4 Oct 2019

Gender and Youth Officer at PACT Tanzania

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Experience : 5.0 Year(s)
No. of Position : 1
Job Opening date : 30-Sep-2019
Job closing date : 13-Oct-2019
Job Description
Location Dar es Salaam
Reporting To Gender and Youth Integration Advisor 

Pact Overview
Pact is working in partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Railway Children Africa, and Ifakara Health Institute on a five-year (2016- 2021) USAID/PEPFAR funded project to enhance the strengths of families caring for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The project, USAID Kizazi Kipya, works towards USAID’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) goal of 90-90-90, where 90 of people know their HIV status, 90 of those positive are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90 of those receiving ART achieve viral suppression. The overall goal of the program is to improve the health and social wellbeing of OVC, young people, and their families through strategic service delivery support.

DREAMS stands for Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe. DREAMS partnership is an ambitious effort to decrease HIV incidence in adolescent girls and young women using a multi-faceted and layered approaches in DREAMS districts. PEPFAR Tanzania in partnership with TACAIDS, National AIDS Control Program (NACP), Reproductive and Child Health Services (RCHS), UNICEF and President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) has worked closely to identify target areas, and tailored evidence-based responses to reduce vulnerability of adolescent girls in priority regions. Pact Tanzania implements the DREAMS intervention in 8 councils namely; Mbeya CC, Kyela DC, Shinyanga MC, Shinyanga DC, Msalala DC, Ushetu DC, Kahama TC and Muleba DC.

Position Purpose
The Gender and Youth Officer serves as an active member of the program team for the implementation of Pact’s Kizazi Kipya project. The officer will ensure the technical cohesion of project integration, strengthening age- appropriate HIV/AIDS-related and other services for improved care, health, nutrition, education, protection, live hoods and psychosocial well-being. This position will supervise the implementations of all DREAMS activities and any other youth HIV prevention interventions in all clusters under the USAID Kizazi Kipya project in targeted councils. The officer will be positioned in Pact Dar es Salaam Office so as to oversee all DREAMS related activities in all 8 DREAMS councils and support Gender and Youth Integration Advisor with following up on other gender and youth based intervention in all Kizazi Kipya targeted councils.

The officer will be responsible for
1) DREAMS activities Management, Monitoring, and Reporting
• Ensure close coordination of the implementation and technical quality for the project’s DREAMS activities in all 8 DREAMS councils including ensuring completion of DREAMS enrollment, implementation of HURU sexual and reproductive health, distribution of HURU sanitary kits and education subsidies for in-school OVC girls and parenting interventions for caregivers of adolescents age 10-14. Also coordinate scholarships completion and startup kits provision for out of school OVC girls age 15-17.
• Work closely with Senior M&E Officer and Cluster M&E Coordinator to regularly monitor each project activities and use data to improve project quality and implementation; pro-actively identify implementation challenges and help to develop and implement practical solutions within a timely manner.
• Work closely with Senior M&E Officer and Cluster M&E Coordinator to regularly monitor the AGYPREV indicator which requires layering of services for enrolled DREAMS girls (i.e. ensuring the DREAMS girls get the required multiple services so as to complete a primary package of service). This will include tracking of data entry to ensure there is layering of services provided to DREAMS girls.
• Follow up on the support provided by chaperones to DREAMS girls at the vocational centers and compile Chaperones’ monthly reports provided by the Cluster Technical Managers.
• Submit written updates to the Gender and Youth Integration Advisor for inclusion on monthly basis and during the quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
• Participate in national level DREAMS partners, government, and other stakeholders to ensure coordination and attend national level DREAMS related meetings, workshops, etc.

2) Support supervision of various youth and gender approaches across the project.
• Co-develop work plans and action plans with Gender and Youth Integration Advisor and monitor their progress and achievement towards targets.
• Serve as support to the Gender and Youth Integration Advisor for the roll out of the HIV Prevention Interventions both in-school and out of school girls and boys age 10-14 and 15-17 such as monitoring school attendance and progression, roll out of the 3 HIV Prevention Modules for 9-14 and National ASRH curriculum for 15-17.
• Facilitate activities to help project and CSO staff improve their own gender attitudes and beliefs and raise awareness about gender dynamics and gender based violence, and develop skills for integrating gender considerations into project activities.
• Support coordination of the GBV/VAC Dialogue toolkit, to be adapted from evidence based approaches, for use by VSLG groups and other project platforms to facilitate community dialogues on perceptions of violence and harmful practices against women and children.
• Work with the project Clusters TSC- Case Management & Child Protection to ensure that the case management approach is tailored to the needs of all targeted adolescents.
• Provide quarterly support-supervision mentoring visits to the field to assure activities adhere to guidance and SOPs and high-quality services are reaching targeted adolescents.

3) Training and project tools dissemination
• Facilitate high quality trainings and cascade trainings to relevant staff at Cluster, CSOs and other project stakeholders.
• Disseminate guidance, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other job-aids that facilitate the implementation of high quality, age appropriate and gender sensitive services to adolescents.
• Support in development of tools for better tracking of progression of youth interventions such as organized spreadsheets schedules of sexual reproductive health outreaches, etc. so CSOs and cluster teams can help monitor activity progress.

4) Cross-cutting responsibilities
• Help to define the project learning agenda on youth and gender, including working with M&E team on defining critical data to be collected, and on analysis of data.
• Collect the documented lessons learnt and best practices in youth and gender for experience sharing and replication.
• Stay up to date on state-of-the-art and evidence-based approaches in gender and youth, and work to integrate these into project activities.
• Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Gender and Youth Integration Advisor.

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelors or Master’s degree in public health, social work, or other related field
• At least 5 years’ experience in an HIV-focused field position that included gender and youth; PEPFAR experience preferred.
• Strong technical knowledge of national and international gender guidelines and policies.
• Strong technical knowledge of national and international youth programming guidelines and
• Demonstrated ability to adapt policies, frameworks, and program analyses into actionable steps for implementation at community level which are appropriate for the OVC adolescents and caregivers.
• Experience with creating strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders including local government, CSOs and community members.
• Demonstrated experience with using M&E data for program monitoring and decision-making, and familiarity with PEPFAR indicators and reporting requirements.
• Experience with PEPFAR 3.0 funded projects in Tanzania
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in Kiswahili and English, including writing high quality reports.
• Excellent training and mentorship skills in working with adult learners.
• Creative thinker and energetic team player
• Able and willing to travel throughout Tanzania.
Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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