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Africa Advocacy Foundation, Volunteer with us

VOLUNTEER WITH US

 

Want to use your time and skills in a rewarding way? Then join our AAF team as a volunteer! Volunteering can be a lot of fun and is a great way to meet new people and make friends. It could also help you learn new skills and gain valuable work experience. We currently have a number of volunteering opportunities that might interest you. Interested volunteers are invited to submit their application form and CV along with a cover letter to info@africaadvocacy.org. You can also contact us by phone, email or visiting us at AAF.

"By volunteering, I am able to stay connected with issues like VAWG that I am passionate about, gain new skills and take pride in supporting AAF's work."

 

Anne Flaherty   |   AAF Volunteer

Africa Advocacy Foundation, Fundraise with us

FUNDRAISE WITH US

 

You can raise funds or donate to AAF activities. Whether you organize a one-off fundraising event or donate monthly, we guarantee that your donation you make to AAF goes directly to supporting our service users in greatest need. Thank you for your support.

Work with us

WORK WITH US

 

You can apply online by filling out the form below.

Africa Advocacy Foundation, work with us

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:                    Specialist Advice & Advocacy Worker - HIV/IDVA

Salary:                         £30,940.00 pro rata

Hours:                         Fulltime: 35 hours per week.

Contract:                    12 months with 3-month probation period.

Location:                     AAF Offices in London Reporting to:    AAF Programmes Director Accountable to:   AAF CEO

 

Background

Africa Advocacy Foundation (AAF) started in 1996 and works to support and empower individuals and families experiencing multiple disadvantages and barriers including ill health, violence, poverty, isolation, language, culture, faith, health and social needs.

 

AAF works with migrant women including undocumented and those with no recourse to public funds. Apart from being HIV positive our female users also experience domestic and sexual abuse, have undergone FGM, historical child brides and remain vulnerable and without support.

 

We are looking for a qualified individual preferably black African and female with knowledge and understanding of the cultural, faith and language needs of our HIV positive women who are also affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

 

Purpose of Job

The post-holder will be responsible for the initial assessment of clients’ needs as well as providing information, advice and support. She will provide specialist HIV advice and advocacy for clients and as well domestic and sexual abuse support and referrals to specialist agencies; ensuring access to culturally appropriate counselling services and other services relevant to the identified needs of each client.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

To receive initial requests for advice and information, assess users’ needs and ensure appropriate responses to their HIV and related VAWG needs.

 

To refer clients on to other agencies as appropriate for specialist help with issues that fall outside the remit of the HIV and related VAWG services, including mental health, counselling, legal support and representations.

 

  • To ensure that service users have access to interpreting services when required and to brief and arrange for trained volunteers to escort and interpret for users when they need to attend appointments as appropriate.

 

  • To maintain accurate and up to date records, reports and correspondence, taking responsibility for individual cases including monitoring and adhere to AAF standards of operation.

 

  • To collate information in order to monitor and evaluate the service, providing reports as required to the line manager and funders.

 

  • To develop excellent working relationships with other professionals working with the client group and to network with other professionals in the advice work field.

 

  • To undertake training and self-development in order to develop skills and increase knowledge and understanding of issues facing African women affected by HIV, sexual and domestic abuse.

 

  • To uphold the Aims and Principles of AAF and its Equality and Diversity policies

 

Other Responsibilities:

 

  • To support service users’ in raising awareness on new policy initiatives around sexual health, HIV care and outcomes, Gender based Violence and actively contribute to AAF campaigning and awareness raising workshops.

 

  • To attend supervision meetings with AAF Programmes Director or any other designated person.

 

  • To undertake any other appropriate tasks in pursuance of the aims and objectives of AAF, as required.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

  • Excellent understanding of the issues facing African HIV positive women and families in the areas of domestic and sexual abuse, cultural and faith issues. A qualified individual preferably black African and female (required)

  • Ability to undertake risk assessments and create safety plans for service users, casework and file management (required)

 

  • Ability to support and promote service users’ rights and to work closely with local authorities including safeguarding children’s partnerships and other agencies to address identified needs. (required)

 

  • Knowledge of supporting clients in proving evidence if and when needed by courts (required)

 

  • Knowledge of the way social care, welfare and relevant legislation affect users (required).

 

  • An ordered and systematic approach to work and willingness to work unsocial hours (required)

 

  • Ability to recruit and manage volunteers, work as part of a team and to carryout peer group services, outreach and escort to services when necessary (required)

 

  • A good command of the English language both spoken and written (required)

 

  • Ability to speak and write at least one African language (desirable)

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