Build Capacity for DREAMS Ambassador/HIV Prevention for Girls & Women


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) remain among the most vulnerable to HIV. To address this vulnerability and to keep the population HIV free, PEPFAR, in partnership with other key stakeholders, created the DREAMS program in 2010 and implementation began in 10 selected countries. Botswana was selected to be a “DREAMS-like” country in 2017 and started implementing DREAMS in two districts. In the coming year, the program will expand from two to eight districts selected because of high HIV incidence rate among AGYW and not currently covered by Global Fund or UNICEF programs. Through DREAMS, PEPFAR/Botswana is offering a package of evidence-based combination prevention interventions that target vulnerable AGYW, their families, communities and sex partners with the ultimate goal of protecting the AGYW from HIV infection.

Virtual Service Pilot Participants (VSPPs) will collaborate with District AIDS Coordinating Offices and/or implementing partners to work with the newly appointed DREAMS Ambassadors to build capacity for effective program implementation. The VSPP will engage hand-in-hand with the District DREAMS Ambassador and the District AIDS Coordinator, as well as implementing partners, to assist in implementing the DREAMS program in the district, building the capacity of the Ambassador, sensitizing and training stakeholders, establishing systems and coordinating, and promoting the program and its component services across the district.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

Based on the needs of the district, the VSPP may engage in the following tasks. A work plan will be developed jointly with the district within the first two weeks.

• Co-develop district DREAMS implementation plans, monitoring plans and reporting mechanisms
• Co-plan and co-design the sensitization and training of implementers, e.g. teachers, mentors, in communities across the district
• Co-develop and implement the DREAMS Communication Strategy
• Support the implementation of social and behavior change communication interventions for DREAMS across district, especially around advocacy for community leadership and stakeholders as well as community mobilization
• Collaborate with counterparts to analyze and utilize aggregate level program data for sharing of best practices and program improvement
• Support the identification and implementation of approaches to improve attendance at HIV/GBV prevention activities, as well as in virtual safe spaces
• Work with the counterpart to identify and implement approaches to improve the uptake of clinical services
• Co-develop information, education, and communications materials, including social media, to sensitize and educate communities on the program

This engagement is expected to be approximately 27 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff as agreed and depending on the location/time zone of the participant and counterpart between 7:30am and 4:30pm Botswana time.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, WhatsApp, Skype and/or Zoom in order for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in public health, social sciences, health communications or any other related field

• Experience in HIV/AIDS programming (1 year minimum)
• Experience working with youth (1 year minimum)

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

• Master’s in public health, social sciences, health communications or any other related field

Technical Skills:
• Solid understanding of health and related issues affecting key populations
• Demonstrated commitment to capacity strengthening of local stakeholders
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal communication skills
• Strong planning and problem solving skills and creative thinking

• Experience in DREAMS
• Experience working with multiple stakeholders and key players in the HIV response in Botswana, e.g. DHMT, DAC office, CSOs

Partner background

Name: National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency (NAHPA)

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

NAHPA has responsibility for coordinating the HIV response in Botswana and is PEPFAR’s principle implementing partner for DREAMS, housing the DREAMS National Coordinating Team. The DREAMS program seeks to empower adolescent girls and young women to become responsible adults who are determined to face life, those that are resilient and empowered and mentored enough to be safe from contracting HIV.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

Does this sound like the virtual engagement for you?
Get started on your journey.

Submit interest