Gender & Youth Lead

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Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Gender and Youth Lead, MOMENTUM Round 1a (Integrated Health Resilience Project)

Location: Washington, DC

Summary:

Pathfinder is currently seeking highly motivated applicants for a Gender and Youth Lead position to support the integration of gender and youth-friendly responsive approaches for the USAID-funded MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health) APS Round 1 “MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings”. The project seeks to support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to overcome the impacts of fragility on the population’s health and contribute to countries’ movement along the development continuum toward reduced maternal and child mortality and increased self-reliance.

The Gender and Youth Lead will have an appropriate balance of relevant technical, leadership, advocacy, and academic experience. The position’s primary focus will be to provide conceptual leadership in the development of technical approaches to adolescent and youth reproductive health (AYRH), gender-transformative approaches, and meaningful youth engagement, and their implementation across MNCH/FP/RH interventions. In addition, they must have extensive experience with, and understanding of, evidence-based MNCH/FP/RH interventions and strengthening MNCH/FP/RH interventions within the Gender/Youth field.

This position is contingent upon USAID approval.

Key Job Outcomes:

  • Advocate, lead and provide strategic direction, program and technical guidance in the integration of gender-transformative programming in MNCH/FP/RH interventions, including women’s empowerment, men’s engagement, and couple-focused interventions.
  • Advocate, lead and provide strategic direction, program and technical guidance in the integration of quality adolescent programming, including a systematic adolescent/youth-responsive health systems approach, meaningful youth engagement, and special populations including first-time parents.
  • Ensure that all MOMENTUM youth and gender approaches and activities are in alignment with USAID’s Policy on Youth in Development and USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy.
  • In collaboration with MEL team, strengthen service data/monitoring to ensure that youth and gender inequities are tracked and appropriate response strategies are implemented; organize and support regular monitoring among local districts, partners, and service providers; analyze and report on program and project progress.
  • Design and facilitate trainings on youth and gender for project staff, USAID, stakeholders, counterparts, health providers (clinic and community level), and others as needed.
  • Coordinate efforts with field-based Gender and Youth Specialists.
  • Contribute to annual work planning, training plans, quarterly reports and other required technical reports. Stay up-to date on global best practices, new developments and emerging issues in gender and AYRH that affect MOMENTUM priorities.
  • Travel to monitor and provide technical assistance for gender and youth aspects of field activities.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Advanced Degree in public health, international development, social sciences, gender/women’s studies, adolescent health, anthropology, or related field.
  • Minimum seven years of experience in designing and implementing programs with a focus on youth development, increasing gender-equality, empowering women and girls, men’s engagement, couple-focused interventions, integrated cross-sectoral efforts, and strengthening MNCH/FP/RH interventions in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting gender assessments and developing gender strategy frameworks.
  • Experienced technical assistance provider.
  • Over five years of experience managing gender-related and/or youth programs and experience in youth coaching and mentoring, including gender training and capacity building in developing countries and in fragile settings.
  • Extensive experience conducting gender, youth, and social inclusion analysis, developing integration tools and methodologies, planning and implementing youth studies, interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, and knowledge of internationally recognized evidence-based interventions to promote gender-equity in FP/RH.
  • Experience collaborating with government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, and international donor agencies.
  • Demonstrated management, leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong speaking and writing skills in English; proficiency in additional languages highly preferred.

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.

About the Organization

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

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