Overview

Pact is implementing a USAID-funded project entitled Swaziland Ready, Resourceful, Risk Aware locally known as (Insika ya Kusasa). The objective of the project is to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), adolescent girls (AG) and young women (YW) in Swaziland. The project will result in mitigation of the impact of HIV, reduction in new HIV infections, and improved HIV clinical outcomes for the above target groups. We are looking for candidates to fill the positions below:

1. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

Position Summary: The Capacity Development (CD) Advisor will provide technical leadership and oversight to the project’s capacity development strategy for transitioning indigenous partners to direct funding by USAID, i.e. assist local partners (LP) to become successful prime recipients of USAID funds and comply with USG regulations, policies, and PEPFAR performance standards and reporting requirements. The CD Advisor also leads capacity development interventions and support to Pact implementing partners including assessments, trainings, technical assistance, monitoring, and reporting.

This position will be based at Pact in Mbabane.

The Capacity Development (CD) Advisor’s primary responsibilities include:

1. Capacity Development to Implementing Partners

• Responsible for day-to-day implementation of CD activities of the InsikayaKusasa Implementing Partners, including close collaboration with leadership of local organizations, mentoring partner staff, leading Integrated Technical Organizational Capacity Assessment (ITOCA) and Organizational Performance Index (OPI) assessments, and supporting partners with implementation of Institutional Strengthening Plans.

• Provide direct support to Implementing Partners in the areas of governance, leadership, Board development, human resources, policy development, communications, and external relationships.

• Consolidate assessment results across the cohort of partners to identify and analyze organizational capacity patterns and identify new strategic directions for capacity development support

• Provide strategic inputs into the overall capacity development program component, recommending adaptations based on ongoing lessons learned Regularly interface with Pact Swaziland Programs Teams to ensure smooth coordination of programmatic and technical assistance

• Lead/coordinate strategy development, implementation, and monitoring of all project activities concerning CD.

• Participate in Pact’s Capacity Development Community of Practice forum and contribute to documentation and development of new and existing capacity development and specifically OD methodologies within Pact.

• Collaborate with the Pact Technical, Strategic Information and Grants Management departments to ensure adherence to targets, timelines, budget management and achievement of objectives.

• Monitor potential risks and actively engages with program team on mitigation of risks as they arise.

• Introduce/facilitate network and organizational analysis and network strengthening activities to identify barriers and opportunities for advancing HIV/AIDS epidemic control.

• Support the development and realization of local organizations resource mobilization and sustainability strategies.

• Leads the full cycle of subaward management activities that are integrated  within the overall CD strategy, from planning through selection, pre-award assessment, negotiation, monitor/compliance visits and close out and organizational development topic.

• Demonstrated experience developing organizational capacity in financial and grant management, human resources, USG compliance, and related topics.

• Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse and dispersed teams of employees.

• Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.

• Demonstrated ethical management practices.

• Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners.

• Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).

• Be highly proficient in public speaking and giving concise and insightful presentations of complex data.

• Ability to travel internationally periodically.

Preferred Requirements

• Direct experience with PEPFAR transition awards and/or successfully graduating indigenous partners to direct donor funding.

• Experience with CD database/tracking tools


2. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Position summary: Position Purpose Pack seeks an experienced Technical Director for the anticipated CDC/Eswatini Comprehensive Community-based Programming to Maintain HIV Epidemic Control in Eswatini under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Activity. The activity is expected to implement community-based, comprehensive, and evidence-based programming to maintain HIV epidemic control in Eswatini, with a focus on the Manzini and Lubombo regions. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity. The Technical Director directly assist the Project Director to provide technical and strategic leadership and oversight of the project’s implementation and management of community-focused interventions

The community programming and structures developed are intended to be resilient and flexible in the face of health, environmental, or political threats, and leveraged to support emerging public health needs. In line with PEPFAR and global approaches, interventions should be client-centered, establish strong collaboration and coordination with health, social welfare, faith-based and civil-society structures, and demonstrate progress toward sustainability over the course of the award.

Areas of focus include:

1. Community-based HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention interventions with an emphasis on preventing HIV acquisition among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and expanding voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) coverage among adolescent boys and young men (ABYM),

2. Refining community case identification and linkage approaches for HIV and tuberculosis (TB)

3. Expanding community-based differentiated service delivery models, and

4. Strengthening the capacity of people living with HIV (PLHIV) networks, civil society organizations(CSOs), faith communities, and other community structures to provide HIV, TB, and GBV services.

