|Published||May 8, 2022|
|Location||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Job Type||Full Time|
Overview of IPPF
The International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Regional Office (IPPFARO) is one of the leading providers of quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Africa, and a prominent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy voice in the region. We remain committed to gender equality and to ensuring that women, girls, and young people realize their rights and have control over their own bodies, their lives, and their futures. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, IPPFARO delivers its critical mission with the support and leadership of 33 Member Associations (MAs), 9 Collaborative Partners, youth advocates, staff, and a network of dedicated volunteers who provide high quality, youth focused and gender sensitive services to those who are most vulnerable and marginalized. In 2020 alone, the MAs provided >10.5 million sexual and reproductive health and rights services.
Overview of the engagement: IPPF is committed to advocating for the SRHR of all. Yet a multitude of barriers still exists, resulting in shocking data on health outcomes: 220 million women who want to avoid pregnancy do not have access to modern contraception; 25 million have an unsafe abortion every year; and one in three experiences sexual violence at some point in their lives. Conservative and more organized opposition, backed up by populist political leaders and regressive policies, increasingly present a threat to the realization of SRHR and gender equality. Governments worldwide have signed numerous international political commitments that clearly state that everyone must have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. However, these aspirations are far from being translated into urgent action.
IPPFAR, with the support from the Guttmacher Institute, will incorporate and spearhead interventions that aim to advance SRHR, particularly the popularisation and adoption of recommendations of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission (GLC) on SRHR in regional and national policy instruments. The GLC report published in May 2018 succinctly articulates a bold, comprehensive, evidence-based, and actionable agenda for SRHR priorities globally. The report came at a time when advancement of SRHR was hindered by weak political commitment, inadequate resources, persistent discrimination against women, girls and marginalized people and an unwillingness to address issues related to sexuality openly and comprehensively.
To this effect, IPPFAR is looking to recruit a short-term consultant to undertake a mapping exercise/stock-take and engage with key regional and national actors in Sub-Saharan Africa to identify progress made towards the commitments outlined within key regional policy documents, 2 e.g., Maputo Plan of Action, SADC SRHR Regional Strategy 2019-2030 and identify key entry points to expand/revise regional policy documents to include, where possible, comprehensive GLC recommendations
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
This will include: - Conducting a quick scan of existing regional policies and documents across Africa, to understand the definition of SRHR used and alignment, if any, with the GLC definition and recommendations, noting any gaps - Holding meetings with select regional and national organisations with the view of understanding and documenting the key SRHR actors, progress made and identify potential entry points to include and advance GLC recommendations - Compiling a detailed report presenting the findings from the above, in particular key entry points, with a provisional timeline, for increased SRHR advocacy that would include the promotion of the GLC definition and recommendations across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Interested candidates can send their CV