USAID Project Management Specialist - Social Protection Jobs in Cape Town South Africa

USAID Project Management Specialist - Social Protection Jobs in Cape Town South Africa

Basic Function of Position:

  • Primary responsibilities of the Social Protection Specialist (SPS) position are to contribute to the USAID Health Office social protection programming areas including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), key populations (KP), sexual and gender based violence (GBV), family and household economic strengthening, and social cash transfers.

  • The SPS will work in close collaboration with other PEPFAR team members including the Prevention & Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) team leader, the OVC Specialist, the DREAMS team, the Youth Advisor, the Gender Advisor, Education Advisor, and other technical experts from the USAID Health Team and other USG agencies.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    Program/Project Management (30%)

    • Act as Contracting Officer’s Representative and/or Agreement Officer’s Representative for contracts and/or agreements in the USAID/South Africa health portfolio, including management of budgets as well as administrative, financial, and technical management and oversight of contracts and agreements.

    • Participate in the strategic design and procurement of child focused social protection activities.

    • Monitors the development and implementation of national policies and actions related to OVC and South African DREAMS social protection policies.

    • Keep abreast of new survey and research findings on the HIV epidemic and its impact on children in South Africa; synthesize their findings and implications and advise on appropriate shifts in USG OVC and the South African DEAMS strategy to respond to evolving epidemiological data.

    • Provide ongoing technical assistance, training, and consultation on the development and implementation of OVC and South African DREAMS activities to USG staff and implementing partners, including assistance in the application of new data and research findings to program activities.

    • Coordinate USAID and USG OVC and South African DREAMS portfolios with the national government’s child focused strategy and with government, other donor, and NGO activities in South Africa. Initiate strategies to strengthen coordination and harmonization of child focused approaches and messages across USG-funded OVC and South African DREAMS activities.

    • Provide ongoing technical assistance, training and consultation on the development and implementation of OVC and South African DREAMS activities to USG activity managers and partners, including assistance in the application of new data and research findings to program activities.

    • Ensure that best practices and evidence-based approaches are incorporated into all USAID-funded OVC and South African DREAMS programs. Organize learning events to update USG partners on and build their capacity in state-of-the-art approaches.

    • Establish innovative child and youth focused partnerships and linkages with multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations, and/or corporations to strengthen programmatic linkages.

    • Oversee compliance of USAID/South Africa health and social programs with South African Government and U.S. Government policies and guidelines.

    • Lead and participate in Site Improvement through Monitoring System (SIMS) visits to facility and community sites in close coordination and collaboration with South African provincial and district social development management teams. Lead above-site SIMS visits.

    • Analyze and triangulate programmatic data to make recommendations to improve performance management and project design.

    • Provide OVC and DREAMS strategic and programmatic technical assistance to PEPFAR/South Africa implementing partners.

    Strategic and Technical Leadership (40%)

    • Support and represent USAID and PEPFAR South Africa as the subject matter expert on issues of vulnerable children and social protection, e.g., child focused programming, targeting the most vulnerable children, costing, capacity building, results-based budgeting, and expenditure analysis.

    • Disseminate state of the art models and programs for OVC and DREAMS for use in the Western Cape in the technical areas of keeping children in school, child protection, child welfare systems strengthening, social protection and HIV health related issues that affect children.

    • Advance the concept of mitigation programs to assure the needs of AIDS affected children are addressed.

    • Coordinate with other sectors, such as OVC, DREAMS, prevention of GBV and children of KP programming within the context of PEPFAR.

    • Coordinate and collaborate closely with the Strategic Information team in S/GAC on monitoring and evaluation of orphans and vulnerable children activities
    including identifying relevant and useful OVCY indicators to inform HIV programming.

    • Conduct statistical and qualitative analysis to inform OVC and DREAMS programming and disseminating findings through internal reports, and other publications.

    • Implement strategies to leverage the capabilities of the public, private, and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors to improve OVC programming within the South African social & health system. Focus on developing private sector partners and increasing the resource base for OVC and DREAMS implementing partners.

    • Represent USAID to external organizations and audiences at meetings and conferences including South African Government, Provincial Western Cape Government, researchers, multilateral organizations (e.g., UNICEF, UNAIDS, and Global Fund), foundations (e.g. Ackerman Pick-’n-Pay Foundation and Woolworths Trust) and local private sector.

    Inter-Sectoral Coordination (30%)

    • Participate in the PEPFAR/South Africa OVC and DREAMS Technical Working Groups (TWG) assisting the Prevention & OVC Team Lead in identifying and following up on key issues, including those related to policy and implementation.

    • Represent PEPFAR/South Africa and/or USAID/South Africa on inter-sectoral technical working groups.

    • Establish and maintain close working relationships and technically represent USAID to all levels of staff at relevant USAID operating units, South African government, implementing partners, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Embassy Pretoria and other agencies.

  • CCN PSCs may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship Program described in ADS 495maa.

    Position Elements

    Job Knowledge:

  • Advanced understanding of PEPFAR and the role of USAID in PEPFAR’s implementation. Knowledge of South African government priorities (e.g., Adolescent Youth Health Services, You Only Live Once, Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Adherence Guidelines). Knowledge of the roles of community cadres (e.g., Community Health Workers, Community Caregivers, Learner Support Agents, Youth and Child Care Workers) Knowledge of HIV epidemiology and community services (e.g., HTS, HIV prevention for AGYW, KPs and other priority populations; OVC services; GBV services; PrEP, Community Care and Distribution of ARVs; TB Prevention and Diagnosis; and Demand Creation).

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are required. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and an extensive range of contacts with USAID, Implementing Partners, Ministry of Health, social development, youth employment and basic education officials and non-governmental organization (NGO) counterparts.

  • Must possess high quality analytical skills and the ability to assess ongoing public health interventions to evaluate their efficiency in relation to significant economic, political and social trends in South Africa.

  • Ability to plan, organize, manage and evaluate important and complex projects. Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a team environment are also required.

    Post Entry Training:

  • The Specialist will be required to undergo USAID training in Programing Foreign Assistance, Project Design and Management, and maintain a COR/AOR certification.

    Minimum requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree or local equivalent in public health, child development, education, behavioral sciences, international development, social sciences, or related field is required.

    Prior Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional-level experience in the field of public health, social protection programming or social determinants of health or social asset building is required. Prior work experience with USAID or another international agency required.

    Language Proficiency:

  • Level IV (fluent) English in writing, speaking and listening ability is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Project Management Specialist - Social Protection Jobs in Cape Town South Africa

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