Resident Technical Advisor

The Margaret Sanger Centre International

The Margaret Sanger Centre International, South Africa, is currently recruiting a Resident Technical Advisor (RTA) for placement in Namibia. This position will work closely with our office and that of our parent organization, the Margaret Sanger Centre International of Planned Parenthood, New York City, USA.

This position reports to the Director, Margaret Sanger Centre International, South Africa

POSITION SUMMARY

The RTA will be part of a new UNFPA-supported Project: "Scaling up HIV/STI Prevention Programs for Young People." The project has two major components:

1) a comprehensive mapping of program-related materials, training resources and interventions that target HIV prevention for young people and0

2) scaling up of an exemplary project in each of five target countries: Honduras, Nepal, Tchad, South Africa and Namibia.

This position will be responsible for providing extensive, expert technical assistance to one exemplary youth-focused HIV prevention project in Namibia in scaling up project activities. The incumbent will support the transfer of skills needed to guide project expansion and supervise scale up efforts on the ground. In addition, the RTA will participate in the identification of program related materials, training resources and exemplary interventions for HIV prevention among young people throughout Anglophone Africa.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Inform comprehensive mapping component by collecting materials, training resources and interventions from Namibia and other Anglophone countries throughout the region

  • Organize sub-regional meetings to enrich mapping component findings

  • Consult with stakeholders, including UNFPA country level personnel, to define "critical components" of an exemplary project

  • Network and negotiate with all relevant stakeholders including UNFPA personnel, key agencies involved in the country's HIV/AIDS strategy, and a wide range of local NGOs and government agencies

  • Select in-country project(s) to be scaled-up

  • Work closely with SRH service agencies to involve them in project-related activities

  • Assess training, technical assistance (TA) and funding needs for scaling up in conjunction with selected project personnel

  • Develop and supervise MOU between MSCI and country project(s)

  • Organize and facilitate Stakeholder Advisory Council

  • Develop and field-test training materials, tools and methodologies

  • Provide training and/or TA or arrange for such services to be provided by MSCI staff and/or consultants

  • Support timely implementation of planned activities under the project

  • Ensure adequate M&E of selected project enhancement, replication or up-scaling

  • Supervise documentation of up-scaling process

  • Select and liaison with local communications expert to ensure external documentation of the process through which each project is up-scaled

  • Function as spokesperson for the Project at the local and regional levels

  • Submit quarterly progress/financial reports of the project based on data collected from lower level operations

 GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

Requires minimum five (5) years professional experience working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and/or HIV/AIDS prevention. Must have  demonstrated ability to provide skills-based training and high quality technical assistance to a wide range of governmental and non-governmental programmes. A solid understanding of comprehensive sexuality education and gender equity promotion is required along with demonstrated competence in program planning. Experience developing and/or evaluating educational materials and familiarity with HIV prevention programs in Africa are necessary for this post. Language proficiency in English and a local language is essential. Excellent public relations and negotiation skills are a must as is familiarity with cultural and political contexts of HIV prevention programs in Namibia.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Requires an ability equal to that usually derived from satisfactory completion of courses required for graduation from an accredited college or university with a postgraduate degree in health or social sciences education and/or program implementation.

Interested candidates should fax or e-mail their resume with cover letter and salary requirement to:
Director
Margaret Sanger Centre International, South Africa
Fax: (+ 27 11) 726-1172
Or by E-mail: info@mscisa.org.za

No phone calls, please.

Margaret Sanger Centre International, South Africa is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our programs and services, please visit our website at www.mscisa.org.za