SFH: 3x Positions

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Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 26 November, 2017
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Society for Family Health (SFH) is a South African affiliate of Population Services International (PSI), an international NGO network operational in over 70 countries. SFH in South Africa concentrates on issues of HIV/ AIDS. As part of their HIV/AIDS control efforts, SFH is using social marketing to motivate behaviour change with respect to consistent condom use, HIV testing and other safer behaviours. 

SFH has three exciting positions available: 

Based in Pretoria/Johannesburg, SFH is looking for a


To oversee the technical implementation of activities in five project countries —this includes in country policy development, operational and technical guidance for the implementation of all project activities, global and in-country supply chain management and advocacy for HIVST. The Deputy Director is responsible for ensuring that project implementation is technically sound across countries, following overall and cross country strategy of implementation to meet project goals, objectives and outputs through high quality programming. The DD will be responsible for ensuring strong technical design adapted to country context, following of project work plans and for identifying and addressing implementation challenges, in conjunction with the technical teams in country.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Supporting the project director in design and implementation of a strategic, long-term programmatic  and technical vision for the project
  • Ensuring the technical rigor of all project planning, including country work plans
  • Collaborating with the Project M&E director to ensure successful implementation of a monitoring and evaluation framework to track progress, outcomes, and impacts against targets set, to demonstrate success and influence decision making
  • Identifying issues contributing to under performance in any given country and developing interventions to rectify the issue
  • Driving innovation in HIVST across project countries by encouraging the introduction of new approaches or generation of improved evidence to shape global practice
  • Translating global policy and guidance for application at country level, including dissemination of tool kits, standardized tools and other implementation guides

The Deputy Director must meet the following criteria:

  • Medical degree, PhD or Masters Degree in public health 
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in the field of HIV prevention, care and treatment; preference for previous experience in HIV self-testing
  • At least 10 years of experience implementing HIV programs in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia
  • At least 10 years of experience working with public health programs in developing and transitioning countries, both at central and provincial level
  • Published experience in HIV service delivery; preference of published experience in HIV self-testing delivery
  • Experience with UNITAID, as well as key partners to whom funding may transition, including PEPFAR and Global Fund 

Will be responsible for the implementation of the STAR knowledge management strategy and provide oversight and advice on knowledge management-related topics, and serve as advisor to the STAR team working to get their insight and buy-in on knowledge management activities.
Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Implementing effective knowledge management activities to fully engage the four target audiences (i.e., STAR teams; HIV stakeholders and national leadership in STAR countries; PSI; International HIV technical community, donor community
  • Managing and contributing to relevant knowledge exchanges to promote project objectives
  • Coordinating and managing the preparation, publication, and dissemination of STAR knowledge products and activities, in coordination with STAR teams including identification of the best channel(s) to achieve dissemination goals
  • Establishing relationships with the wider HIVST external partner community and donors with a view to raising STAR’s visibility internationally
  • Developing, leading, and overseeing implementation of strategies to foster knowledge sharing throughout the Project and with external stakeholders through sharing platforms including websites, social media, and eLearning exchanges
  • Creating e-newsletters to disseminate information thereby improving efficient decision-making and increasing productivity by providing the means for staff to locate the knowledge they need when they need it
  • Managing the development and ongoing maintenance of the PSI/STAR website and newsletters
  • Working closely with partners to ensure consistent content and information-sharing across the STAR web-based platforms
  • Managing STAR’s social media presence, including curating content (e.g., videos, photos, blogs) to ensure successful social media campaigns
  • Ensuring the smooth implementation of all communications, knowledge management, branding and outreach activities, in coordination with STAR teams

The Knowledge Management Advisor must meet the following criteria:

  • Master's degree in a knowledge management and/or development related area – (Information, Communication, Public Health, Development Management, International Relations) or a similar discipline or related degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 10 years related experience
  • Experience working in HIV or related areas preferred
  • Substantial understanding of knowledge management theory, practice and tools
  • Extensive experience in determining appropriate knowledge management processes, products and ICT enabled platforms
  • Experience in international public health programming
  • Exposure and experience in multiple countries preferred
  • Ability to use computer systems and effectively organize information on internal and external websites
  • Excellent communication skills orally and in writing in English
  • Ability to gain cooperation from individuals or groups over whom there is no direct authority to accomplish knowledge management goals

The Marketing Technical Advisor will lead efforts to understand how HIVST is performing in the current market and what SFH will need to do as they look towards scale-up.
Key responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Working with selected market research agency to design consumer and market research on testing behaviors among target populations and specifically, all aspects of HIV self-testing in terms of awareness, access and use
  • Reviewing and revising the research agenda and work plan as proposed by the agency, including market landscaping, qualitative and quantitative research
  • Coordinating and monitoring market research implementation in all relevant STAR project countries, including Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
  • Working closely with the STAR country teams and market research agency to ensure successful execution
  • Ensuring dissemination and appropriate use of relevant research findings to inform and develop marketing strategy for existing project activities as well as expansion planned
  • Leading the development and implementation of a cohesive and comprehensive regional marketing strategy to introduction, launch and scale of HIV self-testing products and relevant services, including appropriate linkages in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Working closely with in-country marketing teams and Joe Public program managers to tailor the regional strategy appropriately in each country context
  • Developing consumer and market tracking and monitoring systems to ensure appropriate execution of the marketing strategy regionally and at country level
  • Providing ongoing mentorship and hands-on support to country marketing teams as they launch the HIV self-testing marketing activities, including sales and distribution as well as promotion activities
  • Liaising with sales and distribution teams in country as required by local marketing teams

The Marketing Technical Advisor must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree in communications, marketing, or a similar discipline, alternatively a Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of additional relevant experience
  • At least 7 years of demonstrated successful experience in designing and implementing marketing and communication activities, must have some familiarity with new product introduction - of these at 7 years, a minimum of 3 of them working in developing country settings
  • Experience in collaborating with others to build their capacities and skills
  • Knowledge about behavior change theories and how to apply them in programmatic
  • Ability to write with clarity and feel comfortable speaking up when you have something important to say
  • Ability to be “thrown in the deep end”, taking personal initiative to learn quickly and be willing to try new things will be critical.

View the full job description and application instructions on the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za and email your application by Sunday 26th November 2017 to data@actionappointments.co.za  

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