• Africare: Technical Advisor - Health Systems Strengthening

    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Africare’s Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government’s response to HIV and AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.  Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, their caregivers, family members, and community including orphans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS.
    Africare seeks to appoint a Technical Advisor Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), based in Queenstown.
    • Work with the COP and DCOP to set up health systems strengthening unit within Africare to support the Africare and DoH TB and HIV related HSS deliverables; Identify opportunities for integrating 'state of the art' approaches into the health strategy, providing technical and programmatic assessments and recommended strategies to pilot innovative interventions;
    • Ensure linkages to Millennium Development Goals;
    • In consultation with the DCOP, collaborate with other PEPFAR and Non-PEPFAR partners working in the area of HSS related activities to synergise the activities and resources;
    • Support partnership in health promotion and demand creation for TB/HIV services and establishment MDR-TB management in CHD;
    • Work closely with the DOH to identify priorities in terms of health sector human resource development, Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement, supply chain and assists DOH to address the gaps identified especially in areas related to HIV/AIDS, TB and laboratory with emphasis to facility levels;
    • Maintain ongoing collaborations, participation in technical forums, and regular communications with DOH;
    • Provide leadership and support to DOH to develop one district work plan;
    • Support CHD to develop community system strengthening;
    • Provide leadership and coordination of HCT, adult and Paediatric treatment and adult and Paediatric HIV care and support;
    • Support the district to strengthen NACS in all sub-districts;
    • Provide technical support and assistance to CHD to establish OVC and HBC systems in health facilities and community based organisations;
    • Support the district to establish linkages of the health facilities to the community structures, including traditional practitioners;
    • Support strategic health information to roll-out and strengthen ETR, TIER and DHMIS and procurement system including pharmacy assistant training system;
    • Provide administrative support to DCOP and COP;
    • Ensure the integration and implementation of gender mainstreaming for TB/ HIV and support the implementation of the gender activities and advocate for the inclusion of gender in strategic planning documents;
    • Work with the national quality assurance / quality improvement office and facilitate strategy development, implementation and institutionalisation of the national Quality assurance/ Quality improvement programme within DoH and sustain quality assurance activities at national, district, sub district and health facility level.Coordinate district and sub-district work plan activities;
    • Communicate with local training institutes to encourage ongoing collaboration, maintain quality implementation, and insure programme sustainability in light of plans for national program scale-up;
    • Participate as a part of the Africare team in identifying gaps, barriers, and problems experienced by DOH and regional staff at all levels and propose possible solutions for technical or financial assistance and capacity building especially in the area of HSS;
    • Support the district in conducting and monitoring skills audit in the district health care work force;
    • Participate in relevant work or task teams in the district;
    • Monitor and organise regular feedback for Coca Cola DEKA project;
    • Support the Anglo American partnership in supporting health information and TB/HIV in minors in the district;
    • Submit accurate and timely monthly activity and indicator reports to the DCOP.
    • Three years’ work experience required in the area of designing, implementing health care human resource development;
    • Public health management training background with strong HIV related experience preferred;
    • Excellent writing, facilitation and communication skills;
    • Proven management of large projects and multiple tasks;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners;
    • In-depth specialist knowledge of HSS public health programmes, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of care and support programmes is desired;
    • Knowledge of DOH healthcare systems and structures including familiarity with policies, programme priorities and regulations is desired;
    • Proficiency in developing training curriculums modules and designing / implementing training programs. Extensive knowledge of relevant national guidelines and national / regional activities related to TB, HIV/AIDS, HIV and TB laboratory testing in the health system of South Africa and Chris Hani District.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and names of at least three contactable professional references to the Administrative Manager at

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to workplace diversity.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Africare, refer to

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to

    Need to upgrade your NGO's technology capacity and infrastructure? Need software and hardware at significantly discounted prices? Refer to the SANGOTeCH online technology donation and discount portal at
  • Banda Targets Rural and Urban Poor

    Malawi President of Malawi, Joyce Banda says that her country has no boundary of urban and rural as far as poverty is concerned, one of the reasons why she has directed the Mudzi Transformation Trust to renovate and construct new houses for the needy in both areas.

