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OVC Specialist: USAID

OVC Specialist: USAID
Deadline: 15 March 2013 (1pm Harare time)

Basic function of the position
The incumbent will serve as the second Orphans and Other vulnerable children (OVC) technical and program specialist for the USAID HIV and AIDS Team.  The incumbent’s primary tasks include (1) providing technical guidance on issues around reaching OVC in Zimbabwe with appropriate services and (2) managing the USAID/Zimbabwe’s OVC programs as well as other key elements of the USG’s HIV and AIDS strategy, as assigned.  The OVC Program Specialist reports to and is supervised by the HPN Team Leader.

Selection factors
Education: Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field including Public Health or other social science field.
Prior Work Experience: The position calls for a highly experienced OVC specialist with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a donor environment managing OVC, or closely related activities. Prior work with international bilateral or local private voluntary, non-government, donor organization, will be given preference. (30 points)
Language Proficiency: Fluency in spoken and written English is essential, as well as the ability to communicate effectively (20 points)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The following are required:
-    Demonstrated knowledge of donor-funded project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
-    General knowledge of health issues, practices and OVC in Zimbabwe
-    The ability to acquire quickly knowledge of laws, customs and constraints in Zimbabwean society
-    A thorough knowledge of HIV and AIDS, public health or related programs
-    Experience in working with OVC Households in Economic Strengthening activities
-    Familiarity with or ability to acquire or learn OVC legislation, strategic priorities, and technical management as well as administrative and procurement requirements. (50 points)

Application Process
Applicants who fail to follow all application requirements will not be short listed.  Interested applicants must address all the above qualifications in their application.  An application should be addressed to the Human Resources Office and include:

1.  An application letter, detailing how the applicant meets the above minimum qualifications. Please type in the letter your response to each item, e.g. Education, and state how you meet the requirement. Failure to do this will result in you not being shortlisted.  Your letter must address each of the qualifications listed above.

2.   A current resume relevant to the position (no more than 2 pages)

Selection Process
After an initial application screening, the best qualified applicants may be invited to a testing process, which may include an oral interview and a written exercise. The final phase of the selection process is the probationary period of one year. Medical and security clearances are also required before employment can begin.

Please note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted with the results of the final selection. Due to the great number of applicants, if you do not hear from us by April 30, 2013, you were not short listed.

Instructions for application submission
1.    Both email and hand delivered applications are accepted. Please submit email applications via email to: zimrecruit@usaid.gov (Please note: Applications should not be more than 1MB in size if emailed.)
2.    Please indicate Reference: 13-11 OVC Specialist in the subject line of the application email and in the subject line of your application letter.

Hand delivered applications should be addressed to the Human Resources Office and submitted to 1 Pascoe Avenue, Belgravia, Harare, no later than the due date March 15, 2013 at 1pm Harare time.

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