Pact South Africa: Child Protection / OVC Advisor

Pact South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 31 August, 2013
Opportunity type: 

(Proposed, Contingent on Award)

Pact is a 40-year old international non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating in 59 countries. Pact's mission is to build empowered communities, governments and private institutions that give people an opportunity for a better life. Programmes focus on governance, health, economic development and natural resource management.

Position Summary:

Pact South Africa seeks to appoint a Child Protection / OVC Advisor for a five-year, USAID-funded capacity development support project in South Africa. The aim of the project is to support the goals of PEPFAR and those of the South African Government’s (SAG) National Strategic Plan to transition to country ownership by promoting sustainability of local organisations and provision of grant management support to develop local capacity. The project consists of three components - Grant Award and Management, Institutional capacity-development of indigenous organisations, and Capacity development assistance to the SAG.

The Advisor will provide technical leadership to ensure high-quality OVC programming that meaningfully and measurably improves the well-being of vulnerable children and their families. The Advisor will support CSO partners and SAG to operationalise Child Protection policies and frameworks, including the Children’s Act. The Advisor will have expertise in comprehensive, community-based programming for orphans and vulnerable children with a focus on improving children’s health, nutrition, education, protection, psychosocial well-being, and care as well as addressing household economic and food security and will have experience working with South African organisations and the South Africa Government (SAG) at all levels. 

  • Provide leadership in ensuring technical quality of OVC programmes in order to achieve positive child outcomes;
  • Facilitate quality assessments of OVC programming among CSO partners in order to identify programme gaps, technical capacity limitations, and priority technical assistance needs;
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and monitoring of OVC programme quality improvement activities;
  • Oversee the planning, coordination, and delivery of OVC technical assistance to CSO partners and SAG;
  • Facilitate problem-solving and action planning among CSO and SAG stakeholders to address critical challenges and barriers to improving child health, education, nutrition, psychosocial, and protection outcomes;
  • Monitor and report on OVC programme quality assessment, improvement, and assurance activities;
  • Contribute to programme research and learning agendas related to child well-being and support the use of child outcome data to inform decision-making and programmatic adjustments. 

Education and Experience Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in child development, social work, social sciences or related field;
  • At least 10 years of experience in the design, management, monitoring, and evaluation of comprehensive, community-based OVC programming, social services system strengthening, and quality improvement and assurance.

Other Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic planning, and technical skills in programming for orphans and vulnerable children with a focus on improving children’s health, nutrition, education, protection, psychosocial well-being, and care as well as addressing household economic and food security;
  • Demonstrated experience in OVC programme quality improvement working in partnership with CSOs and Government entities at all levels;
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and use of training curricula;
  • Knowledgeable about adult learning methodologies and principles;
  • Demonstrated experience in cultivating and sustaining working relationships with local partners and SAG;
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • South African national preferred;
  • Must be Fluent in English;
  • Must be in possession of a valid South African driver’s licence.

 Application process:

  • Deadline for the applications: 31 August 2013;
  • Applications must be e-mailed to: Include a detailed CV with at least three references and a cover letter in one e-mail. Please use the position title in the header of the e-mail;
  • Only candidates that are shortlisted will be contacted.

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