Catholic Relief Services Zambia
The primary role of the SARO Technical Advisor (TA) for Orphans, Vulnerable Children, and Youth (OVCY) is to lead and provide technical assistance to SARO’s programming for orphans and vulnerable children, and to provide technical leadership and guidance on issues affecting programming for vulnerable children across the region. The SARO Technical Advisor will provide regional leadership in the development and utilization of relevant strategies, guidelines, tools, and learning agendas, and in the documentation and dissemination of best practices. Leadership and technical excellence will be provided through in-country and virtual technical assistance, and through contributions made to project proposaldevelopment, project implementation and monitoring evaluation and learning.The primary focus of the position is to support specific OVC and Youth programming initiatives in the region, including extensive community-based programs for OVC, including job skills and employment creation for youth, HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support; and contributing to OVC/Youth Integral Human Development. The OVC /Youth portfolio includes support in the primary areas of programming such as: education, food security, psycho-social support, economic strengthening, health, shelter and child protection, job skills and employment, and social cohesion and gender responsive/transformative programming. The TA will also play a key role in helping Country Programs learn, both through their own programming and through the shared experiences of other Countries within the region, CRS, OVC and youth sector research results and best practices.
Strategic Leadership and Growth
• Lead technical guidance and support provided to CRS country programs for vulnerable children and youth in the region, ensuring they support agency, regional, and global strategies and standards.
• Provide overall quality assurance on technical design and implementation of donor funded projects in country programs, ensuring that project assistance is technically sound and appropriate, including the development and delivery of related capacity building and training support.
• Ensure that relevant program monitoring and evaluation systems, technical reviews, and the documentation and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned, capture timely, high quality information and utilize data to inform decisions and foster learning and innovation.
• Coordinate with Country Program staff and other Technical Advisors (TAs) to ensure integration of relevant initiatives in all regional development and emergency programming.
• Lead SARO’s contribution to CRS programming for OVC/Youth in CRS and liaise with CRS technical advisors at HQ to keep informed of new opportunities and share OVC/Youth developments in regions.
• Support country programs and staff in ensuring quality partnerships with Catholic and other partners.
• Support country program and regional business development efforts to increase access to funds supporting programming for vulnerable children and youth in the region.
• Identify funding opportunities for Country Programs together with the Business Development and Growth TA.
• Support project design and proposal development for new funding opportunities.
• Represent CRS as necessary at relevant donor and professional workshops and meetings.
• Disseminate and assist Country Programs to adopt best practices and help develop pilot projects for testing new and innovative programming.
• Strengthen the capacity of CRS staff to evaluate program performance and report and share results.
• Assist with developing appropriate monitoring and support supervision tools, and implementing systems at the country level to utilize these tools.
• Work with the MEAL Manager to identify strategic opportunities for learning, operations research topics, and assist with design, data collection, analysis and dissemination of findings, including developing internal and external publications.
• Ensure that activities are consistent with current CRS strategies and policies, including agency program quality standards
• Coordinate closely with other regional and headquarters based technical advisors to disseminate information requests from country programs and to share with SARO lessons learned and research results.
• Facilitate and/or participate in select Organizational Learning forums, such as Communities of Practice, technical working groups, and horizontal communications in coordination with the TA for Nutrition/Health and PIQA-based (Program Impact and Quality Assurance) Vulnerable Children and Youth S/TAs (Senior Technical Advisor/Technical Advisor).
Networking and Alliance Building
• Stay abreast of state of the art developments in quality standards and innovations relative to relevant programming, including donor strategies and guidelines, and ensure timely circulation of information and documentation to SARO country programs.
• Assist country programs in identifying, establishing and maintaining relationships with vulnerable children and youth-serving government agencies and youth organizations, especially national, youth-led organizations.
• Assist country programs in identifying, establishing and maintaining relationships with vulnerable children serving government agencies and OVC service delivery organizations, as well as leading national and regional organizations. Serve as a regional resource on all aspects of agency strategies and policies as well as on funding related information from the Global Fund, World Bank, USAID, CDC, the EU, UN, Catholic Donors and other potential donors and programs (e.g., PEPFAR, Food for Peace).
• This position will supervise consultants, as needed, and will be expected to coordinate requests for external consultancies. Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS staff):
• These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
Key Working Relationships
• Internal: Heads of Programming, Country Representatives, and other RTAs within SARO and other regions. PIQA Health and HIV Advisors and STA/TA’s for vulnerable children and youth and the DRD PQ and Regional Leadership Team
• External: USG, especially USAID and CDC, other Donor Agencies, Local Partners (e.g. Caritas), Host Country Government Agencies (e.g. MOH, Ministry of Women, Children and Youth), international organizations (e.g. UNICEF, WHO, GFATM), other PVOs, consultants working in youth programming, OVC, and other relevant areas; professional associations
• Master’s Degree in public health, social work, one of the social sciences, international development/affairs, or a closely related field
• Five (5) or more years of experience including designing, implementing and managing country-level OVC/Youth programs, preferably in/for low resource contexts/countries, including youth workforce development, youth entrepreneurship, or youth peacebuilding
• Experience providing technical assistance and support