Various Vacancies

Population Council South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 June, 2012
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The Population Council opened an office in South Africa in 1999 to support HIV and AIDS operations research under the US Agency for International Development (USAID)–funded Horizons program. Over the last 12 years the portfolio expanded to include work on reproductive health, gender, and youth. The Council engaged in research and programming in areas of global and local priority, including; maternal and child health; quality improvement of, access to, and appropriate use of reproductive health services; reduction of HIV transmission and mitigation of its impact; reduction of levels of gender-based violence as well as technical support for comprehensive preventive treatment as a result; working with most-at-risk populations including children, migrants, and men who have sex with men; and building capacity to conduct research designed to enhance program performance and policy formulation.

The Council has successfully established a new local NGO called Population Council South Africa (PCSA). PCSA is registered as a section 21 company and thus is a not-for-profit, South African NGO.

Population Council South Africa NPC (PCSA) seeks to appoint the following positions for the USAID funded project: Improving Access and Delivery of Comprehensive Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for Sexual Assaults Adults and Children.

Positions are based in Gauteng, Johannesburg. These positions are one-year fixed term positions. Preference will be given to South African nationals.

  1. Senior Program Manager


  • Coordinates and manages the timely implementation of research and technical activities across a range of projects;
  • Works on multiple projects in more than one country;
  • Manages key relationships with project donors;
  • Supervise one or more staff members and consultants, provides technical assistance to partner organizations and  participates as part of the office management team;
  • Expected to initiate new projects and take lead in developing proposals for funding;
  • Takes lead in preparing final reports and is lead author for papers published in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Regularly makes oral presentations at conferences and is an invited speaker. Represents the program/PCSA to partners and at national and international conferences;
  • Negotiates, prepares, and monitors individual project budgets and for overall program budget within the office;
  • Works closely with M&E staff to lead interpretation and presentation of program data;
  • Ensure timely delivery of high-quality products, review reports on program activities to influence and guide service delivery, policy and implementation;


  • Doctorate or MD degree with minimum of four years relevant experience or masters degree with equivalent experience in a relevant field and a minimum of eight years experience.
  • Previous experience in coordinating, managing a large operations research project or clinical trial.
  • Experience in PMTCT, maternal health and ARV programs.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and principles governing the activities for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender and Youth.
  • Ability to meet short deadlines and willingness to work additional hours during deadline periods.
  • Experience in managing staff;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; presentation skills
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods (Excel, SPSS, Stata, etc);
  • Experience working with local government, NGOs, and community organisations;
  • Computer competence including Micosoft Word, Power Point and Excel.
  • Valid driver’s licence.
  1. Office Manager


  • Strategic financial management and leadership;
  • Set corporate guidelines, policies and authority levels in order to address legal compliance;
  • Prepare and monitor budgets, fiscal reports and other financial procedures;
  • Employ a proactive financial capacity-building approach leading to heightened fiscal responsibility among colleagues and partners;
  • Manage all the organisation’s banking and cash flow, ensuring the integrity of fiscal information in the execution of all accounting processes;
  • Manage payroll and tax payments; handle subcontractor, sub-grants, consultant, service provider, and other procured vendor files, invoices, and payments; and other operational/financial duties as assigned are further obligations of the position;
  • Prioritise the regular (monthly) donor financial reporting requirements and respond to all donor, partner queries in a consistent and timely manner;
  • Analysis and management of overall financial risk with recommendations for risk management and performance;
  • Coordinate the external audit approach through liaison with the external auditors, to ensure the most efficient and effective use of audit resources;
  • • Play a key role in project start-up and close-out.


  • BCom (Acc) degree;
  • Strong computer literacy in Pastel, VIP Payroll, Windows, various budgeting models and tools (Excel based) and Microsoft Office;
  • Minimum of four years in senior financial management position;
  • Substantial experience of financial planning and control of financial resources;
  • Substantial experience of audit and risk management; 
  • Extensive staff management experience in a large organisation;
  • Working knowledge of the non profit sector/NGOs;
  • Adaptable, confident, mature leadership style;
  • Appreciation and ability to work in a multicultural context;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Collaborative working as part of a leadership team;
  • Valid driver’s licence.

Applicants can apply by sending their CV and covering letter to Please ensure that you meet the requirements criteria for the position. Only shortlisted candidates will be responded to.

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