The Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project supports evidence-based, gender-sensitive programming to improve the economic security and improve health outcomes of families and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as others at high risk of acquiring HIV. Under ASPIRES, FHI 360 provides technical assistance and research to improve and scale up interventions in household economic strengthening.
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), FHI 360 is the primary organisation leading a consortium of 20 organisations that will implement activities under ASPIRES. In South Africa, an ASPIRES partner will provide technical assistance to the five USAID implementing partners (IPs) and the community-based organisations (CBOs) they partner with to best develop the economic capacities and HIV prevention negotiation skills of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who are affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS, and on whose behalf caregivers receive the South African Child Support Grant or Foster Care Grant. ASPIRES will follow up this work with rigorous impact evaluation, extensive process evaluations, and other components.
The Programme Officer is a highly responsive point of contact between the ASPIRES project and its technical assistance partner. S/he will provide project backstopping and logistical support, research support, and support for HIV curriculum development in addition to other support tasks as needed.
General support activities may include the following: Provides technical assistance and support to programs. Collects, complies, and analyses information relevant to programmes. Provides administrative and project support, in addition to communication efforts related to programme management and execution. Ensures compliance with internal and external regulations. Monitors budget for programmes and develops monitoring system for reviewing project status. Ensures completion of programme while adhering to budget, scope, and schedule requirements. Develops/Reviews work plans, prepares presentations, and supports other related programme objectives and deliverables.
- Provide project backstopping, including support for the following activities: procurement, consultant contracting, payment of invoices, travel arrangements, meeting planning, and logistical support;
- Serve as in-country contact for ASPIRES staff, technical assistance partner(s), and consultants, providing local oversight and feedback (as assigned) to DC-based team on project preparations, progress, and deliverables;
- Support coordination of research work, including assistance with national and/or provincial Human Subjects Research review (IRB) process, liaising with consultant/survey firms, logistical support, field monitoring, and other quality-control tasks;
- Support HIV curriculum development work led by ASPIRES, including assisting with the training of IP staff, facilitating the monitoring of delivery and uptake metrics, and supporting ongoing quality assurance;
- Travel to ASPIRES project sites in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces in support of the above activities (up to 10% travel).
Applied Knowledge and Skills:
- Fluent in English;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent organisational and time management skills;
- Experience with USAID project backstopping;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.);
- Proactive and problem-solving.
- 5+ years of experience working with NGO or public health organisation;
- Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations, and reporting.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
- Evaluation research experience;
- Experience in project communications, including writing and editing project newsletters and use of internet and social media;
- Experience working with local IRB;
- Experience with HIV-related programming;
- Familiarity with economic development programming;
- Knowledge of one or more languages (other than English) that are spoken in Gauteng and/or KwaZulu Natal provinces.
Interested candidates should submit their resumes together with a motivational cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.