Job: Legal Consultant at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Amsterdam

31 July 2017

AHF Europe runs the Checkpoint Amsterdam, a service that provides rapids HIV testing and counselling. The WHO recommends the use of lay testers or non-medical staff in HIV rapid testing in community based settings; currently in the Netherlands there is no specific framework to support the use of lay testers. We are looking for a professional with a background in health law or policy to conduct a thorough review of the current legal framework in the Netherlands related to provision of HIV/AIDS testing services and finger prick techniques. The aim of this is to identify and propose a compliant legal structure for AHF, draft documentation and a step plan to introduce and perform in the Netherlands community based rapid testing for HIV/AIDS. There may also be the need for a report analysing the relative pieces of legislation and documents of European Union, UN, WHO, etc, which would support the conclusions of his legal research. The Work Product should have the level of professionalism, detail and quality that will allow AHF to make publications, press conferences, implement changes in its activities, based on the conclusions of the legal research as performed by the Consultant. We are looking for a candidate who speaks English and Dutch and is available for approximately 2 months to complete the review and related reports. It is important for the candidate to be able to work independently and meet the deadline agreed upon. A Master’s degree in Law and experience in the field is a must. PhD in legal studies in a relevant field will be considered an advantage. This will be a paid assignment. If you are interested in this, please send a one page cover letter and your CV to Alena Davies alena.davies [at]

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a Los Angeles-based global non-profit provider of HIV prevention services, testing, and healthcare for HIV patients. AHF provides medical care and services in 38 countries worldwide. AHF Europe, part of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is a provider of user oriented HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services across Europe in partnership with government and non-government organisations, and advocates for access to these services for all in need. With more than 50, 000 patients in care in Russia, Ukraine, and Estonia and a total of 613,000 people tested (2013-2016) across Europe, AHF Europe is the largest HIV testing and treatment service provider in Europe.


TV: A world without Down’s Syndrome

3 October 2016

BBC2, Wednesday 5 October 2016, 21.00

Documentary about Down’s syndrome and the ethics of pregnancy screening, fronted by Sally Phillips. This film explores the science and thinking around the proposed new screening test for Down’s syndrome and its possible availability on the NHS.

Driven by the experience of raising her son Olly, who has Down’s syndrome, Sally explores some of the ethical implications of our national screening policy.

By talking to experts in the Down’s syndrome community, the world’s top scientists and including people with Down’s syndrome in the debate, Sally investigates a thorny subject that begs questions relevant to us all: what sort of world do we want to live in and who do we want in it?

The programme has created some controversy in advance of its broadcast. The BBC online magazine contains an interview with the presenter, Sally Phillips. For an opposing view, see yesterday’s Observer.

Job: Liaison & Development Co-ordinator at Antenatal Results & Choices

7 May 2010

Liaison and Development Co-ordinator wanted at previous winner of Guardian Charity of the Year, Antenatal Results and Choices.

From the job description: “ARC is a small registered national charity whose remit is to provide specialised information and support to expectant parents throughout antenatal testing and its aftermath.

We are looking for an empathetic individual, committed to ARC’s work, with the dynamism to fulfil a challenging and rewarding role. We are a small charity keen to make a big impact and the post holder will be someone who truly wants to make things happen.

The Role
The Liaison and Development Co-ordinator will work as part of the small staff team to ensure that the strategic objectives, as determined by the Trustees, are met. In particular the post holder will be responsible for developing relationships with health care professionals working in antenatal care across the UK. This is a vital part of our work as it enables us to raise awareness of the parental perspective and instigate improvements in the care parents receive at what is often a distressing and sensitive time. He or she will need to maintain and build on the high level of respect ARC has established and help with delivery of our professional training programme. The post holder will also be required to help with production of information materials and the dissemination of ARC’s work to the public, other organisations and the media.

The Liaison and Development Co-ordinator will also handle calls on our national helpline. This involves providing non-directive sensitive information and support to callers who can be very distressed or coping with bereavement.

The post is based in our central London office and will involve some overnight stays and occasional weekend work, for which time off in lieu is provided.

Main Responsibilities
• Promote ARC’s work to health professionals and retain and build sustainable relationships with them
• Develop and deliver projects to help raise standards of care and to disseminate best practice
• Raise awareness of ARC’s work with other key organisations and the media
• Generate funding for ARC through such projects
• Offer sensitive and non-directive information and support to users of the ARC helpline and members of ARC
• Provide information in response to email, postal and telephone enquiries

• To share in the general administration of the office e.g. production of newsletters, Annual General Meetings, conferences and so on.
• To undertake other tasks as specified by the Director and Trustees

Responsible to: The Director. All staff is ultimately accountable to the Trustees and any group of Trustees or sub-committees the Trustees as a whole may elect.

Terms and conditions
Salary: £28,000 + 7% pension contribution
Holiday: 30 days per annum


The successful candidate will need:

• A commitment to a woman’s autonomy in her reproductive decision-making
• The ability to communicate effectively and engage with a variety of audiences
• Excellent presentation skills
• The ability to both self-motivate and work independently and as part of the small ARC team
• The ability to show empathy and sensitivity and capacity to manage the emotional impact of the work
• Excellent organisational skills including the ability to prioritise workload, set and attain realistic goals and monitor outcomes
• To be a quick and keen learner
• An enthusiastic approach to development work
• Self-servicing IT and administrative skills

• Experience of successful training delivery or group facilitation
• Experience of work in or with the voluntary sector
• Experience of helpline or face-to-face support work
• Experience of successful working as part of a small team
• Experience of project management
• Experience of fundraising for projects

Please note that we are not looking to recruit someone with an extensive knowledge of antenatal screening and testing as a full induction is offered. What we are looking for is someone who is enthusiastic about ARC’s work and keen to take it forward.”

For more information, contact:
Jane Fisher
ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)
73 Charlotte Street
helpline: 0207 631 0285 (10.00 – 5.30)
admin/fax: 0207 631 0280
mob: 07875480076