Technical Director, Orphans & Vulnerable Children – FHI 360 – Zimbabwe
- Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe
Description du Poste
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Director, Orphans & Vulnerable Children
FHI 360 is recruiting an experienced Technical Director for an anticipated USAID/PEPFAR project that will provide support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) affected by HIV/AIDS in select districts within Zimbabwe. This key project, Getting to ZERO, is a five‐year program aimed to reduce HIV impact, vulnerability and risk, as well as increase high impact HIV services among orphans and vulnerable children and adolescents in targeted communities. The goal for this program is improved health, nutrition, psycho-social well-being and educational outcomes; and reduced abuse of children affected by HIV. The program seeks to advance ownership at the local level of a comprehensive, integrated, community-based AIDS response to mitigate the impact of HIV on orphans and vulnerable children.
The Technical Director will be responsible for the technical oversight of the project and is specifically responsible for the implementation of evidence-based, high quality, multisectoral interventions to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to appropriately care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. The Technical Director will also work to ensure strong linkages and collaboration among health and social service providers, to strengthen the continuum of care for children. S/he will report directly to the Chief of Party (COP) and will advise and support the COP in providing technical direction to project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals, expected results and reporting requirements. S/he will take a technical leadership role in coordination with GOZ, local community organizations, and other stakeholders. S/he will be knowledgeable about evidence-based and state-of-the-art OVC service delivery approaches. This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.
Job Summary / Responsibilities:
• Provide technical leadership in the development and implementation of strategies, interventions and activities that address the holistic needs of vulnerable children, including their health, education, psychosocial well-being, protection and economic strengthening needs.
• Ensure that project strategies and activities addressing children and adolescents are evidence-based and in line with state-of-the-art, globally-recognized best practices; as well as aligned with Zimbabwe’s National legislation and policies.
• Promote integration across a range of services for children to take a holistic, family-centered approach to improving their wellbeing.
• Ensure that the project engages children in all stages of the project to promote child participation, leadership and ensure that their perspectives are taken into consideration.
• Ensure the project addresses the needs of highly vulnerable sub-groups of children, such as adolescent girls, HIV positive children and children living with disabilities.
• Provide technical leadership and oversight for high quality implementation of the household economic strengthening components of the project.
• Facilitate linkages with government safety net programs and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement other economic strengthening initiatives and adhere to country and global standards.
• Ensure all child-focused strategies are gender-sensitive and promote equitable programming.
• Build capacity of staff, implementing partners, government counterparts, and other stakeholders in working in child-related services under the project.
• Take a leadership role in the development and timely submission of to work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and other reports and papers summarizing project results and evidence.
• Work closely with the MEAL team to deliver project quality benchmarks, baseline, monitoring, evaluation and key lessons learned.
• Master’s Degree in social sciences, development studies or related field.
• Minimum of eight years of experience implementing OVC programs in a development context, specifically PEPFAR, with five of these years in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably Zimbabwe. During this period s/he should have been involved with socioeconomic services for vulnerable children and or public health project design, implementation, system strengthening, reporting and evaluation, including evaluation of evidence-based economic/livelihood projects for vulnerable groups, such as OVC or graduation programming.
• Demonstrated state-of-the-art experience at a mid- or senior level in at least four of the following areas: child protection, household economic strengthening, social protection, education, health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support; quality improvement; social service systems strengthening, including social services workforce development; M&E; and operations research.
• Demonstrated experience in managing, coordinating and supervising a team working with local community organizations, families and communities.
• Demonstrated skills in project design, implementation and reporting, preferably for USG funded programs.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
• Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language.
• Strong writing and presentation skills about program activities, outcomes and impact.
• Extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa; work experience in Zimbabwe highly desirable.
• Qualified Zimbabwean nationals are highly encouraged to apply.
This job description 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.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment 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, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.
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