Futures Group: Technical Director - Engagement and Strategic Planning

Futures Group Sexual HIV Prevention Programme (SHIPP)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 12 August, 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 specialises in the design and implementation of public health and social programmes for developing countries.  Committed to the sustainability of the programmes in which we participate, we build the capacity of our partners to make well-informed decisions and effectively address a multitude of complex health and social issues.

Futures Group Sexual HIV Prevention Programme (SHIPP) seeks to appoint a Technical Director for Engagement and Strategic Planning (TD ESP), based in Pretoria.

This key position will be responsible for achieving the objectives in the engagement, strategic planning and decision-making leadership functions of SHIPP. As part of SHIPP’s senior leadership management team, the TD ESP provides national technical guidance in the engagement and strategic planning of HIV prevention programmes implemented in partnership with SANAC, NDOH, DBE and DSD and manages team members.

The person will report to Chief of Party.


  • Lead the Stakeholder Engagement Team and the Strategic Planning and Decision-making Team and ensure that the South African Government (SAG) departments’ capacity building needs in these areas are identified and addressed through the SAG collaboration plan and through specific activities in the annual work-plans;
  • Develop, implement, and oversee an overall integrated Strategic Information plan in line with the SHIPP annual work-plans;
  • Provide strategic leadership for the SHIPP technical team project staff, and interface with the Chief of Party, USAID and Futures Group HQ to monitor programme progress;
  • Lead and support technical support to partners and provinces to develop their capacity for HIV Prevention programmes;
  • Provides technical leadership in the design, execution, and on-going review of project strategy to ensure that benchmarks of success are met.
  • Support strategic planning, the development of work plans and results reporting for the project.
  • Coordinate planning processes of the team;
  • Direct quality control mechanisms for all technical deliverables;
  • Ensure that all objectives of the annual work-plans are met and flag any critical delay to the Chief of Party;
  • Use a combination of logic, analysis, experience, wisdom, and advanced methods to make sound, timely decisions and to solve problems;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners and stakeholders;
  • Effectively communicate the SHIPP strategy to partners, stakeholders and management team;
  • Ensure that the SHIPP team members are kept fully informed and updated on the HIV prevention global and local initiatives;
  • Oversee and ensure that all reporting requirement are met and are of a high standard;
  • Ensure that the activities of implementing partners are effectively planned, budgeted, implemented, monitored and evaluated;
  • Contribute to the SHIPP M&E plan, focusing on indicators and milestones.  He/she will be responsible for quality assurance and overall integrity of the SHIPP activities/programme, including the management of quality outputs in keeping with project specification, scope, milestones, key performance areas and deliverables;
  • Ensure compliance with USG regulations and guidelines by relevant HPI implementing partners and\or consultants;
  • Report and communicate SHIPP programme’s results   through the execution of the SHIPP performance monitoring plan. This includes the following:
  • Guide staff in preparing reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure timely submission. This includes quarterly progress reports, annual, semi-annual programme reports, and ad-hoc technical reports;
  • Prepare consolidated progress reports for the Country Director, Deputy Directors and Programme Managers.


  • Experienced in addressing the special challenges of HIV combination prevention programming described in the above programme description, as demonstrated by at least 8 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex public health projects in/for developing countries;
  • Experience with HIV and AIDS programmes is highly desirable;
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also required;
  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, business administration, international development, or a related advanced degree is required;
  • Two years’ experience living or working in a developing country;
  • Fluency/ proficiency in a second African official language are desired.

This positions will be based in Pretoria South Africa and SHIPP is seeks candidates who are currently residing in South Africa and eligible to work in the country.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to Veronique Mestdagh at vmestdagh@futuresgroup.com.

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

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