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Location: Central America / Caribbean
Location: Honduras
Job Code: 3292



Honduras Schoool Based Violence Prevention activity (SBVPA)

Senior Technical Advisor


Senior Technical Advisor

Period of Performance On/About (From – To)

Upon Approval

February 22, 2022

Maximum Level of Effort

Life of Project

Base of Operations

Tegucigalpa (with regional travel to San Pedro Sula, Choloma, La Ceiba and Tela)

  1. Project Background:

Through the Honduras SBVPA, DAI will support USAID/Honduras to implement innovations to address school-based violence (SBV) that impedes the delivery of education and use education and school processes to contribute to violence prevention in target communities. As part of the USAID/Honduras’ Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Development Objective 1, project activities will mainly focus on schools and communities in the municipalities of Tegucigalpa, San Pedro de Sula, La Ceiba, Choloma and Tela.

DAI will assist the Government of Honduras (GOH) institutions at the national and local level,  as well as schools, community and civil society organizations, and vulnerable populations in the target communities to achieve the project’s four objectives: Improve school ability to reduce SBV through creation of safe learning environments; strengthen local networks that increase school safety; increase the capacity of the Ministry of Education and social protection actors to prevent and respond to SBV; and lower risk factors and enhance protective factors for students that qualify for secondary prevention services.  

  1. Role’s Purpose:

The Senior Technical Advisor will work under the supervision of the Chief of Party to provide oversight and guidance to the project.  S/he will provide technical expertise on the aspects of violence reduction within school settings and on developing and measuring resilience within the education system.  S/he will ensure complementarity of activity approaches related to education and citizen security, integrating best practices and research from both fields.  Foundational to this will be collaboration and integration of the Activity´s technical approach across teams in 3 regional offices – Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba – as well as working with the Knowledge Management team to ensure the proper application and articulation of best practices and lessons learned in the project’s overall approach. She/he will provide senior-level guidance to USAID, partners and GOH stakeholders in the area of school-based violence prevention.

Emphasis will be placed on oversight of project objective #4 - lowering risk factors to enhance protective factors for students.  This includes working with schools and network partners to apply customized screening models to identify at-risk youth, and ensuring the youth receive the appropriate level and type of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention services required.  In addition, it involves working with schools and network partners to understand, develop and refine a complete “menu of options” of prevention services in their communities, with an emphasis on those most relevant for each screening result. 

  1. Objectives and Duties:

The Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible for the following:  

  • Integrating key elements of conflict analysis, disaster risk analysis, resilience analysis and violence / citizen security analysis into the project.
  • Guiding the incorporation of a variety of primary, secondary and tertiary violence prevention methods into work with schools, communities and institutions. 
  • Overseeing strategic planning exercises, using appropriate tools from security and education to achieve a cohesive plan for social transformation in adverse settings.
  • Providing day-to-day technical and programming leadership for developing and implementing targeted initiatives across the country.
  • Serving as a technical advisor that provides senior-level guidance to not only the SBVPA project, but also other USAID Education and Citizen Security efforts.
  • Helping to develop DAI’s name as a leader in the technical area, and ensuring the project becomes a point of reference on school-based violence prevention in the region.
  • S/he will ensure complementary integration of activities across the program, and working in conjunction with other key USAID implementer projects in-country including Convive!, Proponte Mas, Unidos por la Justica, in strategic collaboration with the COP.
  • Other programmatic strategy and management duties. 
  • Supervision and coordination of other key mid-level project staff as assigned. 
  1. Qualifications:
  • At least ten (10) years of work experience with an extensive background in violence prevention, school-based violence prevention and/or work with youth in an educational context. 
  • Previous leadership work in a senior-level technical position, studying and incorporating best practices into overall project approaches. 
  • Proven experience in research and project design. 
  • Solution oriented and strong human relation leadership and research skills, with the ability to provide critical analysis and make difficult decisions.
  • Proficient in English and fluent in Spanish.

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