DREAMS Social Asset Building Technical Advisor (kwa-Zulu Nat…

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Summary Position Description:

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids Free, Mentored and Safe Initiative (DREAMS) Project implemented by FHI 360 under the Capacity Development and Support (CDS) Program in South Africa with PEPFAR/USAID funding.

Beginning October 1st, 2020, the DREAMS Project will support vulnerable Adolescents Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in 14 districts across 7 provinces of South Africa. It will aim to empower AGYW with human, social, and economic assets to reduce their risk of HIV infection and expand their opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and be valuable members of their communities. This project has three components: Social Asset Building (SAB), Economic Strengthening (ES) and Family Strengthening/ Parenting Education.

The DREAMS Economic Strengthening (ES) component aims to build resilience of AGYW through equipping and capacitating them with ES skills and opportunities. ES activities with AGYW will include gender specific training on financial literacy, job readiness skills, entrepreneurial and marketable skills, market assessments at local level and connecting older DREAMS beneficiaries to jobs, through government initiatives and private sector networks.

The DREAMS Social Asset Technical Advisor will be the lead technical expert on delivery of the DREAMS Social Asset (SAB) component. S/he will provide expert guidance on the overall social asset building technical approaches that provide a safe place for all the DREAMS AGYW in South Africa. Social Asset Technical Advisor will oversee and manage the activities in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the DREAMS Program Director (DPD), the Social Asset Technical Advisor is responsible for the coordination and management of the social asset pillar of the DREAMS Project under CDS, including managing the mentoring and planning of the social asset building as well as overseeing all the training work, layering, referrals and linkages of AGYW for other services.
  • Responsible for the technical oversight over the implementation of the DREAMS Social Asset building component of the program and ensure highest technical standards, adopt innovative programmatic approaches and contribute to the overall DREAMS strategic objectives.
  • Provides expert advice on a coordinated, streamlined and effective organizational strategy to meet the AGYW SAB targets.
  • Oversees the monitoring of project activities, providing technical assistance to provincial and district project staff.
  • Working closely with the Provincial Managers ensure effective organizing, coordination and supervision of the mentors for the targeted AGYW.
  • Provides overall quality assurance on technical design and implementation.
  • Working closely with the ES Technical Advisor ensure a smooth and well-coordinated training and provision of ES activities.
  • Actively liaise with other DREAMS implementing partners, and other civil society partners to ensure the provision of a safe place for the identified AGYW.
  • Facilitate problem solving and action planning among project stakeholders to address critical challenges and barriers to improve the delivery of social asset building activities.

Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • A degree in public health or Social Sciences or any related field, a master’s degree is highly desirable
  • At least 8 progressive years of experience as a specialist working with AGYWs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the support and landscape for AGYW issues in South Africa.
  • Strong interpersonal and coordination skills
  • At least five years demonstrated PEPFAR experience in managing and supervising a team preferred
  • Strong familiarity with PEPFAR and USAID policies, procedures, rules, regulations and reporting requirements for INGO led projects
  • Proven leadership and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

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.

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