Project Officer (IPPF/AU Packard Project)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Closing date: 21 Jan 2021
  1. JOB PURPOSE The post holder will coordinate the IPPFARO/AU Joint Programme that supports the AUC Country Technical Assistance Framework. The incumbent will also provide support to Member States in developing and implementing their Country Acceleration Strategies under the African Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment 2019-2023 (APAYE). S/he will be responsible to mainstream adolescents and young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) into the priorities of AU Member States. As an IPPFAR seconded staff member to the AUC, the post holder will provide technical support to the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology’s Youth Division and will roll out the AY-SRHR throughout the implementation cycles of programmes and projects, from formulation to closing, including but not limited to planning, implementation, partnerships, monitoring and reporting. 2. KEY TASKS PERSON SPECIFICATION 1. Facilitates the timely development and implementation of Country Acceleration Strategies (CAS) by AU Member States on AY-SRHR; and provide technical support to Member States and partners to ensure quality assurance 2. Coordinates partner interventions on AY-SRHR and report on promising practices emerging from implementation. Ensure that routine data / information is collected and analysed in accordance with the APAYE programme monitoring and evaluation plan to allow for model building and ensuring that annual targets are reached 3. Participates in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts to support AY-SRHR activities in AU Member States within the framework of CAS 4. Provides support on policy, strategy, advocacy and programme development and implementation within the AUC Youth Division including development of programmatic frameworks and guidelines, drafting of policies and policy briefs, concept notes and reports 5. Supports the Division’s work on data collection, research, monitoring and accountability, including the production of the Status of African Youth Report; specifically the development of knowledge products such as policy briefs, guidance notes and policy analyses on health and wellbeing, highlighting AY-SRHR outcomes 6. Supports the engagement, coordination, and management of strategic partnerships within the Division, including inter-departmental partnerships and inter-organizational partnerships, as well as youth mainstreaming within the African Union Commission 7. Supports youth engagement activities of the African Union Commission, including implementing robust youth engagement strategies targeted at AY-SRHR, and organization of youth events, forums and convenings by the Division Financial responsibilities 8. Exercises high degree of accountability – ensuring timely submission of finance reports as required. Other 9. Builds and maintain positive relationships with all members of staff, and contacts within and outside the Federation. 10. Familiarises her/himself with the African Union and IPPF’s Health and Safety Programme and Guidelines for using Visual Display Units. S/he shall do everything possible to ensure a healthy and safe working environment, including following instructions and guidance. 11. S/he takes collective responsibility for safeguarding as well as all organisational policies. 12. Undertakes any other tasks as assigned by the Head of Division or immediate supervisor(s) 1. COMPETENCIES PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of IPPFARO in the field of Advocacy, communications, resource mobilisation, partnership building, SRHR and Human rights. Understanding of the African Union mechanisms as well as other intergovernmental bodies at continental levels. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of IPPF mandate, particularly in the areas of advocacy, communications, public relations and partnership building. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary. COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. OVERALL: Deep commitment and interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender Equality. Demonstrates awareness of and sensitivity to the multi-cultural and diverse environment in which IPPF operates. Embraces gender equality including women’s right to choose an abortion. Understanding of and a commitment to safeguarding including child protection, in a local and international context. Solution oriented and value-driven individual. Employs tact, diplomacy and sound judgement. Integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality at all times. 2. EDUCATION • Master’s level degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public or Project Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, or other relevant disciplines 3. WORK EXPERIENCE • A minimum of 2-5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in youth and adolescent development related areas is required • Experience in youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights is also required • Relevant experience in the AU or UN system agency or similar organization is considered as an asset 4. LANGUAGES English and French are the working languages of the ARO. For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage. 5. ASSESSMENT • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. 6. OTHER REQUIREMENTS • Experience working in a multicultural environment. • Willing to work outside standard office hours as required. • Willing to travel internationally – about 30 days a year. • Good writing skills to interact and engage culturally and gender diverse groups from technical and non-technical audiences.

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Applications are particularly encouraged from women, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV and minorities.


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