AFSA: Senior Program Specialist - Research and Advocacy

AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 26 November, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Senior Program Specialist: Research and Advocacy - Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Package: R662 818.00 PA TCTC

Fixed term contract ending 31 March 2021

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) wishes to appoint suitably qualified individual to serve as the Senior Program Specialist: Advocacy. The Senior Program Specialist: Advocacy position will support the implementation of the program through the Sex Rights Africa Network (SRAN). SRAN is a regional networking hub to share evidence and strengthen action to realise sexual and reproductive health rights 9SRHR) or all in Southern Africa and globally. Advocacy coordination is a critical component of the network. This position is available in Durban based at the organization’s head.  Applicants must have the ability to work in a demanding and high pressured environment and be able to travel as per job requirements.
 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Design and manage the advocacy component of AFSA’s sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) regional programming  

  • Develop clear advocacy goals and targets for the SRHR programme
  • Identify national and regional advocacy audiences and partners for the goals and targets
  • Prepare an advocacy campaign strategy to achieve the goals and targets
  • Lead the development of advocacy campaigns
  • Manage the implementation of the campaigns
  • Monitor and report on progress towards the advocacy goals
  • Coordinate research activities to generate evidence to support advocacy

2. Develop and implement an organisational advocacy strategy for AFSA

  • In consultation with the SRHR team, programme partners and SRAN Network members, identify advocacy goals and targets for the organisation
    • Identify advocacy audiences and partners for the goals and targets
    • Prepare an advocacy campaign strategy to achieve the goals and targets        
    • Lead the development of advocacy campaigns
    • Manage the implementation of the campaigns
  • Monitor and report on progress towards the advocacy goals
  • Ensure alignment of programmatic and organisational advocacy activities

Requirements:

Qualifications and experience : 

  • Education and experience:
    • Post graduate degree plus at least five years of related experience preferred. Masters degree ideal.
  • Knowledge and understanding:
    • Broad knowledge of SRHR issues and trends across the field, understanding of how research informs advocacy.
  • Strong written/oral communication skills:
    • Prior demonstrated research and report
    • Generation from which action, policy or system change was an outcome;
    • Gxperience in implementing a multi-country project,
    • Comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation; and ability to write impeccably in a variety of styles.
    • Excellent administrative and project management skills, particularly in an environment with competing demands and overlapping projects: ability to work independently, take initiative, establish and accomplish priorities when faced with multiple tasks, work with and without deadlines, pay close attention to details and logistics.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to work effectively with a wide array of constituencies and personalities, commitment and flexibility at all times.
    • Advanced computer skills - MS Office, as well as common web 2.0 tools. 
    • Strong work ethic and work history that would evidence commitment to AFSA’s mission.  
    • Genuine passion for SRHR and related issues. 

Interested persons need to submit a brief CV (no more than 4 pages), along with cover letter and  copies of certificates, ID and driver’s license with the reference Senior Program Specialist: Research and Advocacy – SRHR  in the subject line via emails to the AIDS Foundation of South Africa recruitment@aids.org.za no later than the 26 November. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of closure may assume that they have not been successful in their application. Please note that applications received after this date or with missing information will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a competency based assessment.

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