• MA/MS or other graduate degree; or BA with equivalent work experience• Experience facilitating workshops and conducting trainings for a variety of audiences• Fluent spoken and written Mandarin Chinese and English• Field experience in China• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS or other public health issues in relation to the right to health and issuesfacing marginalized populations• Ability to work on a flexible schedule to accommodate communications over several time zones• Excellent problem-solving abilities• Excellent presentation and communication skills (both written and oral)• Familiarity with Monitoring & Evaluation metrics and procedures desirable• Strong team player who can also work independently when needed• Adventurous and entrepreneurial outlook• Community organizing and advocacy experience preferred
• Experience with Training-of-Trainers-focused workshop scenarios desirable
Applicants must have the right to work and reside in China. Asia Catalyst will not pay relocation.• Work collaboratively with program team to outline training frameworks and contents• Draft or edit curricula for quarterly training sessions in the areas of nonprofit management andcommunity-based advocacy• Set guidelines in line with program objectives and conduct screening and selection of programparticipants through application review and interviews• Prepare and co-facilitate training sessions and follow-up coaching in Mandarin Chinese• For smaller workshop settings, lead facilitation of organizational management workshops for grassroots CBOs• Organize and implement site visits to partner organizations• Revise workshop curricula regularly based on workshop feedback• Identify needs of and develop resources to increase learning opportunities for grassroots CBOs• Co-facilitate training of trainers and provide ongoing support to Asia Catalyst Assistant Trainersand Certified Trainers• Monitor subgranting projects and provide necessary technical support• Become a trusted resource and advocate for our grassroots partners• Work collaboratively with program team to monitor program quality and evaluate impact• Assist in grant writing and regular narrative reporting• Coordinate logistics of travel, and assist in administrative & financial tasks as needed
Interested applicants should submit the following in English to Gisa Dang at email@example.com:
To view this position announcement as a PDF, see here.• one page cover letter including the position you are applying for, how you heard of this opening, and a description of relevant experience and qualifications.• résumé or CV• two page unedited writing sample (In English)• two page unedited writing sample (In Chinese)• contact details for two references Please title the email "CBCI CHINA PA." Applicants who do not include all of these materials will not be considered. We will only contact applicants we wish to interview. Please no calls.
Sun Luqing founded Home for Hemophilia Patients in 2004 alongside a group of his peers living with Hemophilia. As the biggest organization working on Hemophilia issues in Shandong Province, China, Home for Hemophilia has filled a gap in the region for over a decade. The organization has 3 staff and 4 key volunteers, serving more than 400 community members.
After Sun Luqing completed Asia Catalyst's Yearlong CBO Training Program in 2014, Home for Hemophilia Patients crafted an advocacy plan to respond to changes in Shandong Province's Rural Cooperative Medical System (RCMC). China began the RCMC in 2002 to strengthen its rural health system, improve access to health care, and reduce the financial burden of medical costs for the rural population. By the start of 2013, the System is said to have reached 805 million rural dwellers (98% of the total rural population). However, certain restrictions to the System--and Province-level policies--left some marginalized groups without appropriate coverage.
Enter Sun Luqing and Home for Hemophilia Patients.
At its inception, the RCMC offered patients in Shandong around 80% reimbursement of all medical expenses. In early 2015, sweeping changes were implemented in Shandong. Hospitals were categorized into first, second, and third tiers, with reimbursement rates fixed at 90%, 70%, and 55% for inpatient treatment respectively. In addition, Shandong also implemented financial caps. This meant each patient could not receive more than 50,000RMB (US $8,061) for outpatient and 190,000RMB (US $30,600) for inpatient treatment annually.
The danger of the shifting system for people living with Hemophilia was immediately clear to Sun Luqing. Zero first tier hospitals (90% reimbursement) and exceptionally few second tier (70%) carried medicine for Hemophilia. Most patients thus would have to go to the third tier hospitals. Treatment for Hemophilia is costly, and people living with the disease often face complex economic hardship.
To combat the changes, Home for Hemophilia Patients developed a petition to change the RCMC to offer greater coverage, and to include additional necessary medicines in the reimbursement plans. The CBO circulated the petition to its constituents, gathering nearly fifty signatures from community members.
On January 12, 2015, the group submitted the petition to policy makers at the local Shandong Medical Insurance Bureau. In February, just one month later, the Medical Insurance Bureau committed to discussions on the request to include additional medicine in the reimbursement plan. Then, on April 2, 2015, the Bureau gave a statement that it would increase the outpatient reimbursement financial cap from 50,000 RMB (US $8,061) to 1.5 million RMB (US $241,000) annually. In addition, for inpatient treatment--the Bureau said--the third tier reimbursement rate would rise from 55% to 60%.
