TBEC is running a  free pilot mentoring project starting in September to develop advocacy-related skills and provide a space for support, growth, and learning for our members in Western and Central Europe. The aim of this project is to bring together advocates from across the region and create a network of support for civil society and TB-affected communities.

Engaging civil society and TB-affected communities in the TB response is key to achieving targets set out in the SDGs and the UN High-Level Meeting on TB. CSOs and TB-affected communities cover a wide range of activities that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, and effective treatment and care of TB. Enhancing the interpersonal and organizational skills of TB advocates is key to promoting the increased engagement of CSO and TB-affected communities in decision-making.

Given under-funding of the response to TB, advocates are often running projects with little support. They are working to fulfill multiple roles, etc. Every year, we run a survey for our members to indicate the resources and support they require. Using this data, we have created this project to cover the areas that have been repeatedly highlighted. Participants will work with experts to build their own skills and plan for the future development of their projects.

The free course will run for 10 weeks starting in mid-September until the end of November (exact times and dates for sessions will be dependent on the availability of successful applicants). Sessions will consist of 6 lecture-based webinars with group discussion and 4 sessions of facilitated group work. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to the Course including Welcome and Goal Setting
  • Week 2: Overview of CSO Funding & Grant Applications
  • Week 3: Group work (Development of Funding Strategy)
  • Week 4: Communication Strategies for Advocacy
  • Week 5: Group Work (Development of Comms Plan)
  • Week 6: The Role of Human Rights in Advocacy
  • Week 7: Group Work
  • Week 8: EU Advocacy and Parliamentary Engagement
  • Week 9: Group Work (Development of Engagement Strategy)
  • Week 10: Conclusion of Course, Lessons Learnt

Each session will last around 90 minutes and take place virtually. Successful applicants will be expected to do work in their own time between sessions in order to prepare for each week.

This is an initial pilot mentoring project and will therefore only be available for 4-6 successful applicants. If the mentoring project proves successful TBEC hopes to continue with more participants in 2022.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Member of TBEC. If you are not a member of TBEC please join here before submitting your application.
  • Live or work in an EU Member State, member of the EEA, or EU candidate country*.
  • Ability to communicate and work in English
  • Interested in learning more about the global response to TB and developing your own advocacy and interpersonal skills.
  • Committed to tackling the TB epidemic and promoting equitable access to healthcare services for all
  • Some experience working on a patient and/or health advocacy would be preferred but is not necessary

If you are interested in applying to be a participant please complete the application form by Wednesday, 25th August 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and successful applicants will be informed by the end of August. Participants will be selected based on their relevant experience, interest, and commitment to ending TB. We welcome applications from TB survivors and people living with HIV.

By completing the application form you agree to commit 2-3 hrs a week for 10 weeks to participate in the mentoring activities in this course. Any information submitted in the application will only be shared with TBEC secretariat staff and mentors to help tailor sessions to participants’ needs.

*Including potential candidates. Find out more about EU enlargement and candidate countries here: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/enlarg/candidates.htm

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