South Africa

Programme Specialist - Western Cape

Company NACOSA
Reference # 2020041
Published 18/11/2020
Contract Type Permanent/Contract
Salary Market Related
Location Century City, Western Cape, South Africa

NACOSA is looking for a suitably qualified candidate within South Africa to manage the implementation of the DREAMS program in the City of Cape Town. The focus of the DREAMS Program is twofold;

1.To oversee the delivery of two group-based interventions namely; IMpower and Stepping Stones.
2.In consultation with key stakeholders to design and execute a strategy to deliver post violence care services to survivors of gender-based violence

Job Functions Project Management
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit

The Programme Specialist Role

The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) programme provides a comprehensive package of core interventions to address key factors that make adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) particularly vulnerable to HIV. These include structural factors, such as gender-based violence, exclusion from economic opportunities, and a lack of access to secondary school. DREAMS layers multiple interventions at once so that AGYW are surrounded with critical support to keep them safe from HIV and other risks.
The Programme Specialist position will support and deliver on NACOSA’s USAID funded Community-based Violence Prevention and Linkages to Response in SA Programme. This HIV and GBV Prevention Programme focuses on delivering both evidence-based group interventions to AGYW and adolescent boys (aged 15-19 years), as well as services to survivors of sexual violence (females aged 10-24 years). The grant is implemented in seven provinces.

The key performance areas of the role are:

•Develop, coordinate and manage the delivery of provincial programme workplans and ensure that grant implementation is in alignment with the approved workplan, budget and targets.
•Provide in-depth programmatic guidance and leadership to implementing partners and NACOSA staff to ensure programme quality.
•Monitor and analyze the programme performance of implementing partners and NACOSA staff to provide course correction where needed.
•Identify capacity needs and facilitate the provision of capacity building to implementing partners and NACOSA staff to strengthen programme quality and performance.
•Provide mentoring and coaching support to staff from implementing organisations on technical programme areas as required
•Analyse programme performance and report to stakeholders and donors as required.
•Produce periodic reports on programme objectives, implementation plans and performance.
•Network with, and build strategic alliances and relationships with key provincial and district stakeholders in the gender and sexual violence field and act as a thought leader.
•Coordinate closely with other US government partners in the delivery of a harmonized, high impact DREAMS programme.
•Represent NACOSA at coordination and technical meetings in the City of Cape Town.

Required qualifications, skills and experience

We are looking for an experienced Programme Specialist with a successful track record of programme management.
•Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Science/Public Health or related discipline. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
•Minimum of 5 years specific HIV prevention related work experience in the health and social development sectors, and preferably in the field of OVC, AGYW and/or survivors of sexual violence
•Experience in programme planning, implementation, management and M&E, including management of outsourced partners.
•Knowledge about: HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health; HIV Testing Services; GBV programming; evidence-informed and rights-based programming for survivors of GBV, particularly for adolescent girls and young women; functioning of Thuthuzela Care Centres; the relevant national and provincial policies and guidelines pertaining to GBV and HIV services.
•Excellent communications skills in English, including the ability to guide implementers and service providers on the programme.
•Must be analytically minded and have excellent writing skills, including the ability to compile insightful and user-friendly reports.
•Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with experience of web-based data systems and ability to create graphs, flow diagrams and GANTT charts.
•Must be highly organised, deadline driven and efficient with planning skills and a proactive and positive approach.
•Ability to work well in a team environment, and to coordinate multiple inputs to tight deadlines, with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
•Understanding of the NGO sector and knowledge of big donor processes/requirements will be a benefit.
•Must be a human rights advocate with excellent advocacy skills and experience.
•Driver’s license.
•Willingness to travel.

•Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks consider your application as unsuccessful. NACOSA reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.
•NACOSA respects the privacy of its stakeholders and will treat all personal information provided in line with our recruitment policy and in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Job Closing Date 22/11/2020
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