By April 15, 2015, one city in Shandong has already been able to implement these changes; some people living with Hemophilia there have already been able to more readily and affordably access necessary medical care and treatment.
The work is far from over but, in China, incremental victory is often the surest path to success.
Sun Luqing says, "As a result of our CBOs advocacy, the outpatient reimbursement rates for Hemophilia patients in Shandong Province have drastically increased. This will help most people living with Hemophilia to easily and affordably get treatment. As for our organization, we'll keep conducting advocacy on the issue. We know that can create real progress."
Part time: 16-20 hours/week
Reports to: Development and Communications Coordinator
Start date: March 2015
Application Deadline: March 9, 2015
Apply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asia Catalyst seeks a part time, unpaid intern for an 8-week placement, starting in March 2015 to work in our midtown-Manhattan office. We seek self-starters with a passion for social justice and rule of law who will be an active part of the organization. Candidates with an interest or background in Asia and human rights, particularly the right to health, are encouraged to apply.
Supervised by the Development and Communications Coordinator, the intern will learn about institutional and individual fundraising and communications strategy and work to promote Asia Catalyst's advocacy objectives and capacity building programs through the organization's growing development department. The intern will primarily work with senior staff to identify and initiate development strategies to maximize the success of Asia Catalyst's regional program. The regional program will bring together community leaders from marginalized groups in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Viet Nam to build skills on human rights analysis, documentation, and advocacy. Program participants will conduct rights-based advocacy on the issue of discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV) in healthcare settings.
The intern will also draft and manage substantive content for internal and external use to promote Asia Catalyst's other program and advocacy activities in Asia, via our blog, website, and social media accounts. In addition, the intern will also work together with the Development and Communications coordinator and management to update and augment Asia Catalyst's annual fundraising strategy and timeline based on the organization's objectives, current funding streams, and core values.
- Excellent written communication skills in English required; Asian Language skills (Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Khmer) helpful
- Computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, ability to learn new programs
- Strong organizational, time management and communication skills with meticulous attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently as well as function as a member of a team;
- Ability to work with all programs, all staff, and across time zones;
- Work with Development and Communications Coordinator to develop and implement a strategy to support Asia Catalyst's regional program and other activities in Asia; manage content submissions from other staff and partners, research and contribute content;
- Research new funding sources for Asia Catalyst and help track calls for proposals and statements of interest from prospective donors; identify opportunities for pro bono collaboration or contributions in-kind
- Research and contribute general content to Asia Catalyst's blog on substantive right to health related issues; use social media to promote the work of Asia Catalyst and our community partners;
- Generate and implement ideas; identify opportunities in communities, the media, and beyond to highlight Asia Catalyst, its programs, and its events;
- Track relevant news and research reports about health rights in Asia Catalyst's target communities for monthly media analysis mailings; assist with composing monthly media analysis
- Participate in bi-weekly staff and volunteer meetings;
- Support the Executive Director and Development and Communications Coordinator in additional tasks as needed.
Asia Catalyst works with community based organizations from marginalized groups in Asia that promote the right to health. We train our partners to meet high standards of effective and democratic governance, to establish a stable foundation for future growth, and to conduct rigorous human rights research and advocacy. We aim to help our partners become leading advocates at the local, national and global levels.
Asia Catalyst does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, age, religion, disability, status, genetic information, military status or any other classification as provided by law.
This position is based in New York, New York, and is unpaid.
Interested applicants can submit a resume and writing sample to email@example.com by March 9, 2015. No calls please.
China: Increase protections for Transgender Female Sex Workers
Decriminalize sex work, target HIV interventions.
(Friday January 16, Beijing) Transgender female sex workers are amongst the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, Asia Catalyst said in a new report published today. The Chinese government should decriminalize sex work and enact anti-discrimination legislation including gender identity and sexual orientation as protected categories.
The 72 page report, "My life is too dark to see the light-- A Survey of the Living Conditions of Transgender Female Sex Workers in Beijing and Shanghai" documents the daily reality for transgender female sex workers in Beijing and Shanghai. Based on 10 months' research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker)&MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report documents discrimination, police violence, legal restrictions and a policy environment preventing this highly marginalized group's access to public services, legal identity and appropriate health care. They experience amplified stigma due to both their gender identity and their profession.
"Severe prejudice is a major stumbling block for even the most basic tasks," said Zheng Huang, executive director of Shanghai Xinsheng. "Imagine being laughed at when using a public toilet, being evicted from your home or, even worse, dangerously self-medicating hormone use because no doctor will see you."
