Assignment: Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights Manual Development
Location of assignment: Vientiane, Lao PDR.
Duration of assignment: 30 days
Project: SRH BMZ funded project
Reporting to: Health Manager
About CARE International in Lao PDR
CARE International has been active in Laos since 1993, working in collaboration with government counterparts and Civil Society Organization (CSO) partners to address the driving factors of poverty through community based, gender responsive interventions and programming. CARE International in Laos (CARE Laos) currently works with ethnic minority populations in remote communities across the country, with funding of over 4 million USD per annum. CARE’s Long-Term Program on Remote Ethnic Women and Girls targets Sexual Reproduction Health and Nutrition, along with Women’s Economic Empowerment, focusing on themes of Gender Based Violence Prevention and Awareness, Disaster Resilience and Climate Adaptation, Governance and CSO Strengthening.
Lao PDR has the highest rates of early marriage in the region, even though the law sets the age of marriage at 18. Citizens in remote areas are often not aware of laws and policies and there are not enforced and implemented by sub-national authorities. Early marriage is often initiated by adolescents themselves with the desire to be sexually active and for independence from their families. However, they are often; unware of the long-term consequences of early marriage. Families often see the short-term advantages of early marriage such as reduced household members meaning less outgoing costs. Social norms are that upon marriage young brides begin to have children and stop their education. Young brides are more vulnerable to sexual abuse from their partners and to unintended pregnancy. Lao PDR has the highest adolescent pregnancy rated in the region due to early marriage, incomplete knowledge of sexual & reproductive health and limited service to appropriate services. A Care Gender and Ethnicity Analysis highlighted that women in ethnic communities have important knowledge gaps around reproductive health.
The project aims to improve sexual and reproductive health through reducing early marriage in remote Ethnic communities in Lao PDR. The action focuses on three main target groups: 1) Adolescent girls and their parents increase their understanding about early marriage and its consequences ; targeting 10 ethnic minority villages in Laman and Dakcheung district in Sekong provinces; 2) Health Center staff, village health volunteers, peer mobilisers and Lao Youth Union members strengthen their capacity to inform and deliver youth friendly SRH services, including raising awareness on early marriage and its harmful impact on adolescents and communities 3) Provincial and District authorities will improve their understanding and communication with adolescents.
Objective of the Consultancy
The main objective of this consultancy is to develop SBCC on SRHR manual package called Your Life, Your Choices targeting adolescent and reproductive boys and girls in communities and school. The package will be developed based on existing developed/approved materials from relevant ministries.
Scope of work
CARE will provide:
Roles and responsibilities:
The consultancy is for 30 days within 45 days.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND KEY COMPETENCIES:
Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a letter of application and proposal to; Lao.Contracts@careint.org or directly call us for more information. Contact Number is 021 217727 fax: +856 21 214 415 before the deadline: January 30, 2021. CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce:
CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
CARE Laos has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct within or external to the organisation and imbed child protection in all they do.
CARE Laos participates in the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response’s Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. CARE Australia reserves the right to seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse. The applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer. By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no abjection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above; and
As well as pre-employment checks, CARE Laos will use the recruitment and reference process to ensure potential new staff understand and are aligned with these expectations.
(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. CVs and other documents submitted to CARE will not be returned).
Good English language communication skills (spoken and written).
Proven specialised technical skills in SRHR and RMNCH;
Having an IT team who has an experiences on App development is advantage;