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Project Assistant - Spotlight Initiative

Date Posted: Mar 15, 2021

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REF: Amref-Malawi/ProjectAssistant/2021/03/02 




Project Assistant- Spotlight Initiative









ONE YEAR (renewable up to 24 months maximum)

Amref Health Africa is the largest international health development organisation based in Africa.  Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health  Africa’s vision is to bring lasting health change in Africa and is committed to improving the health of  people in Africa by collaborating with and empowering communities, and strengthening health  systems. With headquarters in Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in Ethiopia, Uganda, South  Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Africa and West Africa providing services to over 30 countries.  Employing over 900 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $100 million, Amref  Health Africa is a knowledge resource for donors and partners. For more information on Amref Health  Africa, please visit 

Amref Health Africa is working on SGBV project in Machinga District. This Project is funded by  European Union and UN Women. It is implemented under several UN Agencies and Amref is  implementing under UNFPA. The project is housed under ministry of Gender and social services. Amref  reports to UNFPA directly and is also accountable to the council in Machinga where the spotlight  coordination office sits. Spotlight initiative seeks to eliminate violence against adolescent girls and  Young women through the theory of change model. The project is in nine Traditional Authorities and  Amref operates in five of these namely Ngokwe, Nyambi, Kawinga, Sitola and Chamba. One of the key  Activities that Amref is implementing is mentorship of AGYW. Mentorship sessions are conducted  weekly by trained female mentors in these five TAs which has over 70 safe spaces established. 

In this regard, Amref Health Africa in Malawi invites suitable qualified female applicants for a job with  the following details:  


The female Project Assistant will work under the supervision of the Project Officers to support  in strengthening the delivery of spotlight initiatives in Machinga through creative, innovative,  and effective interventions to address key priorities on Violence Against Women (VAW),  Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Harmful Cultural Practices (SGBV/HP) challenges  AGYW are facing in their communities. 

The Project Assistant will be responsible for providing sound leadership in all aspects of  Gender and available social services in the community that are linked to client care and  support. The role requires effective planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities  linked to mentorship and safe spaces. Attributes in managing adolescent girls and young  women will be critical in supporting mentors and mentees in the safe spaces in order to  achieve the intended goals where AGYW are free from all forms of VAW and abuse and  develop resilience and mechanism to deny, report and identify violence. 






Represent the Project Officer/Manager if required in:  

Meetings with District Executive Committee (DEC) and Council  

Meetings with DHMT and One stop centre staff on project matters Meetings with DCTs and DGO and GTWG on efficient management of Spotlight  Initiative and social welfare of women services in the district  


Oversee the routine activities of safe spaces and liaise with mentors on case referral  of SGBVs to service providers and for psychosocial support  

Supporting Safe space mentors in conducting weekly mentorship sessions Supervising Focal points and mentors in promotion of rights on women and  elimination of VAGW in the targeted communities and households  

Supporting community engagement on prevention and elimination of SGBV through  organisation and coordination of meetings  

Collecting data and reporting on clients being, violence reported and follow up the  outcome of cases on SGBV and HP 

Promoting rights of AGYW in targeted communities 

Assessing for emerging vulnerability issues in the community that will inform  necessary further actions  

Coordinate and organise open and close days for mentorship session Raise awareness of SGBV and elimination strategies in the targeted communities Participate in the open days and national events at national or community  Participate in the Community of practice meetings at district level Follow up cases with health, CVSU, Police, Courts and Social welfare to ensure  maximum service for the SGBV/HP and fistula 

Support the most vulnerable like people living with disabilities and albinism who are  subjected to SGBV/HP or fistula 

Support assessment of facilities for disability friendliness and promote the plight of  the people with disabilities.


Building and  


of VAWG 

Coordinate trainings of care givers and other volunteers on ending violence against  women and girls. 

Coordinate training of mentors mentees, SGBV survivors on livelihood and business  management


Coordinate trainings on psychosocial support, and link survivors to care including  fistula.  

Support CVSU and relevant community structures in management of referral funds  for SGBV 


and Learning

Prepare monthly and quarterly reports on progress of the project Organise community meetings and interface or dialogue sessions to monitor  progress for the elimination of VAWG or SGBV 

Document case studies for best practices and mishaps 

Document and share lessons learnt, best practices and challenges  Collecting data and reporting on clients being served and other services  Monitor recruitments and attendance of mentees and mentors in safe spaces Documenting gained change stories related to the project


3.1 Education Requirements 

  • A minimum of Diploma in Gender and Development, Public Health or Nursing and/or related  fields 
  • Technical capacity and understanding of SGBV, HP, fistula and, social dynamics gender related  issues  

3.2 Experience Required 

  • Minimum three years of experience in Community work, gender based violence and  psychosocial support interventions. 
  • Demonstrated experience in gender activism, advocacy and health

3.3 Other Competencies/Attributes 

  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Proven negotiation and networking skills  
  • Team worker 
  • Problem solving and flexibility 
  • Facilitation. 
  • Human rights promoter for rights of AGYW 

    How to apply:
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter before March 26, 2021 to:


with the subject line: REF: Amref-Malawi/Project Assistant/2021/03/02.

Duly note that Amref Health Africa does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage  of the recruitment and selection process and have not retained any agent in connection with  recruitment. 

Amref Health Africa is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects  all staff to share this commitment. Amref is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking policy.

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