The Education, Youth and Child Development Office (EYCD) is responsible for development, implementation, and oversight of USAID administered PEPFAR-funded programs benefiting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) throughout Uganda. The Violence Prevention Specialist will provide support to violence prevention implementation targeting boys and girls within the OVC portfolio. More specifically, the incumbent will provide technical assistance to coordination, implementation and monitoring of violence prevention programming, with an emphasis on ensuring that PEPFAR/Uganda’s approach is coherent and comprehensive. They will provide recommendations to the EYCD team concerning best practices, new developments and lessons learnt that could be incorporated into USAID programs. They will foster synergies among USAID partners across PEPFAR programs at community and clinical levels.
Duration: Innitial contract will run through 30 September, with the possibility to extend into a regular employee position afterwards.
The incumbent will support PEPFAR/Uganda implementing partners, as well as host government institutions and civil society, to deliver evidence-based, comprehensive, cohesive, and effective violence prevention programming.
- The will serve as a violence prevention expert, providing technical guidance for activities across the OVC portfolio
- They will review PEPFAR/Uganda’s current portfolio for preventing and responding to violence against children and youth, identify gaps, duplication, and opportunities, and make recommendations for programmatic improvements in alignment with global PEPFAR guidance, the Government of Uganda National Violence Against Children Action Plan and priorities, and PEPFAR/Uganda strategic plans and priorities
- They will collaborate with the Justice for Children and Faith Community Initiative interventions to ensure a coordinated approach to HIV and violence prevention service delivery
- They will periodically review, aggregate, and analyze implementing partner data and information on violence prevention programming and produce reports and success stories that highlight key achievements, challenges, and lessons learned
- They will develop technical narratives for OVC reporting and will contribute to the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents including the Country Operational Plan, portfolio reviews, quarterly, semi-annual and annual progress reports
- They will review prevention approaches and tools to ensure they meet guidance provided by the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC) and align with the Ugandan context
- They will advise on HIV programming for vulnerable children and adolescents. Specifically, s/he will engage with district and sub-county level stakeholders on issues related to coordination of service provision and referrals for survivors of abuse
- They will provide intensive technical assistance to USAID supported local partners to ensure that violence prevention activities are evidence-based.
- They will guide implementing partners on emerging approaches to implementation of HIV and violence prevention programs for young children
- They will guide implementing partners on identifying and enrolling the right beneficiaries to receive HIV and sexual violence prevention interventions
- They will promote and facilitate learning across implementing partners and programmatic approaches
- They will carry out ad-hoc assignments as dictated by unforeseen operational requirements at the request and discretion of the EYCD Director
- Master’s degree in social work, sociology, public health, epidemiology, health-related, social or behavior science or other relevant fields
- Minimum of ten years of experience working with children’s issues and programs, with strong preference for experience in programs to prevent and respond to violence against children, with at least three to five years of experience in an international or resource challenged settings
- Demonstrable understanding of HIV prevention and HIV impact mitigation, social welfare and social protection approaches, including program design, implementation and evaluation
- Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation and teambuilding skills
- Demonstrated ability in maintaining close counterpart relationships, both governmental and in the partner community
- Demonstrated ability to apply policy directives to activity design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
- Demonstrated ability in analyzing and synthesizing data
- Strong communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to communicate highly technical information to a wide variety of audiences:
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