Africare: Chief of Party

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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 28 March, 2014
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fricare's Injongo Yethu Project provides technical support and assistance as a contribution to the South African Government's response to HIV and AIDS in the Chris Hani, Cacadu and Amathole Districts of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( PEPFAR), the project aims to strengthen and scale up prevention, treatment , care and support for people living HIV and AIDS , their caregivers, family members and community including oprhans and children made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS.

Africare seeks to appoint a Chief of Party, based in East London.

Responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of all of Africare’s programmes of technical assistance and support in South Africa. Manages all aspects of the country programme including technical, programmematic and operational aspects while ensuring optimal use of human, financial and physical resources and for full compliance with donor regulations and requirements and Africare policies. Leads the implementation and monitoring of Africare’s portfolio of work in-country and provides administrative supervision to South Africa-based Africare staff who work at national, provincial and district level in support of Africare’s work in South Africa. Develops and maintains highly collaborative working relationships with representatives from the Government of South Africa (SAG), academic institutions, donors, supporters and other implementing and collaborating partners.

Reporting to the Director of OHHA at Africare Headquarters, the Chief of Party of Africare South Africa operations serves as the primary Africare representative in South Africa.


  • Provide strategic leadership to the design and implementation of the country programmes, projects and activities and oversees programme planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones and technical quality standards, and to achieve project objectives, deliverables and targets;
  • Provide leadership and manages to ensure that all projects and activities are executed in line with and meet the technical standards and expectations of Africare and its donors and supporters; Oversee and coordinate the successful completion of planning and budgeting requirements of the project office;
  • Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high quality and on-time performance;
  • Provide effective oversight to all financial and administrative functions undertaken by the country office to ensure efficient and effective and the provision of sufficient administrative support to all projects;
  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with Africare standard operating procedures, and donor policies and regulations, and national policies and laws;
  • Develop and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with representatives from the Government of South Africa (GOS), academic institutions, donors, supporters and other implementing and collaborating partners;
  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned;
  • Lead in-country efforts for development and mobilization of new resources and donor commitments;
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


  • MD (or international equivalent), PhD, MPH, or other relevant advanced degree in the fields of public health;
  • Minimum 8 -10 years of experience managing large international public health programmes with at least 8 years of experience in managing public health programmes in resource limited settings;
  • Experience in HIV & AIDS, TB programme development, implementation and monitoring in resource-limited settings;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technical content areas relevant to the current projects within the Africare South Africa country portfolio;
  • Proven record of leading donor-funded projects, which consistently meet objectives and targets;
  • Experience working on or leading health and development projects supported by the US Government, the Global Fund, the UN system agencies, foundations or other bilateral donors;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of rules, regulations and requirements of USG and other major international donors;
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in public health diplomacy, negotiations and cross-cultural communications;
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyse and resolve problems, constraints and issues relevant to project implementation and performance;
  • Proven ability to lead, manage and mentor a culturally diverse team operating in complex environments;
  • In-depth knowledge of the South African public health sector and national and provincial health systems;
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing the design and implementation of public health evaluations and health and community systems strengthening programmes;
  • Valid driver’s licence;
  • Ability to travel and make at least 2-4 International trips annually  and very frequent national trips (1-2 per month lasting 2-4 days each).

Closing date of advert: Advert will remain open till Post is filled. 

To apply, submit a CV and details of three contactable employment references must be forwarded to the Administrative Manager at

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to work place diversity.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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