At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
Program Delivery (PDEL) – Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.
The Senior Technical Advisor, determined as Key Personnel, functions in a leadership capacity to staff, manages performance and provides mentoring, coaching and training to the Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) Activity project team. The Senior Technical Advisor contributes to the strategies for all the technical requirements of the ICYD Activity and provides technical expertise to ensure the fulfillment of project deliverables. This position is contingent upon award.
The ICYD activity will address USAID/Uganda’s development objectives relating to child wellbeing, education, and youth development. This activity will be a flagship program administered by the Office of Education, Youth, and Child Development, the unit responsible for the Mission’s education and PEPFAR/OVC funding streams.
ICYD must use an integrated approach to realize the following objectives;
· Objective 1: Children and youth have improved learning outcomes;
· Objective 2: Children and youth are safe and healthy in their community and learning environments; and,
· Objective 3: Youth practice positive behaviors and are able to make informed decisions about their lives and relationships.
The ICYD Activity will need to contend with several mandatory pathways to achieve the three stated objectives. These include:
- Build from recent EGR support to MOES and target districts.
- Address primary school retention through a combination of family, community and school-based interventions that address known critical drivers of school dropout.
- Provide critical OVC services directly for up to two years while building the capacity of local partners to transition to prime awards with USAID/Uganda.
- Provide technical assistance and coordination to OVC service providers in service delivery districts.
- Deliver effective technical assistance and support to MGLSD and other public/private institutions to progressively transition OVC service delivery from USG support.
- Address sub-national constraints to priority outcomes through high-impact local partnerships.
- The Senior Technical Advisor builds relations with key stakeholders, and actively collaborates with the USAID/Uganda COP to effectively support program implementation and address operational and programmatic questions and challenges.
- The Senior Technical Advisor works closely with the COP to ensure that technical direction for the ICYD Activity is fully disseminated among staff, the Contractor partner team and other key stakeholders.
- The Senior Technical Advisor actively engages with local partners, private sector and other humanitarian and development organizations and promotes effective collaboration and cooperation across the Contractor teams.
- The Senior Technical Advisor promotes innovation, improved methodologies, and project implementation through the USAID Collaborating, Learning, & Adapting (CLA) approach.
- The Senior Technical Advisor demonstrates an understanding of best practices and contributes to knowledge capture and dissemination of key learnings to key stakeholders within the ICYD Activity.
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education, social work, child development, health, international development, other social sciences, or relevant fields
- At least eight (8) years’ experience, six (6) of which must include technical issues related to education (early grade reading programs preferred) and/or health development work;
- At least six (6) years’ experience in program management
- Prior knowledge of and experience with USAID-funded education; health programs; PEPFAR programming (especially OVC and/or DREAMS) experience preferred;
- Knowledge of evidence-based practices to support children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, systems strengthening, case management, violence prevention and child welfare; Uganda-specific knowledge preferred;
- Professional level written and oral English required.
- Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or Uganda.
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.
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