Futures Group: Senior Technical Officer - Capacity Building

Futures Group - Sexual HIV Prevention Programme SHIPP
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 24 September, 2012
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The Futures Group is a trusted international development firm known for its evidence-based, integrated approach to improving the health and well-being of people.

Futures Group seeks to employ a Senior Technical Officer - Capacity Building, based in Pretoria.

As part of the Sexual HIV Prevention Programme (SHIPP) - South Africa Senior Management Team, the Senior Technical Officer:  Capacity Building will provide technical leadership in capacity building for grantees and partners, as well as providing general management assistance to the overall project, working with the Technical Director for Engagement and Strategic Planning.


Grants support

The Senior Technical Officer: Capacity Building will provide a wide range of support to the SHIPP Grants Programme.

  • Develop a comprehensive Community Service Directory for SHIPP;
  • Maintain thorough documentation of the proposal development process;
  • In collaboration with the Grants Management team, develop criteria for screening concept notes/proposals submitted for consideration under SHIPP;
  • In collaboration with the Grants Management team, develop technically sound criteria for short listing concept notes/proposals submitted for consideration under SHIPP Grants Programme;
  • In coordination with the Technical Director, set up the Technical Review committee to review short listed proposals;
  • Organise meetings of the Technical Review Committee and ensure all discussions are well documented;
  • Provide technical support to the committee for the review of proposals submitted and recommendations to Futures Group HQ on eligible proposals and on nomination of the Principal Recipients (PRs);
  • Support proposal development with proposed Principal Recipients (PRs).

Programme support

The person will provide technical leadership and oversight, in capacity building, to project grantees and partners:

  • Help to identify, prioritise, manage and implement capacity building activities designed to support the grantees and implementing partners;
  • Plan, coordinate and participate in multi-pronged organizational needs assessments of grantees; 
  • Facilitate grantee strategic planning/thinking workshops;
  • Collaborate with grantees in finalising action plans, and developing Scopes Of Work and budgets for USAID grants program funding;
  • Oversee grantees’ progress in meeting Action Plan goals;
  • Provide on-going mentoring to individual grantees;
  • Plan and contribute to the development/adaptation of curriculum and practical tools for group workshops on selected topics;
  • Help to identify and coordinate external short-term technical assistance to provide individualized assistance to the grantees;
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Staff, develop and strengthen Grantees’ monitoring  and evaluation systems;
  • Develop and oversee “graduation” (sustainability) planning for grantees, phasing-out project assistance while ensuring access to resources that can sustain knowledge and support in the future.


The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • Degree in health or education policy development, implementation, or evaluation, public health, or other directly related discipline.  A Master’s degree will be preferred;
  • Demonstration of stakeholder involvement across sectors;
  • Experience in capacity building, training and/or identifying needs to improve capacity;
  • Successively responsible positions in South Africa HIV prevention programmes, especially in SANAC, NDOH or DOE;
  • Minimum of five years demonstrated experience leading large and multidisciplinary teams, particularly virtual teams or GDT (geographically dispersed teams);
  • Capacity to manage human and financial resources;
  • Strong skills in project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Strong analytical skills, good writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, ability to operate at all levels and liaise effectively with local communities, funders, government agencies, and decision makers
  • Minimum of five years experience working with/for international donors, preferably USAID;
  • Experience managing donor funded programmes or projects.

Working environment/conditions

  • Manager:  Technical Director – Engagement and Strategic Planning
  • Standard Office/Work environment: Office based in Pretoria, South Africa with frequent travel to the field.
  • Travel: 35 % of domestic travel required.  

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter with ‘Senior Technical Officer - Capacity Building’ in the subject line to Veronique Mestdagh at vmestdagh@futuresgroup.com.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more about the Futures Group , refer to www.futuresgroup.com.

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