The International Centre for AIDS Care & Treatment Programmes (ICAP) at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, in partnership with the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital at the University of Stellenbosch (US), Cape Town, South Africa, will be establishing a programme to provide technical, programme, capacity building and systems support to various USAID-funded organisations to accelerate access to HIV Prevention, Care & Treatment services for high-risk groups, such as HIV-infected pregnant women and children.

This USAID-funded program is part of the PEPFAR initiative to combat HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and is seeking to appoint several qualified and dedicated persons to fill the positions below. Please note that all the positions are in the programme implementation capacity and not in the research or academic capacity.

All the positions are two-year contracts, which can be extended in future.

Programme Director
(Ref. 04TGB106)

The Programme Director will manage all aspects of the programme, including strategic planning, programme implementation, budgets, donor/partner relations and team management to ensure its success. As the lead representative of the ICAP-US Programme, the Programme Director ensures that all actions of the team are consistent with programme goals. The incumbent will be responsible for diplomatically applying effective team-building and communication skills to maintain harmony and work efficiency within the team, and will represent ICAP-US in different national and partnership meetings. The Programme Director reports to both ICAP and US directors.

Duties: Guiding programme administration, implementation and fiscal management • supervising a team that provides technical assistance and support in the implementation of family-centred HIV programmes • co-ordinating activities with donors and partners, including the development of a supportive relationship with key partners to support them in designing and implementing relevant policies, programmes and activities, as well as strategically building and leveraging strong, effective relationships with donor agencies • ensuring the monitoring, evaluation and regular reporting on programme activities to donors and the central office • liaising and working closely with headquarters to ensure that ICAP’s resources are maximised • overseeing programme operations and reporting, including compliance with donor regulations/procedures and local policies and laws • defining and managing annual budgets, and ensuring sound financial management and accountability • recruiting and managing a lean, yet highly effective, team.

Requirements: An MPH, RN, MBChB, PhD or professional equivalent • at least five years’ experience in local public health and health programmes management • proven ability to ensure high-quality programme outcomes • experience in working in collaboration with Local Government partners • exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills • experience in working with the U.S. government or other bilateral donors, especially USAID • experience in supervising a multidisciplinary team • previous budget and fiscal oversight responsibilities • strong organisational skills • flexibility in adapting to changing requirements • cultural sensitivity and strong team-building skills • a strong written and spoken command of English and one other official language, preferably an African language • computer literacy (ability to use MS Office) • knowledge of e-mail and standard office equipment • willingness and availability to travel 30% of the time.
Recommendations: Extensive HIV/AIDS experience • paediatric HIV/AIDS and MTCT-Plus experience.

Commencement of duties: As soon as possible

Closing date: 15 July 2008

Enquiries: Dr Liezl Smit on ++27 +21 933 5331 or ++27 +21 938 9758, email address: ls@sun.ac.za


The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your full application, comprising (1) a completed application form (obtainable on the Stellenbosch University homepage at http://www.sun.ac.za/applicationforms  or by e-mailing hrtygerberg@sun.ac.za  or contacting ++27 +21 938 9636) and (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Forward your application via e-mail to hrtygerberg@sun.ac.za  or to The Manager: Human Resources (Tygerberg Campus), Stellenbosch University, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa or fax ++27 +21 932 9266.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.