EHRA is looking for the consultant in Lithuania on conducting teambuilding and soft skills improvement training session for secretariat team

for EHRA secretariat team

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is looking for qualified social psychologist who will develop and conduct targeted 1,5 day training session on teambuilding and soft skills improvement for EHRA Secretariat team.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organisation, registered by the initiative of harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) in 2017. More information about the Association and specifics of the work you can find on our website http://harmreductioneurasia.org

Participants of the training: team of 9 professionals and experts in advocacy of harm reduction, sustainability and transition, drug policy and drug users’ community mobilization with high education and several years of joint working experience in implementation of regional and national projects.

Place and time: Lithuania, 15-16th of October 2020.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

The aim of the assignments it to develop and conduct teambuilding event with elements of the soft skills improvement for EHRA team. The training will be conducted in-door at out of office bases.

The selected trainer should conduct following tasks:

  1. To conduct rapid assessment of the organisational climate and needs in soft skills development among EHRA staff via individual interviews with up to 6 staff members.
  2. To summarise finding of the assessment and to suggest agenda for the 1,5 day teambuilding training for staff.
  3. To conduct team building training for staff 15-16th of October.
  4. To provide short report summarising results of the assessment and training.

TIMELINE

All tasks should be completed in the period from 1st October till 1st November, 2020. Training itself need to be conducted 15-16th of October, 2020.

Full description of position requirements can be found here

HOW TO APPLY

The candidates are invited to submit:

·        their CV,

·        examples of reports or agenda from teambuilding or soft-skills training and assessment conducted earlier and

·        letter of interest with calculation of the cost of assignment.

by e-mail referenced under title “Teambuilding” to Ganna Dovbakh at anna@harmreductioneurasia.org by 27th September 2020, 24:00 EET. Results will be announced by September 30, 2020. Each candidate will be contacted individually.

PAYMENT

Payment for the work of the consultant under this ToR will be decided based on the results of the tendering process.

The cost of the travel within Lithuania to the venue of the training, accommodation, and food during the training for the consultant will be covered by EHRA.

Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to anna@harmreductioneurasia.org

 

EHRA is looking for consultant to conduct a research on NPS in Estonia

BACKGROUND

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organisation, registered by the initiative of harm reduction activists and organisations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) in 2017.

More information about the Association and specifics of the work you can find on our website http://harmreductioneurasia.org

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

In cooperation with School of Law, Swansea University, UK, EHRA is seeking to engage national  consultant in Estonia to conduct a research on the use of new psychoactive substances (hereinafter – NPS) in Estonia.

The assessment is aimed to analyze existing evidence and documents to overview the (a) existing statistics/data on NPS use from various sources, (b) researches of patterns of use and procurement of NPS (via clubs, darknet, etc), (c) existing algorithms of ambulance and police actions, and (d) availability of harm reduction services for NPS users, and how existing services needs to adapt to meet the needs created by NPS in Estonia. This research will be conducted using the same methodology as one, done already in Moldova, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Serbia.

The potential candidates should:

  • collect national data sources (such as website links, documents (in word, pdf formats), presentations and other materials) on NPS (documents and research data on drug use, behavior and harm reduction services, existing laws on health and drug policy).
  • to organize the field data collection:
  • recruit not less than 20 respondents from community of people who use drugs and other key affected populations and conduct focus-groups;
  • arrange and conduct interviews with officials from law enforcement and health services, harm reduction services (list of needed interviewees will be agreed with EHRA);
  • according the collected national sources on NPS use, together with EHRA staff member to adjust questionnaire for interviews/ focus groups;
  • develop a report on NPS use in Estonia.

Soft copies of all collected data and minutes of interviews should be shared with EHRA via DropBox or GoogleDrive. In case of using quotes from individuals, the consultant must have a signed informed consent from each interviewee.

EHRA will support the consultant by facilitating the contacts between the Consultant and national harm reduction experts / networks of people who use drugs; as well will guide through the methodology of the research.

TIMELINE

 All tasks should be completed in the period from 1st October till 15th November, 2020.

