Intensive Economic Strengthening (IES) Mentors
FIXED TERM CONTRACT VACANCY: October 2022 – September 2023
Intensive Economic Strengthening (IES) Mentors (KwaZulu Natal: 3 x Ugu and 3 x KCD Mpumalanga: 3x Nkgangala ,3x Ehlanzeni, 3x Gert Sibande)
Market Related Salary
The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is a Durban-based NGO that acts as an interface between Donors and Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) working in the HIV/AIDS sector by placing donor funds with strategically selected CBOs, in South Africa, and providing them with ongoing, technical support & capacity building.
The HIV Prevention Department is made up of a number of programmes that collectively aim to collective prevent the evolution of the HIV epidemic in South Africa. See the AFSA website for more information of each of the programmes (https://www.aids.org.za/programme/hiv-combination-prevention-programme/). The Intensive Economic Strengthening (IES) component of the DREAMS program aims to decrease young women’s reliance on transactional sex and strengthen young women’s self-efficiency and decision-making power in relationships. Economic disparity related to gender inequality is an ongoing and complex driver of HIV. Implementing robust and intensive evidence-based economic strengthening interventions is a priority for DREAMS to decrease young women’s reliance on transactional sex and strengthen young women’s self-efficacy and decision-making power in relationships. AFSA wishes to appoint a suitably qualified individuals to fill the role of Intensive Economic Strengthening (IES) Mentors in KZN and Mpumalanga.
Purpose of job:
The Mentor will be responsible for working with groups of vulnerable young women in safe spaces in the community. The Mentor will establish a trusting relationship with the young women in the different groups and provide mentoring in IES activities and referrals to essential services to ensure young women are empowered, remain healthy and HIV-free. The Mentor will work under the supervision of the District Coordinator.
Roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Facilitate the enrolment of 20-24 Young women into DREAMS IES project.
- Facilitate profiling and needs assessment of young women.
- Develop savings plan with participant and follow up on progress.
- Provide foundational training.
- Provide any other training that may be deemed appropriate and beneficial to the participant.
- Provide ongoing mentoring and support to young women enrolled in IES intensive.
- Support participants to develop personalized career and savings plans.
- Prepare and support young women or beneficiaries for employment.
- Continuously review young women’s progress against the identified career path and savings plan
- Provide social support, assist with problem-solving, and carefully monitor participant safety, with special attention to young women that have been linked to private sector opportunities.
- Link young women to business networks and organizations providing supportive services to young entrepreneurs.
- Capture training and mentoring data into REDCap database.
- Generate daily and weekly reports.
- Undertake any other duties as assigned
- Minimum of Grade 12 / Matric or equivalent. A Post-Matric qualification , especially on Community development or Lay Counselling, will be an added advantage
- Female 24– 35 years old
- Live in the community where the DREAMS project will be implemented
- Some experience in community work (Youth Facilitator, Community Care Worker, DREAMS Ambassador)
- Passionate about empowering girls to improve their safety and completion of school
- Proficiency in written and spoken English and the local language/s
- Ability to manage work independently, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
- Ability to work under pressure and strong interpersonal skills
- Flexible and willingness to undertake additional responsibilities
Interested persons need to submit a brief CV, along with cover letter and copies of certificates and ID with the reference “Intensive Economic Strengthening (IES) Mentors” and the district you are applying for in the subject line via email to [email protected] no later than 27/09/2022. Please note that applications received after this date or with missing information will not be considered. Alternatively, you may apply directly on our website at https://www.aids.org.za/vacancies/
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – should you not hear from us two weeks after closing date, you may consider your application unsuccessful. AFSA reserves the right not to make an appointment and/or to extend the closing date in order to facilitate further searches. AFSA is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly encourage applications from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), people living with disabilities, women and previously disadvantaged people.