The Regional Inter-Agency Task Team on Children and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa (RIATT-ESA) seeks to fill the position of Programme Manager from 3rd of September 2018.
RIATT-ESA is a regional network of 30 partners that include civil society organisations, academia, regional economic bodies, UN entities, and bilateral donors in a shared commitment to promote and prioritise the children’s HIV and AIDS response.
Established in 2006, and managed by a steering committee and secretariat, RIATT-ESA strength lies in its ability to convene key partners to identify and advocate for a strong joint and multi-sectoral response for children and youth in the context of AIDS. RIATT-ESA uses an evidence driven approach across three pillars of action- research, knowledge sharing and advocacy to support programme and policy makers efforts to provide comprehensive care and support for infected and affected children and youth.
- Managing the implementation of RIATT ESA strategy, in close collaboration with the network’s Steering Committee and partners;
- Effectively managing strategic partnerships in line with RIATT ESA values and vision;
- Mobilising resources for RIATT-ESA, ensuring that RIATT ESA has adequate resources to implement its programme.
- Ensuring sustainability of RIATT-ESA through innovative programming that drives the organisation’s value proposition;
- Envisaging emerging trends within RIATT-ESA mandate and developing new initiatives to respond to these trends
- Ensuring effective and efficient implementation, monitoring and reporting of the RIATT-ESA programme;
- Implementing and managing changes to ensure that RIATT-ESA goals are achieved;
- Developing new approaches to support the strategic direction of the organisation;
- Ensuring adequate representation of the network in relevant platforms and as established by the Steering Committee;
- Reporting on programme performance to Steering Committee, Funding Partners, Network partners and other relevant stakeholders;
- Developing and implementing a resource mobilisation strategy;
- Monitoring of programme expenditure;
- Managing RIATT-ESA administration and programme staff, ensuring that they fulfill their responsibilities.
Knowledge Management (KM) and Quality Assurance
- Commission and manage RIATT-ESA research agenda, including collaborative research projects;
- Provide technical input on the research projects;
- Publish findings and ensure dissemination as per advocacy and KM strategies;
- Manage and use the RIATT-ESA social media for engagement, content sharing and networking;
- Monitor and support KM implementation plan in collaboration with a selected service provider;
- Collate and disseminate key knowledge and information in the region on children affected by HIV and AIDS & adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights;
- Providing editorial oversight for all content to be posted on the RIATT-ESA website, on the KM portals and newsletters.
- Analyse relevant research reports and policy briefs and provide guidance for advocacy opportunities and messages;
- Develop RIATT-ESA advocacy and media materials for different audiences, including media engagement;
- Lead or participate in submission of abstracts, organisation of satellites, co-hosting of conferences/events;
- Represent RIATT-ESA in strategic networks or platforms as established by RIATTESA’s Steering Committee;
- Ensure that children have stronger voice within and through RIATT-ESA.
Criteria for suitability as RIATT-ESA Programme Manager
- Extensive technical background and knowledge in Children affected by HIV and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa region;
- Substantial understanding and experience of advocacy and communication work in the region with a focus on children affected by HIV and AIDS, and adolescent sexual & reproductive health & rights;
- Strong programme management skills, including monitoring and reporting on finances; able to multi task and very well organised;
- Analytical writing skills in English. Able to draft policy and strategy documents, develop implementation plans, budgets, reports, M&E frameworks, abstracts, advocacy materials and editorial content;
- Experience in organising and running conferences satellite sessions;
- Experience in regional level research on children affected by HIV and AIDS, and adolescent sexual & reproductive health & rights;
- Understanding of Child Protection, Child Participation and Social Protection principles;
- Experience working with UN Agencies, funding agencies, CSO and RECS;
- Able to work independently with minimum support;
- Able to travel within the region and globally.
- Minimum Masters level degree in a relevant area of study (Development Studies, Public Health, Social Work etc);
- Extensive knowledge in Adolescence Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR); care and support for children affected by HIV and AIDS;
- Minimum of 8 years experience working in a development context with a focus on children;
- Minimum 5 years of managing child focused regional programmes within the Eastern and Southern African Region (ESARO).
HOW TO APPLY
Potential candidates are requested to submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 7th of August 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
- A cover letter outlining your skills and experience