Senior Advisor, Youth Program
Ipas - Chapel Hill, NC

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Responsibilities:

MANAGEMENT: Responsible for managing the Global Youth Program and achieving results, including development and monitoring of budgets, workplans, evaluation and reporting of results. Ensures that program objectives are met, consistent with broader organizational priorities and desired results. Manages preparation of donor documents, working closely with global units, Development and Finance. In coordination with the Finance Manager, manages the Global Youth Program’s budgets. This includes managing the preparation and revision of annual budget grids, reviewing expense reports and addressing budget discrepancies;overseeing payment requests, and supporting the implementation of Standard Operating Proceduress. Convenes regular Youth Program meetings.

STRATEGIC VISION, Project Development and fundraising: Operationalize the strategic vision for youth work by providing and building technical leadership for growing youth work at Ipas. Work with the Youth Associates, global unit teams and Country Results teams to conceptualize and develop projects and models on youth work using Ipas project planning tools. Support fundraising for youth work through donor document writing, reporting, and communication. Increase visibility of youth work among key stakeholders, partners and allies by representing this scope of work to external audiences including partners and donors.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS : Collaborate with the Director of the Global Health System Team and other Global Health System staff, and provide technical assistance to design, implement, evaluate and document youth-focused health systems projects. The Senior Advisor will work closely with Country Results Team staff to provide technical assistance to in-country projects. Support the integration of youth SRHR and abortion care for young women in all service provider trainings and related publications. This could also include providing inputs on youth content into Standards and Guidelines for service delivery, and other trainings such as values clarification and attitude transformation, to make sure that young women’s abortion related needs and rights are addressed.

RESEARCH, MONITORING AND EVALUATION: In coordination with the Director and staff of the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Team, ensure the implementation of indicators to measure youth work, track youth activities in internal monitoring systems and work with Country Results teams to ensure appropriate documentation of youth projects. Input in current research studies to make sure youth is included, and advocate for and support the development of new research focused on youth, in particular adolescents, and abortion.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE & CAPACITY BUILDING : In collaboration with directors and youth program associates, ensure that youth leadership, needs and realities are integreated across all of Ipas’s organizational systems and processes. Develop a community of practice, together with Youth Associates, to collate, coordinate, analyze, and share lessons from youth-related strategies, evidence and results across the organization. Identify and implement effective and appropriate ways to integrate youth in decision-making structures such as the Board of Directors and the Country Results teams. Enhance staff and organizational capacity to integrate youth.

Requirements:
  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline;
  • 8+ years of relevant professional experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights, including at least 5 years working on youth issues, or a similar combination of experiences;
  • Strong written and oral communication, advocacy, and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated leadership and technical expertise in development and evaluation of youth programs and strategies;
  • Experience in integrating youth perspectives into organizational processes and systems;
  • Skills in project design and strategic planning, with demonstrated fundraising experience;
  • Expertise in program management, including budget skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English;
  • Fluency in a foreign language preferred;
  • Ability to travel (approximately 20%).

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