Project Director, HIV/AIDS (GATES Project)

Population Services International (PSI)
  • Location
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 13

Position description

PSI and AVAC are seeking an experienced Project Director who will lead stakeholder engagement, oversee project activities and manage collaboration between a number of partners. The Project Director should have: a track-record of building trust among diverse stakeholders to achieve complex outcomes in South Africa; significant management and leadership experience, preferably of large in-country projects with multiple sub-awardees; a history of successfully managing government and donor relations as well as community engagement in a project; a strong interest in private sector approaches to development; and experience successfully implementing health programs centered around HIV prevention, testing and treatment. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of the South African context and HIV epidemic as well as experience implementing studies, pilots or projects focused on end users and/or providers. Extensive knowledge of the relevant scientific literature and donors about HIV testing, prevention and treatment preferred. This leadership position will be based at Society for Family Health in Johannesburg, South Africa and will undertake high level coordination between the two workstreams.

Your contribution

  • Ensure meaningful, extensive stakeholder engagement from across the spectrum in South Africa, including but not limited to government, donors, community organizations, implementing partners and academia.
  • Serve as main point of contact/representative of the project to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other national and community stakeholders in South Africa.
  • Develop project-wide implementation and work plans including timelines and assigned roles and responsibilities for all project partners; manage the roles of all project partners and sub-awardees including through appropriate delegation to other members of the management team.
  • Serve as main point of contact with the South African government, working collaboratively with appropriate ministries, establishing and maintaining relationships and reporting results to inform national standards of prevention, testing, treatment and care
  • Manage collaborative relationship between staff and stakeholders in these two ‘sister’ awards from BMGF, including management and oversight, participation in meetings, sharing strategies and results and coordinating efforts as appropriate
  • Ensure the appropriate regulatory authorities (Institutional Review Boards) are an integral part of the planning and implementation process.
  • Assist in design, implementation and oversight of research and pilot activities, working closely with research and implementing teams across the project.
  • Ensure all project deliverables, as stated in the contract, are achieved on time and to the highest standard and ensure that project results are shared and viewed as a ‘public good’.
  • Provide effective guidance and support to technical members of the in-country management teams and short–term technical consultants.
  • Supervise staff responsible for the program and financial management of the award:
    • Donor financial reports, project budgets, monitoring of project expenditure, compliance of financial systems and controls with donor standards;
    • Tracking and achievement of all project deliverables per the contract;
    • Sub-contract development and negotiations with partners.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of the documentation and dissemination strategy of project research results and program learnings throughout the award. This ongoing dissemination will take place through workshops, working papers, online and other appriopriate channels.
  • Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with the donor, PSI and AVAC requirements.


  • The candidate should hold an advanced degree (MPH, PhD, MBA or equivalent education) in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, marketing, business or other related field, or equivalent extensive experience in these fields.
  • At least 10 years of experience in programmatic and technical leadership of large, complex donor-funded health programs.
  • Exceptional managerial and operational experience, preferably managing complex, projects involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions and experience with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Broad understanding of public health in South Africa with in-depth knowledge of HIV in the local context.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn human centered design approaches and their value to program design to advocate for approach to stakeholders and partners
  • Comfortable representing the program vis-à-vis various audiences and stakeholders, including government, donors, sub-grantees, multilateral organizations, beneficiary communities, the media and civil society.
  • Experience with advocacy and institutional development within government and non-government channels.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English, extensive computer skills, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, and be highly motivated and organized.

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