Red Umbrella Academy 2.0: Researcher Job Opportunity

Red Umbrella Academy 2.0: Researcher Job Opportunity

Overview of the programme

Building on the success of the first Red Umbrella Academy which took place in 2020, ESWA is proud to announce the launch of the Red Umbrella Academy 2.0 with the support of Gilead Science.

The programme is divided into three different workstreams: 

  • Capacity building: a 3-day training for 24 sex workers from 8 countries on HIV advocacy and HIV combination prevention tools including PrEP
  • Research: a participatory research on access to and continuation of PrEP for sex workers
  • Advocacy: a launch of the participatory research at national levels & participation in scientific conferences and community events

The research

Sex workers remain a vulnerable population often ‘defined as’ difficult to reach by HIV prevention and treatment services. To better address this issue, ESWA is developing a participatory research project on access to and continuation of PrEP for sex workers. With this research project ESWA will explore the needs and challenges sex workers face in accessing PrEP in our region.

The goal of this research project is to document the access to PrEP for sex workers and to support advocacy activities at national, regional and international levels.

In addition to the research part of the RUA2 programme, ESWA is developing training on HIV advocacy and HIV combination prevention tools including PrEP for 24 sex workers from 8 countries. The training participants will also take part in the research process. Participants will help map out the situation of access to PrEP for sex workers in their local contexts. They will also translate and disseminate the findings of the research project at national levels.

To conduct the participatory research on access to PrEP for sex workers ESWA is hiring a researcher.


The researcher is expected to:

  • Lead the participatory research project on access to PrEP
  • Review the research methodology including the production of research resources such as questionnaires, and the facilitation of research interviews
  • Conduct approx. 30 interviews with RUA2 participants and other stakeholders
  • Produce a final research report including literature review, data analysis and recommendations
  • Draft an academic article for a peer-reviewed journal adapted from the research

The researcher will be supported by an advisory expert committee composed of researchers with expertise on Prep, HIV and/or sex work and by the ESWA team.

Suggested Timeline

Deliverables Timeline

 Review research methodology

 Draft desk research


 Conduct interviews


 Analyse data and draft research


 Deliver research and academic article


The estimated
workload is as follows:

  • Research methodology - 1 day
  • Desk research - 3 days
  • Interviews - 6 days
  • Writing - 8 days
  • Participation RUA2 training - 2 days

Total - 20 days


The overall fee is 5000 euros (VAT included) to conduct the research. 

The appointed researcher will be compensated upon completion of the deliverables as described above. The compensation of deliverables will be proceeded after a quality assessment and the approval of the ESWA Executive Director in consultation with the Director of Programmes and Programme Officer. Tasks that are not delivered or have not reached the expected outcomes will not be compensated.

Who can apply?

Candidates are welcome to apply according to the following selection criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  • Located in a country within Europe and Central Asia
  • Fluent in English (oral and writing)
  • Capacity to collect and organise information quickly and efficiently
  • Structured writing skills
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, Internet)
  • Previous experience with community-based research (e.g. involvement in research planning and implementation)
  • Previous experience with academic research
  • Capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively with the project team
  • Interest in PrEP and sex workers’ rights issues

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience with community organising
  • Competent in managing and storing confidential research data
  • Second language (Russian, French, Spanish) welcome

ESWA values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, especially transgender and gender-diverse people, racialised people, people with a migration background, and people living with HIV.  

Application process

To apply, please send the job application form completed to [email protected] 
Deadline: 8th of February 2023 (23:59 CET)

Applicants will be contacted by the 18th of February.


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