Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Manager

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 September 2019
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Closing on 20 October 2019
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Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Advancement (PADV) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by: Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs; Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors; Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.

Position Overview

Pact seeks an Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Manager for the ACHIEVE Dominican Republic OVC program. ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners. The OVC program in the Dominican Republic will provide targeted support to individuals of Haitian descent and their families (designated as Target Population Individuals [TPI]) to address barriers to HIV-related care and treatment and to facilitate access to other key, complementary services. The program will build the capacity of local implementing partners to design, implement and track services received in accordance with PEPFAR requirements.

The OVC Manager will provide technical and strategic leadership of all technical and programmatic aspects of the project. S/he reports to the Project Director and supervises all technical project staff to ensure that program objectives are met and all activities are responsive to the needs of the host country and intended beneficiaries.

Pact busca un Gerente de Huérfanos y Niños Vulnerables (OVC por sus siglas en inglés) para el programa OVC ACHIEVE de República Dominicana. ACHIEVE es un acuerdo de cooperación mundial de cinco años financiado por la USAID con el doble objetivo de lograr y mantener el control de la epidemia del VIH entre las mujeres embarazadas y lactantes (PBF por sus siglas en inglés), los lactantes, los niños y los jóvenes en situación de riesgo y de difícil acceso, así como de mitigar el impacto del VIH/SIDA y prevenir la transmisión del VIH entre estas poblaciones; y apoyar la transición de la financiación principal y la ejecución a socios locales capacitados a fin de cumplir con el objetivo del PEPFAR de destinar el 70% de la financiación a socios locales. El programa OVC en la República Dominicana brindará apoyo específico a personas de ascendencia haitiana y sus familias (designadas como Individuos de Población Objetivo [TPI por sus siglas en inglés]) para abordar las barreras a la atención y el tratamiento relacionados con el VIH y facilitar el acceso a otros servicios claves y complementarios. El programa fortalecerá la capacidad de los socios implementadores locales para diseñar, implementar y hacer el seguimiento de los servicios recibidos de acuerdo con los requisitos del PEPFAR.

El Gerente de OVC proporcionará liderazgo técnico y estratégico de todos los aspectos técnicos y programáticos del proyecto. Depende del Director del Proyecto y supervisa todo el personal técnico del proyecto para garantizar que se cumplan los objetivos del programa y que todas las actividades respondan a las necesidades del país anfitrión y los beneficiarios previstos.

Key Responsibilities

• Contribute to the technical design of the OVC project and package of services in line with project vision and a realistic and donor-responsive timeline.

• Utilize a participatory approach to developing and updating the project work plans, ensuring programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with international standards.

• Supervise a team of technical specialists working with community-based organizations to provide family centered services and linking with facility-based service providers.

• Assist the DR OVC Project Director in the successful programmatic and technical implementation of the project including the timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated deliverables.

• Assist the DR OVC Project Director in monitoring project progress vis-a-vis expected objectives, ensuring efficient use of resources and compliance with donor requirements.

• Collaborate with the Grant Manager to assess, develop, and monitor technical capacities of local partners.

• Contribuir al diseño técnico del proyecto OVC y el paquete de servicios de acuerdo con la visión del proyecto y con un cronograma realista que responda a las necesidades de los donantes.

• Utilizar un enfoque participativo para desarrollar y actualizar el plan estratégico del proyecto, garantizando que las instrucciones programáticas sean técnicamente sólidas, basadas en evidencia y consistentes con los estándares internacionales.

• Supervisar a un equipo de especialistas técnicos que trabajan con organizaciones comunitarias para proporcionar servicios centrados en la familia y vincularse con proveedores en centros de servicios.

• Asistir al Director del Proyecto de OVC en la República Dominicana en la implementación programática y técnica exitosa del proyecto, incluyendo la finalización de planes de trabajo a tiempo y de alta calidad, informes precisos y otros entregables obligatorios.

• Asistir al Director del Proyecto de OVC en la República Dominicana en el monitoreo del progreso del proyecto en relación con los objetivos esperados, garantizando el uso eficiente de los recursos y el cumplimiento de los requisitos del donante.

• Colaborar con el Gerente de Subvenciones para evaluar, desarrollar y monitorear las capacidades técnicas de los socios locales.

Basic Requirements

  • Masters level degree in public health, social work, or other social science or field of study related to the program scope of work required and at least seven (7) years of experience with community-based programs focused on the needs of children, adolescents, and underserved populations.
  • Demonstrated management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the health context and structural issues in the Dominican Republic among TPI.
  • Fully conversant on global best practices in HIV prevention, linking to HIV testing and services, and impact mitigation to develop and adapt for the Dominican Republic setting.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Título a nivel de maestría en salud pública, trabajo social u otra ciencia social o campo de estudio relacionado con el alcance del trabajo del programa requerido y al menos siete (7) años de experiencia con programas basados en la comunidad enfocados en las necesidades de niños, adolescentes y poblaciones desatendidas.
  • Habilidades de gestión demostradas, visión estratégica, cualidades de liderazgo, reputación profesional, capacidad para crear sinergias cuando corresponda, habilidades interpersonales y habilidades de presentación oral y escrita para cumplir con los diversos requisitos técnicos y de gestión.
  • Conocimiento integral del contexto de salud y los problemas estructurales en la República Dominicana entre los TPI.
  • Totalmente familiarizado con las mejores prácticas mundiales en la prevención del VIH, vinculación a pruebas y servicios de VIH, y la mitigación de su impacto para desarrollarlas y adaptarlas al contexto de la República Dominicana.
  • Fluidez en español.

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience with community-based HIV testing, counseling, support and referral services

· Experience implementing USAID and/or PEPFAR-funded health programming.

· Demonstrated success implementing programming among TPI, with an emphasis on OVC, adolescents and/or violence prevention

· Expertise in and sensitivity to the socio-political barriers facing intended beneficiaries for this program, individuals of Haitian descent residing in the Dominican Republic (TPI)

· Working proficiency in English and Creole.

· Local candidates preferred

· Experiencia con pruebas del VIH basadas en la comunidad, asesoramiento, apoyo y servicios de referencia

· Experiencia en la implementación de programas de salud financiados por la USAID y/o el PEPFAR.

· Éxito demostrado en la implementación de programas entre TPI, con énfasis en OVC, adolescentes y/o prevención de la violencia.

· Pericia y sensibilidad con relación a las barreras sociopolíticas que enfrentan los beneficiarios previstos para este programa, personas de ascendencia haitiana que residen en la República Dominicana (TPI)

· Dominio del inglés y criollo para el trabajo.

· Preferencia por candidatos locales.



Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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