Technical Key Populations Advisor

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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 Technical Key Populations Advisor for our organization. The incumbent will provide administrative support to the SANAC Trust Global Fund Unit. The position exists is based in Hatfield, Pretoria.


Name of Position             :               Technical Key Populations Advisor

Reporting to                       :               Technical Support Unit Lead

Location                               :               Pretoria

Job level                              :               D4

Duration                              :               2 Years 6 Months contract

Advert Date                     :                 13 August 2019


Purpose of the job

Provision of strategic implementation and guidance of Key Populations programmes Sex Workers (SW), Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Transgender Persons (TG) and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in collaboration with communities, Civil Society, technical partners and government and other stakeholders. Provision, identification and response to technical assistance needs with regard to Key Populations. Capacity building, networking, promoting dialogue and advocacy. Strengthening of platforms that improve coordination, joint planning and effective linkages between Civil Society, government and other role players at national, provincial, district and sub-district level.  Building sustainable networks, systems and structures to respond to HIV and TB.

Provision of technical leadership and overseeing the development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes. Capturing and promoting Key Populations best practice and increasing transparency and dialogue on performance of HIV and TB services at all levels.

Assessing quality of all Key Populations programmes. Ensuring improvement of the quality of programmes.


Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the development, implementation and oversight of the Key Populations technical working group activities.
  • Supervising and providing technical guidance and technical assistance in Key Populations programs.
  • Unblocking bottlenecks in the grant
  • Ensuring in-depth preparation for country portfolio review (CPR) meetings and operational performance excellence and co-ordination (OPEC) which are coordination meetings that seek to bring out quality in the grant.
  • The incumbent will be part of the National Technical Working Groups.
  • Attending National meetings, Technical Working Groups where necessary
  • Assessing other grants and discussing best practice in all Key Populations programmes.
  • Going deeper into districts  to assess quality of services, standard of care for Key Populations and ensuring there is an overall improvement on uptake of services from Key Populations particularly HTS, PREP,  testing and adherence to treatment.
  • Ensuring that there are ways to improve overall peer outreach and value for money amongst Key Populations.
  • Ensuring that Key Populations rights are preserved in the programme.
  • Providing technical and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention, care and treatment activities for Key Populations including community-based outreach, peer education/navigation, health clinic/hospital/other public and private facility service provision, behaviour change communication, treatment and care and referrals for HIV, STI, Gender Based Violence ( GBV), and FP services.
  • Ensuring that commodities such as STI test kits, STI drugs, ARVs, HTC test kits, condoms and lubricants are available on a consistent basis at all clinical service provision facilities.
  • Building and managing strategic partnerships with organisations to expand Key Populations programmes and enhancing outreach and development in the country.
  • Showing an improvement in service uptake and ensuring optimization of services.
  • Ensuring quality work on Standard Operating Procedures contextualized to the South African environment.
  • Assuring confidentiality and mitigation if required for Key Population groups.
  • Providing strategic guidance in identifying structural barriers to the uptake of HIV clinical services for Key Population groups addressing those structural barriers working with Civil Society, private businesses and government
  • Providing strategic leadership to community organizations, local health centres and South African Government (SAG) to increase the uptake of HTC at the clinical level by increasing capacity and providing technical assistance.
  • Providing high level coordination of the SAG and local health facilities to ensure all clinical care providers have been trained in discrimination and stigma-free provision of services for Female Sex Workers (FSW), Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) persons.
  • Contributing to the achievement of high quality results in accordance with the targets identified in the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022.
  • Ensuring improvement of quality of services particularly ensuring 90-90-90 strategy for HIV and TB is observed.
  • Contributing to program quality according to national standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Working with the South African Government (SAG) to ensure quality of clinical care and services for Female and Male Sex Workers, MSM, People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) and TG persons
  • Overseeing production of timely and accurate technical reports.
  • Providing leadership for and overseeing reporting, monitoring and evaluation of national programmes, including statistical reports and donor reports;
  • Leading in the development of work plan activities; ensuring appropriate levels of technical assistance in program operations; coordinates partner efforts in program implementation including assisting in the provision of technical assistance to Global Fund Principal Recipients (PRs) for the provision of high quality services.
  • Ensuring appropriate program monitoring and reporting.
  • Documenting best practice, case studies, reflections on national work, and contribute to research;
  • Leading the development of Scopes of Work (SOW), memorandums of understanding (MOUs), technical management of activities for consultants and Sub Recipients to ensure that implementation plans and budgets are met and deliverables are of high quality.
  • Leading in the advocacy for Key Populations around human rights, in particular HIV/AIDS.
  • Leading the inclusion of sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Providing strategic guidance and coordination of advocacy work with key population groups for universal access to HIV leveraging on Global Fund and other donor funding to overcome structural barriers.
  • Ensuring assessment of value for money on Key Populations programmes; in essence Key Populations programmes must be efficient and economical
  • Ensuring  well costed and documented programme outcomes


Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Masters or PHD level degree in Public Health or related field or equivalent
  • Proven skills of at least 10 years  in the implementation of HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs for male and female Sex Workers, and/or Men who have Sex with Men, and transgender persons in South Africa or other countries in the region
  • Knowledge of processes for developing and implementing HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs with key population groups in South Africa.
  • Understanding of HIV-related needs of Key Population groups in South Africa, including female and male Sex Workers, and/or Men who have sex with Men, and transgender individuals and People who Inject Drugs and experience in supporting and implementing activities to reduce stigma and discrimination.
  • Skill in design, implementation, and management of public health/international development programs funded by Global Fund.
  • Proven skills in mentoring, leadership and networking.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding public health issues among Key Populations in South Africa.
  • Ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources.
  • Experience of working with Civil Society organizations to plan and implement clinical HIV programs.
  • Experience of proactively identifying risk, addressing issues and appropriately communicating these to the Technical Support Unit Lead, Global Fund Country Team, Country Coordinating Mechanism and Global Fund Principal Recipients.
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.
  • Experience identifying, designing and brokering public-private partnerships.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality.
  • Ability to travel within the country or region and internationally if needed.
  • Knowledge of Global Fund programming and reporting will be an added advantage
  • Proven track record of working with Key Populations
  • Experience with working in an international NGO environment desirable
  • Previous experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is strongly preferred; experience working with the Government of South Africa is a plus
  • Ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Flexibility to work beyond regular normal business hours
  • Ability to travel upon request
  • Valid Code B Drivers’ license.


Applications should be emailed to 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, 27 August 2019


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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