Selection of the consultants will be done by the Commission in EHRA, based on the following Evaluation criteria:

 Relevant experience in harm reduction/drug policy field or/and social research field data collection (50 points)

Wide range of contacts on national level (with community of PWUD, law enforcement, health and harm reduction services) (30 points)

Fluency in written Russian and/or English (20 points)

HOW TO APPLY

 The candidates are invited to submit their CV and letter of interest with suggested respondents list, and state the daily rate in EUR (should be provided in EHRA’s template) by e-mail referenced under title

“National Consultant” to Eliza Kurcevic at eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org by 27th September 2020, 24:00 EET.

 Results will be announced by September 30, 2020. Each candidate will be contacted individually.

Payment

Payment for the work of the consultant under this ToR will be decided based on the results of the tendering process. The work under this ToR for the consultant should not exceed 20 working days altogether over a period of one and a half of month including the collection of national data sources, organization of focus groups and interviews with key respondents, development of the report, and validation of data of the report. The stated daily rate should be confirmed by the consultant. The final daily rate could be the subject to agreement between the parties. In case the consultant can’t confirm the stated daily rate or EHRA is not being able to agree the daily rate with the consultant, EHRA reserves the right not to sign the contract with the expert and approach the next candidate in line in accordance with the results of the tendering process.

Any questions regarding the participation should be sent to eliza@harmreductioneurasia.org

EHRA is looking for Finance and Grants Officer

International non-profit organization, working in the sphere of advocacy, human rights, realization of socially important projects invites a financial specialist to join its team.

For more information about EHRA and the main programs being implemented by EHRA, please, follow the following links:  https://harmreductioneurasia.org/about-us/

Working conditions:

Distance work using own facilities: computer, stable access to the Internet.

Consultancy agreement without social insurance for one year starting from October 2020. 

Ability to come to the EHRA’s office in Vilnius (Lithuania) at least twice a year. EHRA will cover flight and accommodation during visit.

General requirements and experience:

  • Understanding the legal, regulatory documents, the requirements of donor organizations.
  • Work with large volumes of information.
  • Excellent problem-solving and time management skills and ability to prioritize/multi-task;

EHRA expects qualified candidates to have the following skills and experience:

  • University/college degree (e.g. in finance/accounting or relevant fields);
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in finance.
  • At least 1 year of experience in working with grant agreement, donation and international donor‘s organizations; ( GFATM, RCF, UNAIDS, EJAF, etc.)
  • Preferred experience in working with non-profit/NGO sector, donation and international donor‘s organizations;
  • Preferred experience in the preparation of different types of contracts (grant, service, etc.)

Excellent command of Russian (oral and written), good English (written). Languages of communication with partners: Russian and English.

Personal qualities:

  • Optimism, tolerance to cultural differences.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Communication skills.

Full description of position requirements can be found here

 Compensation:  Gross salary is 1100 USD include all taxes.

 Interested candidates should provide:

  • updated CV outlining specific relevant experience and two references.
  • a short cover letter indicating suitability for the position.

 Documents should be sent to: info@harmreductioneurasia.org until September 27, 2020.

 Interviews will be done on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

“Support. Don’t punish” campaign results

On June 26, 2020 a number of events were held within the framework of the global campaign “Support. Don’t Punish” in the countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region with the support of the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD), the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), the International Consortium on Drug Policy (IDPC) and other networks and organizations, as well as with personal support of the activists and initiative groups. The COVID-19 pandemic made its adjustments to the campaign. However, the restrictive measures did not stop the activists, and they managed to hold the activities and events albeit in a changed format.

 

The campaign declares that health care and human rights must be installed in the core of drug policy. Activists took to the streets to publicly protest cruel and senseless government policies aimed at people who use drugs. Every year this campaign is held all over the world with the purpose of drawing attention to this unsolved problem over and over again!

 

June 26 is also the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Such a discriminatory and repressive name for this day was invented at the UN. Of course this is not surprising, taking into account the roles played by the United Nations in the never-ending “war on drugs” around the world, and in cowardly disregard or support by various structures and agencies of this organization of the methods of repressive drug policies of many countries around the world.

You can learn more about repressive drug policies and campaigns in Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Germany in the report. 

The report was prepared by Alexander Levin, Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs. link

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How to exhibit about harm reduction at music festival

Harm reduction at music festivals – it is not a new practice for Europe. However, here, in CEECA region, we are just making first steps towards implementation of such practices in condition of criminalization of drug possession and distribution. This year at one of the small festivals in Lithuania, our team joined the initiative and now we are ready to share a few impressions. “Say know” instead of “say no” to drugs was our motto during the YAGA festival, which took place on August 6-10 in Lithuania.

