Technical Lead, DREAMS

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The Technical Lead, DREAMS will provide technical oversight and direction for an upcoming CDC-funded DREAMS project in Malawi. The Project is focusing on several areas/layers, including 1) Social asset building and HIV/Violence prevention for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), 2) Economic strengthening and educational support, 3) Families Matter Program, 4) IMPower Program and 5) Direct service delivery of HIV Testing and Family planning and condom promotion and distribution to AGYW. S/He will use project data to inform development and adaptation of best practices, and will lead the DREAMS team to implement targeted and high-quality interventions that achieve project goals, objectives and project targets. S/he will identify opportunities for innovation and address bottlenecks. S/he will be responsible for representing the CDC DREAMS project interventions in donor, partner and district level meetings; for ensuring collaboration with other partners/stakeholders, and working closely with District Management Team (DHMT), to ensure alignment with their priorities and guidance. S/he will ensure timely and cost-effective district level implementation and reporting to the project management team. This position is contingent upon award. Malawi nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.  This position is contingent upon award by the donor and Malawian nationals are encouraged to apply. 




• Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and management for the DREAMS program to ensure that activities are designed and implemented to meet targets and deliverables.
• Ensure a clear, focused and targeted implementation plan to meet program deliverables, and all layers of the DREAMS intervention: 1) Social asset building and HIV/Violence prevention for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), 2) Economic strengthening and educational support, 3) Families Matter Program, 4) IMPower Program and 5) Direct service delivery of HIV Testing, Family planning and condom promotion and distribution to AGYW , with the appropriate staffing to deliver and meet targets;
• In consultation with the Project Director and M&E Advisor, develop and adapt strategies and interventions to ensure the quality and responsiveness of project activities;
• Ensure timely implementation of all project activities, including planning and implementing assessments, site systems strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across project sites, consistent with Malawi’s national health protocols and in line with International best practices and protocols, in close coordination and collaboration with CDC and the Ministry of Health.

• Oversee annual work planning and support annual budgeting as needed;
• Ensure that project implementation activities are in line with the work plan and timeframe and activities achieve quarterly and annual project targets;
• Ensure consistent application of the implementation strategy including prescribed training packages and empower DREAMS staff to provide solutions to bottlenecks and challenges;
• Foster and instill a culture of data for decision-making, and ensure that staff have access to data, and use data to inform and guide decisions about project implementation, and making course corrections and changes in strategy;
• Work closely with the MER team to ensure timely and responsive reporting; provide suggestions and solutions to improve data flow from site level, and enhance data visualization and use of data for decision making;
• Manage the DREAMS activity budget and ensure staff adhere to budget lines. Coordinate with the project manager to ensure prompt reporting on expenditure, and resource gaps;
• Work closely with the project Manager, Finance and Admin staff, and HR team to ensure compliance with financial, HR and administrative procedures, and ensure efficient use of project resources;
• Manage, mentor and motivate field teams to undertake their roles and responsibilities effectively;
• Manage staff performance and coordinate closely with the HR team to address performance gaps as well as recognizing high performers;
• Represent project progress, achievements and lessons learned to CDC and PEPFAR, coordinating with the CDC Malawi DREAMS focal person;
• Collaborate with key stakeholders in PEPFAR and non-PEPFAR funded programs on DREAMS and other related program activities;
• Maintain excellent relationships with the donor, MOH, partners and stakeholders;
• Maintain effective internal communications to ensure that all relevant departments functions are kept informed of strategies;
• Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation,
• Support drafting of project reports and results to the donor, including routine monthly, quarterly, annual and other reporting requirements as requested; and ensure sharing of information and knowledge with other country programs, and with the donor, to contribute to systems that support knowledge management;
• Author/co-author abstracts presentations, manuscripts, and success stories; collaborate with the communications specialist to develop stories for internal/ external use, and work with the communications specialist to deliver on the project’s communication plan, and ensure consistent utilization of the organization’s brand.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s in Public Health, Nursing, Gender and or related advanced degree with at least five years’ experience in programming, preferably HIV/AIDS programs, with increasing responsibilities;
• Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Gender, plus at least 7 years’ experience in managing AGYW projects;
• Demonstrated current knowledge and experience in programming for AGYWs in Malawi;
• Strong understanding of PEPFAR and Malawian Government HIV priorities, and familiarity with MOH guidelines, policies and strategic priorities;
• Experience in managing and motivating teams, supervising staff, and addressing performance challenges;
• Competent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point Outlook Email etc);
• Articulate in written and spoken English with effective communication skills, and excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills;
• Ability to work in a complex environment charged with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform;
• Sensitive to issues working with marginalized groups within the Malawi context;
• Motivated, passionate, and hardworking.

Preferred Qualifications


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