TITLE: Technical Officer – Seconded to Gauteng District Aids council - Mpumalanga
PROGRAM: South African Sexual HIV Prevention Program (SHIPP)
REPORTS TO: SHIPP Technical Director for Gender Integration
EngenderHealth works to improve the health and well-being of people in the poorest communities of the world. We do this by sharing our expertise in sexual and reproductive health and transforming the quality of health care. We promote gender equity, advocate for sound practices and policies, and inspire people to assert their rights to better, healthier lives. Working in partnership with local organizations, we adapt our work in response to local needs.
The SHIPP project strengthens the leadership capacity of the South Africa government (SAG) to achieve HIV prevention impact. Technical officers are technical resources who work alongside permanent government staff providing on-the-job learning, coaching, and mentoring to build SAG ownership of leadership tools and approaches. The Technical Officer for Sexuality Education in Schools and Guateng District AIDS Council capacity building working from the SHIPP office and supporting the Technical Director for Gender Integration will spend 50% of his/her time on sexuality education and curriculum development. S/he will spend the other 50% coordinating technical support and capacity building at his/her assignment location with the District AIDS Councils DAC in Gauteng. Technical officers will train and mentor the permanent staff at the assigned location to build the leadership capacity of relevant government and community stakeholders. S/he will actively support the implementation of SHIPP project activities and ensure high-quality implementation of HIV prevention initiatives at the district level through close collaboration with the SHIPP quality improvement and evaluation teams.
- Coordinate and provide technical input into the activities that are conducted with the Department of Basic Education (DBE). With technical experts identified by the SHIPP project, design and deliver trainings to build capacity within the DBE.
- Coordinate and provide technical input into the activities that are conducted with HEARD.
- Coordinate and support SHIPP’s consultant for sexuality education.
- Support the Technical Director for Gender Integration to integrate gender across the project.
- Establish and coordinate leadership capacity teams (LCTs) within the assigned institution or organization to:
Strengthen the capacity of SAG and NGO implementers in program implementation and monitoring.
Establish and maintain community-level program linkages and networks.
Incorporate interventions that assure effective responses to gender-specific issues in programming.
- Incrementally transfer resources and technical responsibilities to assigned institution’s staff; transfer skills and build ongoing support mechanisms.
- Ensure that the LCTs support the DACs to:
Engage local community leaders and stakeholders (including faith-based organizations, women’s groups, media, businesses, law enforcement, and networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV) amongst other groups) to support the DACs to identify a multifaceted community package of HIV prevention services.
Select, adapt, implement, and evaluate health and education interventions that respond to gender inequality, economics, and other local drivers of HIV transmission.
Build secretariat capacity for the DACs, improving skills to work in teams, manage relationships, and facilitate meetings.
Help build sustainable twinning relationships among local leaders.
Help develop the DAC leadership for local operational planning, implementation, costing, and M&E
- Coordinate the dissemination of relevant tools, and resources.
- Regular reporting and sharing of experiences, strategies, and ideas with functional and location team.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- University degree in health, education or a related area
- Minimum of five years of experience in designing and delivering capacity building activities
- Demonstrated expertise sexuality education and curriculum development
- Demonstrated understanding and ability to develop health education programs with a focus on changing behavior
- Expertise with HIV prevention, gender integration and/or school- based health education programs
- Previous work with government organizations preferred
- Ability to work well in teams
- Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., active listening, cultural competence, responsiveness)
- Excellent writing skills
- Ability to balance completion of designated projects, both short and long term, with the execution of routine duties
- Ability to meet short deadlines and willingness to work additional hours during deadline periods
- Demonstrated computer competence including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Ability to travel within South Africa
- Fluent in English, with excellent written and oral communication skills. Additional fluency in local language(s) preferred
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Technical Officer-Seconded to District AIDS Council-Mpumalanga South Africa