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Health Promotion Officer, International Youth Internship Program 2011

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Deadline January 31, 2011

Partner Organizations: UMATI
Expected Start Date: March 2011
Length of Placement: 7 months
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2011

Background:

Youth Challenge International is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Building on over 20 years of experience, YCI’s programs are designed to meet the needs of youth affected by poverty through three integrated sectors: youth leadership, youth health and youth livelihoods. YCI engages youth in creating solutions to the challenges they face, incorporating youth development, volunteerism, partnership, and equity into all that we do (www.yci.org).

Partner Organization:

UMATI was established in 1959 as the Family Planning Association of Dar es Salaam. In the first years of its history the Association served people within the city perimeter. In 1960 the Association was officially registered and by late 1967 it became a national organization. In 1972 the Association changed its name to Chama Cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI). The Association has a long history of leadership in SRH programs in the country, including pioneering in family planning (FP) services, Family Life Education for youths, and providing integrated clinic and community based service delivery approaches. UMATI is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and is governed by a well- established volunteer structure from the national to grassroots level. Since its inception, the Association has been responding to various national and international challenges for its growth. This move contributed to the accumulated experience in the provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services in the country. The Association has been reviewing and remodeling itself in line with the emerging challenges to move towards youth-focused SRH services. Young people between 10- 24 years of age are the primary target of UMATI’s services

Position Description:

  • Review UMATI’s strategic plan and identify key health priorities
  • Conduct research on risk factors for HIV, STI’s and early pregnancy as it relates to in school and out of school youth in Zanzibar
  • Assist in the development and delivery of sexual reproductive health education initiatives
  • Assist with the development of a new MSM/IDU program
  • Support staff in proposal design and development

Desired Background and Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary graduate health sciences, public health or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in youth-focused sexual reproductive health education
  • Training and/or experience in research methodologies, strategic planning, proposal development and monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to work in an environment with limited resources and minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess a great deal of initiative and flexibility
  • Prior overseas experience an asset

General Requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Between the ages of 19 and 30
  • A post-secondary graduate
  • Out of school with no outstanding requirements for graduation
  • Ready to begin your professional career
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

What’s provided by YCI:

  • Return airfare
  • Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return
  • Living allowance to cover accommodation, food and local transport
  • Medical insurance and vaccination stipend
  • Visa related costs
  • Professional development coaching and support

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and CV as a single document to intern@yci.org by January 31, 2011 with the position you are applying for in the subject line. Inquiries can be sent by email to generalinfo@yci.org -- no phone calls will be accepted. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.