Jan 302018

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 26 Feb 2018

Job Responsibilities:

The primary role of the SARO Technical Advisor (TA) for Orphans, Vulnerable Children, and Youth (OVCY) is to lead and provide technical assistance to SARO’s programming for orphans and vulnerable children, and to provide technical leadership and guidance on issues affecting programming for vulnerable children across the region. The SARO Technical Advisor will provide regional leadership in the development and utilization of relevant strategies, guidelines, tools, and learning agendas, and in the documentation and dissemination of best practices. Leadership and technical excellence will be provided through in-country and virtual technical assistance, and through contributions made to project proposal development, project implementation and monitoring evaluation and learning.

The primary focus of the position is to support specific OVC and Youth programming initiatives in the region, including extensive community-based programs for OVC, including job skills and employment creation for youth, HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support; and contributing to OVC/Youth Integral Human Development. The OVC /Youth portfolio includes support in the primary areas of programming such as: education, food security, psycho-social support, economic strengthening, health, shelter and child protection, job skills and employment, and social cohesion and gender responsive/transformative programming. The TA will also play a key role in helping Country Programs learn, both through their own programming and through the shared experiences of other Countries within the region, CRS, OVC and youth sector research results and best practices.


1 Master’s Degree in public health, social work, one of the social sciences, international development/affairs, or a closely related field. 2 5 or more years of experience including designing, implementing and managing country-level OVC/Youth programs, preferably in/for low resource contexts/countries, including youth workforce development, youth entrepreneurship, or youth peacebuilding. 3 Experience providing technical assistance and support in one or more core areas of OVC programming preferably in support of PEPFAR funded programming in low resource settings, demonstrating capacity to provide guidance on critical technical and operational issues related to OVC/Youth: HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, nutrition, health, economic strengthening, education, , psycho-social support, child protection, early childhood development, case management, targeting, gender responsive programming, and social welfare system strengthening.. 4 Demonstrated ability to support pre-positioning, project design and technical narrative development for PEPFAR OVC and youth projects. 5 Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams and maintain strategic relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders. 6 Experience engaging effectively with USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, and other bilateral agencies and programs; the United Nations and other international agencies; host-county governments and counterparts; and other key stakeholders. 7 Ability to travel extensively within the region. 8 Demonstrated ability to design and oversee operations research. 9 Excellent writing skills in English with the ability to develop proposals and technical documents. 10 Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, including people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, as well as strong ability to work individually. 11 Strong representational skills, including ability to present CRS programs, research findings and policies to multiple audiences, including donors, host country Government and other key stakeholders. 12 Fluency in English required, business level French or Portuguese a plus.

Travel Required:

The position will require extensive travel (up to 40%) throughout Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and trips to CRS headquarters in Baltimore, as necessary.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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