    Banda believes that, "…I am well informed that there are also people living in poverty in urban areas according to what I have seen at Chikanda," further wishing that her administration could make sure that people are sleeping in houses that do not leak when it rains.

    She reminds Malawians that when her party took over government two years ago, there were fuel shortages, forex scarcity, media repressive laws and police search in individual houses without warrant which she has reversed.

    To read the article titled, “Malawi: Mudzi Transformation Trust to target the urban poor - JB,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Call for Enhanced Poverty Fight in Zambia

    Pertti Anttinen, Zambia’s Finnish ambassador, states that the fight against poverty should be enhanced as Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence.

    Anttinen argues that it is important for Zambia to address the high poverty levels and make economic growth all inclusive for citizens.

    He further maintains that, “Zambia has been a long-time friend and one of the seven priority countries for Finland development." 

    To read the article titled, “Envoy calls for enhanced poverty fight,” click here.

    All Africa
  • US Govt Tackles Food Shortages in Zim

    The United States (US) government has launched a five-year, US$100 million programme to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans.
    US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, states that his country remains committed to the welfare of Zimbabweans.
    Nonprofit international development organisations, World Vision and CNFA, will implement the five-year programme in Zimbabwe's most drought-prone provinces.
    To read the article titled, “USAID targets Zimbabwe food shortages, malnutrition,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Starvation to Hit Swaziland

    A Swazi-based newspaper has reported that people in rural Swaziland are about to die of hunger.

    The report states that rain has been scarce this season, adding that crops have failed and food has run out.

    The newspaper further quoted one unnamed elderly woman as saying that: “We are starving, literally starving my child. Just like most of the kitchens in this community right now, there is absolutely no food.”

    To read the article titled, “'Starvation' to Hit Swaziland,” click here.

    All Africa
  • UN Cuts Food Aid in Zimbabwe

    More Zimbabweans face serious hunger, following the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) cutting the number of people it assists with aid.
    The WFP states that it has cut rations to a million Zimbabweans, and more cuts could be coming this year.
    The agency announced in 2013 that one in four of Zimbabwe's rural population is expected to need food assistance in 2014, recognising this as the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support.
    To read the article titled, “Nation faces hunger as UN cuts food aid,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Yacoob Calls for Freedom From Poverty in SA

    According to Zak Yacoob, a retired Constitutional Court judge, freedom from poverty in the South African context is one of the most important freedoms.

    Delivering the fifth annual Helen Suzman memorial lecture in Johannesburg, Yacoob, said that as South Africa's democracy moved towards its 20th anniversary, far too many of its citizens still suffer from poverty.

    "Unless we reach a situation where all of us agree on a particular minimum level of humanity and a particular threshold at [which] people would be able to live, and unless we commit ourselves to that, we will be doomed to disaster," he warned.

    To read the article titled, “Freedom from poverty important - judge,” click here.

