Technical Officer – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Technical Officer - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
Type of Contract
Fixed Term Contract
Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organisation which is registered as a Trust under the Zimbabwe Deeds Registries Act (Chapter 20:05). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high impact integrated health interventions with local communities while working with and strengthening existing institutions.
The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women (DREAMS) Program aims to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among OVC, OVC caregivers and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Zimbabwe. The DREAMS program is being implemented in priority high HIV burden districts in Zimbabwe. ZHI’s primary role is to deliver a comprehensive curriculum on HIV prevention, gender norms and social asset building targeted at AGYW in school, out of school and their sexual partners at community level. ZHI’s core thrust in the DREAMS Program is to keep girls and young women HIV Free through supporting them to; Stay in school; Prevent early pregnancies; Prevent sexual violence; Access Post violence care; Reduce child marriage. DREAMS provides a comprehensive, multi-sectoral package of core interventions to address key factors that make girls and young women particularly vulnerable to HIV. These include structural factors, such as gender-based violence, exclusion from economic opportunities, and a lack of access to secondary school. DREAMS layers multiple interventions at once so that AGYW are surrounded with critical support to keep them safe from HIV and other risks.
The Technical Officer GESI will be responsible for implementing and monitoring Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) project activities under the DREAMS-RISE project. He/She will be responsible for overseeing the execution of the program’s strategy, ensuring that gender and social inclusion issues are addressed and that AGYW, youth with disabilities, and other members of marginalized groups are proactively and seamlessly integrated into the program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. The officer will work with the GESI advisor to contribute to the design and integration of a Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Framework and Analysis that will contribute to the overall DREAMS program strategy. He/She will support the development of an evidence-based GESI strategy anchored on local evidence, baseline assessment conducted by the DREAMS-RISE program. The officer will ensure GESI Assessment findings will inform identification of priorities and development of action plans.
Facilitate to ensure that GESI project activities are implemented timely, efficiently, and effectively to meet project objectives and standards; Contribute to project planning, ensuring that annual work plans, budgets, and other relevant documents are responsive to gender and social inclusion issues; Document GESI related successes, lessons learned, and challenges in implementation and recommend appropriate remedial strategies; Ensure that the GESI strategy empowers AGYW to participate and lead project activities as appropriate; Facilitate and strengthen engagement and partnerships with relevant CSOs, government agencies, the private sector, and other DREAMS IPs to amplify the implementation and inform adaptation of GESI strategy; Ensure the integration of GESI-sensitive indicators and strategies into the project’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plan; Mobilize local communities and stakeholders at Ward and Village levels to participate and contribute effectively to GESI and Community Norms Change program activities; Facilitate the enhancement of GESI practices and women and girls empowerment through engagement of various target groups (school children, parents and caregivers, men and boys forums, community leadership etc) in program areas; Facilitate improvement of knowledge on GESI best practices among the target communities and ensure access to services by Adolescent Girls and Young Women in 9 districts; Assist in needs assessments, baseline surveys, inventories, data collection and analysis activities incidental to project implementation; Community is effectively engaged and involved and participates in project implementation; Networking and Advocacy Supporting the Local Authorities and Rural Stakeholders in the development of long-term plans for GESI and Women and Girls Empowerment interventions and provide necessary training and for sustained GESI promotion; Promote GESI and Women and Girls participation in social accountability processes for Empowerment through equitable service delivery; Participate in relevant GESI coordination platforms at National, districts and local level; Local leaders and community champions are capacitated to mainstream and implement GESI activities and services Stakeholders and community buy-in; Prepare and submit accurate timely project reports to meet reporting requirements; Document and share lessons learnt in GESI; Reports compiled and shared as per project requirements Impact stories are captured and shared.Provide and/or ensure the provision of training and mentoring to partners to strengthen their capacity to address gender disparities, women’s inclusion, youth integration, and intersectionality as they pertain to civic engagement; Support the development of training materials and staff training on GESSI; Support identification, training and monitoring of Community change agents and Male Mobilisers.
Knowledge, Skills and abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of GESI and experience in addressing gender disparities and cultivating opportunities for women’s leadership and participation; Demonstrated capacity to support the collection, analysis, and utilization of data and information from a broad range of sources to ensure effective integration of GESI concerns in project programming; Experience in integrating GESI into monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans; Demonstrated ability to design and/or implement programs that engage and mobilize Adolescent Girls and Young women, youth, and/or other marginalized groups; Demonstrate experience working with civil society advocacy organizations and networks, capacity building, and governance issues; Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with civil society, government, and community stakeholders; Demonstrated skills in problem-solving and consensus-building.
Qualifications and experience
Degree or relevant qualification in Gender Studies a priority; International Development/Development Studies/Women’s Studies/Social Work/Public Policy field or any other relevant discipline; At least 3 years’ experience in Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Programming; Strong facilitation, community mobilization, communication, and collaboration skills; A strong commitment to GESI, and AGYW Empowerment including gender integration into M&E systems, gender norms transformation and SBC approaches, GBV prevention and response, and gender sensitive and youth friendly health service delivery; Successful experience providing technical assistance to support the integration of GESI issues in donor-funded projects.
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