National Family Planning Officer

PATH, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st October, 2015

Job Description

Specific duties include:

  • Contributing to the development of terms of reference and assist with management of a local consultant to develop a communications strategy for family planning activities.
  • Participating in and providing in-country coordination support to a situational assessment/landscaping to identify opportunities for introducing delivery of family planning and sexually-transmitted infection (STI) services in pharmacies and other private retail outlets.
  • Coordinating the technical start-up and implementation of family planning activities, including coordinating with the National and provincial MNCH and Family Planning Specialists, Reproductive Health staff in Seattle, and other staff to plan for and implement family planning activities.
  • Supporting capacity building of health facility, pharmacy/private retail, and community workers on family planning interventions, which includes assisting with facilitation of trainings, supporting adaptation or development of tools/materials, and providing mentoring and supportive supervision to trained individuals on family planning activities.
  • Working with the National MNCH and Family Planning Specialist and project logistics and procurement specialists to monitor the supply of family planning commodities (such as contraceptive commodities and equipment) and trouble-shoot supply issues, as needed.
  • Assisting with the development of performance indicators and data collection tools to monitor progress on family planning activities.
  • Drafting narrative for project reporting and annual work plans on family planning activities, as requested by the National MNCH and Family Planning Specialist.
  • Supporting the integration of gender/gender-based violence (GBV) into family planning service platforms by contributing gender/GBV-related inputs for annual work plan and budgets; supporting the implementation of GBV prevention, care, and support activities; and participating in the monitoring and supervision of GBV activities.
  • Providing prompt and adequate feedback, recommendations, and support to project team colleagues to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of family planning and gender/GBV efforts.
  • Participating in relevant provincial working committees or task forces to share lessons learned and best practices.
  • Contributing to new business/proposal development efforts as necessary.

Required skills and experience:

  • Medical Degree or BA in public health, behavioral sciences or related field - Masters preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing family planning and gender/GBV interventions, with a minimum of 3 years of experience designing, starting up, overseeing, and monitoring project activities.
  • Experience with the following areas preferred: training/workshop facilitation; tools/curriculum development or adaptation; capacity building/technical assistance provision; community-level demand generation; and gender/GBV.
  • In-depth knowledge of the DRC context, particularly issues related to family planning and gender/GBV programming.
  • Experience working on HIV/AIDS programs desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-site, team-based structure.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in French required; English proficiency preferred.
  • Ability to travel within the DRC up to 20% of the time.

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