FHI 360

Technical Lead (Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children)

FHI 360

Job Description

Position Title: Technical Lead, Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) Location: Bulawayo Supervisor: Program Director Project Summary The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women (DREAMS) Program  aims to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among OVC, OVC caregivers and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Zimbabwe. The DREAMS program is being implemented in 12 priority high HIV burden districts in Zimbabwe i.e. Bulawayo, Chipinge, Gweru, Mazowe, Makoni, Mutare, Beitbridge, Bulima, Gwanda, Insiza, Mangwe and Matobo. FHI360’s primary role is to deliver a comprehensive curriculum on Hiv Prevention, gender norms and social asset building targeted at AGYW in school, out of school and their sexual partners at community level. The core package of interventions consists of social asset building, social protection, family and caregiver skills building, community norms activities that are complemented by provision of youth friendly sexual and reproductive Health Services. Position Summary The Technical Lead, OVC is responsible for technical oversight of the OVC component of the DREAMS Program, including case management. This includes Design, implementation and monitoring of sound technical strategies and interventions targeting OVC and OVC caregivers as well as ensuring integration and synergies with the other key program area, focused on AGYW and HIV Prevention. In close collaboration with relevant program staff, the OVC Technical Lead provides overall technical oversight and guidance to OVC service delivery and Capacity Building of staff and local partners. Duties and Responsibilities
  • Serves as the lead technical expert in-country on delivery of services to OVC and OVC caregivers.

  • Supervises all activities at the community levels relevant to OVC and impact mitigation responses.

  • Working closely with and linking to other relevant staff of Subawardee and community-based organizations, oversees the identification of vulnerable families and their children as well as plan interventions with them.

  • Develop and implement (or support implementation of) plan to build the technical capacity of local OVC partners Oversee use of education subsidies and economic strengthening interventions that enable families to meet school-related expenses

  • Coordinates the referral services and ensure continuum of care from the community to the health facilities and vice versa.

  • Ensure Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) services for OVCs (adolescent girls and boys) are delivered according to PEPFAR and/or USAID/Zimbabwe guidance

  • Works closely with Monitoring and Evaluation staff to define data needs related to OVC Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), to regularly analyze micro-level program data, and to report upon progress and results in a timely fashion.

  • Work with the MEL Director to support collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) to drive quality improvement among local OVC partners

  • Recommends evidence-based improvements in the delivery of OVC services.

  • Supervise a team of technical staff.

Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Excellent written and oral English abilities required

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.

  • Fluency in IsiNdebele an added advantage

Qualifications and experience
  • Master's Degree in Social Sciences (social work, management, Child Development) Public Health or any related field.

  • At least 8 progressive years of experience as a Specialist with a reputable NGO or donor agency.

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Project Management principles, theories, practices and especially on community and Government engagement processes.

  • Extensive knowledge of OVC, HIV/AIDS, social services management, and child welfare in the Zimbabwean context, including familiarity PEPFAR DREAMS approach and with HIV and Sexual Violence Prevention curriculum

  • Practical experience and demonstrated technical expertise in PEPFAR-funded OVC programming within resource-constrained settings – preferably in the region and in Zimbabwe in particular.

  • Experience building the capacity of and providing technical assistance to local partner organizations, especially those in the health and social welfare sectors is an added asset.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time. FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Law. FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.
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