The participants of the festival, regardless of whether they use psychoactive substances or not, were very interested in any information on how to protect themselves and others in different situations related to the consumption and different sexual practices.  What do we need to know to reduce the risk or harm from substance use?

– You need to know what you use. With legal substances, the quality of the product has been tested and licensed by the government. In the case of illegal substances, you can not trust what drug dealers say. Drug testing is a key approach to harm reduction. It would be ideal to analyze the content of different substances in a drug, but so far only a couple of countries in Europe have offered such testing . In the context of the festival, it is possible to carry out reagent tests, when a person can test by himself or herself whether the substance declared by the seller is in a tablet or powder, some tests also make it possible to determine the purity of the substance. After taking several tests, a person will be able to find out if there are any other substances in the tablets.

– You need to know the health risks and consequences of using psychoactive substances in different ways and know remember reduction measures to prevent the risks. EHRA team at the exhibition of harm reduction tools showed visitors what items can help to reduce the health risks of smoking, oral, injected, or rectal use.

– You need to know how to prevent overdose or how to make human life safer in the event of an overdose. And while the use of naloxone is recommended for opioid drugs, there are no such simple overdose prevention methods for stimulants.  

What is important is that the team has agreed in advance with the festival organizers, local authorities, the police, and medical services on all harm reduction activities. Any talk about drugs, peer counseling, or a seminar on drugs initially frightens the organizers, as if the conversation itself was propaganda for use. In Lithuania, the Be safe lab project has been running for several years now at the most popular music festivals, in cooperation with the Drug, Tobacco, and alcohol control department and the Coalition “I can live”. Thanks to this project, festival participants have access to information about the harm caused by different substances, especially if they are mixed, and have an opportunity to receive professional medical (psychological and drug treatment) assistance in case of problems. Such partnership facilitated our activity at the festival.

Information about the safe combination of drugs, harm reduction measures for different ways of use, reducing the risk of overdose, and assistance with the unpleasant consequences of drug use (what is called a bad trip, when psychosis, paranoid conditions, etc.) – these topics mostly were in demand among festival participants. It was important that professional help and support in case of problems related to the use of this drug was available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right at the festival. Our partners from Demetra during the festival provided the opportunity for those wishing to be tested for HIV, as well as free consultations on safe sex and receive condoms and lubricants.

One of popular spots in the festival camp was EHRA’s equipment exhibition “HARM REDUCTION TOOLS”. The wooden stand demonstrated different examples of the tools used to reduce harm was placed with short explanation – for what drug is it used and what health harm it could prevent. Different drug use equipment like smoking kits, snorting kits, booty bumping, tools for oral administration of drugs, injecting equipment, reagents for the drug checking were presented. 

In total, around 15-20 different tools from traditional needles and syringes, condoms and lubricants to overdose preventing medication such as nasal naloxone, other tools of safety such as tests for drug checking and gelatine capsules. During several hours per day one of the EHRA volunteers guided festival participants on what was presented on the stand as well as provided with additional explanation on harm reduction approaches and tools used all around the globe and in Lithuania.

The idea with harm reduction exhibition worked out well, a lot of people came to the stand, listened to the "lecturer", asked questions and took reagent tests and gelatine capsules. People said that they feel "enlightened" and that this project is very useful and important. Our colleagues from Demetra and Be Safe Lab also learned a lot and proposed to repeat this exhibition at future events.
Maria Plotko
Senior Program Officer, exhibition co-creator

Also this year EHRA team organized a seminar “Sex, Drugs and Harm Reduction” to tell festival visitors more about harm reduction, safe use of psychoactive substances and about protection in “chemsex”.

The last but, not least initiative was the distribution of reagent tests for those who wanted to check psychoactive substances. This action was important in term of local approach to the harm reduction as in Lithuania on-site drug checking is not allowed (criminalized).

Despite the late hour quite big group of people came to the workshop on Sex, Drugs and Harm reduction there was a problem with loud music and no lightning but people stayed anyway, surprisingly asked a lot of questions about naloxone
Maria Plotko
Senior Program Officer, exhibition co-creator

Harm reduction during music festivals and events, introduction of harm reduction tools for non-injection use into harm reduction programs, integration of substance testing in CEECA countries – all these tasks are faced by EHRA in advocacy. Based on the practical experience of consulting during the festival, the team will act more effectively in future activities.

