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The purpose of this position is to provide region coordination and implementation -related expertise for building bidirectional referrals capacities/systems in three districts in Mpumalanga Province, under the USAID-funded and m2m-led Children and Adolescents Are My Priority project – as part of our expanding multi-million dollar five-year, USAID -funded grant for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) which is in its third implementing year. This pivotal role will focus on extensive coordination of DREAMS service delivery for approximately 26,000 vulnerable adolescent women and girls 10-19 years across 14 subdistricts. The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) initiative goes beyond typical health initiatives to address these factors, working toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goal of ending AIDS by 2030. Our holistic programming also helps build the capacity of an entire family or a caregiver to meet basic needs, therefore removing economic barriers to HIV testing and treatment, reducing HIV stigma in the community, and improving education and knowledge in the community about HIV.
Key Performance Areas:
- Coordination of linkages, strategic partnerships, and key technical components for DREAMS structured interventions
- Coordinate and actively support referral pathways with USAID partners that deliver a range of multisectoral services for adolescent girls and young women (10-19 years) and their caregivers in our 14 supported sub-districts:
- Regularly consult, engage, and coordinate activities with large matrix of key multisectoral implementing and government partners, including those will safe spaces, schools, and health facilities involved in
- DREAMS programming and to ensure coordination of referrals, minimization of bottlenecks/barriers, and optimization of outcomes for clients.
- Actively assist with alignment and help coordinate systems for rapid roll out and implementation of group-based parenting interventions in DREAMS sub-districts and, according to pre-determined targets and workplans.
- Review and help formally disseminate DREAMS-related performance metrics, ensure adherence to project standards (in collaboration with CHAMP’s managers) to USAID and external stakeholders and help cascade learning.
Supervision and capacity development:
- Implement mentorship and coordination large scale online and offline trainings for district-based teams to use vulnerability assessment criteria/tools (that determine enrolment and design/QA of care plans for adolescent girls (approximately 10% 10-19 years and their caregivers), evidence-based group interventions, and on systems/procedures for reporting, referrals, and critical information sharing among District Support Partners, health facilities, and other USAID OVC/DREAMS partners.
- Assist with production of detailed workplans and training materials, job aides, and reports as required for DREAMS implementation, with the aim of achieving ambitious targets (predetermined by funder) for enrollment and referral outcomes and in conjunction with a wide range of partners.
- Serve as a key liaison between CHAMP and key USAID partners to ensure written MOUs and clear referral procedures are in place to support DREAMS related service delivery according to assessed need (with emphasis on PrEP, GBV, and primary prevention).
- Support field teams to ensure timely reporting, monitoring and analysis of referral outcomes against set targets, and use of data to adjust referral/partnership strategies as necessary.
- Represent CHAMP in meetings and Technical Working Groups and proactively communicate updates about changes in guidance, plans, policies–in consultation with CHAMP’s senior managers.
Qualifications and experience:
- Relevant university degree and minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience for relevant health and /or international development projects/organizations.
- PEPFAR knowledge and experience strongly preferred.
- Ability to manage partnerships at multiple levels and broad portfolio of implementation related priorities using online/in-person communication methods.
- Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, and work in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent written and verbal English language skills.
- Excellent coordination, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.
- Strong creative thinking ability and work ethic,
- Proficiency in use of information technology including Microsoft Office Applications: Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.
- Ability to work very independently but cooperatively with diverse staff and stakeholders and consult appropriately.