As sex work is illegal in China, the police are one of the greatest challenges that transgender sex workers face. Interviewees reported police abuse, especially verbal and physical violence leveled at their transgender identity. Transgender women whose ID cards designate them as male, are detained together with men. The report found that criminalization of sex work is a major obstacle to effective HIV interventions for this population.
Chinese law allows transgender people to change the gender identity on official documents only on condition of Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). For those that do not want SRS, or cannot afford to do so, these requirements leave them with identity documents that do not match their gender identity, resulting in frequent public humiliation, and barriers in accessing basic services.
"Banking, travel, or renting an apartment, can quickly deteriorate into an exercise in public humiliation if the gender on your I.D card does not match your gender identity," said Guo Ziyang, executive director of Beijng Zuoyou Center. "Making surgery a pre-condition to change the gender on your I.D denies people the right to choose how, when and if to affirm their gender identity through medical procedures. The law should have no place in this very personal decision."
The report noted, by 2020 transgender women and MSM (men who have sex with men) will most likely constitute the majority of all new HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the research found that most services for transgender populations in China are only included as part of men who have sex with men (MSM) programming. This is not only at odds with the gender identity of transgender women, but has also served to limit attention and resources to the unique HIV-related needs of transgender people. It has also prevented the development of effective public health interventions for this population.
"Globally, transgender female sex workers are among the populations most heavily affected by, and at risk of, HIV," said Charmain Mohamed, Executive Director of Asia Catalyst. "But transgender specific data collection, HIV programming and outreach is almost non-existent in China."
For more information and press interviews please contact:
Tingting Shen (English and
Director of Advocacy, Research and Policy, Asia Catalyst
Guo Ziyang (Chinese)
Beijing Zuoyou Center
Shanghai CSW&MSM Center
"全球来看， 跨性别女性性工作者是艾滋病影响最严重的人群。"亚洲促进会的执行主任莫逍（Charmain Mohamed）说："但是，关于跨性别群体的数据收集、艾滋病干预项目和外展工作在中国几乎无处可寻。"
My name is Liu Min.* I am 48, I live in Shanghai, and I have been a sex worker for the past 15 years. I am a person with a disability, and I only have one arm. Coming from a rural area in China, I don't have other means with which to make a living. I go to the park everyday to find clients, my sex work helps me to support myself.
I am a volunteer of Shanghai Xinsheng, an organization that provides health and HIV prevention services for sex workers in China. In my work with the CBO, I help to distribute condoms to other sisters (female sex workers) that I work with in the park.
November 17-18, I was invited to attend a conference titled "Women and HIV in the Context of Commercial Sex" in Beijing, which was organized by the Red Ribbon Forum, a platform for government and civil society organizations to discuss HIV and rights issues, and UN agencies. The conference discussed key issues that sex workers like me face everyday: law enforcement and the negative impact on our health and safety.
The conference invited speakers from the health department to talk about the HIV epidemic among sex workers, and the challenges in conducting HIV interventions among sex workers. What impressed me is that sex workers and sex worker organizations at the conference had the same space to speak as government representatives. The conference also invited international representatives from Vietnam, New Zealand and Switzerland to talk about how these countries handle sex work and related health issues.
Some of the issues mentioned during the conference are important for preventing HIV/AIDS among low-income sisters. For example, China should abolish using possession of condoms as evidence against sex workers, give sex workers rights, and encourage more people to join HIV/AIDS prevention work. If we can stop using condoms as evidence to detain sex workers, and abolish the Custody and Education system that authorizes the police to lock up our sisters and clients for up to two years, it will be quite beneficial for us. Both of these were discussed at the conference.The conference discussions were very meaningful for us. When I came back
to Shanghai from the conference, I shared these information with other sisters. They all agree that it would be significant if the conference goals are implemented. Meanwhile, I hope there will be more discussions on the misconducting/unlawful law-enforcement of governmental agencies. I wish the police didn't conduct massive crackdowns on sex work, didn't arrest us as soon as they see us standing on the street. Of course, it will be even better if they recognize our occupation, instead of stigmatizing us.
I learned information about foreign countries from the conference, as well as met sisters from overseas, and I found foreign countries are more open than China. In terms of legislation and sex worker rights, which was mentioned by some international experts during the conference, I think it will be really difficult to achieve in China. There was a representative from the Vietnam Department of Justice, but no representatives from the Chinese public security or Department of Justice attended. Thus, I think it will be difficult to achieve our goals.
I am very glad that there were several sisters in this conference, and we have the opportunity to stand up and speak out on the mistreatment that we experience at work. I feel very proud that I made several comments, though I have no idea how much impact my words will bring. Also I met some good friends (sister) through the conference, and I hope there would be more occasions like this, and that more sisters can join and make their voices heard.
*Name has been changed to protect the author's identity