OSI Latin American & Caribbean Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform

Deadline May 29, 2015

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Latin American and Caribbean Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform

The objectives of the fellowship include the following:
  • increase their knowledge of global drug policy reform issues with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean
  • increase their understanding of the international drug control system and conflicts with other United Nations priorities
  • have a greater awareness of the drug policy reform landscape and key figures within that movement
  • establish links with those working in drug policy
  • build and develop their communications skills, including for media interviews, press releases, press databases, and public speaking
  • have an understanding of the tools for debate, so that they can confidently challenge anti-reform positions
  • improve their confidence as drug policy advocates both through participation in the program and through ongoing support from the host organization
Fellows will attend a two-week program with one of two drug policy organizations: Release (London, UK) or the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
Eligibility Criteria
Successful candidates will have a track-record of public engagement in the issues of drug policy reform or another relevant field at the local, national, or international levels.
Applications are welcome from those working in drug policy NGOS, law enforcement agencies, and government employees or academics working in this or related policy areas, and who are based in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.
Ineligibility Criteria
The purpose of this program is to promote the capacities of new advocates in drug policy. Current recipients of the Global Drug Policy Program’s and joint Global Drug Policy and Latin America Programs’ grants are not eligible to apply for the fellowship.
Purpose and Priorities
The Latin American fellowship program provides funding to a maximum of eight people, four at each host, to attend the two-week program on drug policy reform. On completion of the course, each fellow will be paired with a mentor at the host organization (Release or Transnational Institute) who will support him or her for a period of six months. Mentoring will involve supporting the individual in press outreach; strategic development of public messaging; social media and any other relevant issue that needs to be addressed, with an agreed time limit, as the mentor will be someone with a full-time job.
The placement decision will be made by the program selection committee comprised of staff from the Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy and Latin America Programs, host organization representatives, and external reviewers.
To be considered for the program, applicants should submit the following documents in English or Spanish (as .doc or .pdf attachments to email) by May 29, 2015, todrugpolicyfellow@opensocietyfoundations.org.
  • Statement of Purpose: statement should describe the applicant’s interest in the program, his/her expectations, skills and qualifications, and the opportunities that may arise to apply what is learned after taking part in the fellowship
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should specify the applicant’s academic and professional background, a detailed description of previous employment, a list of academic and policy projects in which the applicant has been involved, public engagement record, a list of scholarships, fellowships, and other honors
  • Writing sample (optional): sample may be in either in English or in Spanish and should demonstrate candidate’s expertise in a field related to drug policies
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