Adolescents and Young People (AYP) Coordinator   

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The South African National Aids Council (SANAC) leads South Africa’s response to the national HIV and AIDS, TB & STIs epidemics. SANAC is building a dynamic team that can facilitate its effective leadership of the national response.

Name of Position: Adolescents and Young People (AYP) Coordinator               

Reporting to: Technical Lead: Adolescents and Young People

Location: Pretoria, Hatfield

Duration: Fixed Term Contract

Advert Date: 22 August 2023

Purpose of the job

The AYP National Adolescent and Young People (AYP) Coordinator will play a leading role in leveraging knowledge and mobilizing AYP groups and implementing organizations contributing to the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STI 2017 – 2022. The incumbent will network with key partners at national and provincial levels and on-going mentoring and support for AYP advocates and the SANAC Youth Sector, pursuing the AGYW response to HIV and other pressing issues including TB.

She will be the national face of the AGYW programme within the SANAC Trust and serve as a spokesperson and representative for the youth HIV prevention campaign in the country. She will also serve as a mentor for the AGYW advocates / champions in the HIV / TB priority districts. The ambassador will be required to work closely with diverse units within the SANAC Trust to ensure the joint effort for successful implementation of the NSP youth HIV prevention agenda.

The successful candidate will be a young person who is a practical, solution-focused, committed to delivering high quality programmes, ensuring that best practice and learning constantly informs our programme delivery at Provincial and National levels. She will be dynamic, committed, experienced and a passionate team member, able to oversee programme implementation, and to support other programmes

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Technical Lead – AYP to identify National partners and provincial partners that will add value to the NSP youth HIV prevention and youth treatment literacy agenda.
  • Participating and supporting the provincial, district and sub district AYP organisations in alignment of the NSP and the national HIV youth strategy.
  • Ensuring programme alignment with the realities faced by youth in communities and the national youth HIV prevention campaign.
  • Assisting the NSP Implementation unit in the development of unit and programme reports and reporting against the NSP implementation.
  • Mentoring support to provincial youth technical officers (PTOs) and assisting the Provincial Council of AIDS (PCA)s without a designated technical officer.
  • Assisting the SANAC youth sector with the development of a youth HIV prevention plan as well as organising logistics such as travel, preparing meeting packs and processing claim forms
  • Facilitating information sharing between different units of the SANAC regarding the youth HIV prevention work.
  • Supporting provinces in alignment and inclusion of the national HIV Youth prevention strategy within their Provincial Implementation Plans (PIPs).
  • Supporting PCAs to coordinate and support the AGYW advocacy agenda and campaign.
  • Advocating and supporting national youth challenges interventions like child and teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, young people with disabilities reach and inclusion and etc.
  • Preparing project reports documenting successes challenges and lessons learnt in relation to implementation of the agreed upon project work plan.
  • Collecting collating/compiling monthly, quarterly or any other reports and data required information relating to the AGYW and Youth sector coordination.
  • Documenting success stories of key youth HIV prevention programmes
  • Contributing pieces to the SANAC Trust newsletter as they relate to youth HIV prevention.
  • Reviewing, editing, and making recommendations on promotional material produced by SANAC (Videos, articles, posters etc.) and programs where possible.
  • Monitoring and analysing the official and non-governmental debates on issues relevant to the implementation of the NSP.
  • Representing the SANAC Trust in workshops; training, meetings, and youth related events.
  • Coordinating the production and dissemination of core advocacy resources for SANAC on youth issues.
  • Keeping abreast with and reviewing programme evidence and research with an eye to develop practical programme and policy recommendations for youth in South Africa.
  • Organising meetings, conference calls, etc.
  • Coordinating the logistics; managing and handling suppliers and managing stakeholders including preparing IQUAL requests
  • Attending meetings, preparing, and distributing subsequent records and meeting minutes
  • Develop comprehensive program reports in line with donor reporting requirements and constantly provide with AYP analysed results and make evidence informed decisions
  • Provide weekly, monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual reports as required
  • Coordinating the drafting of project reports,
  • Assisting with administrative duties for the NSP unit
  • Taking on any other administrative tasks as assigned by the NSP Executive Manager in relation to unit meetings, including preparing document packs and assisting with logistics for travel, etc.

Qualification, Skills and Experience

  • B Degree in Health, Public Health, Social Development, Human Development, International Development, Social Sciences or Related Field
  • Two to five years of prior work experience in a non-governmental organisation (NGO), government agency, or private company
  • 3 years Coordinating projects and programmes against specific milestones. Proven track record of project management with an emphasis on deadline management
  • Understanding the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017-2022) and how it evolved to the current NSP (2023-2028)
  • Experience within the HIV/AIDS sector
  • Project management skills
  • Have knowledge of the current youth status with regards to sexual and reproductive services enablers, barriers, good practices, and gaps.
  • Proven ability to communicate and interact with high level officials from government agencies, NGOs, international development partners and private sector.
  • High level proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Sensitive to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Articulate and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with stakeholders and staff.
  • Possess a strong understanding of lived realities of young women in South African communities.
  • Have extensive knowledge of HIV prevention, Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender Mainstreaming into HIV and AIDS programming.
  • Excellent public speaking
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work in highly pressurized work environment with very tight deadlines
  • Valid SA driver’s license and ability to travel extensively

Applications should be emailed to Kindly indicate the name of the position on the subject line of the email. Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late or faxed will not be considered.

Closing date: 01 September 2023, Close of Business at 16:30

Note that correspondence will only be conducted with the short-listed candidates. If you have not been contacted within two (2) months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

SANAC gives preference to South African candidates who meet the job requirement and who will add to the culture and gender diversity of the organization. Suitable candidates will be subjected to assessment(s) (if applicable) and personnel suitability check(s) (citizenship, credit record checks, security clearance, security vetting, qualification verification, and employment verification).

SANAC reserves the right at any time to withdraw or alter this advertised position.