• OVC and Gender Advisor

    Location ZM
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/8/2018 3:52 AM)
    Job ID
    Experience (Years)
    International Positions
  • Overview

    The OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) and Gender Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the area of OVC case management and and gender programming for an upcoming United States government (USG) community-based HIV project in Zambia. The project aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections and other sexually transmitted infections among members of the Zambian Defense Force (ZDF), their families, and the civilian communities served by the Zambian Military, through targeted, mobile HIV testing services and partner notification, linkage to treatment and prevention services, prevention activities for priority populations including Uniformed Service members and sex workers, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, case management for OVC and their caregivers, and support for adherence and viral suppression. The project will operate over a three-year period.


    The Advisor will provide oversight and management in developing and strengthening OVC case management, gender and Gender Based Violence (GBV) interventions that will ensure the expansion and improved quality of community-based priority services. The position will operate under the leadership of the Program Director and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with ZDF and USG, project team, and other implementing partners, the position will support the design and implementation of OVC case management, gender, and GBV service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence, innovations, and best practices.


    This position is contingent upon award from USG. Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


    • Ensure close collaboration and consultation with, and capacity building for, ZDF and USG staff involved in project activities.
    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of OVC, gender, and GBV project activities
    • Establish systems to facilitate HIV testing for OVC and their caregivers of unknown HIV status, link HIV-positive OVC and their caregivers with HIV care and treatment services
    • Establish systems to deliver gender-based violence prevention, and identification, notification, and linkage services for individuals who have experienced GBV.
    • Reinforce strong partnerships between ZDF facilities, community-based HIV services, One Stop Shops, community administrative and legal structures to ensure protections for OVC and individuals who have experienced GBV.
    • Build capacity for gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly service delivery among ZDF and all project staff.
    • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
    • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the project to meet the needs of ZDF, USG, and the Government of Zambia
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify community-based service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
    • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address gender based violence prevention and OVC service delivery gaps
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted OVC and gender based violence services
    • Facilitate linkages to provincial MOH Social Welfare Department
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building for organizational staff and healthcare providers in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
      • OVC needs assessment and case management
      • GBV programming, including prevention and identification, notification, and linkage services
      • OVC program linkages to social welfare services
      • Adolescent HIV risk behavior and adolescent-friendly services (particularly adolescent girls and young women)
      • Male norms, use of services, and strategies for reaching men
    • Technical and managerial leadership at the regional/district level for local civil society organizations (CSOs) to support community-based interventions, including OVC case management, social behavior change, and community-based group education and dialogues across project sites as required
    • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
    • Work closely with the Program Director on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to OVC and GBV service delivery to inform adjustments in project implementation
    • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
    • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for gender and OVC program implementation
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences, as needed.

    Required Qualifications

    • Advanced degree (Masters minimum) in social work, public health, health administration, international health or a related field
    • At least 5 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in gender and programs reaching orphans and vulnerable children
    • At least 5 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $5 million per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in Zambia
    • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on gender, case management, and reaching orphans and vulnerable children, including referrals to other relevant services, such as health, education, and community services.
    • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening gender or OVC service delivery projects; adolescent health and health-seeking behavior; delivering group education or curriculum-based dialogues; monitoring and evaluation of gender or OVC services;
    • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in HIV prevention necessary for strengthening gender and OVC case management at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Zambia healthcare system, particularly the public health system
    • Familiarity with USG’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
    • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
    • Experience using electronic medical records, electronic data collection and reporting tools (i.e. SmartCare, CommCare, etc.)
    • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 suite
    • Ability to travel nationally to project sites up to 50%, as needed


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