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July 16, 2014

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION: 

 
Under the overall guidance of the Health Team Leader and through specific supervision of the Prevention & Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Team Leader, the Youth and Prevention Specialist will support the work of the Health Office by building capacity, providing technical assistance and conducting monitoring and evaluation of health and HIV/AIDS issues with a focus on behavior communication and youth and how structural drivers of HIV transmission may be addressed. S/he will have overall leadership and management responsibilities for expanding and directing youth based initiatives and behavior communication approaches. 
 

CHALLENGE

Gender-based violence and sexual assault in South Africa is a widespread dilemma that leaves many women, children and other vulnerable people traumatized and helpless. In response, Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs) work with survivors and providers alike to tackle this epidemic.

CHALLENGE

While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor.  In response, Bridges to the Future Initiative in South Africa (BFI-SA) is designing an interactive, computer-based learning tool improve literacy rates among primary grade learners. 

CHALLENGE

While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor. TARMII-FP will work to address this problem by providing teachers with a computer-based assessment tool that will help teachers to more effectively address individual student learning needs in reading.

At the project’s inception, USAID/South Africa’s Health and HIV/AIDS Strategy was responding to the overwhelming challenges posed by the epidemic on individuals, families, communities and society in South Africa. There had been a dramatic rise in HIV infections during the previous decade threatening to undermine many of the advances made since efforts to transform the sector began in 1994. During the fifteen years prior to the project, HIV infection rates among pregnant women in antenatal clinics went from less than one percent (in 1990) to over 30 percent (in 2005).

South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world (Jewkes et al, 2009). Women who experience violence – either sexual or physical – are at increased likelihood for a range of physical, mental and emotional health difficulties (Campbell et al, 2002). GBV also increases the risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a particular concern in South Africa where an estimated 17.3% of adults are living with HIV (Statistics South Africa, 2010).

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