November 1, 2021

The Pamoja Advocacy Project

TAKE THIS SURVEY AND STAND A CHANCE TO BE A PAMOJAN ADVOCATE.

Introduction

The Pamoja advocacy program is a six (6) months sub-project of the larger advocacy project that seeks to groom a cohort of Africa youths who believes in creating a sense of togetherness and unity amongst young Africans between the age of 18 – 30 years, who are living with Type 1 diabetes, in other to build an inclusive society and improve their lives.

  • To rebuild the connection and community with each other as Pamojans
  • To re-enforce their skill and learning
  • To build a strong and supportive footing that can anchor their advocacy.

The objective of the survey is to select a Cohort of young adults who are Type 1 diabetics. The cohorts would be trained to become Advocates/Ambassadors who would stand, fight and protect the rights and interest for those living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria and the world at large.

Criteria

Should be;

  • Type 1 diabetic
  • Between the age of 18 – 30 years
  • Has good understanding of English (written and spoken) and 1 other local language.
  • Passionate about type 1 diabetes advocacy, global health, access to medicine, non-communicable diseases, drug pricing and change movement
  • Exhibit character of leadership, dependability, patience, maturity, integrity, and ability to work autonomously and in a team.
  • Honest and able to safeguard and make responsible use of information and resources.
  • An active member of their community
  • Respective and able to relate to people from all social works of life
  • Enthusiastic, positive and willing to learn and grow, and
  • Does not have a criminal record.

Aim/Objective

The aim of the Pamoja Advocacy Program is to equip a strong cohort of Nigerian advocates with advocacy tools, strategies, and know-how to create awareness, stigma-free and an inclusive society.

T1 International, Sonia Nabeta Foundation and LIFT4Africa have taken the bold step to build a society where no one has to rely on donations of insulin and supplies, which means a long-term community and policy change is essential.

Advocates will fight for policies that represent the needs of people living with Type 1 Diabetes in Nigeria.

Down the Memory Lane

Year 1 – 2019

In November 2019, our partners (T1I & SNF) initiated year 1 of the Pamoja program, with a three (3) days advocacy workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop trained thirteen (13) young adults with Type 1 diabetes from Ghana (3), Kenya (2), Nigeria (1), South Africa (1), Tanzania (3) and Uganda (3). The Pamoja Advocate have since returned to their country home with one goal –

Production and adoption of policies to prevent any child with Type 1 diabetes from being denied education in their country. This is a key step towards genuine long-term change at country level, and also improve health system across Africa.

Year 2 – 2020

In continuation with the Pamoja Advocacy Program, the country team were meant to attend another advocacy training workshop this year, which was focused on “training the trainer”. Current Pamojans will work to identify new advocates to join their country team to further support their goal to make a bigger impact.

Roles

The successful applicants would go on to become

  • Pamoja Ambassadors
  • Undergo and fully engage in a leadership advocacy(training) and a virtual community meetings
  • Refine advocacy plan over the next 6 months, this is to carry out the plan over the following year.

Responsibilities

  • Attend 6 monthly virtual meetings with other Pamojan Advocate from all country teams
  • Attend individual country team meetings each month (6 in total)
  • Take minutes as part of the rotating minute-taker process at your country team meetings (minutes should include participants, discussion points, topics, discoveries, output, etc).
  • Commit to creating an advocacy plan and carrying it out in your country
  • Regularly promote and take actions related to your Pamoja advocacy plan.
  • Share experiences and successes with T1I and SNF and other Pamojan Advocates on an ongoing basis
  • Check on a monthly basis with the project managers, especially when one is unable to attend meetings for any reason.

Time Commitment

From the start of the program, Pamojans are expected to commit at least 2 hours per month on their meetings, and 1-2 hours to support fellow Pamojans and to refine and develop their advocacy plan.

Terms of Appointment

  • It is voluntary and no monetary compensation is attached
  • Cost of travels and data would be covered to attend virtual meetings, and other pre-approved cost would be covered.
  • Six (6) months commitment to Pamoja Advocacy Project, with the aim that each advocate will serve at least 3 years each.
  • Communications would be by e-mails and WhatsApp. This must be responded to within one (1) week

Health and Wellness

Pamojans will be entitled to the following need-based items for 6 months of the duration of this Terms of Reference document;

  • Insulin (18 vials of mixtard or 12 vials of each of insulatard + actrapid or the equivalent)
  • Blood glucose testing strips (5 a day)
  • Syringes
  • HbA1c testing (4 tests a year)
  • Glucometer as needed.
  • Pamojans can submit request for assistance, if;
  • Items are unavailable or unaffordable
  • Disruption in normal accessibility of the above items.

Pamojans can submit request for assistance, if;

  • Items are unavailable or unaffordable
  • Disruption in normal accessibility of the above items.

Agreement

T1I, SNF and LIFT4frica (Project Manager)will;

  • Provide information needed to carry out the program
  • Explain the standard we expect, encourage and support the Pamojans to maintain them
  • Provide regular opportunity for additional meetings as needed for briefing on success stories and challenges
  • Respect the skills, dignity and individual wish of the Pamojans and help them achieve it
  • Consult with you and keep you informed on possible changes
  • Do their best to resolve any concerns or difficulties Pamojans could encounter during advocacy

Pamaoja Advocates agree to;

  • Carry out the responsibilities listed above, commit to share your knowledge with others, and train them in skills you learned
  • Work reliably to the best of your ability
  • Meet commitment and give as much warning as possible if such could not be met
  • Act in a respectful way and in a professional manner, honoring both organization’s value and upholding their reputation.

TAKE THIS SURVEY AND STAND A CHANCE TO BE A PAMOJAN ADVOCATE.

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