We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Economic Strengthening Technical Director for an anticipated USAID/PEPFAR funded project – Ready, Resourceful, Risk Aware (Triple R): OVC, Adolescent Girls and Young Women Program – to be implemented in Swaziland. The project will work to improve HIV, health and wellbeing outcomes primarily for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) by improving their access to HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, care, and treatment; health; nutrition; economic security; education; gender equity; protection; and psychosocial wellbeing.
The Economic Strengthening Technical Director will contribute to USAID and Government of Swaziland efforts to sustainably reduce poverty by strengthening approaches to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on economically vulnerable households, especially among the children and youth who live in them. This position reports to the Country Representative and supports the management of the project including assessment of progress and performance. The position requires comprehensive understanding of and significant experience in the areas of household economic strengthening and livelihoods with skills in capacity building and technical assistance provision. The ES Technical Director will provide technical leadership to project staff and partners with the objective to build technical capacity with a focus on creating economic resilience and food secure households within vulnerable populations, particularly focusing on those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and OVC. The position will assist implementing and other partners to develop and implement high quality Economic Strengthening (ES) programs; provide ongoing technical training and mentoring; and promote interactive learning and monitoring to deliver meaningful outcomes related to economic vulnerability, food security, and child wellbeing.
Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
- Supervise and manage all ES program activities, including identifying in a timely manner issues and risks related to project implementation;
- Lead and oversee the design, development and implementation of technical guidance as it relates to ES, especially in the areas of financial capabilities, savings group formation and operation, employability and entrepreneurship skill-building for adolescents, young adults (especially young women), OVC caregivers, and PLHIV. Significant experience working with adolescents and youth on ES issue is a plus;
- Exercising a supportive supervision approach, train and mentor local implementing partners and institutional stakeholder and technical staff responsible for OVC and AGYW wellbeing including livelihoods; savings and financial access; food security; enterprise development, and market access;
- Build awareness of key ES concepts and principles among local implementing partners and other stakeholders;
- Develop and instruct partners in effective methodologies for identifying appropriate ES interventions for specific households, depending on the needs and resources of those households; train/mentor these partners in principles and standards for good implementation of these interventions;
- Equip partners with skills and resources to assess outcomes, as well as strengths and weaknesses of ES activities;
- Facilitate access through partner and stakeholder organizations to a full range of ES options depending on the needs and resources available to households (i.e., market opportunities, savings, enterprise development, farmingasabusiness and other vocational training opportunities, etc.);
- Promote linkages and complementarities between similar donor funded projects and facilitate relationships between partners, market actors and organizations with special expertise in ES activities;
- Oversee pilot or demonstration projects to test and adopt specific ES activities;
- Facilitate exchanges and a peertopeer learning;
- Engage in regular monitoring visits to evaluate the success of ES activities;
- Supervise staff as assigned;
- Other tasks and duties as assigned;
- Prepare and make presentations at local and regional forums to share experiences and emerging best practices;
- Develop/produce contractual deliverables (quarterly, annual, field project evaluations, etc.) in conjunction with other key staff and external evaluators;
- Keep abreast of global, regional and national developments in economic strengthening focusing on the field of HIV/AIDS, and protection issues;
- Contribute to maintaining a strong relationship with government and relevant stakeholders (at national and district levels).
- Citizen or permanent resident of Swaziland preferred;
- Advanced University degree in economics, social and economic development, international development, agriculture, nutrition or related field of study; Master’s Degree or higher preferred;
- Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience working on economic development issues at the individual, household and community levels, preferably in Swaziland;
- Technical expertise and significant experience specific to economic strengthening including savings groups, financial capability, entrepreneurial skills development, employability, and local economic development; experience with OVC, AGYW and PLHIV is highly preferred;
- Broad knowledge and experience in various capacity building approaches including formal training, mentoring and coaching, supervision and support to local implementing partners, government units and other stakeholders;
- At least 4 years of management experience, including direct supervision of technical and support staff, and assembling teams working in multifaceted and complex international development programs;
- Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders such as community leaders, staff of local implementing partners, government officials, and donor representatives;
- Excellent communication skills and demonstrated experience in the use of training and information dissemination to transfer concepts and skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of one or more local languages spoken in Swaziland is a plus;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, initiative, demonstrated team leadership and problemsolving abilities;
- Ability and willingness to travel to program areas and internationally as required;
- Experience with quality improvement or policy development is desirable;
- Ability to liaise with government, nongovernment and donor partner senior officials;
- Proven track record managing a project team composed of technical experts and fostering team work;
- Familiarity with USAID or other US Government administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems.
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