Economic Strengthening and Private Partnership Advisor

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Project Description

Project HOPE is a renowned global health and humanitarian relief organization that works to address the world’s greatest public health challenges. In Namibia, Project HOPE’s work focuses on providing small-scale workplace HIV/AIDS programs, with a commitment to transforming lives and uplifting communities by empowering healthcare workers to expertly implement and teach innovative lifesaving solutions. Project HOPE Namibia (PHN) was awarded as the primary recipient for the implementation of Namibia’s PEPFAR DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) and the NARP (Namibia Adherence and Retention Program) projects. DREAMS seeks to avert new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 10-24 years and mitigate the impact of HIV on vulnerable children. Project HOPE Namibia has been implementing NARP in an effort to strengthen adherence and retention for HIV care and treatment, to mitigate the impact of HIV on people living with HIV particularly Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) and OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children). The Economic Strengthening Program has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a specialized Economic Strengthening Specialist.

A PCRV with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, finance, or another relevant discipline, and program management experience in workforce development, private sector engagement, youth entrepreneurship, and/or economic strengthening activities will work with the Economic Strengthening Specialist and Public Private Partnership (PPP) Officer to promote PHN ESS activities primarily in the DREAMS and NARP projects. Together with the Economic Strengthening Specialist and PPP Officer, the PCRV will work to identify and establish a network of economic strengthening initiatives by the Government of Namibia, other development actors locally and internationally, other NGOs, and the private sector. Additionally, the PCRV will support the design and implementation of strategic partnerships between private and public sector actors to promote employment-readiness, life skills, livelihoods, and entrepreneurship opportunities for adolescent girls and young women and their caregivers, and support training and mentorship of adolescent girls and young women and caregivers participating in Village Savings and Loan groups. The PCRV will also provide support to regional Economic Strengthening Officers to strengthen the delivery and documentation of a comprehensive economic empowerment approach for OVC households.

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. Dates may not be changed for individual candidates

Partner Information

Project HOPE Namibia (PHN)

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 business administration, economics, finance, or another relevant discipline from an accredited university
• Experience working in program management and/or technical experience, preferably with a focus on the following areas: workforce development, private sector engagement, youth entrepreneurship, and economic strengthening activities
• Proven ability to identify and understand the needs and interests of varied stakeholders in the public and private sectors
• Demonstrated experience in cultivating and brokering win-win partnerships between private and public sector actors and leveraging private investment to promote economic strengthening
• Experience working with NGOs, CSOs, and donor agencies having a program component on economic strengthening
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and able to learn other applications quickly

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.

Serving in Namibia

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Namibia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, health, and safety -- including health and crime statistics -- in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Medical Considerations

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