EngenderHealth: Senior Technical Officer - Education Policy & Program Implementation

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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 27 September, 2013
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EngenderHealth works to improve the health and well-being of people in the poorest communities of the world. EngenderHealth does this by sharing our expertise in sexual and reproductive health and transforming the quality of health care. The organisation promotes gender equity, advocate for sound practices and policies, and inspire people to assert their rights to better, healthier lives. Working in partnership with local organizations, we adapt our work in response to local needs.
The Sexual HIV Prevention Programme (SHIPP) project spans the health and education sectors and national, provincial, and district jurisdictions to achieve HIV prevention impact, prioritizing decentralised implementation of operational plans and the roll-up of ward, district, and provincial targets into national targets and strategies.

EngenderHealth seeks to appoint a Senior Technical Officer (STO) for Education Policy and Programme Implementation, to be seconded to the Department of Basic Education. The position is based at SHIPP’s office in Pretoria.

The STO will support the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in further developing, adapting, disseminating, evaluating, and building capacity of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) professionals, including school administrators and teachers, to assess and improve current basic and higher education programmes. The STO will ensure that the DBE has the technical capacity to ground curricula in health behavior change theory, address gender norms and alcohol and drug abuse, adequately address other drivers of the epidemic, and use sound teaching methods.
The STO will help strengthen the DBE’s response to priority HIV prevention at all levels, including the community level responses.  S/he will do this through providing technical assistance to leadership capacity teams (LCTs) which include seconded SHIPP staff DBE within.  S/he will provide leadership and overall direction to the SHIPP project in education service delivery systems strengthening, which will include ensuring quality of sexual and HIV education in school based HIV prevention programmes and integrating gender and health into education interventions.  S/he will also provide expertise in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence-based sexual and HIV education curricula in schools and communities
Coordinates and compiles inputs into the development of National and provincial implementation plans on the Integrated Strategy on HIV, STIs and TB

  • Coordinates feedback from stakeholders for finalization of HIV, TB and STI Policy;
  • Develops a dissemination strategy for dissemination of HIV,TB and STI policy;
  • Provides support to the service providers on the development of Peer Education Manuals;
  • Provides technical support on the costing of DBE implementation plans;
  • Provides technical support to DBE team and Advisory Committee members  during the development and piloting of Scripted LessonPlans;
  • The STO will help bridge the gap between policy and implementation by gathering inputs and disseminating information on national policy, best practices, technical resources, and professional linkages.  This will include:
    • Facilitating alignment of peer and adult-led education initiatives and school-based curricula with national education strategies.
    • Providing expertise in the revision of national health and education policies
    • Integrating gender perspectives into local/national health and education activities.
    • Providing technical assistance to all DBE national and district  activities
    • Coordinating the dissemination of relevant tools, and resources.
  • Stakeholder liaison and coordination with respect to activities related to the abovementioned areas of work;
  • Creating and facilitating opportunities for synergies between the different streams of work;
  • Regular reporting and sharing of experiences, strategies, and ideas with functional and location teams.


  • Masters or PHD degree, preferably in education, policy, or in public health or a related field;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in  school- based curriculum development;
  • Familiarity with DBE co-curriculum activities in South Africa and knowledge of Sexuality Education and HIV Prevention Combination strategies. Familiarity with HIV prevention, gender integration and education programs;
  • Strong knowledge of learning theory, using data to support evidence-based prevention programs and policy development, male engagement, STI and HIV/AIDS prevention, family planning, and sexual and reproductive health;
  • Previous work with government will be preferred;
  • Ability to work well in teams, with past experience training and facilitating, incorporating diverse communication strategies to achieve educational objectives;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., active listening, cultural competence, responsiveness);
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to balance completion of designated projects, both short and long term, with the execution of routine duties;
  • Ability to meet short deadlines and willingness to work additional hours during deadline periods;
  • Demonstrated computer competence including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Ability to travel within South Africa.

Apply online, visit www.engenderhealth.org.

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Shortlisted candidates may be required to make a presentation to the interview panel and undergo a writing test.

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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