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Call for applications to join the International Advisory Committee of the Power of Pride Program

6 positions available (4 for Africa and 2 for Asia)

Candidates from the following regions are invited to apply :

  • South Asia and West Asia (at this moment, South East Asia is sufficiently represented in the committee)
  • North Africa, francophone West Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa (at the moment, anglophone West Africa and Central Africa are sufficiently represented in the committee)

Applications from people under the age of 30 are particularly encouraged.

Deadline : February20th, 2023

https://forms.gle/GntGRCxsmi6KQU1s8

Background

The Power of Pride Alliance is a consortium of three organizations, ILGA-Asia, Pan-Africa ILGA and COC Netherlands, that is working in a Strategic Partnership with the Dutch government for five years (2021 - 2025). The main aim of the program is WORKING TOWARDS DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES WHERE LGBTI PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. This is based on a Theory of Change developed after broad consultations in the movement. The program supports over 200 LGBTI groups, initiatives, and organizations in the Asian and African regions.

Our vision on working with local organizations is closely linked to our goal of ensuring that LGBTI can participate to their full potential. Consequently, LGBTI people and their organizations play a central role in the shaping of our program. We work inside-out, supporting LGBTI CBOs in their efforts to bring about change from within their own communities. We aim to transform asymmetric power relations and challenge systemic exclusion, discrimination and oppression. In line with that the Alliance has set up an International Advisory Committee before the start of the program in late 2020. After two years, the mandate of half the members of the International Advirosry Committee is coming to an end, and we are inviting candidates from the PAI and ILGA-Asia regions to help us shaping and implementing our program in line with those principles.

Mandate

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) is part of the governance structure of the Power of Pride alliance and the main body advising the alliance on planning, implementation and decision-making processes of the program.

The IAC will maintain an overview on strategic governance processes of the alliance and ensure that the interventions and ways of working of the alliance are in line with their core working principles as formulated in the Vision document.

The IAC applies their knowledge and experience to inform the alliance about the main trends, gaps and needs in the broader LGBTI movement.

The IAC can give solicited and unsolicited (open) advice, which must be considered by the Alliance members according to the IACs own Rules of Procedures.

Roles & responsibilities

The International Advisory Committee consists of 10 to 13 members, of which at least 100% are LGBTI identified. The IAC members elect from amongst their midst an African Co-Chair, an Asian Co-Chair and a Secretary in line with the agreed roles and responsibility policy of the IAC.

The Committee has been established during the program development phase and is operational for the full duration of the program.

The IAC will meet four times per year at most, but with a minimum of at least two meetings. Meetings will be held online, with a possibility of one physical meeting per year.

The role of the Committee is to provide the Program Team with advice on all aspects relating to the implementation of the program to ensure this is in line with the interests of the partners in the program, the Theory of Change and the Vision, and supports the advancement of LGBTI human rights and the movement globally.

The committee's areas of advice are:

  • Development of the program proposal to be submitted to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Implementation of the Vision & strategy of the alliance (ToC).
  • Financial and program management - structures and reporting processes
  • Agenda-setting, decision-making and program management of the consortium
  • Advocacy strategy
  • Grant-making structures
  • Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, including mid-term and end evaluation
  • Selection of themes/topics for the learning agenda
  • Communication and public outreach strategy
  • Partner involvement in decision making
  • Sustainability and innovation
  • Integrity and conflicts of interest related to stakeholders of the PoP program

In practice

The IAC is working in close collaboration with the program team. They can reach out to any of the working groups depending on their area(s) of interest. One member of the program team is assisting at each committee meeting and is involved in the preparation of the agenda. The program team will ask the committee for their advice on relevant issues. In addition, the committee can give unsolicited advice on a relevant area to the program team. The program team will communicate to the Committee how it's dealt with the advice and with what follow up steps. Advice and communication with the program team are internal by nature and confidential.

The Committee members have the following responsibilities:

  • To attend online and in-person committee meetings and engage in online conversations or email exchanges with committee members and program team
  • Develop internal rules of procedures and decision making
  • Elect co-chairs of the committee as well as a secretary from among the members
  • Consult with partners
  • Contribute to discussions and internal conversations on planning
  • Advice on the process and selection of new members on the IAC
  • Writing recommendations & advice reports
  • To select and appoint new members on the committee
  • Adhere to the integrity and SEAH policy of alliance
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct of COC.
  • Adhere to the Vision and principles, including conflict of interest, of the alliance

One committee meeting will be linked to the finalization of the annual work plan to be submitted to the Dutch Ministry. This could be a physical meeting.

