Botswana is one of the hardest hit countries in the HIV/AIDS global epidemic with prevalence at 17%. There are 378,184 people currently living with HIV and 13,797 new infections each year (Botswana PEPFAR Strategic Direction Summary 2018). Under its Third Botswana National Strategic Framework for HIV & AIDS 2016-2022 (NSF III), the Government of Botswana embraces Treat All as a mechanism for ending the epidemic by 2030 with no new infections by 2023. The strategy calls for increased community-level service delivery and targeted interventions aimed at sub-populations, including adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and high prevalence geographic areas. Peace Corps Botswana has partnered with the Government of Botswana and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to strengthen Botswana’s response to the HIV epidemic. The focus of the Health Project and this assignment is system strengthening for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for youth ages 10-24 years.
As a Local Government Capacity Building Volunteer, you will be assigned to a District AIDS Coordinator’s (DAC) office, responsible for coordinating the district HIV response, or a Social and Community Development (S&CD) office, responsible for community development and social welfare programs, including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and community home-based care for People Living with HIV.
If placed in a DAC office, you will work alongside the District AIDS Coordinators and the Assistant District AIDS Coordinator to coordinate the development of an annual Evidence-Based Plan (EBP) for the district HIV response using, identifying and analyzing available data during the planning process. You will also work with the District Multi-Sectoral AIDS Committee (DMSAC) and sub-committees, including civil society organizations supported by the DMSAC to identify organizational gaps and to facilitate relevant trainings; as well as assisting in implementing, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of HIV programs, projects, and strategies as articulated by the evidence based plan.
If placed in an S&CD office, you will work alongside social workers to provide care and support to families affected by HIV and AIDS illness and death. You may assist in identifying families in need and linking them to social services in the community and strengthening social service systems. You may work in the Social Welfare section (e.g., OVC, community home-based care, working with already established community support groups) and/or the Community Development (e.g., home economics, poverty eradication), sections of the S&CD office. Volunteers in S&CD offices are also instrumental in data and database management.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check