Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Gender and Youth Lead, MOMENTUM Round 1a (Integrated Health Resilience Project)
Pathfinder is currently seeking highly motivated applicants for a Gender and Youth Lead position to support the integration of gender and youth-friendly responsive approaches for the USAID-funded MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health) Integrated Health Resilience. The project seeks to support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to overcome the impacts of fragility on the population's health and contribute to countries' movement along the development continuum toward reduced maternal and child mortality and increased self-reliance.
The Gender and Youth Lead will have an appropriate balance of relevant technical, leadership, advocacy, and academic experience. The position's primary focus will be to provide conceptual leadership in the development of technical approaches to adolescent and youth reproductive health (AYRH), gender-transformative approaches, and meaningful gender-equitable youth engagement, and their implementation across FP/RMNCAH interventions. In addition, the successful candidate must have deep understanding and extensive experience in implementing evidence-based FP/RMNCAH interventions that integrate and strengthen gender and youth approaches to improve outcomes.
Key Job Outcomes:
Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
- Advocate, lead and provide strategic direction, program and technical guidance in the integration of gender-transformative programming in FP/RMNCAH interventions, including women's empowerment, men's engagement, and couple-focused interventions.
- Advocate, lead and provide strategic direction, program and technical guidance in the integration of quality adolescent programming, including a systematic adolescent/youth-responsive health systems approach, meaningful youth engagement, and special populations including first-time parents.
- Ensure that all MOMENTUM IHR youth and gender approaches and activities are in alignment with USAID's Policy on Youth in Development and USAID's Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy.
- In collaboration with MEL and other technical team members, strengthen service data/monitoring to ensure that youth and gender inequities are tracked and appropriate response strategies are implemented; organize and support regular monitoring among local districts, partners, and service providers; analyze and report on program and project progress.
- Design and facilitate trainings on youth and gender for project staff, USAID, stakeholders, counterparts, health providers (clinic and community level), and others as needed.
- Coordinate efforts with field-based Gender and Youth Specialists for the design and implementation of gender transformative and adolescent and youth centered programming in FP/RMNCAH interventions.
- Contribute to annual work planning, training plans, quarterly reports and other required technical reports. Stay up-to date on global best practices, new developments and emerging issues in gender and AYRH that affect MOMENTUM IHR priorities.
- Travel to monitor and provide technical assistance for gender and youth aspects of field activities.
- Provide leadership in the design and implementation of context-specific community engagement interventions to strengthen gender and adolescent and youth interventions in fragile settings
Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
- Proven expertise in designing and implementing strategies and activities related to youth development, increasing gender-equality, strengthening women and girls agency, engagement of men and boys, couple-focused interventions, integrated cross-sectoral efforts, and strengthening FP/RMNCAH interventions in low- and middle-income countries.
- Proven expertise in managing gender-related and/or youth programs and working with youth-led organizations, including gender training and capacity building in developing countries and in fragile settings.
- Proven skills and experience in providing short-term technical assistance to complex FP/RMNCAH programs, ideally in fragile settings
- Demonstrated experience conducting gender assessments and developing gender strategy frameworks.
- Extensive experience conducting gender, youth, and social inclusion analysis, developing integration tools and methodologies, planning and implementing youth studies,interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, and knowledge of internationally recognized evidence-based interventions to promote gender-equity in FP/RH.
- Experience collaborating with government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, and international donor agencies.
Required Education, Training and Experience:
- Demonstrated management, leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
- Strong speaking and writing skills in English; proficiency in additional languages highly preferred.
- Full professional proficiency in written and spoken French is preferred
- Advanced Degree in public health, international development, social sciences, gender/women's studies, adolescent health, anthropology, or related field.
- Minimum seven years of experience within the last 10 years working on central or bilateral projects to design and implement gender and adolescent and youth reproductive health strategies and activities in low- and middle-income countries.
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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