Creative Associates International - Primary Prevention Specialist
Seeking suitably qualified applicants for the post of
Primary Prevention Specialist
Position Location: Saint Lucia
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
The USAID Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) program offers a public health model approach to violence prevention, using primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions, along with law enforcement to reduce the rate of juvenile offenders in target countries, place youth leaving the juvenile justice system in diversion programs, improve the skills of the workforce, and provide specialized services to youth at the highest risk of engaging in violence, among others. The program operates in Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Guyana.
Position Summary and Reporting:
The Primary Prevention Specialist ensures the program in Saint Lucia is implemented according to the primary prevention model. S/he oversees the capacity building of local service providers implementing primary prevention activities. The Primary Prevention Specialist identifies grant funding opportunities in partnership with the grants team. Working closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, s/he monitors and documents evidence-based practices for replication. This position is based in Saint Lucia. This position reports to the Deputy Director Positive Youth Development/Community Development on a functional level and on a day to day basis.
- Develops a strategy for the implementation of the program’s primary prevention models, including implementation of recommended projects and programs from the Community Enhancement Committees’ Community Safety Plans.
- Develops deep familiarity with target community dynamics.
- Develops working relations and partnerships with operational and management personnel in local institutions who have an interest in and or responsibilities that relate to primary prevention
- Ensures the project is implemented in accordance with proposed primary prevention models and will meet project performance targets.
- Supports CECs and other local stakeholders to develop and implement primary prevention interventions including, but not limited to, pro-social behavior change messaging, sports activities, school-based/extracurricular activities and provides guidance for all Outreach Center activities, including arts, music, recreation, life and job skills training, counseling and mentorships.
- Supports five (5) CECs, i.e. regular meetings and dialogues.
- Works closely with the grants team for primary prevention interventions and develops technical requirements for grants and provides oversight and management to grantees carrying out primary prevention activities to ensure that activities are being implemented in accord with grant agreements.
- Coordinates with other project components to ensure appropriate provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention services.
- Contributes input to meet project reporting requirements.
- Other duties as assigned by manager.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 4 years general work experience and 2 years of specific experience in youth violence prevention, youth development, or related field.
- Bachelor’s degree in international development, political science, social work, or related field desired.
- Experience designing and implementing community-based approaches toward increasing youth resilience and reducing community crime and violence, including primary prevention activities and direct interaction with community actors.
- Understanding of municipal/community development best practices and challenges.
- Demonstrated ability to work with at‐risk youth and other vulnerable populations.
- Strong partnership building outlook and skills
- Strong leadership, interpersonal, technical and analytical skills, including an ability to work on a large team based in different locations and interact effectively with government counterparts and local and community organizations.
- Ability to engage youth via new technologies is desired.
Citizens of OECS member states are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should email their application letter and CV with Primary Prevention Specialist in the subject line to: Employment@crea-cfyr.com
Deadline 17 September 2018.
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.