Assistant Project Officer-School Program || Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI)

Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI)

DUE : 30 DEC 2022

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.

Basic Function
The Assistant Project Officer (APO) – School Program is responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of the DREAMS Project integrated education interventions located in schools and communities. The APO School is responsible for liaising with MoPSE formal and non-formal education departments at district level to strategize implement integrated inclusive education to identified vulnerable beneficiaries. The post holder is responsible for training, coaching and on-going support of teachers, tutors and community cadres in order to improve instructional practices in literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills. S/He must promote interventions that improve vulnerable girls’ and boys’ education and health outcomes. The APO works closely with the District Project Coordinator (DPC) and Technical Officer-Education to implement with fidelity the DREAMS Program interventions for AGYW in schools and communities. The APO is responsible for implementing and tracking progress against technical benchmarks, targets, and timeframe. He/she ensures that project implementation is in line with the approved proposal, sub-population specific models, curricula, budget, and work-plan. S/he is responsible for recruiting, supervising, mentoring, and supporting teachers, DREAMS Ambassadors, community cadres engaged by the program in the district. She/he is responsible for administrative support for the school program, ensuring that the necessary paperwork and approvals have been submitted, as per organizational and donor guidelines and standards. She/he will ensure timely documentation and reporting of program activities using the ZHI weekly, monthly, biannual, and annual reporting formats.

Job Description
Participates in designing project plans, developing methodologies, work plans and budgets for the DREAMS Program for the assigned interventions; Implements Project activities at district level, scheduling activities and monitoring the Project to make sure planned targets are achieved on time; Ensures agreed quality standards for the management and outputs of DREAMS Project are met; Works with the SIE team to implement the M&E action plan, making sure that M&E data for the Project is collected and MER reports are produced, as required; Works closely with the Finance team to monitor Project expenses and to ensure accurate Project financial reporting; Implement Education activities according to strategy, proposals, budgets, and plans; Lead in organizing and facilitating training programs; Oversee training, coaching and on-going support of teachers, tutors and community cadres in order to improve instructional practices in literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills; Set up of adolescent literacy and numeracy clubs; Establish functional community education platforms and education coordination structures in designated district; Mapping numbers & ages of children & organizing appropriate playgroups; Manage the distribution of age and gender appropriate play materials; Listening to students’ concerns regarding social, academic, or personal circumstances; Providing students with support and guidance on how to deal with problems; Assisting students with scholarship, college, and job applications; Implementing programs to combat GBV including sexual abuse and child marriages, substance abuse amongst others relevant to the project location; Identify, build synergies and link learners to other opportunities including meeting deliverables on the district targets table; Referring and supporting learners to access the DREAMS Package of services including other support services and mental health professionals as needed; Mediating and improving relationships between students, parents, and teachers; Counselling individuals and groups as required; Conducting assessments to determine students’ strengths, weaknesses, interests, and aptitudes; Working with students to develop and improve their skill set; Assisting students in the development and working towards career goals; Performs other Project activities as may be assigned from time to time.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
Excellent interpersonal and time management skills, good analytical skills; Initiative in learning and self-development; Respectful, willing to cooperate with and support Project stakeholders including government officials, development partners, DREAMS Project partners, colleagues, beneficiaries, local community, and local leaders.

Qualifications And Experience
Social Science degree with at least 2 years’ experience in development work, preferably working with children or a Bachelor of Education, (Primary school education) plus a teaching qualification will be an added advantage. Post basic qualification in Program Management or Adult Education or Health Promotions is also preferable. Two or more years’ experience in Education support programming is also an added advantage.

Application Procedures
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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.