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FIXED TERM CONTRACT VACANCY Position: Programme Technical Lead Period of contract: Jun 2022- Mar 2025

Job Description

Remuneration: Market-related remuneration will be negotiable in accordance with AFSA’s remuneration policies.

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is a Durban-based NGO that acts as an interface between Donors and Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) working in the HIV/AIDS sector, by placing donor funds with strategically selected CBOs, in South Africa, and providing them with ongoing, technical support & capacity building. AFSA has been selected to be appointed by the Global Fund (GF) as one of the Principal Recipients (PRs) that will manage programmes funded by the grant, mainly adolescent girls and young women’s programme, with several modules aimed at addressing core issues related to HIV prevention and management.

AFSA wishes to appoint suitably qualified individual to serve as a Programme Technical Lead. This position will lead and direct all aspects of AFSA Global Fund Programme. Incumbent will be responsible for providing overall technical direction and management on all aspects of the programme, to ensure successful implementation of the programme and achievement of programme goals. This position will be based at the AFSA’s head office in Durban.

 Purpose of job: To provide strategic leadership, guidance and management of the AFSA Global Fund programme and ensure programmatic success and attainment of programme goals.

 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Technical Guidance

    • Provide technical and programmatic leadership and management to the AFSA Global Fund funded programme. Programme modules /components include: adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), Human Rights (HR), Advocacy (ADV) and Community Response Systems (CRS).
    • Provide leadership on Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning (MEL) and reporting activities.
    • Oversee performance analysis of all programmes & formulation of strategies to close gaps, ensure quality & attainment of programme goals.
    • Measure impacts through standardised MEL indicators to identify strengths and weaknesses and implement operational strategies, systems, and processes to enhance efficiency and improve quality.
    • Document key lessons learnt and best practices as well as promote information exchange between the different modules.
    • Review, revise and/or develop Standard Operating Procedures for programme modules.
    • Review, revise and/or develop and manage quality assurance processes and monitor the application thereof.
    • Lead contracting processes of service providers, and ensure performance against set deliverables.


    • Lead implementation of the AFSA Global Fund programme, at national level: AGYW, HR, CRS, ADV, MEL.
    • Work closely with finance management team to support all areas of financial management, planning, systems, and controls.
    • Oversee monthly and quarterly assessments and forecasts and performance against budget and programme operational targets and objectives.
    • Identify opportunities to assist and support implementation of key activities in the Human Rights (HR), Advocacy (ADV) and Community Response Systems (CRS) programmes.
    • Conduct routine programme assessments including on-site visits as part of ensuring quality improvement.

Stakeholder management

    • Develop and maintain open and professional relationships with key stakeholders, including: funders, including civil society sector and government agencies with similar /related goals.
    • Maintain close collaboration with other partners (in-country and globally): technical partners, Community based organisations (CBOs), and private health sector stakeholders to leverage opportunities for collaboration, avoid duplication and ensure programmatic alignment.
    • Promote collaborations across all districts where the programme is implemented.

Programme support systems

Work closely with all AFSA teams, to ensure successful and efficient programme delivery: finance management, human resources, administration, ITC and procurement.


    • Oversee reporting to all relevant stakeholders, on regular basis, but mainly on monthly and quarterly basis.
    • Write high quality reports and present programme progress to all relevant stakeholders.

Required qualifications, experience, & skills:


    • A minimum of 3-year degree. Honours or master’s degree is desirable, in: Public Health, management, finance, project management or related. Over 7 years related experience, post qualification, is required -non-government sector /healthcare /large projects management.
    • Additionally, leadership or management training is desirable.


    • Relevant work experience, including project management experience (accountability for end-to end project delivery).
    • Demonstrated experience in maintaining strong relationships with partners, government counterparts, donors, implementing partners, private sector, and other stakeholders.
    • Experience in and good understanding of South African health systems and cultural/social context.
    • Previous experience managing projects with multiple partners and international funders such as Global Fund or PEPFAR.
    • Transferable experience in development programmes, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Human Rights, Community Response Systems, and Advocacy for Sexual and reproductive health and rights.
    • Previous knowledge and experience in results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation; conducting research, publishing, and documenting projects.
    • Proven fundraising success would be valuable.
    • Knowledge of international donor aid compliance requirements are vital.
    • A demonstrated ability to lead and manage multidisciplinary teams is essential.
    • Experience in managing teams based at different locations or home, via online platforms.
    • Advanced knowledge and experience (in a supporting role) with: financial management (budgeting /forecasting & expenditure planning & controls), human resources management, procurement, administration and codes of good governance.


    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
    • Superior writing and verbal skills in English and an African language.
    • High level of interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public sector counterparts, donors, and other key stakeholders.
    • Strong leadership and communication skills.
    • Ability to consult, take initiative, multi-task & coordinate multiple priorities.
    • Ability to work under pressure and manage conflicting deadlines.
    • Ability to work independently and to delegate tasks to multidisciplinary teams via online platforms.
    • Clear and thoughtful communication-, listening and social skills are essential.
    • Advanced computer experience (MS Teams, MS Office Suite, cloud and virtual platforms).
    • Valid Driver’s License –recommended.
    • Willingness and ability to travel across the country and internationally, if necessary, for quality audits, and support.

Important Information

Interested persons must submit a cover letter and a 2-4 page CV (showing qualifications & work experience).

Only bring these documents when invited for interview: certified copies of identity document and qualifications, driver’s licence and contact details of 3 referees. Candidates who fail to submit these additional documents, on the day of the interview, may be disqualified.

Submit application by email to recruitment@aids.org.za, no later than May 26th, 2022.

IMPORTANT: Email subject line must have this reference: “Programme Technical Lead”. Applications are automatically sorted by “subject”. Thus incorrect subject may be disqualified.

Applications received after this date will still be considered (on a rolling basis) if no successful candidate was found in the first round of selection. Applications with incorrect reference or incomplete documents may be disqualified.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – should you not hear from us within a period of one month, you may consider your application unsuccessful.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a competency-based assessment as part of the recruitment process.

AFSA reserves the right to not make an appointment and /or to extend the closing date to facilitate further searches. AFSA is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly encourage applications from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), people living with disabilities, women, and previously disadvantaged people.

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