    News 24
  • Prioritise Jobs and Education Over Crime: ‘You Choose’ Report

    ONE’s You Choose survey, conducted from January to June 2013, connected 100 000 South African Voices with United Nations Panel to influences the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    South African citizens want the government to prioritise development programmes that will create more jobs, quality education, ahead of the protection against crime and providing support for people who do not work.
    This is according to a new report published by the ONE Campaign on 30 October 2013. The report outlines the findings of ONE’s You Choose, a technology-focused campaign that asked African citizens to tell the United Nations (UN) and their governments their top priorities post-2015 to overcome poverty.
    The campaign was supported by celebrities including Winiko and Dan Lu from Malawi, HHP, Hugh Masekela and Lira from South Africa, Slap Dee and Chris Katongo from Zambia as well as D’banj from Nigeria, all who played a leading role in mobilising citizens’ participation.
    A total of 196 337 citizens participated in ‘You Choose’, from January to June 2013 in Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. In South Africa, 108 815 responses were analysed of which 43 344 were via the online social network, Mxit and 65471 were via SMS / Text message.
    The top five South African priorities were: better job opportunities (31.75 percentage), good education (20.20 percentage), Protection against crime and violence (6.4 percentage), an honest and responsive government (5.77 percentage) and support for people who cannot work (4.74 percentage).
    The survey aimed to complement the UN’s My World global survey. Preliminary findings from the three countries have been incorporated in the Post 2015 UN High Level Panel’s report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on proposed post 2015 UN development goals.
    On 30 October 2013, ONE released the final Report to the South African public, press, government and UN at an event held in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Speaking at the event, ONE’s Africa Director, Dr. Sipho S. Moyo noted that the needs and desires of the world’s poorest, many of whom live in Africa, must be placed at the heart of a new development agenda.
    “Efforts such as ‘You Choose’ in conjunction with the UN’s My World survey will ensure that the post-2015 development objectives reflect the people’s will and not just those of world leaders and technocrats gathered around a table in New York and Geneva. As our world leaders debate and define the post-2015 development agenda, we must convince our governments to take the views and the voices of their citizens to the agenda-setting table. By so doing, the world’s new development goals will reflect what its citizens need and in turn citizens will be better able to hold their governments accountable for actionable programmes that will achieve enduring socio-economic transformation and virtually end extreme poverty by 2030,” she said.
    To view report, refer to
    Notes to editors:
    1.    Social media played a leading role in data collection:

    • 91 075 citizens submitted SMS actions in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia;
    • 84 232 citizens submitted their priorities on social media channels that included biNu, Mxit and Facebook. Most respondents on biNu were Nigerians, while Mxit was dominated by South African participants. Facebook garnered responses mostly from Malawi and Zambia.
    2. Top issues across all markets and channels were:
    • Better job opportunities (25 percent);
    • A good education (17 percent);
    • An honest and responsive government (6 percent);
    • Protection against crime and violence (7 percent); and
    • Better healthcare (6 percent).
    3.  Top five priorities in each of the participating countries were:
    • Malawian - An honest and responsible government (14 percent), affordable and nutritious food (11 percent), better healthcare (10 percent), good education (10 percent) and better job opportunities (10 percent);
    • South African - better job opportunities (32 percent), good education (20 percent), and protection against crime and violence (6 percent), an honest and responsive government (6 percent) and support for people who cannot work (5 percent);
    • Zambia - good education (26 percent), better job opportunities (25 percent), better healthcare (6 percent), better transport and roads (5 percent) and an honest and responsible government (3 percent).
    4.   As part of the campaign, ONE worked with more than 20 partners:
    • ONE’s lead non-governmental organization (NGO) and faith partners included the Council for NGOs in Malawi (CONGOMA), South Africa’s Economic Justice Network (EJN), as well as Zambia’s Civil Society for Poverty  Reduction (CSPR) and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ);
    • ONE’s corporate partners included the Malawi Savings Bank (MSB), the UN Information Systems and Standard Chartered Bank in Zambia all who supported the campaign with their growing SMS customer databases.
    About ONE
    ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by Bono and strictly nonpartisan, we raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programmes.
    ONE is not a grant-making organisation and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations. We achieve change through advocacy. Our teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives.
    For more about ONE, refer to

  • Corruption Hinders MDGs - CIVICUS

    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has warned that Africa will not be able to realise the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because of corruption.
    CIVICUS head of policy and research, Mandeep Tiwana, points out that the MDGs are eight time-bound goals which provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.
    Tiwana states that these includes targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.
    He further says inequalities are not an African problem but it is a global problem, adding that these are some of the serious issues our leaders need to address.
    To read article titled, “Corruption seen as hindrance to MDGs in Africa,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Global Warming Key to Food Security

    The United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) says global warming plays a big role in food security.
    WFP Southern Africa spokesperson, David Orr points out that there has been an increase in flooding in Southern Africa.
    Orr, who adds that the crop land has been pushed back by desert and drought has increased worldwide, says that the WFP is helping poor African nations with projects like building dams, irrigation canals and water harvesting systems, in the global fight against poverty.  
    To read article titled “Global warming plays key role in food security” click here.

    SABC News
Syndicate content