Programme Manager (senior)

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Programme Manager (senior)

A Programme Manager (Senior) position is available at one of our clients, Wits Health Consortium, RHI unit in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.


The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a renowned African-led research institute that seeks solutions to Africa’s health challenges.

It is located within the University of the Witwatersrand and addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region, including HIV and its related problems, sexual and reproductive health and vaccinology.
This is done through pioneering, multi-disciplinary research; responsive technical support and innovation in health services; and evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional and global stakeholders.

The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a leading research institute attached to the University of the Witwatersrand.
We address some of the greatest public health concerns affecting the region, including HIV, sexual and reproductive health, and vaccinology.
We do this through pioneering, multi-disciplinary research; responsive technical support and innovation in health services; and evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional and global stakeholders.
Our Key Populations Programme seeks a Technical Advisor to join our senior leadership team.

Main purpose of the job

An exciting opportunity for a strong Senior Programme Manager with dynamic leadership and strong team focus exists to apply their expertise in managing a variety of high impact health projects, from multi-partner technical assistance provision to clinical research activities, in HIV, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and adolescent girls and young women.
The incumbent will thrive on leading a team whilst producing excellence in project delivery and service delivery thereby building the impact of the role to participant, project and organization.


22 Esselen Street, Hillbrow, Johannesburg

Key performance areas:

• Managing day to day operations and coordination of the programme and               programme staff.

• Ensure project deliverables are on track

• Convene all country partners on a regular and ongoing basis

• Understand and manage team dynamics within multiple partnerships

• Provide overall management and technical oversight to the programme

• Provide oversight and support to research activities

• Ensure documentation of programme activities and achievements as per donor     and institution requirements

• Ensure compliance to the budgets

• Develop annual workplans and timelines

• Work with the financial manager to develop the relevant budgets and                   monitoring

• Continuous assessment of priorities

• Contribute to grant writing and development

• Provide continuous strategic guidance to all stakeholders

• Act as a point person between partners

• Facilitate synergy between internal and external partners

• Ensure documentation of internal meeting reports and communications

• Review and ensure donor regulatory compliance reporting within timeframes

• Facilitate the ongoing communications between consortium, stakeholders, and       external partners such as donors, sponsors and other groups

• Facilitate and coordinate communications across partners

• Attend to all staffing requirements and administration.

• Supervise and manage the duties of subordinates to ensure optimal staff

  utilisation and maintenance of sound labour relations.

• Perform and facilitate performance development and assessments.

• Identify substandard performance by team members and take necessary

   corrective action.

• Coach and train subordinates and team members to ensure the acquisition of         knowledge and skills required by the organisation.

• Promote harmony, teamwork and sharing of information.

• Take ownership and accountability for tasks and demonstrates effective self           management.

• Follow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work         are consistently and accurately maintained.

• Maintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedback.

• Take ownership for driving own career development by participating in ongoing     training and development activities such as forums, conferences, policy setting     workshops etc. 

Required minimum education and training

• Masters degree in Public Health or related field 

Required minimum work experience

• 5-10 years experience in HIV, SRH, or relevant global health field

• Minimum 5 years experience in managing multi-partner projects

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

• Experience in HIV prevention, SRH, GBV, and AGYW programming

• Experience managing donor funded (USAID, CDC, Gates Foundation, NIH, etc.)     programmes

• Experience in budgeting and grants management

• Experience working with multiple stakeholders

• Able to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

• Experience overseeing staff

• Knowledge of research methodologies

• Positive, energetic team leader with an ability to adapt to complex situations        and take initiative

• Strong organizational skills with an accurate approach to work, attention to          detail

• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
Advanced Microsoft Office      skills.

• Experience with managing field operations


  • Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV - Please Apply Online

  • Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.

  • The closing date for all applications is 21 January 2020.

  • Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.

  • Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.

  • In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

Please note that AJ PERSONNEL is only responsible for the advertising of the advertisement on behalf of their client Wits Health Consortium.

AJ Personnel does not have any salary or other information regarding the position.