Commitment & remuneration:

Committee members must be able to commit to attend and actively participate in 4 meetings per year, of which 3 online and 1 in-person meeting. Online committee meetings last approximately 2 to 3 hours. Time outside of meetings must also be spent on correspondence, reviewing materials, research, and consultation. Preparation time for all meetings is required. Members are expected to spend an average of 50 hours per year on this as well as 4 or 5 days (including travel) for the in-person meeting.

A member who is absent from more than two consecutive formal meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned. For IAC meetings to go ahead a 60% quorum is needed for each meeting.

Members will receive a remuneration of 250 Euro per meeting, based on attendance, as well as travel expenses, including per diem, to attend the in-person meetings.

Timeframe

Members serve on the Committee for a two-year term and can both be from partner organizations and non-beneficiaries in the Power of Pride program. Of the first committee composition selected half are staying for a term of 3 years and a half has stepped down after 2 years to ensure a smooth transition and continuity to new committee members afterward. Once nominated, the new committee members are expected to attend a first meeting in March 2023.

The physical meeting of 2023 is expected to take place in July or August 2023.

Structure of the IAC

The Power of Pride Alliance has sought to set up an International Advisory Committee representing a wide diversity of identities, expertise, competencies, and skills as well as organizational types and levels of operation from within the LGBTI community.

The Power of Pride Alliance is doing so by publishing an open call for expressions of interest for candidates to submit their nominations. The alliance will also reach out and encourage known individuals in their network to apply.

To complement the current composition of the International Advisory Committee, the Alliance is looking for candidates from the following regions :

  • South Asia and West Asia (at this moment, South East Asia is sufficiently represented in the committee)
  • North Africa, francophone West Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa (at the moment, anglophone West Africa and Central Africa are sufficiently represented in the committee)

The Power of Pride coordinator will review all applications based on the list of qualification criteria below and will make a shortlist for the current IAC members to advise on. The Programme Team makes the final decision based on the advice of the IAC.

Membership participation/qualification criteria:

  • Diversity: The alliance is inviting candidates from diverse backgrounds within the LGBTI movement, with a particular emphasis on those less visible and more vulnerable communities due to intersecting forms of discrimination.
  • [CG1] For applicants under 30 years old specifically, the minimum years of experience is lowered to 1.5 years.
  • Youth participation: to encourage meaningful participation of young activists and leadership development, the alliance is particularly welcoming applications from candidates under 30 (UN definition).
  • The alliance is inviting more junior staff (paid/unpaid) of partner organizations to apply instead of heads of organizations.
  • Network & representation: Individuals must be active in the LGBTI movement and able to demonstrate strong ties and recognition with the communities they work in.
  • Balance of geographical/operational level: Activists/individuals from both local grassroots organizations, country-level, and inter-regional/global actors are invited.
  • Localization : Only candidates from the regions listed above are eligible for these positions.
  • Organizational type: Candidates can come from formal or informal organizations or initiatives, established as well as new initiatives.
  • Language: Ability to communicate verbally and in written in English and/or French

IAC Members cannot:

- Be employed by any of the alliance partners

- Be in a romantic or family relationship with an employee of any of the alliance partners

- Be on the boards of any of the alliance partners

- Be in a romantic or family relationship with a board member of any of the alliance partners

- Be based outside Africa / Asia for more than 6 months.

- Be a member of the active Communities of Practice within the Power of Pride program.

Conflict of Interest:

Committee members must act in line with the alliance's code of conduct and declare any possible conflict of interest at the start of their term as well as at the start of a meeting in relation to agenda items where this may arise. Members cannot be involved in conversations that may impact or involve their organizations directly.

Deadline:

If you are interested in contributing to the International Advisory Committee and play a role in the implementation of an international LGBTI program, please submit your candidacy by February20th 2023, the latest by filling out the questionnaire. Make sure to address the criteria as mentioned above.

https://forms.gle/GntGRCxsmi6KQU1s8