Position: Program Development SpecialistProgram Objective: HIV Prevention in AdolescentsSupervisor: Director of Programming and Training (DPT)Duration: 6-12 months, not to exceed 260 total work daysLocation: Yaoundé, CameroonOpening Date: 9:00 AM - 28 December 2017Closing Date:6:00 AM – 12 January 2018BACKGROUNDPeace Corps Cameroon’s HIV Program has as a main goal to reduce as much as possible, new infections amongstadolescent girls and young women (AGYW). This is being achieved through the implementation of the DREAMS-likepackage of interventions which, holistically addresses the adolescent girls and young women’s risks and vulnerabilitiesto HIV infection. Interventions are focused principally on risk avoidance and risk reduction for adolescent girls 10-24years old. Peace Corps’ strategy ensures that, the adolescent girl is well educated and empowered to make healthychoices that will keep her HIV/AIDS free. It engages communities (men, women, families, organizations, schools,association etc.) to support AGYWs’ efforts in staying HIV free. In addition, Peace Corps Cameroon is also committedto support HIV positive adolescent girls and boys to live healthier lives and adopt positive behaviors that enable themstay retained in care, adhere to treatment and as an ultimate end, and achieve viral suppression.Peace Corps Cameroon’s behavior change focused approach to HIV prevention for AGYW, is unique as it engages andprovides on going consistent support to the adolescent over a period of time, thus ensuring that s/he acquires theappropriate skills to reduce and/or avoid risks to HIV infection. This model/approach to programming has beenapplauded by PEPFAR hierarchy and the government of Cameroon, with an expressed need to strengthen bothgovernment and civil society capacity to adopt and implement this approach. This will support the government ofCameroon’s efforts to improve the quality of Adolescents’ HIV prevention programs as well as maximize impact.Peace Corps Cameroon is therefore, seeking the services of a consultant who would coordinate the pilot process, thussupporting the agency to achieve its program objectives. This will be through the implementation Peace Corps’ currentHIV prevention programming model with communities and local organizations in the PEPFAR supported regions inCameroon, that do not work directly with Peace Corps volunteers. The person filling this role will be expected to supportthe local organizations to learn Peace Corps approach to implementing AGYW focused HIV Prevention Programs; andstrengthen their capacity to implement similar DREAMS-like activities.
POSITION DESCRIPTIONUnder the direct supervision of the Director of Programming and Training, and in collaboration with the HIVCoordinator, the principal role of the Program Development Specialist is to support the design and pilot of a model forPeace Corps Cameroon’s HIV Prevention Programming for AGYW’s. The project seeks to design and pilot an approachfor translating PC Cameroon prevention programming to partners who are not assigned 2 year volunteers. Specifically,we would like to create a model that will enable Peace Corps to expand their reach toward reducing HIV risk amongstAGYW by building the capacity of organizations to implement our prevention portfolio of AGYW. The tasks involvedtherefore include but are not limited to the following:
Manage the AGYW pilot implementationo Develop a project implementation work plan with milestones and expected outcomes.o Develop a detailed job description for the Volunteer and work with each Volunteer and agency to developdetailed annual work plan for the pilot.o Identify potential partnerso Work with health Program Manager (PM) and HIV Coordinator to identify which interventions to include inthe pilot and develop training plan with training manger if necessary.o Provide day to day support to Volunteer and pilot organizations – through site visits, email, calls etc.o Provide technical assistance to Volunteers and implementing (host) organizations all through the pilot processo Conduct frequent visits to implementing organizations to provide on- site support to roll out process|Peace Corps CameroonConsultant Contract Statement of WorkObserve Volunteers facilitating trainings with their organizations. When necessary co- facilitate or work withPM, HIV Coordinator and or DPT to identify trainers.In collaboration with the HIV Coordinator and DPT, outline a budget to support the ongoing implementationof this project for the following fiscal yearProvide necessary presentation and reports to Peace Corps stakeholders (PAC, PEPFAR interagency Space,National AIDS Control Committee, etc) to discuss project implementation and results on quarterly basis andproject outcomes bi annually.Conduct protocol visits to government and relevant administrative officials
PCV and Partner Managemento Site Development: Set up the Volunteers’ position in the community. Set up the Volunteer office, figure outlogisticso Site Development: Identification of support materials required for PCV e,g laptop computer, supplies andliaise with staff for supplieso Manage relationship between Peace Corps and implementing organizationso Provide a thorough orientation and training on DREAMS and Peace Corps approach to Gender and HIVPrevention for selected PCVs and respective organizationso Design an orientation plan for selected PCVs for the piloto Facilitate or co-facilitate training for PCVso Observe Volunteers facilitating trainings with their organizations. When necessary co-facilitate or work withPM, HIV Coordinator and or DPT to identify trainerso Ongoing mentoring/support to Volunteers working with selected organizations in support of pilot roll out
Design and Monitoring outcomes of the pilot in partnership with HIV Coordinator and MRE Specialisto Design a Monitoring Reporting and Evaluation Plan for tracking the pilot (Quantitative and Qualitative)o Design an assessment tool and conduct assessment of potential organizations’ capacity to implement piloto Establish baselines with all organizations selected for the piloto Train up PCVs and host institution/organizations on indicators and expectations for quarterly reportingo Monitor project performance and provide support to both local organization’s and PCV quarterly reportso By the end of the pilot, develop with the host institution/organization suggested plan for continued roll-outwithout further PCV supporto Prepare and submit quarterly progress report to Peace Corpso Submit a final pilot report to Peace Corps Country Director at the end of mandate, service.
