Hivos International

Job Vacancy: Program Manager (Fixed term contract-full time)

The Programme Manager reports to the Director for Hivos Southern Africa Hub and is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the RSRHR Fund.  The Programme Manager directly supervises the programme unit.
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Program Manager (Fixed term contract-full time)
Southern Africa

Hivos Southern Africa Hub,  aims towards an open and green society, inspired by humanist values such as freedom, dignity, responsibility and curiosity. Our objective is that every person can live in freedom and dignity on a planet that is sustainable. We pride ourselves as upholding the principles of Social innovation of generating new ideas and approaches that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet.

The Regional SRHR Fund (RSRHR Fund) is a regional mechanism that was set up by Ford Foundation and Hivos Southern Africa in 2010 to strengthen regional work in the region on SRHR with a view to improve coordination efforts to address major SRHR issues. The fund is focusing its efforts on Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR). To do so, it is supporting civil society responses to a diversity of ASRHR issues that are relevant at both the national and regional levels using grant-making as the main mechanism of support.    It also convening meetings to foster improved partnerships and collective effort among regional and national organizations in response to the need for improved coordination and collaboration. The Fund also seeks to support efforts to advocate and take actions that can lead to improvements in the availability and accessibility of SRHR services for adolescent and youth with a focus on the most vulnerable people.  

The RSHR Fund is about to sign a contract for additional funding from the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka to enable it to expand the breadth and focus of its work.

This will require the recruitment of a team of people to work together over the next four years to undertake a series of inter-related activities including grant making, capacity building, advocacy, research, convening meetings and knowledge management.  It will also include a component involving youth researchers who will be supported to undertake research to identify some of the key ASRHR issues in the region.

To support our office generate new initiatives and mobilise resources we are looking for a:

Program Manager (Fixed term contract-full time)

Aim of the job

The Programme Manager reports to the Director for Hivos Southern Africa Hub and is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the RSRHR Fund.  The Programme Manager directly supervises the programme unit that consist of Programmes, Finance, Monitoring and Evaluation & Support Staff.

The Program Manager will oversee and coordinate the implementation and technical aspects of the SRHR project focusing on adolescent and young people. The Program will be implemented in southern Africa and  East Africa with the main office being in Johannesburg.

The Program Manager will oversee the progress of all components of the Program with respect to donor milestones, with a focus on keeping activities on track for completion while providing leadership and strategic direction to the team. The Program Manager will coordinate and directly communicate with partners and other key stakeholders. He/she will be responsible for ensuring project visibility at the regional and national levels in liaison with project partners and other key stakeholders..

Functional context

The Program Manager:

  • Provide overall leadership and management supervision in the implementation of the SRHR Fund as outlined in the various documents (see attached list), including but not limited to work planning, liaison with grantees and the reporting, data management, M&E and supervision, and financial management
  • Leads the process of contracting the grantees in line with Hivos and onor requirements
  • Primary relationship manager, including responding to information requests and overall reporting on the SRHR funding mechanism
  • Provide technical oversight of the program and individual activities to ensure adherence to evidence-based interventions and best practices
  • Coordinate with project partners and key stakeholders, including the SIDA regional office in Lusaka and Ford in Johannessburg, in all aspects of project planning, monitoring, and implementation
  • Provide leadership and direction for the project team, including program management, grants management, and monitoring and evaluation staff
  • Lead planning, quality assurance and supervision of program monitoring, evaluating, and reporting, ensuring rapid roll-out and supervision of activities at regional and country levels
  • Oversee financial management and procurement, including delivery, management, and monitoring of sub-grants to community-based organizations
  • Ensure that grantees receive the organizational and technical capacity development needed to successfully complete their grant-funded activities
  • Monitor performance of SRHR grants and make recommendations regarding scale-up potential or trouble shooting when challenges arise
  • Ensure compliance with and implementation of all donor-related and project specific policies
  • Provide effective performance management, mentoring, and coaching for project staff under his/her direct supervision
  • Frequent international travel to project countries
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or related area.

More than 10 years’ professional experience in project coordination or management of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights or related fields

A minimum of at least 5 years’ senior management experience

Proven experience implementing high-volume sub-granting programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Demonstrated experience with similarly complex projects involving coordination with multiple programs and partner institutions, including delivering at pace and managing demands from multiple stakeholders.

Financial and operational management skills, including managing and supervising teams.


  • Exceptional project management skills (finance, budgeting, managing staff, planning, donor-management)
  • Experience of providing coordination and technical support to similar multi-country SRHR and HIV Programs in Africa
  • Demonstrable experience in implementing learning and sharing information with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience in facilitating training, policy and advocacy interventions across countries and region.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Commitment to team-working and a willingness to join in with colleagues to manage the pressures and priorities of the day
  • Oral and written fluency in English.
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a multi- cultural environment
  • Experience in evidence-based advocacy for SRHR

Hivos offers a challenging position in an international environment.

The Regional office is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. This position will be based in Johanessburg, South Africa. Hivos welcomes International & Regional applicants but can only offer a position to only those with a valid workpermit for South Africa. Hivos can only offer employment on local terms and conditions.

Contingent upon funding

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If you meet the above mentioned qualifications (please look carefully), send a letter  explaining your motivation and your CV to:

Hivos e-mail:

Deadline: 15 September 2017

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.