The Secretariat is the executive body of EHRN and its major function is to implement the Network's Strategic Plan under the guidance of the Steering Committee. EHRN Secretariat’s Terms of Reference delineate and summarize the responsibilities of the Secretariat so that all EHRN constituents have a clear understanding of the Secretariat’s areas of work and points of accountability.
The EHRN Secretariat has encouraged and recruited people with drug use experience for staff and consultancy positions, and regularly involves people who use drugs and PLHIV in leadership roles including through project or campaign committees, strategic planning, and public speaking.
Back in 2010, EHRN supported the establishment of the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD). EHRN continues its commitment to strengthening ENPUD through an equal partnership where the capacity of ENPUD members grows as a result of their engagement in the design and implementation of joint EHRN-ENPUD projects. In November 2012, EHRN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ENPUD which sets directions for future cooperation in advocacy for PWID rights and health, and delegated the role of the ENPUD secretariat to EHRN. Mutual interests are defined as protection of human rights and fighting against stigma and discrimination in regards to people who use drugs, humanization of drug policy, and development of activism and participation of people who use drugs in decision-making mechanisms at national and international levels.
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At the end of 2015, the EHRN Secretariat changed its organizational structure to implement Strategy 2015-2019 “Time to Mobilize for Change”. The new organizational structure is a move to horizontal and collaborative approach to EHRN’s projects implementation within the Strategy period of 2015-2019. It is designed to address the weaknesses of the previous 2010-2014 Strategy implementation (e.g. weak EHRN members’ engagement and ineffective communications) and to build on its strengths (e.g. PUD community mobilization and strengthening). The new organizational structure is meant to serve the needs of meeting EHRN’s impact, outcome and output results at regional and national levels within the 2 strategic objectives of strengthening the advocacy by EHRN members and allies for:
- Financial and programmatic sustainability of harm reduction programs that meet the needs of people who use drugs, communities, and the public at large
- Non-repressive and enabling legal and law enforcement environment that ensures the fulfilment of civil and human rights of PWUD
For EHRN to effectively achieve its expected impact, outcome and output indicators through the implementation of its portfolio of projects and to fully employ its 4 competencies defined by 2015-2019 Strategy, i.e. representation, communications, advocacy, information and technical support, the new organizational structure consists of 6 interdependent teams with clearly defined functions of each team:
Strategy, Development and Governance Team: Leads the process of EHRN’s Strategy development and implementation in accordance with the guidance of the Steering Committee. Initiates and leads the process of programmatic and organizational development and fundraising to implement EHRN’s strategic objectives. Develops and maintains key internal and external relations and partnerships, and manages relations with and reporting to EHRN’s Steering Committee and the Founders.
Finance and Administration Team: Directs the organization’s budget analysis, planning, management, monitoring, financial reporting and audits, and controls accounts. Directs the development and implementation of organization’s internal policies and procedures. Oversees human resources development and management (e.g. performance appraisal, contracts, recruitment and dismissal etc.). Supports Teams in programmatic budget planning and monitors spending. Manages office (IT, rent, communications, equipment, legal affairs) and oversees contracts and procurement.
Sustainability and Transition Team: Leads EHRN’s efforts in harm reduction budget advocacy, domestic resource mobilization for harm reduction, advocacy and technical support for sustainability of harm reduction programs and their transition to government/alternative funding by designing, initiating and implementing a scope of relevant activities.
Policy Reform Team: Leads EHRN’s efforts in international and country level policy advocacy, particularly in areas that represent legal and human rights barriers for effective implementation of harm reduction (e.g. medicine/commodity registration and regulation, social contracting for NGOs to deliver services, drug use criminalization etc.) and negatively impacting harm reduction sustainability. Initiates and implements a scope of activities to improve legal environment related to the human rights of people who use drugs in EECA countries, including monitoring human rights violations to improve health and rights of people who use drugs.
Campaigns and Communications Team: Employs campaigns and effective communications to increase the effectiveness of EHRN’s advocacy and technical support in the areas of harm reduction sustainability and enabling policy environment. Manages EHRN’s key messaging/communications products and communications channels (website, listserv, social media etc.). Supports and builds communications capacity of EHRN’s staff and external partners (e.g. members and sub-recipients). Develops and maintains relations with media to ensure EHRN’s presence in media and adequate coverage of the key harm reduction and human rights issues.
EHRN Membership and Community Strengthening Team: Engages EHRN members and PUD community groups in EHRN’s project design and implementation. Strengthens relevant capacity of EHRN members and PUD community in line with EHRN Strategy 2015-2019 via trainings, webinars, exchange visits and other forms of technical support. Coordinates the development and implementation of small grants program. Organizes relevant consultative processes for EHRN members and PUD community groups to be meaningfully engaged in EHRN’s activities.