I-TECH: Senior Programme Manager - Mental Health

The International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 3 June, 2016
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Job Description

Position Title: Senior Programme Manager - Mental Health
Position reference: 00016
Contract Duration: 1 year Fixed Term Contract (with possibility of renewal)
Closing Date: 3 June 2016
Location: Pretoria

Organisational Background:
The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a United States of America federally-funded project which supports the development of HIV/AIDS care and treatment training initiatives in 25 developing countries acutely impacted by the global AIDS epidemic. I-TECH is an initiative of the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health & Community Medicine. Its Central Office is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and it currently supports ten international offices, including one in Pretoria, South Africa.

I-TECH South Africa Goal:
I-TECH South Africa’s goal is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of South African national HIV, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis response.

Brief Summary of Position:
The Senior Programme Manager (SPM) for Mental Health provides technical expertise and leadership to ensure deliverables are met. The person in this position -will be responsible for managing the scale up of evidence based programming for the integration of mental health into HIV care platforms in the primary health care system in South Africa.  The SPM will provide strategic direction, technical guidance, leadership, and management on issues related to technical assistance, capacity development, evaluation.  S/he will work closely with United States Government agencies in South Africa, the National/Provincial Departments of Health, and other stakeholders on broader policy, strategic and systems issues, work-planning, and reporting.  S/he will be guided by the investigative team from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town and University of Washington to implement the integrative program, as well as conduct operational research

Responsibilities include:
Strategic Direction for Portfolio: 10%

  • Represent I-TECH SA at high level meetings and workshops with both internal and external stakeholders representing I-TECH SA and the programme.
  • Develop and maintain strong local partnerships, to facilitate collaborative efforts and information-sharing.
  • Coordinate implementation efforts with the government and other stakeholders and partners. 
  • Maintain regular communication with other implementing partners and stakeholders.

Programmatic Management and Administrative Oversight of Portfolios: 45%

  • Conceptualize, develop, and manage workplans as needed related to the Mental Health portfolio under guidance of the investigative team.
  • Manage program budget and other program resources including subcontracts, consultants, and University resources with Operations and Finance teams.
  • Regularly review the program budget and introduce interventions to address variances.
  • Participate in the dissemination of high quality and sustainable mental health programs in South Africa.
  • Provide technical assistance for capacity building, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to key governmental and non-governmental partners.

Program Technical Oversight: 45%

  • Provide oversight of research activities across portfolios in collaboration with the investigative team, consultants, and the Strategic Information team.
  • Ensure technical aspects are accurate and appropriate, with support of consultants or other staff, as needed.
  • Provide technical assistance from I-TECH SA, to other partners N/PDOH, USG agencies, and/or implementing partners as well as draft the scope of work for consultants and subcontractors.
  • Lead and support adherence to protocols and SOPS in collaboration with the investigative team and I-TECH Strategic Information department.
  • Provide program progress reports on goals and objectives as per internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Ensure systematic, consistent collection, compilation and dissemination of program activity indicator data.
  • Develop conference abstracts and presentations on specific country project scope and achievements, as needed.
  • Develop and review reports and manuscripts for publication/dissemination.


  • A Master’s Degree in a Human Services/Mental Health field (e.g. Clinical/Counselling Psychology, Public Mental Health)
  • Five years’ experience in the field of public mental health.
  • In-depth knowledge of policies and regulations related to Mental Health in South Africa
  • Experience working with South African National and Provincial Departments of Health.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking).
  • Ability to facilitate and present publically at project meetings and in public forums.


  • Experience working with International NGO’s particularly under PEPFAR funding environment (CDC/HRSA/USAID)
  • Capacity building and/or health worker training experience including curriculum development and instructional design in resource-limited settings.
  • Fluency in one or more national South African languages other than English.

Conditions of Employment:
This position is 1.0 FTE, based in Pretoria, South Africa.  Must be available and willing to travel within South Africa.  The job requires participation in telephone conference calls during the early morning and late evening to accommodate the time zones of countries where I-TECH works.  Complex deliverables on short timelines may require work in excess of 40 hours.  

Application process:
Applicants are required to quote the relevant Position Title and reference mentioned above when submitting their applications via email to recruitment@itech-southafrica.orgShortlisting will start on the 15th May 2016 and the position shall be open for applications until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Preference will be given to South African applicants.


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