Economic Strengthening Specialist, South Africa

from Pact
Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 46-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.

Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview

Pact seeks an Economic Strengthening Specialist for an anticipated, PEPFAR-funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and HIV Prevention program in South Africa. The five-year program will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control through the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention, care and support services. The principal focus is to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents who are living with affected by and vulnerable to HIV prevent new HIV infections among priority populations; and scale up effective violence prevention and interventions.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party, Economic Strengthening Specialist will be responsible for the technical aspects of activity implementation that relate to household economic strengthening activities and economic strengthening activities for adolescents.

Key Responsibilities

  • Apply evidence-based approaches and develop interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of adolescents, youth and OVC caregivers and families and are line with state-of-the-art, globally-recognized best practices
  • Ensure livelihoods improvement strategies are gender-sensitive and promote gender equity in overall project goals
  • Develop and instruct partners in effective methodologies for identifying appropriate ES interventions for specific populations, depending on e needs and resources
  • Provide technical assistance and mentoring to project partners, as required, to successfully implement the program’s economic strengthening strategies and interventions
  • Develop, monitor and maintain relevant manuals, training materials and reports for economic strengthening
  • Provide technical assistance to implementing partners including training and mentoring on social empowerment of adolescents, youth and OVC caregivers and families.
  • Design or provide input into the design of orientation and training materials for project staff implementing economic strengthening activities, delivering training as required.
  • Create and implement a plan to engage the private sector in economic empowerment of vulnerable households for greater and sustainable impacts
  • Engage in regular monitoring visits to project sites to evaluate effectiveness of activities, working in close coordination with Strategic Information Specialist to use project data to adjust activities as needed and ensure achievement of targets
  • Contribute to work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and other reports and papers summarizing project livelihoods results and evidence
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates, as requested

Basic Requirements

· Master's Degree or higher in economics, international development or a related field

· At least 5 years of experience designing, implementing and monitoring household economic strengthening activities included in multifaceted and complex international development programs

· At least three years of experience designing, implementing and monitoring programs that address the economic strengthening needs of adolescents and youth

· At least 5 years of management experience, including direct supervision of teams and implementing partners

· Demonstrated knowledge of social protection, household economic strengthening, and microenterprise and market development instruments and frameworks

· Experience in leveraging private sector partnerships and resources for creation of business opportunities, business mentorship and skills training, market access, strategies to strengthen household resilience, etc.

· Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical and management expertise and experience, and strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills including such skills in English

· At least 5-8 years years of experience managing and providing technical leadership on HIV prevention and service delivery programming in the Southern Africa region.

· Experience with USG cooperative agreements and/or contracts and PEPFAR programming

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience living and working in South Africa; South African Nationals preferred.