Senior Technical Advisor – Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) and Gender

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 18 September 2019

Job Description

TITLE:

Senior Technical Advisor – Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) and Gender

PROGRAM(S) / DEPARTMENT(S):

USAID Mali Household and Community Health (HCH)

REPORTS TO:

Chief of Party, Mali HCH project

JOB STATION:

Mali

LOCAL HIRE:

Yes; applicants should have authorization to work in Mali. This position does not provide for expatriates’ allowances.

COMPANY SUMMARY:

EngenderHealth’s vision is a world where sexual and reproductive health rights are respected as human rights, and women and girls have the freedom to reach their full potential. This emphasis on rights directly underpins EngenderHealth’s values and principles: choice, quality, and excellence. To achieve transformational change leading to true social and economic progress, EngenderHealth partners with diverse organizations across sectors with the shared goals of highlighting women’s value to sustainable development.

JOB SUMMARY:

EngenderHealth is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor for Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) and Gender based in Mali. The Senior Technical Advisor, FP/RH and Gender is an anticipated role for an upcoming project which would be funded by USAID. The position depends on availability of funds from the donor. The project will be implemented by EngenderHealth and its key partners and will focus on the implementation of a range of activities related to FP/RH and gender at the household and community level. The project will also build capacity of host country partners, promote adaptive learning and use of evidence, and encourage cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships.

The Senior Technical Advisor for FP/RH and Gender will provide technical and programmatic guidance to the project and will oversee and advise implementation of both FP/RH programming while ensuring that gender is a cross cutting theme across all project activities. She/he will be responsible for working with the project teams to identify promising areas for integrating FP/RH activities. S/he will be responsible for building the capacity of staff reporting to her/him, as well as ensuring the quality of intervention. S/he will possess a high level of technical and program management expertise FP/RH and gender related programs. The Senior Technical Advisor in partnership with the Chief of Party will coordinate, assess, develop, deliver and evaluate a variety of activities including gender and power analysis, assessments, trainings, customized technical assistance to local partners, and contribute to work plan development. S/he will also work closely with the EngenderHealth director of Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion to ensure technical quality of the project’s work.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Designs and implements the project’s FP/RH programming, working alongside key project staff, including drafting workplans for project execution
  • Provides technical guidance and oversight for FP/RH and Gender related work
  • Leads the integration of gender transformative lens in creation of annual workplans and participates in the monitoring of workplans against indicators
  • Supervises staff and provides FP/RH related capacity building and support to them
  • Collaboratively develops responsive, realistic and high-quality plans to build the capacity of staff and local partners on FP/RH gender transformative programming
  • Leads development and adaptation of programming tools around FP/RH services
  • Uses evidence-based approaches (e.g., logic models, assessment, research, health behavior and education theory, and evaluation) to develop high quality programs/interventions and skills-based training curricula
  • Develops measurable and realistic learning objectives that address changes in learners’ (e.g., staff, partners, health system officials, etc.) knowledge, attitudes and skills for all capacity building activities and programs/interventions.
  • Maintains expertise in FP/RH and gender, and integrating gender transformative programming, women’s rights and empowerment, and male engagement especially in relationship to GBV (including IPV). This includes staying up-to-date in epidemiological, behavioral and programmatic research.
  • Edits and contributes to writing of project progress reports
  • Contributes directly to any research and evaluation of the project
  • Operates effectively in a team environment and identifies opportunities for collaboration across project teams
  • Communicates effectively with staff and partners
  • Monitors budget related to programmatic activities with support from the Finance Officer.
  • Follows USAID policies, procedures and gender standards and practices
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Supervises work of interns or international consultants
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

Must possess the following requirements with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, gender/women’s studies, social work, sociology, education or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of 8 years of programmatic and technical experience in FP/RH, gender, social work, or public health (i.e. training, designing curricula/manuals, evaluation/research, and/or program design)
  • Minimum of 4 years of successful experience in planning, implementation and monitoring of gender transformative programing to promote family planning, reproductive health, and gender equity.
  • Expertise in the areas of family planning and reproductive health
  • Experience designing gender-transformative programming and developing local capacities to implement gender transformative FP/RH programming.
  • Experience facilitating gender trainings and workshops with focus on FP/RH
  • Experience developing and adapting gender and FP/RH training manuals/curricula
  • Expertise in the areas of gender, masculinities and femininities, women’s rights, male engagement, and gender transformative programming
  • Must demonstrate a solid understanding/knowledge of links between inequitable gender norms and FP/RH
  • Knowledge of the current health situation in Mali, especially regarding FP/RH, and the Malian Ministry of Health’s priorities for health programming
  • Experience living and working in Mali, desired
  • Demonstrates computer competence including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel
  • Written and oral fluency in French and English
  • Travel expectation is 50%

ESSENTIAL SOFT SKILLS

  • Ability to balance completion of designated projects, both short and long term, with the execution of routine duties
  • Ability to meet short deadlines and willingness to work additional hours during deadline periods
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., active listening, cultural competence, responsiveness)

PREFERRED SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND FUNCTIONS:

  • Experience with research and/or evaluation desired
  • Experience working with USAID funded projects desired

Disclaimer

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed and assigned.

About the Organization

EngenderHealth’s vision is a world where sexual and reproductive health rights are respected as human rights, and women and girls have the freedom to reach their full potential. This emphasis on rights directly underpins EngenderHealth’s values and principles: choice, quality, and excellence. To achieve transformational change leading to true social and economic progress, EngenderHealth partners with diverse organizations across sectors with the shared goals of highlighting women’s value to sustainable development.

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, ancestry, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, political belief, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristic or status under applicable federal, state and local laws.

EngenderHealth is committed to safeguarding all people, particularly children, vulnerable adults and beneficiaries of assistance from any harm that may be caused due to contact with EngenderHealth. This includes harm arising from the conduct of staff, associates and partners; and the design and implementation of programs and activities.

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