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.
Community systems will play a key role in increasing coverage, efficiency, and sustainability of HIV service delivery over the next five years. Efficiency of HIV service delivery will be increased through building the capacity of community system actors to deliver integrated HIV services, extending HIV services from health facilities to communities, and strengthening facility community linkages through harmonized and improved coordination of community health workers groups. Botswana will also establish a mechanism for social contacting to ensure sustainable and adequate funding for civil societies including community based organizations.
As a Civil Society Capacity Building Volunteer, you will be placed in a civil society organization (CSO) (a Non-Governmental Organization, Community-Based Organization, a Faith based organization or an International Non-Governmental Organization branch) engaged in the HIV response and providing services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their caregivers, Adolescents Girls and Young Women (AGYW), People Living with HIV (PLHIV), or people affected by gender-based violence (women, men, girls and boys).
In this assignment, you will largely focus on organizational development, which may include developing mission statements, strategic plans, governance structures, monitoring and evaluation and resource mobilization plans, as well as strengthening services provided to beneficiaries (OVC, PLHIV, youth, and men and women) and addressing gaps in services. You will also likely be involved with HIV prevention interventions such as community mobilization and campaigns, formation of youth clubs and teen clubs for young people living with HIV, and delivery of youth-friendly reproductive health services. In this assignment, you will help enable grassroots organizations to respond to the needs of their communities.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check