District DREAMS Coordinator

Project Description

Ana Patsogolo (APA) and JHPIEGO in Malawi have requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) with knowledge of HIV/AIDS to serve as District DREAMS Coordinators. DREAMS is an ambitious partnership aimed at adolescent girls in Malawi and other sub-Saharan countries to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDs-Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) women by reducing the number of new HIV infections among 15- to 24-year-old women by 40%. Young people in Malawi have specific challenges and vulnerabilities related to the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Progress has been made in reducing AIDs incidences in Malawi, but HIV remains a major obstacle to Malawian development.

3 District DREAMS Coordinators will play a key role in coordinating, collaborating, and communicating between implementing partners under the DREAMS project and the district. They will collaborate with the District AIDS Coordinator (DAC), convene regular DREAMS coordination meetings in to include implementing partners, government counterparts, and other stakeholders. Other duties include supporting the development of detailed district mapping of partners and their activities for improved coordination and efficiency, strengthening the capacity of the DAC for coordination of HIV activities, and identifying and addressing any implementation of challenges occurring on the ground.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Malawi together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ana Patsogolo (APA) and JHPIEGO

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in Health, Education, or other related fields
• Strong experience in coordination
• 2 years’ experience in health systems in a developing country
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and programming
• Demonstrated commitment to capacity strengthening of local stakeholders
• Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal communication skills
• Strong planning and problem solving skills as well as creative thinking
• Self-motivated, forward thinking, and able to analyze challenges and gaps

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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