Women and girls in Francophone Africa face incredible difficulties in determining their sexuality and reproductive health with lack of access, knowledge and use of reproductive health services, and an especially high need for increased use of safe abortion services. With projects well underway in the Ivory Coast, Benin and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ipas is setting up a Francophone Regional Program with an office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with the aim to reinforce comprehensive abortion care access and advocacy efforts in the region, through extensive alliances with current and new partners. Ipas has been working in the region since 2002 with the objective to overcome political and cultural barriers and since 2016 significantly expands safe abortion programs with health and government officials. In collaboration with national, international, and community-based partners, we focus on translating existing legal provisions for abortion into high-quality, accessible care for women.
To support this exciting and fast growing program, we are currently seeking a qualified Francophone African candidate for the position of Policy and Partnership Manager Francophone Africa, to be based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The regional Francophone Africa office in Abidjan provides flexible technical assistance and support to stand alone country programs in the region as well as develops and implements regional programs and activities. Our goal is to build capacity and support access to comprehensive abortion and contraceptive care across Francophone Africa and within existing organizations. To ensure this becomes reality, the Ipas Francophone program will need a sharp, innovative, bilingual and experienced Policy & Partnerships Manager, with solid experience in partnership building, creative advocacy design, diplomacy, and a strategic understanding of the SRHR landscape in region. The Policy & Partnership Manager (P&PM) will provide senior level knowledge, technical assistance, and support for the development, revision and execution of regional and national policies and strategies related to sexual and reproductive health and comprehensive abortion care.
Through capacity-building interventions with the legal sector, youth activists, and sexual and reproductive health and rights leaders, we are also building a regional network of committed champions to advocate for expanded abortion access. The P&PM will manage, create and maintain relationships from grassroots to the regional level, and to make sure Comprehensive Abortion Care becomes a priority item on the Family Planning Agenda of the FP2020 and Ouagadougou Partnership initiatives.
Applicants from Central and West Africa strongly encourage to apply