ELMA Philanthropies Services: Programme Officer for Health

The ELMA Philanthropies
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 6 September, 2013
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The ELMA Philanthropies Services develops programme strategies, identifies and explores grant-investing opportunities, monitors grant performance, and establishes philanthropic relationships for the ELMA Group of Foundations. The ELMA Group of Foundations invests in cost-effective and well-managed programmes and organisations that demonstrate potential for a high social return in the key focus areas of each Foundation. The ELMA Philanthropies carefully analyses investment opportunities from both a programmatic and financial perspective, weighing the potential for scale and impact against associated risks and concerns. Additionally, ELMA actively monitors the performance of its grant investments, and engages with the grantee, other funders, government officials, and other stakeholders to ensure maximum social value is realised from individual investments and the portfolio in its entirety. By deepening its engagement beyond financial support, ELMA aims to improve the lives of vulnerable African children and youth through support of programs that are transformative, sustainable and scalable.

The ELMA Group of Foundations includes: the ELMA Foundation, the ELMA Relief Foundation, the ELMA Growth Foundation, the ELMA South Africa Foundation, the ELMA Music Foundation, and the ELMA Vaccines and Immunisation. The main foundation is the ELMA Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of African children and youth through support of sustainable efforts to relieve poverty, advance education, and promote health. It is currently active in fifteen countries across east and Southern Africa and is among the leading grant makers active on the continent. In East Africa, the ELMA Foundation targets Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. In Southern Africa, the ELMA Foundation targets Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The ELMA Philanthropies has offices in New York City, USA; Cape Town, South Africa; and is opening an office in Kampala, Uganda.

As a key part of the health team, the Programme Officer for Health will be expected to develop and manage health investments in Southern Africa.
ELMA’s Health Portfolio

In pursuit of its mission, the ELMA Foundation makes investments in health that:

  • Improve maternal and neonatal survival;
  • Improve breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding behaviours and maternal and child nutrition;
  • Improve access to effective HIV prevention and treatment interventions for women and children;
  • Support integrated approaches to child survival, health and development.

Programme Officer for Health, Southern Africa

We seek to appoint a Programme Officer for Health for our Southern Africa team, to be based in our office in Cape Town. The Programme Officer will be joining a growing health team of 3-4 people. S/he will report to the Programme Manager - Health and will work closely with colleagues in New York and Kampala, in particular the Director of Health and the Regional Director - East Africa. The ability to be an active team-player on our global health team is essential to success in this role.
The Programme Officer’s primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with the Programme Manager - Health to identify programmes and organisations in Southern Africa that fit with ELMA’s health strategy and approach to philanthropy;
  • Conduct thorough due diligence including critical analysis of proposals, budgets, work plans, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, organisational strengths and weaknesses, and external risk factors;
  • Thoughtfully develop, write, and present concise investment recommendations;
  • Manage and grow relationships with grantees, critically monitor programmatic effectiveness and financial management, and engage in strategic discussions;
  • Support the analysis of the performance of the Southern Africa health portfolio and development of the ELMA health strategy, working with colleagues in the New York and East Africa office;
  • Build strong relationships with other strategic partners, including funding organisations and governments.

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in public health or a relevant field;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing a health programme in Africa, investing in health as a grant-maker, or equivalent private sector experience;
  • A good understanding of best practices in maternal and child health in Southern Africa and knowledge of key organisations in the sector;
  • Experience in developing and managing partnerships and complex programmes;
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to collaborate on internal teams as well as with external stakeholders and partners;
  • Ability to source, synthesise, and effectively present investment opportunities;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to write effectively for a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent budget development, financial management and analysis skills;
  • Quick learner and self-starter with ability to take initiative and work in a start-up and team oriented environment;
  • Strong work ethic and ability to prioritise and multi-task;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours and travel locally and internationally as needed;
  • A valid passport;
  • South African citizenship or legal authorisation to reside in South Africa.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

How to Apply:
If you meet the above requirements and feel equipped for this challenging position, please submit your CV, a cover letter and details of three contactable referees in confidence to Assistant@elmaphilanthropies.org by 6 September 2013.

For more about ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa), refer to www.elmaphilanthropies.org.

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