TECHNICAL LEAD – HIV PREVENTION

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

Name of Position      :          Technical Lead – HIV Prevention

Reporting to              :           Executive Manager: NSP Implementation

Location                     :           SANAC Head Office, Pretoria

Duration                     :           3 Year contract

Salary Level               :           D2 (R644 989 to R782 255)

Date of Advert             :         16 March 2020

Purpose of the job

The purpose of the position is to provide technical leadership for the review, development, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based strategic documents related to the HIV prevention national response, in particular the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STIs, the government sectors HIV / TB and STIs Prevention Strategies and the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Strategy. Also ensure that there is synergy and alignment of HIV strategic documents with other stakeholders (Government, Civil Society, Donors and Private Sector) related strategies. S/He will support development and promotion efforts for targeted, public health-focused, HIV prevention and service demand creation, information, education and communication (IEC) behavior change communication products and activities, as well as participate in the review and evaluation of existing policies affecting the HIV prevention clinical cascade, including linkages to non-health sector activities as related to comprehensive community and OVC programming.

Under the leadership of the Executive Manager: NSP Implementation, the Technical Lead HIV Prevention will lead the development and implementation of innovative preventative approaches, identification of clear priorities for prevention and strategic targeting of evidence based combination of prevention interventions in order to reduce new HIV infections in South Africa.

Key Responsibilities 

The Technical Lead: HIV Prevention will serve as HIV subject matter expert within the SANAC Trust for programming focused on the HIV prevention, TB and STIs programming. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Provide technical assistance to SANAC and all relevant stakeholders, on HIV / TB and STIs program implementation.
  • Search for and address emerging issues in need of SANAC support and guidance in HIV prevention, TB and STIs programming, with a focus on AGYW, OVC and Men.
  • Convene the Prevention and Social and Structural drivers Technical Task Teams that will identify and address technical issues and risks that hinder efficient and effective implementation of the NSP
  • Convene and participate in the Technical Working Groups that guide a more harmonised national programme for HIV, TB and STIs prevention programming
  • Coordinate the collection of monitoring data of national prevention programmes to feed into the M&E functions of SANAC, especially on the 5 pillars of prevention noted by the Global Prevention Coalition: AGYW, key populations, condoms, PrEP and VMMC
  • Manage the day-to-day workings and administration of five year CDC Cooperative Agreement, and any other prevention grant as per need
  • Manage the day-to-day workings and administration of five year CDC Cooperative Agreement, and any other prevention grant as per need TB Caucus
  • Develop and deliver relevant presentations, reference materials, reports, peer-reviewed literature and other documents
  • Lead inclusively to promote SANAC coordination with PEPFAR agencies, other Donors and multinational partners (e.g. CDC, WHO, UNICEF, Global Fund, etc.)
  • Represent SANAC at scientific and technical meetings on HIV prevention in South Africa, the region and globally upon request

Qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Masters’ degree from a recognized institution in either public health, social work, or related social science field, Nurse, or MD with experience in public health and service delivery.
  • 5 years or more of experience national / regional / global HIV/AIDs programming, including extensive experience developing and implementing prevention programs for vulnerable populations (AGYW, Men, OVC)
  • Demonstrated experience in a developing country setting, and/or in planning, development, implementation of HIV/AIDS programming for government, international NGOs, donor organizations, or public or private sector institutions.
  • Experience writing case studies, abstracts, articles etc
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing working relationships and collaborating with public health stakeholders, other bilateral and/or multilateral donor agencies and with host-country governments.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to communicate highly technical material to a variety of audiences.
  • Extensive knowledge of and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Knowledge and expertise of human rights and human rights-based approaches to public health
  • Capacity to work with a high degree of independence within complex projects.
  • Strong project management, organizational, administrative and supervisory skills.

Sound understanding of the work and systems of the South African National AIDS Council Trust

  • Computer literacy (MS Office)
  • Attention to detail
  • Strategic thinking
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work with diverse cultures and communities
  • Leadership
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including report writing
  • Proven ability to communicate and interact with high-level officials from government agencies, NGO’s, international development organisations and the private sector
  • High degree of organisational skills, initiative and exceptional problem solving

Applications and copies of certificates 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, 17 April 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.

SANAC gives preference to South African candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the culture and gender diversity of the organisation.

Suitable candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability check(s) (citizenship, credit record checks, security clearance, security vetting, psychometric Testing, qualification verification and employment verification).

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


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