Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health (SRH). We place reproductive health (RH) care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, advocate for sound RH policies, and, through all our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Afya Pwani Program is currently being implemented by Pathfinder International (Prime Contractor); it will run for a period of three years, with an optional two years. The purpose of the Afya Pwani Program is to improve and increase access and utilization of quality health services in Kenya through strengthening service delivery and institutional capacity of county health systems in Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties. The Program’s key focus areas include: Increasing access and utilization of quality HIV services; Increasing access and utilization of focused maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH)/Family Planning (FP)/Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Nutrition services, as well as strengthening functional County Health Systems. The Afya Pwani Program is also supporting the following cross-cutting elements: Youth, Gender, Sustainability and Coordination. As the Prime Contractor, Pathfinder International will be supporting County governments and health management teams to implement the County Health Strategic and Investment Plans and will strategically communicate, coordinate and collaborate within and across development and implementing partners, including all United States Government (USG) and non-USG partners, especially those implementing national and other service delivery mechanisms.
Pathfinder International Kenya is hiring five (5) mentors/caseworkers who will be based in Mombasa County. The position will focus on supporting adolescent’s girls and young women (AGYW) in the County. The mentor/caseworker will report to the Program officer and will aid in ensuring effective implementation of the Program by mentoring the AGYW between the ages of 10-24 years in school and out of school and thereby supporting Pathfinder International to achieve quality service to its target groups.
Key Job Outcomes:
- Participate in community mobilization and sensitization on the Program.
- Recruit and enroll the most at risk AGYW in schools and out of school into the Program.
- Establish safe space groups for AGYW in Schools and out of schools;
- Case management of AGYW and assessing risk factors of each adolescent girl and young woman, making case treatment plans and executing them promptly;
- Deliver Evidence Based Interventions (EBIs) in health education, financial education and GBV prevention training content to AGYW in safe space groups;
- Work with other Program staff to refer and link AGYW to appropriate services including post GBV care, reproductive health and other services;
- Deliver sustainability through building a cascading leadership model, in safe space groups;
- Initiate and strengthening guiding units within the communities;
- Identify and report success stories and most significant change;
- Participate in Quality Assurance (QA) meetings with Afya Pwani staff and case workers.
- In collaboration with the finance teams, review and analyze monthly budget comparison reports and take necessary steps to ensure proper management and utilization of budgets;
- Ensure that program activities comply with Pathfinder international /USAID financial guidelines, policies, procedures, and regulations;
Work with partners to develop reports and document best practices on a regular basis.
Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
- Knowledge of service delivery systems;
- Previously involved in managing marginalized vulnerable populations, Gender Based Violence (GBV), women, disabilities, etc. to ensure their safety;
- Knowledge of participatory research methods, participation action and learning;
- Knowledge of contextual diversity of various areas of Kenya;
- Experience of conducting research;
- Experience of organizing lesson-learning sessions;
- Handling data through service deliverables;
- Communication skills for presenting monitoring findings;
- Knowledge of Pathfinder International’s area of work in Kenya;
- Willing to perform ad hoc duties and additional hours as and when needed.
- Travel required.
Minimally Required Education, Training and Experience:
- Minimum Higher/ Diploma qualifications in social science, community development, public health or relevant diploma and/or experience managing community development programs with emphasis on HIV and home based care.
- At least two (2) years’ experience in HIV prevention programming;
- Training of Trainer skills;
- Good community mobilization, interpersonal and communication skills;
- Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, internet etc;
- Ability to prioritize work per importance and deadlines while meeting conflicting work demands;
- Possesses initiative, patience, tact, and able to work with minimum supervision and under pressure;
- Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility in all aspects of working;
- Ability to work effectively in a team and support others in their work;
- Excellent report writing skills.
Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.