The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a renowned African-led research institute that seeks solutions to Africa’s health challenges.
It is located within the University of the Witwatersrand and addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region, including HIV and its related problems, sexual and reproductive health and vaccinology.
This is done through pioneering, multi-disciplinary research; responsive technical support and innovation in health services;
and evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional and global stakeholders.
The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a leading research institute attached to the University of the Witwatersrand.
We address some of the greatest public health concerns affecting the region, including HIV, sexual and reproductive health, and vaccinology.
We do this through pioneering, multi-disciplinary research; responsive technical support and innovation in health services;
and evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional and global stakeholders. Our Key Populations Programme seeks a Technical Advisor to join our senior leadership team.
Main purpose of the job
To provide strategic development, oversight, and overall management of community service interventions across the CDC project
Key Performance Areas
Stakeholder Management (internal and external)
Develop and effectively manage relationships with external and internal stakeholders including DoH, DBE, DSD, donors, partners and relevant Wits RHI structures
Maintain close communication with the Wits RHI M&E team to ensure adequate and regular reporting to provincial, DMT, PEPFAR, and facility DoH managers as required
Serve as a senior representative of the CDC community programme on both internal and external forums / working groups within the supported districts and provinces
Technical strategy development and oversight
In consultation with the Community Service programme manager and other technical advisors develop a programme strategy and implementation plan for the delivery of community services within CDC supported districts, including but not limited to the implementation of HIV testing strategies, HIV self-testing, community ART delivery and mobile health services
Provide direction, programme implementation guidance and support to district-based managers to ensure delivery of the community components of the project
Track and monitor all community programme activities, including operational research projects as applicable, using agreed indicators
Develop / review work plans and other strategic programme documents for effective implementation of the programme
Coordinate implementation of community activities with external agencies such as public health, NGO partners, donor monitoring and auditing agencies and others as necessary
Develop programme tools such as SOP’s and technical guidelines and contribute to the development of other programme documents as required
Coordinate and troubleshoot all programme related activities
Contribute to the development of technical publications and other programme resources
Staff management and capacity development
Supervise and manage line reports in keeping with Wits RHI policies and procedures
Attend to all staffing requirements and administration
Supervise and manage the duties of subordinates to ensure optimal staff utilisation and maintenance of sound labour relations
Perform and facilitate performance development and assessments
Identify substandard performance by team members and take necessary corrective action
Coach and train subordinates and team members to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and skills required by the organisation
Facilitate skills transfer from programme staff to DOH counterparts
Promote harmony, teamwork and sharing of information
Budget, Reporting and Administration
Review and monitor allocated programme budget and ensure effective management of budget and identification of financial risk
Ensure resources required to delivery activities are acquired and maintained
Report on key achievements, challenges and successes according to programme reporting timelines
Ensure programme data is regularly reviewed and analysed, gaps identified, and action plans or mitigation plans implemented
Disseminate accurate reports to internal and external stakeholders on an on-going basis
Effective self-management and performance ownership
Take ownership and accountability for tasks and demonstrates effective self-management
Follow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work are consistently and accurately maintained
Maintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedback
Take ownership for driving own career development by participating in on-going training and development activities such as forums, conferences, policy setting workshops etc.
Required minimum education and training
Social Sciences or equivalent; Management or related fields
Required minimum work experience
Minimum 5 years’ management experience, preferably within a donor-funded public health or private health care programme
Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities
Ability to review and analyze programme data for decision making
Excellent levels of written and verbal English communication skills
Experience managing the implementation of community programmes, particularly those relating to HIV testing
Experience managing a PEPFAR-funded project
Demands of the job
Travel will be required within and outside of the district
Ability to work in highly demanding and pressurized environment, flexibility, management, training and leadership experience
Valid Driver’s License
Able to work under pressure
Communications and relationships
Develop and effectively manage internal and external stakeholders (Relevant Wits RHI Structures, DoH, DSD, donors, partners at all levels)
Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV - Please Apply Online
Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
The closing date for all applications is 30 March 2020.
Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.
In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.
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