2. Capacity Development Support to Transition Partners:

• Lead the evidence-based assessment and identification of potential Transition partners, including capacity assessments and review of performance data.

• Lead the development and implementation of the project’s overall CD strategy to strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of local organizations toward direct funding from USAID, while maintaining performance and quality prevention, care, and treatment services.

• Collaborate closely with partner organizational leadership on prime readiness and post award technical assistance to promote prime award success.

• Lead the complete transition and execution planning process, including readiness planning approaches for Transition partners to prepare them for graduation to direct recipients of USAID funding, and execution of post award support for strong Prime implementation.

• Lead the training (or linkage to a training) for Transition partners to the USAID Rules and Regulations Training.

• Monitor transition partner technical performance through close collaboration with programs and strategic information teams and support the implementation of strategies to improve technical and indicator performance.

• Lead the support to Transition partners in proposal preparedness and planning, technical design workshopping, training on award instruments and proposal writing including supporting the development of Transition partner budget packages and post award Technical Assistance plans

• Lead in the engagements with collaborative partners, Pact HQ and USAID to enhance Transition partner readiness support during their pre- and post-award period.

• Lead the technical and contextual adaptation of Pact’s CD tools and approaches, with an eye towards transitioning local organizations to direct donor funding, including ITOCA, DPI, network analysis, and monitoring completion for institutional strengthening plans.

• Provide strong post award support for Transition partners including support for start and long-term technical assistance through their implementation.

• Provide innovative solutions to granting needs, especially concerning local partners on the cusp of receiving direct PEPFAR funding for the first time and local organizations receiving PEPFAR funding that need support increasing their absorption capacity.

• Lead in the reporting of all CD support interventions for Transition partners.

• Responsible for the identification and the participation of learning platforms that advance CD objectives for both Pact and local transition partners.

• Share best practices and support other Pact country offices on successful approaches to transition awards

Minimum Requirements:

• Master’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, or related field.

• At least 7 years’ experience providing capacity development technical support and/or grants management to large complex, donor-funded projects in developing or transitional countries.

• Excellent grasp of participatory CD tools and methodologies.

• Excellent facilitation and training skills in a variety of health

Key Responsibilities

• The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and expert advice on strategies and interventions to implement community-based, comprehensive, and evidence-based programming to maintain HIV epidemic control in Eswatini

• S/he will be fully conversant on global, regional, and local best practices and evidence-based approaches in COVID-19/pandemic preparedness and response, primary health care, and public health to develop and/or adapt for the Eswatini context.

• S/he will lead and facilitate the integration of evidence-based programming across results areas, while ensuring quality, responsiveness, and relevance of technical assistance and capacity building.

• S/he will coordinate development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on all project work plans.

• S/he will supervise program monitoring, evaluating, and reporting activities, ensuring that all project deliverables are met and delivered in a timely and efficient manner.

• In coordination with the Project Director, s/he will serve as a Pact liaison to CDC and national and local partners, including government officials, civil society. and community leaders, particularly on technical matters.

• S/he will coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.

• S/he will supervise key technical staff directly

• Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Pact’s thought leadership in capacity development and health.

• Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.

Basic Requirements

• Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field, such as public health or international development.

• At least 5-7 years of experience in direct implementation of public health, health systems and/or health policy programming. Preferably on HHS/CDC projects.

• At least five years of experience as a Technical Director or in a comparable senior-level leadership position on international donor projects.

• Experience in Southern Africa, preferably Eswatini

• Experience working on teams for USG-funded PEPFAR projects, preferably HHS/CDC

• Demonstrated leadership and adaptive management skills.

• Track record of effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.

• Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and work with and between different stakeholders.

• Demonstrated skills in problem solving and consensus building.

• Must possess knowledge and experience with OGAC/PEPFAR processes and working knowledge of Country Operational Planning (COP) processes, PEPFAR Guidance, and PEPFAR reporting

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Eswatini

• Eswatini nationals are encouraged to apply.

Salary: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.

All candidates must meet the minimum qualifications to apply.

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email including a resume, cover letter,references, and salary history to: swazirecruit@pactworld.org.

The deadline is January 15, 2021.

Please be advised that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.