Opportunity at REPSSI - Director of The Africa Psychosocial Support Institute (APSSI)

The Africa Psychosocial Support Institute (APSSI) is a subsidiary of REPSSI. APSSI fosters professionalism and excellence in Mental Health and Psychosocial care and support (MHPSS). The Institute was initiated in 2016 as part of a broader response to the need for standardised PSS definitions and terms, quality research and data on PSS, formalised PSS capacity development, excellent PSS resources and MHPSS thought leadership in Africa.

APSSI consists of two arms; the first will develop and deliver innovative and accredited PSS skills development programmes and qualifications, lead research in mental and psychosocial wellbeing in Africa, stimulate thought leadership in child and adolescent mental health and psychosocial support, develop PSS resources and provide an accreditation service for PSS organizations, programmes and professionals. In this regard, APSSI will coordinate with higher academic institutions in the continent. The second arm will raise funds through developing, marketing and providing a range of consultancy services. The Director of APSSI provides strategic leadership to both arms of the Institute.

To be based in Randburg, Johannesburg, the APSSI Director will attract income from a variety of sources of a sufficient level that the Institute will become self-sustaining, and provide an income for REPSSI, after the initial two-year period. The Director will report directly to the REPSSI CEO and APSSI Board of Directors and have direct line-management responsibility for the following functions:

  • Academic programmes

  • Marketing and Consultancy services

  • Product development

  • Corporate affairs

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Masters degree in Social Sciences, Education or Management or relevant field

  • 3 years’ senior management experience, including sales and service functions

  • Strategic leadership

  • Experienced team leader research and publications

  • Proven ability to secure significant funding

Deadline for applications is the 22nd of March 2019, click here to apply or download the full TOR. For more information contact: hradmin@repssi.org

UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO urge countries in western and central Africa to step up the pace in the response to HIV for children and adolescents

PRESS RELEASE

DAKAR/GENEVA, 16 January 2019—At a high-level meeting in Dakar, Senegal, UNAIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries in western and central Africa to do more to stop new HIV infections among children and adolescents and increase HIV testing and treatment coverage.

In 2017, around 67 000 children (aged 0–9 years) and 69 000 adolescents (aged 10–19 years) became newly infected with HIV. Two thirds (46 000) of adolescents newly infected with the virus were girls. While progress has been seen in stopping new HIV infections among children in some countries—eleven countries registered a reduction of more than 35% between 2010 and 2017*—others, including Nigeria, which has the largest epidemic in the region, experienced no declines at all.

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Call for Expressions of Interest: To Conduct a Study on Adolescent and Young People HIV Social Protection Mechanisms in Partner States to inform East Africa framework

Call for Expressions of Interest: To Conduct a Study on Adolescent and Young People HIV Social Protection Mechanisms in Partner States to inform East Africa framework

RIATT-ESA is seeking a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of existing literature of current policies, practices and knowledge on social protection mechanisms for adolescents and young people in the EAC Partner States. Deadline for applications extended to the 21st January 2019.