Job Title Technical Lead – Karabo ea Bophelo
Organisation Levels mothers2mothers -> m2m Lesotho -> Programmes
Location Maseru – , MS LS (Primary)
Type of position Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date 14/3/2019
The anticipated USAID-funded project “Karabo ea Bophelo” (KB) project will work to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Berea, Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru, and Mohale’s Hoek districts, Lesotho. The Technical Lead OVCA will be responsible for the technical oversight of the OVCA project components, including work planning and reporting. The Technical Lead OVCA will report directly to the COP and support the COP in providing technical direction to project implementation and ensure that the OVC results are met. S/he will ensure strong linkages with prevention components of the project as well as clinical interventions. S/he will interact closely with the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho’s (GOKL) institutions including the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Education.
Key Performance Areas:
- Lead programme planning and innovation, including adaptation of evidence- and/or science-based approaches, on OVCA for project team.
- Oversight of OVCA programming and ensure that project objectives and targets are met.
- Provide technical guidance, mentoring and capacity building on OVCA issues.
- Lead development of and provide quality assurance on m2m OVCA tools and materials developed by project team.
- Lead review and validation of technical documents, training materials and policy briefs to meet national and U.S. government guidelines, as well as international standards.
- Strengthen HIV prevention focus; case finding; linkage to HTS, care, and treatment; retention among both children and their caregivers; and violence prevention and response.
- Work closely with stakeholders to create demand for health services.
- Assist facilities to develop systems to enhance the linkage into care or patients referred from community testing events.
- Facilitate the tracing of defaulters in conjunction with community deployed staff.
- Ensure that linkage support aligns to community activities.
- Engage communities to improve the quality of care retention in care and adherence to treatment.
- Facilitate data utilisation including guiding routine project performance monitoring ensuring provision of analytical data to inform effective QA/QI
Qualifications and Experience
- A Master’s degree in social sciences, social work, child development, education or related field.
- Minimum of 10 years of work experience in designing, implementing, and managing OVCA projects; experience with PEPFAR OVCA programmes in the Kingdom of Lesotho is highly desirable.
- Demonstrated experience in managing programmes that address the needs of vulnerable children and adolescents, adolescents living with HIV, OVCA caregiver support, economic strengthening, child protection, violence against children, case management, early childhood development, OVCA policy and advocacy
- Demonstrated skills in project reporting, preferably for PEPFAR funded OVCA programmes.
- Demonstrated writing and presentation skills.
- Familiarity with the Kingdom of Lesotho’s institutional, policy, and programming context for OVCA
- Good analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work independently.
- Fluency in English essential; fluency in local language is an advantage.
- Valid and unendorsed driver’s license.
- Team player, self-motivated, creative, resourceful, flexible, energetic with sound judgment.
- Dynamic leadership skills and high level of personal integrity.
- Flexible with ability to work under pressure.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO that unlocks the potential of women to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families across eight sub-Saharan countries. m2m trains, employs, and helps empower HIV-positive women to work as community healthcare workers in understaffed health centres and underserved communities. Through a peer-to-peer approach, these ‘Mentor Mothers’ deliver a range of health services, advice, and support to women and their families. Started in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001 with an initial focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, m2m has innovated and built on its strengths and now provides family-centred support for a range of related health and social issues spanning pregnancy, birth, childhood, and adolescence. It also partners with governments and other NGOs on the adoption of its programme to spread the Mentor Mother Model and its benefits. m2m has a track record of scaling its services and proven impact. In 2017, m2m and its partners enrolled 2.3 million new clients. m2m has virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV among the enrolled clients it serves directly for the last four years, with an average transmission rate of just 1.6%, while 97% of children in its ECD programmes meet all of their development milestones at 12 months. For more, visit www.m2m.org.