Job Advert: International Programmes Specialist

Job Advert: International Programmes Specialist
~R288,000 – R384,000 per annum cost to company based in Cape Town or Johannesburg, starting mid 2011


About Sonke
With a full-time staff of 44 people working from offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Sonke works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.

International Programmes Unit
The International Programmes and Networks Unit within Sonke aims to develop and consolidate coherent national, regional and international networks of civic organisations and activists to build capacity, advocate for, and take gender transformative work with men and boys to scale at all levels.  The main focus of this work is through the MenEngage Alliance, and in particular the MenEngage Africa Network for which Sonke is the regional co-ordinator (see

About the position
Sonke is looking for a committed and innovative individual to join this unit as the International Programmes Specialist. This person will report to the International Programmes Co-ordinator, and will be a crucial member of Sonke’s team.  In particular he/she will provide project management and technical input for two new projects: the Learning Centre Initiative; and the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative.  The Learning Centre Initiative, a new partnership between Sonke and The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), will support project sites in Uganda and Zambia to develop their work to engage boys and men in sexual and reproductive health (SRH).  In addition, Sonke will lead the Initiative’s strong agenda of communications, advocacy, and research, and will work to increase technical and theoretical understanding on men as clients and partners in SRH.  The MenEngage Africa Training Initiative seeks to expand the skills and knowledge among male and female civil society practitioners and policy makers on engaging men and boys in gender equality, and build a network of gender justice advocates across Africa.  This initiative will likely provide courses on a range of issues, including sexual violence, HIV and SRH, and on different topics, such as community mobilisation, technical assistance, and policy and advocacy work.  The position requires full-time residence in the Cape Town or Johannesburg office.

Skills and Responsibilities

Learning Centre Initiative
1. Establishing the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) funded Learning Centre Initiative as part of the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative
2. Overall coordination of the RFSU Learning Centre Initiative, including oversight, support and capacity building of Learning Centre sites (Uganda and Zambia); facilitating and leading on Initiative planning and budgeting; constant communication with partners; field support to partners; project monitoring and evaluation; liaison and reporting
3. Coordination of Sonke’s direct programme activities under the RFSU Learning Centre Initiative, including advocacy and communications work
4. Providing technical knowledge and technical leadership to the RFSU Learning Centre Initiative on the issue of engaging men in sexual and reproductive health

MenEngage Africa Training Initiative
5. Co-ordinating the development and implementation of the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI), including: desk research; seeking feedback from MenEngage partners; developing, pilot testing and finalising the MATI curriculum; identifying and recruiting resource persons in conjunction with partners; developing partnerships to support the MATI; supporting the participant recruitment process; co-ordinating logistics for the MATI residential sessions; supporting follow-up processes and mentorship; developing an e-learning module
6. Linking the MATI to other MenEngage Africa processes.

Supporting other MenEngage Africa activities
7. Undertaking research to support MenEngage Africa’s work, such as its policy advocacy
8. Supporting training courses for MenEngage Africa country networks to build their capacity on a range of issues, including research and monitoring and evaluation
9. Providing feedback to colleagues on MenEngage Africa country network workplans, budgets, progress reports and other related documents
10. Supporting Sonke/MenEngage Africa meetings, such as regional consultative events with partner organisations
11.  Support the development of the MenEngage network within Africa, including the development of tools to support governance and co-ordination within country networks

• Recognised university degree in relevant subject area; post graduate qualification an advantage.
• The candidate should have at least 5 years of work experience in the delivery and project management of community-based programmes focusing on sexual and reproductive health, HIV or gender equality, ideally with a focus on men and masculinities; experience managing a regional project an advantage
• Experience in creating systems (for planning, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting) and understanding of quality assurance issues
• Ability to deliver capacity building, and to assess organizational needs and strategise, plan and manage the process of capacity building on site and at a distance
• Experience and proven track record developing and undertaking advocacy and communications.
• Experience in undertaking or managing research and monitoring and evaluation an advantage.
• Familiarity with the Southern and Eastern African region and policies and practices relating to gender, sexual and reproductive health and HIV. 
• Familiarity with strategies and programmes aimed at engaging men and boys to address gender, HIV and sexual and reproductive health in the Southern and Eastern African region an advantage
• Fluency in English
• Willingness to travel 25-30% time

For further information about Sonke, please visit:
Applications due to by Wednesday 6th April, 2011, 2011. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please do not make inquiries.

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