The Program Officer Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Equality will be responsible for;

  1. Development and implementation of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Equality policies, strategies programs, tools, training and support that can secure the health, dignity, well-being and empowerment of adolescent and young people.
  2. Work together with young people to amplify their voices and support their meaningful participation in policy and program decision making processes that affect their health and well-being at local, national and global level.

The Program Officer Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Equality will work within UYAHF’s programing mandate and goal of reaching the most vulnerable adolescent girls and young women and supporting them with opportunities to realize their full potential.

The Ideal candidate for this position will use their passion for youth empowerment, their innovation, communication skills and their knowledge of program management and policy influencing processes to bring out the realities of young people and ensure these are taken into account by duty bearers policy- and decision-makers at local, national and international level.

Your role

  • Provide technical support to policy makers and UYAHF partner for the development and review of national policies and guidelines on adolescent heath, school health, sexuality education, gender equality and SRHR.
  • Building capacity of policy makers and partners on meaningful youth participation and provision of adolescent and youth centered, quality and responsive programs and services
  • Develop and implement innovative advocacy and accountability approaches that amplify the voices of young people in policy and decision making including hard to reach populations of adolescents and youth.
  • Develop and implement innovative advocacy campaigns and approaches that can enhance demand, access and utilization of SRHR and gender equality services among young people.
  • Work with the communication and documentation team to design and lead on implementation innovative multimedia social behavior change campaigns on ending teenage pregnancies, ending sexual and gender based violence and elimination of harmful cultural practices that effect the health, dignity and wellbeing of girls like; early and forced child marriages and female genital mutilation.
  • Build respectful partnership with cultural and religious leaders, parents and teachers association, the media and the private sector to promote empowerment of women and girls and challenge social practices that undermine their health and well-being like: child marriages, FGM and denial of access to SRHR services like contraception and safe abortion.
  • Design and implement projects and campaigns that provide menstrual management solutions as a means of challenging menstrual stigma to promote menstruation with dignity and prevent school dropouts among girls.
  • Support the UYAHF Youth HUB project that seeks to create a safe space for young people with opportunities for recreation, skilling and learning. i.e ensure that the Youth HUB where adolescent girls, young women and other young people can feel emotionally free and freely access the services provided at the HUB.
  • Support UYAHF to create a platform for youth led innovations and start-ups in the area of SRHR and gender equality.
  • Convene policy makers, CSOs, donors, the private sector and young led organizations to advocate for investments in young people as a development priority.
  • Build capacity and leadership of young people and other youth led organizations and networks to advocate for their rights and development priorities through UYAHF’s policy advocacy and accountability programs.

Qualifications, Skills, Education, and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, and a Master’s in the fields of public health, gender studies, development and public administration most preferred.
  • You have at least 2-3 years of relevant work experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and/or advocacy.
  • You believe in the power of young people as change makers.
  • You have knowledge of the national, international and UN advocacy processes relevant for furthering young people’s SRHR needs.
  • Strong understanding of advocacy and campaign tactics for policy change at local, national, and regional levels.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills in English, additional ability to speak other language like French and Swahili is an added advantage.
  • Excellent communication skill and use of technology and social media.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and conduct work independently
  • Pro-active and Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, resourcefulness in solving problems and independent and strong leadership skills.
  • Strong skills using Microsoft Word, Excel power point and other programs like illustrator.
  • You are a critical and analytical thinker and you enjoy establishing and maintaining relationships.
  • You have experience with co-creation and training facilitation.
  • Able to travel in Uganda and international and deal with both communication and collaboration.

Interested? 
Please submit your resume/CV (3 pages Max) with a motivation/cover letter (2 pages Max) and two reference letter, to: info@uyahf.com and Cc prexellie0@gmail.com before November 15th 2018. Job interviews will be held in the week of November 19th 2018. We aim for the new to start December 1st 2018.