21 Jun 2024

Youth friendly Services, Gender & Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor at Amref Health Africa

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Job Description


Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia is seeking a Youth friendly Services & GESI Advisor to provide technical leadership and support for its USAID funded Integrated Youth Activity (IYA) in Ethiopia. The Advisor will serve as a lead contact person concerning gender and social inclusion related activities for the project and provides technical and expert support on youth friendly service interventions across kefeta’s service delivery points (SDPs). The candidate will provide technical oversight and support for IYA’s YFS, gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) work, integrating GESI across the Activity’s thematic areas and implementing partners. This advisor will oversee and support the YFS, gender and social analysis, and gender audit exercises working closely with program team and partners. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working in the development sector in Ethiopia and with sexual reproductive health, gender and social inclusion integration in youth programming and sound experience in Adolescent Youth Health (AYH) programming. The position is based in the Addis Ababa Country office with frequent travel to project areas.

II. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Youth friendly Services & GESI Advisor will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Technical Support

  • Provide technical guidance and support to program staff on youth-friendly health services, including sexual and reproductive health, SGBV prevention, and mental health support.
  • Develop and implement youth-friendly health programs, including peer education workshops, outreach events, and community engagement activities
  • Provide technical support and guidance to standardize comprehensive SRH services provision and improve quality
  • Lead IYA’s core gender and inclusion principles and values are understood and adhered to by project management, partners, staff, volunteers, visitors, and interns;
  • Lead development and oversee implementation of the project’s overall SRH, gender and social inclusion strategies, ensuring alignment to IYA’s requirements and standards;
  • Collaborate with project team and implementing partners to ensure the integration of gender, youth, and social inclusion concepts and approaches into all project activities, including technical implementation, monitoring, operations, policies and procedures;
  • Collaborate with youth friendly services (YFS) team to ensure quality family planning; sexual reproductive health (SRH) services are provided at Kefeta Service Delivery Points (SDPs)
  • Support Kefeta selected YFS SDPs to become Center of Excellence and facilitate cross learning with other facilities
  • Provide technical guidance in cascading of YFS guidelines, manuals, SOPs, recording and reporting tools
  • Provide coaching and mentorship support to health care providers working at Kefeta SDPs and facilitate cross learning between high performing and low performing sites
  • Work closely with youth friendly service officers of consortium local implementing partners to ensure proper implementation of kefeta peer-mentors approach and demand creation among youth for FP/SRH services
  • Provide technical advice and training to project staff, partners and stakeholders to build their capacity to integrate gender, youth and other relevant social inclusion considerations into designing interventions, as well as implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the program/Activity;
  • Lead the design and implementation of gender, youth, and social inclusion analysis, baseline assessment and other learning studies;
  • Support development and review of project work plans, training curriculum, publication materials and other documents, with attention to gender and social inclusion and YFS dimensions of activities and operations, and discuss GESI issues and priorities with project senior management and other technical specialists;
  • Provide technical leadership and support in areas of YFS, gender equality, social inclusion, and child safeguarding across all program areas; Provide technical support in gender and social inclusion to all project implementing partners;
  • Provide technical support in setting up youth friendly service provision focusing on gender and inclusion of young marginalized groups and beneficiaries; Develop quality improvement and beneficiary feedback mechanisms across service providers to ensure friendly and inclusive service provision;
  • Support partners’ gender and social analysis exercise to identify key barriers and work on follow-up actions;
  • Conduct periodic audit to ensure consortium partners’ work aligns with gender and social inclusion priorities and provide guidance on how to integrate identified issues into the project activities; provide technical support to youth coalitions to institute both gender and inclusion of vulnerable groups at the center of their effort and organization;
  • Support consortium-member staff in implementing FP/SRH interventions, gender transformative programming and SGBV prevention and management services.
  • Support identification, design and implementation of family planning quality improvement projects aligned with MOH set standards
  • Support Kefeta youth friendly service SDPs in tracking commodity supplies from their catchment facilities and build capacity of the providers in supply chain management
  • Work closely with YFS and mental health team to strengthen implementation of adolescent and youth health interventions, Gender-Based-Violence prevention and management practices at service delivery points.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Review and provide input into the project’s MEL plan/framework, data collection tools and MEL guidance to ensure that MEL practices are gender sensitive and the project is capturing gendered outputs and outcomes;
  • Support the MEL team to ensure that all data is disaggregated by sex, age, disability, etc. in data collection processes, analysis and reporting;
  • Support the tracking FP/SRH services by erelevant disaggregation level
  • Support the project team to develop gender-sensitive and social inclusion-focused quantitative and qualitative indicators and learning questions to ensure that the project reports on gender and social inclusion outcomes and impact;
  • Support the preparation of reports and documents for submission to both internal and external recipients, including USAID;
  • Write, coordinate, and disseminate lesson learning among teams and project stakeholders, through SRH, gender and inclusion lenses.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of youth-friendly health programs, and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Build partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders working in the field of Adolescent and youth health.
  • Actively engage in technical working groups and other relevant forums, and promote strengthening of collaboration and teamwork among partners and dissemination of learning and best practices related to Adolescent and Youth Health, gender and social inclusion;
  • At the request of the youth inclusion and civic engagement director, COP, senior technical director, represent IYA with the Ethiopian government, UN agencies, other donors, Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and partner NGOs;
  • Travel to project target areas when requested to support field project implementation, technical support on YFS, gender and social inclusion related activities;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by management;

Representation and Coordination

  • Build partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders working in the field of Adolescent and youth health.
  • Actively engage in technical working groups and other relevant forums, and promote strengthening of collaboration and teamwork among partners and dissemination of learning and best practices related to Adolescent and Youth Health, gender and social inclusion;
  • At the request of the youth inclusion and civic engagement director, COP, senior technical director, represent IYA with the Ethiopian government, UN agencies, other donors, Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and partner NGOs;
  • Travel to project target areas when requested to support field project implementation, technical support on YFS, gender and social inclusion related activities;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by management;

III. Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Medicine, public health, nursing or other health-related fields, gender studies with health diploma/degree, Master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum of 10 years prior work experience and demonstrated practical skills in the NGO sector, preferably in Ethiopia or another African country. At least five years of senior level experience in Adolescent youth health, FP/SRH, gender, social inclusion, and/or youth programming with appropriate gender and social inclusion expertise;
  • Knowledge of proven approaches and best practices for sexual reproductive health services, gender and social inclusion for women, children and other vulnerable groups; in-depth knowledge of gender, youth, and other social inclusion considerations (constraints and opportunities) in Ethiopia;
  • Proven experience conducting gender and social inclusion analyses and gender audits;
  • Knowledge of do no harm, women’s empowerment, and positive youth development frameworks and approaches;
  • Previous USAID-funded project experience preferred;
  • Strong training facilitation skills; Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Amharic is mandatory.
  • Strong strategic management, capacity building and leadership skills;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of project cycle management.




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Closing Date : 27 June. 2024





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