The International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD) is seeking a committed team member to join the INPUD Secretariat to coordinate our work under the Robert Carr Fund programme.
The role involves coordinating the Robert Carr Fund Consortium of Networks of People who Use Drugs, which brings together global and regional networks of people who use drugs, namely the International and Asian networks, INPUD and ANPUD, who have a long history of collaborative partnership, as well as the Eurasian Network of People who use Drugs (ENPUD), the African Network of People who use Drugs (AfricaNPUD) and the South African Network of People who use Drugs (SANPUD). The coordinator’s work will involve the realisation of the project’s focus on strengthening the institutional, advocacy and influencing capacity of networks in this consortium, as well as ensuring the smooth functioning of the Consortium as a whole. The role also involves external representation of the organisation and/or delegate as appropriate.
The Consortium Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director in realising the scope and purpose of the role, as well as provide strategic advice to the Executive Director. The candidate should be highly self- motivated, possess critical and analytical skills and be highly aware of the global situation regarding people who use drugs. The person should also be able to demonstrate a commitment to the core aims and values of INPUD and be able to positively influence team dynamics.
People with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline for applications: Midnight on 10th of May, 2019
For more information about the position please click the link below.
INPUD is deeply saddened by the passing of our member, friend, previous Director on our Board, our representative, and our facilitator, Dean Lewis.
Dean was determined to live his life with grace and fire, and in this he succeeded. He was relentlessly and consistently thoughtful and was as generous to people as he was aggravating and demanding of institutions who metered out pain and destruction to his community under the aegis of prohibition. INPUD was so fortunate to have Dean as a member: he nurtured and supported our organisation in the same way he nurtured and supported individuals within our community, understanding fully the importance of the movement. He was widely respected, liked, and loved by his peers and community.
He was a formidable and perceptive advocate: his quiet dignity and personal charm, his nimble mind, rapid articulation, and incisive syntax, all informed his well-earned reputation as a go-to person to represent our communities near and far.
Though Dean had periods of acute ill-health, he bore these with little complaint, much humour, and an incredible stoicism. Even at times when he could not afford to pay for his lifesaving medications, he would patiently wait for circumstances to change and rarely accepted any financial assistance.
Dean moved between very different and diverse worlds: he travelled around the world, representing numerous organisations, staying in large hotels; at times he would go home to India and live in very modest circumstances, identifying as a member of the street-based community.
INPUD's statement for the 62nd Session of the CND emphasises that the way forward must be defined by a commitment to the inalienable human rights and dignity of people who use drugs. This cannot be suspended in the pursuit of a “drug-free” world. Under the principle of common and shared responsibility, we remind member states of their human rights obligations under international law. Finally, in safe-guarding the future, the critical role of communities of people who use drugs should be formally acknowledged in order to ensure that no one is left behind. Read the full statement here.
As individuals and networks of people of use drugs, the International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD), Asian Network of People who use Drugs (ANPUD), Eurasian Network of People who use Drugs (ENPUD), European Network of People who use Drugs (EuroNPUD) and PLHIV communities (GNP+) have written to urge member states convening at the Ministerial segment of the 62nd session of the CND 2019, who are setting out the next decade of drug policy, to decriminalise drugs and therefore the people that use them, move towards the legal regulation of drugs, respect our human rights and ensure our meaningful involvement in the decisions that affect our lives. Read the full statement below, and download it here.
Statement for Agenda Item 5. Interactive, multi-stakeholder round tables of the ministerial segment:
(a) Taking stock of the implementation of all commitments made to jointly address and counter the world drug problem, in particular in the light of the 2019 target date for the goals set in paragraph 36 of the Political Declaration; analyzing existing and emerging trends, gaps and challenges;
(b) Safeguarding the future: enhancing our efforts to respond to the world drug problem through strengthening international cooperation, including means of implementation, capacity-building and technical assistance, on the basis of common and shared responsibility.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines crime against humanity as ‘a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population’ including ‘the intentional infliction of conditions of life, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population’. This is the war on drugs. This is the reality for people who use drugs.
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