Technical Lead, OVC - Karabo ea Bophelo

Technical Lead, OVC - Karabo ea Bophelo

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Maseru, Lesotho

Job Summary:

Karabo ea Bophelo (KB) is a five-year USAID-funded activity to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Lesotho. The Technical Advisor II - OVC will be responsible for the technical oversight of the OVC project components, including work plan development and reporting. The Technical Advisor 1 - OVC will provide high level support in providing technical direction to project implementation in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices and ensure that the OVC results are met. S/he will ensure strong linkages with prevention and other components of the project to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to OVC and their households.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee implementation and quality of all KB OVC activities in collaboration with other technical leads;
  • Train and mentor partners and sub-recipients involved in provision of care to OVC, including case management approaches;
  • Guide the community care and support provided to children, adolescents and families enrolled in the project;
  • Design and support referral and linkage pathways between and within partners, with a focus on maximizing HIV and TB case-finding;
  • Liaise with personnel from Government ministries and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Support on-going capacity-building initiatives within Government ministries;
  • Provide technical direction to project implementation and ensure that OVC results are achieved;
  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in OVC programming for KB staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching;
  • Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for the KB project to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the project's learning agenda;
  • Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children to collect and share best practices and promote CRS' work.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in social sciences, social work, child development, education or related field required;
  • Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in the field of OVC and HIV;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing programs that address the needs of vulnerable children and adolescents, adolescents living with HIV, OVC, caregiver support, economic strengthening, child protection, violence against children, case management, early childhood development, OVC policy and advocacy;
  • Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required;
  • Demonstrated skills in project reporting, preferably for PEPFAR-funded OVC programs;
  • Familiarity with Lesotho's institutional, policy and programming context for OVC desirable;
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in OVC programming;
  • General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach;
  • Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in OVC programming, including technical writing;
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices;
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles;
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings;
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills;
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: None;
  • Internal: Lesotho Country Representative; Lesotho Head of Programs; Lesotho MEAL Manager; Regional Technical Advisor; CRS Lesotho Technical Specialists;
  • External: Government of Lesotho Ministry of Social Development; other relevant government ministries; USAID local mission; Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation - Lesotho.

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