1 Jul 2020

Economic Strengthening (ES) Officer at Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia

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Project HOPE is currently seeking an Economic Strengthening Officer to support the USAID/Zambia funded Cooperative Agreement for Service Delivery for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (SDVCA) in Lusaka, Eastern, and Western Zambia. The project will be implemented in partnership with Center for infectious Disease Research Zambia (CIDRZ) and will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control in Zambia through the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention, care and support services to Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (VCA) and their families. Project HOPE is a consortium sub-partner for CIDRZ, the prime implementer of the 5 years USAID funded project.

The Economic Strengthening Officer is responsible for the day-to-day coordination and implementation of the community based economic strengthening activities under the SDVCA project in his/her respective districts.


  • Oversee the day to day implementation of project activities that relate to ES in his/her respective district and ensure the project meets stated goals, expected results and reporting requirements
  • Serve as subject matter expert on ES in his/her respective district
  • Provide technical assistance for the development of strategy and interventions in his/her respective district to reach OVC and their caregivers with ES interventions
  • Provide training and mentorship to community care workers and Family Matters Program Facilitators in his/her respective district on ES
  • Effectively articulate SDVCA economic strengthening approaches to district stakeholder
  • Identify economic strengthening opportunities in the private and public sectors and link vulnerable OVC and their caregivers for promoting employment-readiness, life skills, livelihoods, and entrepreneurship opportunities for vulnerable adolescent girls and their caregivers in his/her respective district
  • Support the development, implementation, and monitoring of CQI activities in his/her respective district on ES activities
  • Facilitate problem solving and action planning among district level SDVCA partners and Government stakeholders to address critical challenges and barriers to improving ES interventions
  • Contribute to operational research and learning agendas related to ES in his/her respective district and support the analysis, interpretation, and use of data to inform decision-making and programmatic adjustments
  • Represent the Project HOPE Zambia SDVCA, as directed, in any district level working group, committee, or task force addressing ES
  • Provide technical assistance during the preparation of ES component of Project HOPE Zambia SDVCA annual and quarterly workplans in his/her respective district
  • Prepare district level quarterly and annual reports as required, detailing the performance of the ES intervention, including reports and others as directed
  • Support M & E team on ES related proper data collection, data entry, data analysis and presentation
  • Perform any other ES duties as required


  • Diploma in business administration, economics, finance, or another relevant discipline from an accredited university, with preference for candidates possessing a bachelor’s
  • At least 5 years of program management and/or technical experience on economic strengthening activities
  • Experience in mentoring and supervision of HIV prevention, care and support including ES or OVC programs is required
  • Experience working with NGO, CSO’s and donor agencies having a program component on economic strengthening
  • Experience working with PEPFAR and U.S. Government operations, rules, regulations, procedures, policies, and programs (preferred)
  • Experience on economic strengthening program in HIV prevention, OVC and/or care and support programs
  • Excellent understanding of varying components of economic strengthening especially with VSL
  • Facilitation skills using participatory methodologies
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and able to learn other applications quickly
  • Must have the ability to obtain, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate data and present findings in both oral and written form
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Must be able to prepare precise and accurate reports and to develop and present briefings
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Closing Date : 17 July, 2020


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