It was a pleasure for the EHRA team and for me personally to hear from young people from around the world, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland that our exhibition of harm reduction tools was useful. Many people, while looking at simple tools, immediately discussed how and where to buy gelatin capsules or substance tests. Health and safety are very important to everyone we talked to, and harm reduction programs are an opportunity to know and understand more about your safety and well-being. It is a pity that harm reduction organizations in the Eurasia region rarely have the full range of resources to help people who use drugs. Sometimes there is nothing else but a simple syringe, condom, and HIV information material. But the topic of quality and range of harm reduction services in our region is definitely much broader than our visit to one music festival with an exhibition and seminar.
Ganna Dovbakh
EHRA Executive Director

EHRA is looking for a video production crew based in Vilnius to participate in webinar workshop materials production

BACKGROUND

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization since 2017, operating in 29 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA). EHRA mission is to actively unite and support communities and civil societies to ensure the rights and freedoms, health, and well-being of people who use psychoactive substances in the CEECA region. EHRA’s Secretariat is based in Vilnius, Lithuania.

EHRA is going to conduct a series of webinars on human rights and documenting human rights violations for activists, civil society and community organizations from 5 South East Europe countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, The Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia. 3 webinars will be conducted online on September 16, 23 and 30, 2020. Prior to each webinar participants will be provided with 2-3 educational videos, where 2 experts will discuss certain topics in a dialogue/interview format. Language of videos and webinars is English.

Purpose and objectives

Filming of 6 and production of 7 videos for webinars of 30-40 minutes for educational purposes. The process includes:

  • Filming with own crew‘s equipment of 6 two-experts dialogue (one expert is based in Vilnius, other in Toronto (Canada). Vilnius-based expert part should be filmed by the crew in Vilnius, Toronto expert will film his part himself. 7th video will be filmed by experts in Tallinn, Estonia, themselves and provide the crew with filmed material. Video dialogues will last up to 2 hours each.
  • Video editing of each of 7 video dialogues up to 30-40 minutes videos according to content, stylistic and visual guidelines provided by EHRA staff, including infographics and minor visual effects.
  • Ensuring audio files of edited final video versions are available to EHRA.
  • Video teaser/intro production for a series of webinars announcement.

 

Deliverables and outputs

  • Shooting of 6 webinars between August 26 – September 22, 2020.
  • Production and editing of 7 video materials September 1-25, 2020.
  • Teaser/intro production by September 1, 2020

Timeline

  1. Online interview with details of cooperation, requirements for the final product – August 24, 2020.
  2. Face-to-face meeting to agree on the scene of shooting – August 25, 2020.
  3. Shooting period (August 26 – September 22, 2020).
  4. Postproduction period (September 1-25, 2020).

Evaluation criteria

A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the proposals:

  • evaluation of the previous experience (portfolio) via technical criteria – 80% in total evaluation
  • comparison of the costs (best value for money) – 20% in total evaluation.

Cost evaluation is only undertaken for technical submissions that score a minimum 70 points out of a maximum of 100 as a requirement to pass the technical evaluation. A proposal which fails to achieve the minimum technical threshold will not be considered further.

To assess submitted applications, the following technical criteria will be used (80%):

Criteria Weighting
Experience of indoor shooting reflected in portfolio; 30 points
Experience in filming process organization; 30 points
Experience in video editing, previous work with captions and graphic elements reflected in portfolio; 30 points
A sense of taste and style; 10 points
Total 100 points

 

Cost proposal (20%):

EHRA will allocate same importance to the provided portfolio and recorded experience as to the cost of the services. The cost proposal will be evaluated in terms of best value-for money to EHRA in EUR, price and other factors considered.

Conditions

This announcement and its attachments shall not be construed as a contract or a commitment of any kind. This request for proposals in no way obligates EHRA to award a contract, nor does it commit EHRA to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the proposals.

Terms of payment and other conditions same as a final timeline will be indicated in the agreement which EHRA will sign with the winner.

How to apply

To respond to this TOR, please send letter of interest with prices in EUR (shooting and video editing per video gross) and submit your portfolio by e-mail referenced under title “Video crew” to alina@harmreductioneurasia.org by 24:00 EET, August 23, 2020.