year action agenda launched on 25 January 2012.
Who do you think will best represent the interest of youth around the world?
The Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) has called on youth-led organizations and networks to suggest candidates for nomination to both the Special Advisor and the Advisory Group:
    • A Special Advisor: an inspiring individual with a demonstrated commitment to youth issues and to working with youth, as well as leadership on youth development. The individual should have international exposure and should be an excellent communicator who can represent the views, interests and rights of young people at the global level.
    • Advisory Group: a small, informal, non-compensated, which may be called upon for support by the Special Advisor. The group should be composed of approximately 8 to 12 experts from diverse stakeholders serving in their individual capacities, such as Member States, non-governmental organizations (including youth-led organizations), the private sector, media and academia.
Do you know anyone who you think fits these descriptions? If yes, send your suggestions together with a short bio (of no more than 500 words) and, if possible, a short video clip or links to websites, blogs, social media profiles, etc to by the 10am, Tuesday the 3rd of April.
Three shortlisted candidates will be submitted by UNAIDS to the co-Chairs of the IANYD on the 6th of April.

Join 48-hour final debate on CrowdOutAIDS Strategy!

After months of hard work—from the Open Forums, the solutions application, and collective authoring—we are almost at the finishing line! 

To finalize the strategy, take part in the 48 hour drafting-marathon startingWednesday 28 March at 1pm GMT, ending Friday 30 March 12 pm GMT, to discuss and endorse the Strategy produced by the CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee.

Click here to review and add your comments on the strategy now

The Drafting Committee or UNAIDS will be online to answer questions via the live chat function of the Google doc application or respond to comments as they are posted.

Thank you for all your great thoughts and ideas, and for contributing your experience to CrowdOutAIDS—the first crowdsourced strategy in the history of the UN. Together, we will increase youth leadership, ownership and mobilization at all levels of the AIDS response to reach the goals set in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS!

Thank you so much on behalf of the CrowdOutAIDS team

Ps. To review the process to date, visit the CrowdOutAIDS blog

Call for Applications: UNAIDS CrowdOutAIDS Online Drafting Committee

The CrowdOutAIDS online and offline forums are coming to an end; we are making preparations for the next phases to transform discussions into an actionable strategy. We are analyzing all the fantastic input and will turn this into a survey which will be sent back to participants to validate the findings of the forums.

In the final step of CrowdOutAIDS, an independent drafting committee will be selected to collaboratively author the outcome document of the process via online tools and live drafting sessions.

The drafting committee will be made up of 7 “editors.” The purpose of the drafting committee is to objectively reflect on the various outputs from the CrowdOutAIDS process and put together a clear, concise, actionable plan together with key definitions and principles that UNAIDS should adhere to when working with young people.

We are now calling for applicants to be part of this exciting drafting committee – interested? Keep reading!

Scope of work 

  • Adhere to the principles of the CrowdOutAIDS process including transparency, openness, inclusiveness and youth-led.
  • Read all background materials and analysis of input carefully, and participate in briefing calls with the CrowdOutAIDS team.
  • Objectively represent the outputs of the CrowdOutAIDS process.
  • Take the lead in drafting at least one section of the CrowdOutAIDS outcome document, and provide constructive feedback to other sections.
  • Integrate comments via the chat function in the online drafting application from the CrowdOutAIDS participants.
  • Post each final section of the CrowdOutAIDS outcome document to one of the CrowdOutAIDS online forums for validation. For some forums this will require translation of the section into the forum language and translation of comments to English.
  • Synthesize and incorporate comments from the online forums into the English collaborative document.
  • Mobilize young people in your networks to take part in the CrowdOutAIDS process.

Time commitment

  • Writing process will take place during the last two weeks of January, from 20-40 hours each of the two weeks.
  • Available for several live drafting sessions, and reporting on the work of the drafting committee to the CrowdOutAIDS online forums, including some translation.

Inclusion criteria

  • Active involvement in CrowdOutAIDS
  • Under 30 years of age
  • Fluent English speaker and writer, with at least one of the following languages considered an asset: Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and/or Portuguese.
  • Proven ability to remain neutral and objective
  • Previous experience with collaborative document authoring considered an asset

Additional selection principles

  • Gender balance and equity
  • Regional balance
  • Key populations at higher risk and young people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply. The selection process will be confidential


To ensure the independence of the drafting committee, members will work on a voluntary basis with the CrowdOutAIDS participants as their key constituency

Selection process

  • Send your CV and a motivation letter (of maximum 300 words), in which you answer the following questions:

a) How have you been involved in CrowdOutAIDS so far?
b) Why should you be selected as a Drafting Committee member?
c) In your opinion, why is it important for the drafting committee to remain independent?

  • Seven online drafting committee members will be selected
  • The final selection of the drafting committee will be made by the 9th of January 2012 by a selection committee consisting of:

a) One moderator from the online CrowdOutAIDS forums (in consultation with the other moderators)
b) A representative from the External Working Group made up of members of global youth networks working on AIDS.
c) A CrowdOutAIDS project team member (UNAIDS staff)

Send your application before January 2, 2012 to The final selection will be made by January 9, 2012.

Good luck and happy holidays for the CrowdOutAIDS team!