EHRN Secretariat

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.

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.

EHRN's Organizational Structure

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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



Executive director

Mrs. Agne Paskeviciute, is a successful manager with more than 12 years of leading experience in the public sector. Amongst others, her expertise covers areas such as project managements, monitoring and evaluation, preparation of educational and information dissemination projects, development, coordination (conferences, workshops). She gained great experience in the area of managing large scale national and international projects, working for Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) Energy Efficiency Calls and European Commission in the Consumer Credit Directive Working Group.

Mrs. Paskeviciute holds a degree in law focused on administrative, civil and criminal law, from Vilnius University. She also graduated from Kaunas University of Technology, International Studies Centre, with a lot of emphasis on project management, co-ordination and preparation (English studies). 
She is a well-known civil society activist in Lithuania and an active member of the working group to strengthen cooperation between the public sector and NGOs and member of the NGO's financial support group. She is also member of several international bodies, such as Fin-NET, the World Ombudsman's Network (Financial Sector), ERRA, CEER (Energy Sector) Consumer and Retail Market working groups.
Mrs. Agne Paskeviciute, is fluent in English and Russian.


Research and Policy Adviser

Arian Boci, is social-scientist and an experienced program manager with more than ten year’s record of successful launching, directing and managing of large scale health programs and researches implemented by different international agencies. Mr. Boci has an extensive experience in project grants management and has deep knowledge of the health development sector and has worked closely with senior officials from country governments and a multitude of international and donor agencies. Across years, he has gained great experience in managing and implementing multi-million-dollar and complex projects mainly focused on health systems strengthening and behavior change. He has over 10 years’ experience in management and operations of HIV/TB and Substance Abuse Programs, granted by multiple donors, providing administrative and program direction. Mr. Boci is a PhD researcher in Social Science from Tirana University, Master of Science in Public Health from Medical University of Tirana, Albania and International Master of Science in Addiction Policies obtained from King’s College of London (GB), Virginia Commonwealth University (USA) and Adelaide University (AU). 


Project coordinator

Nora Kriauzaite is a dynamic and highly motivated professional with diverse international development cooperation experience, including in the area of public health research, policy and project management. In her recent capacity she has coordinated a multi-country research and publications on HIV prevention programmes and their funding. Nora obtained a Master of Science Degree in International Development, which provided with substantial knowledge in the area of public health and development project management.



Advocacy, monitoring and evaluation

Vadim Dekhtyar is the founder and director of Academy NLP, an organization dedicated to serve NLP sources for businesses and community, and center of excellence. “Make you life better” – is the motto of Academy NLP. Vadim Dekhtyar is "The Society of NLP" & Richard Bandler – licensed Trainer. 
Active in both business and personal development arenas, Vadim has been delivering courses on a variety of performance enhancing topics including presentation skills, team building, sales, organization development, and stress management.



Advocacy, monitoring and evaluation

Dr. Rushit Ismajli is a family physician from Kosovo. Dr. Ismajli has strong qualifications for providing medical assistance to the local and international offices in matters related to drugs, HIV and AIDS from a worldview perspective. Dr. Ismajli has been a family practice physician for 20 year, and has an MPH with a concentration on drugs and HIV-AIDS. Dr. Ismajli  has worked to coordinate change implementation efforts across multiple constituent groups, and has  had advanced education in Kosovo and the United States in drugs, HIV-AIDS related prevention and treatment. During 2006/2007, Dr. Ismajli  had the privilege of being a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow in the United States where  was able to advance his expertise on drugs at the Institute for Drugs and Alcohol Studies. During 2011/2012, Dr. Ismajli had another program on drug addiction being an INVEST Fellow at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington, in Seattle.  Dr. Ismajli was afforded the opportunity to attend numerous conferences and workshops and to observe work done at the national, state, and local throughout of the United States where he improved his proposal writing, presentation development, and technical computing skills. 


Finances and administration

Mrs. Loreta Milerienė specializes in financial accounting, financial management, accounting and tax consulting, business creation. She is a well-qualified expert in financial accounting with his work experience (worked as an economist in several biggest Lithuanian’s companies, more than 10 years worked as a senior financial officer in the international logistics company). Loreta milerienė advises small and medium-sized business clients on financial accounting, tax and accounting matters, and conducts seminars. Education - Vilnius University, economist qualification.



6 Teams

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.


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