Safety and Securityo Monitors Volunteers compliance with Peace Corps policies related to safety and security.o Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security policies and procedures, including thetimely reporting of suspicious incidents, persons or articles.Key Deliverableso Baseline AGYW program assessment tool for Local NGOs established,o Submit monthly reports specifically on progress made with implementationo Set up meeting with National AIDS Control Committee NACC every quarter to discuss results and progresso Prepare and present project progress to interagency team every trimestero By the end of the first year of the project, produce a project management and procedures guide for PCVs andstaff, with step by step guidance to carry out a similar project with other organizations.o Submit a final project report with recommendations for future implementation to PC Cameroon
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Consultant Contract Statement of WorkThe Consultant may be required to courier cash and/or purchase orders as directed by the Contracting Officer, ormay be required to courier cash to Volunteers. The Consultant will not be functioning as a procurement or disbursingofficial but will only be acting as an intermediary between the Contracting or Disbursing Officer and the recipient.In the case of dealing with vendors, the Consultant will not exercise any procurement discretion concerning thesupplies or services to be purchased or the cost limits of these purchases; these will be determined by the ContractingOfficer.
Required Qualifications & Experienceo A Bachelor’s degree or higher in social sciences, or public health related disciplineo Demonstrated knowledge of the Peace Corps approach to developmento Understanding of PEPFAR Response within Cameroono Demonstrated knowledge of DREAMS Approacho Fluent EnglishPreference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate the following:o Level III French or higher language skillso Experience in HIV and Gender projects implementation at community levelo Prior service as a Peace Corps Volunteer or similar community extension agent roleo Excellent writing and proofreading skillso Possess analytical skills with sense of creativityo Demonstrated leadership skills, including the knowledge and ability to work successfully in a team andmotivate otherso Experience in writing and implementing a small grant funded projectso Proficient in Microsoft applications particularly Word and Excelo Proactive self-starter
HOW TO APPY:Interested applicants must email firstname.lastname@example.org with Program Development Specialist in the subject lineand include all of the following: 1. a cover letter addressing qualifications related to the position; 2. a current resumeor CV with updated contact information; 3. three references capable of attesting to your work performance. Questionsmay be addressed in writing to the Director of Programing and Training at Peace Corps Cameroon B.P 215 Yaoundé.Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls or personal visits from applicants willbe received. Any application received after the closing date will not be considered.The successful applicant will be required to pass a security background check prior to being issued a contract. Theduration of the background check may vary depending on the applicants’ country of residence and nationality.All U.S. citizen Personal Services Contractors are considered Government personnel for U.S. tax purposes. F.I.C.A.contributions and U.S. Federal Income Tax withholding shall be deducted in accordance with regulations and rulings ofthe Social Security Administration and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, respectively. W-2s will be issued to USCitizen PSCs and filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The contractor is not eligible for the “foreign earned income”exclusion under the IRS Regulations (see 26 CFR 1.911-3(c)(3)).If you have already submitted an application, please do not reapply. All prior applicant submissions will beconsidered in the review process