National Adolescent Girls and Young Women Ambassador

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The South African National AIDS Council Trust (The SANAC Trust) leads South Africa’s response to the national HIV, TB & STIs epidemics. The Trust is building a dynamic team that can facilitate its effective leadership of the national response. We are, therefore recruiting a National Adolescent Girls and Young Women Ambassador for our organization. The position is based in Hatfield, Pretoria.

Name of Position             :               National Adolescent Girls and Young Women Ambassador

Reporting to                       :              Technical Lead: HIV Prevention Services 

Location                               :               Pretoria

Job level                              :               D1

Duration                              :               1 year (reliant on donor funding)

Advert Date                     :             18 December 2019                         

Purpose of the job

 The AGYW National Youth Ambassador will play a leading role in leveraging knowledge and mobilizing AGYW groups and implementing organizations contributing to the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STI 2017 – 2022. The role will network with key partners at National and Provincial levels and on-going mentoring and support for AGYW advocates and the SANAC Trust Youth Sector, pushing 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 also a spokesperson and representative for the youth HIV prevention campaign in the country. She will 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.

The position will support the NSP implementation unit by providing communications support, administrative and logistic support, stakeholder engagement support and programme advisory for the AGYW program coordination.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the Technical Lead – HIV Prevention Services to identify National partners and Provincial partners that will add value to the NSP youth HIV prevention agenda
  • Participating in site visits to provinces and districts implementing PEPFAR funded HIV prevention programmes
  • 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 for CDC reporting and reporting against the NSP implementation
  • Mentoring support to Provincial youth advocates / champions in KZN and GP
  • Assisting the  SANAC Trust 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 Trust involved in youth HIV prevention work, including the Technical Support Unit, the NSP unit and the Stakeholder Management & Campaigns unit.
  • Supporting provincial AGYW coordinators by providing technical inputs on their work plans as it relates to optimised youth involvement in provincial implementation of youth programmes.
  • Supporting Provincial Councils on AIDS to coordinate and support the AGYW advocacy agenda and campaign
  • 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.
  • Assisting in developing appropriate advocacy strategies for the NSP implementation as it relates to youth HIV prevention – in collaboration with communications unit
  • Documenting success stories of key youth HIV prevention programmes supported by the NSP implementation unit
  • Contributing pieces to the SANAC Trust newsletter on behalf of the NSP unit as it relates to youth HIV prevention
  • Reviewing, editing and making recommendations on promotional material produced for the NSP unit (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 and meetings upon request
  • Coordinating the production and dissemination of core advocacy resources for the NSP implementation unit as it relates to 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
  • Assisting with drafting 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Undergraduate Degree or its International Equivalent – Health, Public Health, 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
  • Understand the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2017-2022)
  • 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.
  • 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

Applications should be emailed to hr@sanac.org.za. Kindly indicate the name of the position on the subject line of the email.

Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late or faxed will not be considered.                                                                                                                          

Closing date: Close of Business, 20 January 2020

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.

The SANAC Trust gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirement and who will add to the culture and gender diversity of the organisation. Suitable candidates will be subjected to psychometric testing, personnel suitability check(s) (citizenship, credit record checks, security clearance, security vetting, qualification verification and employment verification).

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


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