Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI)
DUE: 22 SEP 2023
Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Mentor
Type Of Contract
Fixed Term Contract
Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organisation which is registered as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO 17/22). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high-impact, integrated health interventions to the communities we serve, while working with and strengthening existing institutions.
The Re-Ignite Innovate Sustain and Empower (RISE) program aims to disrupt the main drivers of HIV risk for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Zimbabwe using a proven approach called Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women (DREAMS). The program goal is to contribute to the reduction of new HIV infections amongst AGYW 10-24 by 2026 in Zimbabwe by strengthening HIV and sexual violence prevention. The program is currently being in eleven priority high HIV burden districts in Zimbabwe (Beitbridge, Bulawayo, Bulilima, Gwanda, Gweru, Insiza, Mangwe, Matobo, Mazowe, Gokwe South and Mberengwa). These districts are in the following provinces: Mashonaland Central, Midlands, Bulawayo, and Matabeleland South provinces. 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-RISE 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-RISE 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 AGYW Mentor is responsible for providing guidance and support to adolescent girls and young women in the DREAMS-RISE program. The mentor will build lasting, trusting relationships and create safe spaces for AGYW to push themselves and realize their potential. She will work closely with the Technical Director to provide girls with the skills and knowledge they need to counter stereotypes and obstacles and achieve their goals. She will support DREAMS-RISE mentoring programs through providing girls access to opportunities, trainings, people, places, and things outside their routine environment so that they are exposed to new experiences that enable them to discover their own strengths and thrive. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting AGYW activities in goal setting, decision-making, youth development, group dynamics, and life skills training. She/he will listen, and provide guidance and insight to mentees, create a framework for AGYW to develop their skills and reach their goals. They will also be responsible for providing guidance on career or entrepreneurial paths and helping AGYW to develop meaningful relationships with their peers.
Roll out the DREAMS mentorship curriculum trainings across the 11 RISE districts ;Meet with AGYW on a regular basis to discuss their career goals, development plans, and any challenges they are facing ;Facilitate opportunities for training, events, district, national, regional and international workshops and seminars, and to help expand AGYW knowledge, skills, abilities and opportunities ;Provide guidance and advice on career paths and growth opportunities for AGYW to reach their full potential and develop their skills ;Create a supportive and nurturing environment for AGYW to learn and grow in their various sectors ;The AGYW Mentor will support his/her mentees by empowering them to resolve their HIV risk, develop coping strategies for their future, establish appropriate boundaries, their strengths, talents, and gifts and encouraging them to find ways to use them ;Working closely with DREAMS-RISE District program coordinators, the Mentor is responsible for working with groups of vulnerable AGYW in safe spaces in the community and establish a trusting relationship with the AGYW and provide education and referrals to essential services to ensure that the AGYW are empowered to remain healthy and HIV-free ;To develop a relationship with AGYW in the aim of providing support, guidance, friendship, positive interaction, exposure to positive activities, opportunities to learn life skills and positive problem-solving skills, to ease some of the effects resulting from HIV burden ;To provide a creative, consistent, constructive, customized, and skillfully coordinated package of support to AGYW in the DREAMS-RISE program ;To support young people to develop positive and supportive networks ;Working with parents and other relevant stakeholders to maximize their capacity to safeguard the AGYW and enhance the parent-child relationship while referring to other agencies as required ;To develop excellent relationships with local partners, public and private partners in ensuring that AGYW and their families have access to services that best meet their needs ;To work extensively with education and training providers to secure access or sustain places for young people in potential businesses or recognized training institutions ;To deliver evidence-based programs of support aiming to improve, for example, the communication skills, social competence, and critical thinking skills of young people. (Training provided) ;Perform various activities in support of the DREAMS-RISE program design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting including but not limited to documentation of success stories ;Prepare presentations and coordinate program communication needs through writing and editing communication resources, such as case studies, brochures, briefs, reports, for both internal and external audiences.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
Strong knowledge of mentoring techniques, principles, and practices ;Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills ;Able to motivate and inspire others ;Able to build trust and establish meaningful relationships ;Proven track record of success in developing and mentoring young people ;Great training and facilitation skills
Qualifications And Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Business, Psychology, Education, or Human Resources ;
At least 2 years of experience in a mentoring role.
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During the application process, ZHI will not charge any fee nor will it require any payment for an application to be considered. ZHI is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical handicap or financial ability.