Hivos International

Senior Programme Officer (Fixed Term Full Time Contract)

Hivos Southern Africa seeks qualified candidates for the position of:
Vacancy Name: 
Senior Programme Officer (Fixed Term Full Time Contract)
Number of hours: 
40 hours per week
Southern Africa
Hivos Southern Africa: South Africa

Job context

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.

The Senior Programme Officer is responsible for ensuring the high quality and consistent delivery of the SRHR Programme, which comprises a diverse selection of programme areas, ranging from grant making, capacity strengthening, learning & research and advocacy campaigns. The Senior Programme Officer will work under the leadership of the Programme Manager to plan and deliver the SRHR programme, leading on all technical aspects. The Programme will be implemented in southern Africa and  East Africa with the main office being in Johannesburg .

Your responsibilites

  • Participate in programme strategy design and development in relation to SRHR portfolio;
  • Support the Programme Manager in program decisions relating to the portfolio, as needed;
  • Participate in the development, planning and organization of program-related events;
  • In conjunction with the programme manager and other staff/consultants, develop grant making strategies, priorities, and guidelines including Requests for Proposal;
  • Identify, develop and implement a coherent grant making portfolio that advances the goals and concepts set out in Regional SRHR Fund strategy;
  • Develop and oversee strategies for capacity building, program and institutional development of key partners and grantees in collaboration with the Capacity Building Program Officer;
  • Disseminate information on good practice developments at national, regional and international levels related to SRHR issues;
  • Organize events to discuss and publicize issues relevant to SRHR work in collaboration with other staff members;
  • Liase and coordinate with relevant staff responsible for contracting, financial audits and M & E of grantees to ensure that grant making operations run smoothly;
  • Manage financial and budget reports to track grant and program spending; and
  • Assist in the planning and developing of annual activity plan and budget.

Your profile

  • Advanced degree in public health, social sciences or another related field;
  • Experience in the field of SRHR/Public Health is a requirement;
  • Experience with grant making processes and approaches;
  • Five years of relevant working experience preferably in Africa;
  • Experienced in programme management, including implementation and M&E;
  • Relevant working experience (working with local partner organisations, managing contacts with key-stakeholders) preferably in Africa; and
  • Experience with programme planning models and monitoring systems.
  • Demonstrable experience in gathering best practices and lessons learned and sharing information with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience in facilitating training, policy and advocacy interventions across countries and regions
  • Demonstrable experience in budget preparation, monitoring and management
  • Strong organizational and adminstrative skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Friendly, professional, well-presented and well-spoken
  • Commitment to team-working and a willingness to join in with colleagues to manage the pressures and priorities of the day
  • Good written and spoken English Language,
  • Good knowledge of Human Rights Approach to programming
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

What we offer

The Regional office is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. This position will be based in 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.

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.

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.