ARASA vacancy: Programmes Associate. Applications due 20 April 2016

Posted by ARASA on April 11, 2016


Vacancy:      Programmes Associate

 Established in 2003, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of over 90 non-governmental organisations working together in 18 countries in southern and east Africa to promote a human rights based response to HIV and TB, through capacity building and advocacy.

ARASA seeks to appoint a committed and innovative individual to fill the position of Programmes Associate. The location of the post is in Windhoek, Namibia or Cape Town, South Africa. 

Key areas of responsibility:

The Programmes Associate will have overall responsibility for management of the ARASA small grants programme, which includes:

  •  Developing, in collaboration with other team members, the “Calls for proposals” for ARASA small grants and issuing the call for proposals;
  • In collaboration with other team members, electing recipients for the ARASA small grants;
  • Supporting the finalisation of work plans, M&E frameworks and budgets for the small grants and ensuring that grant agreements are drafted and signed;
  • Ensuring disbursements for grants are made in accordance with the grant agreements;
  • Providing on-going technical assistance to grantees, including in respect of programme management, monitoring and evaluation and reporting;
  • Linking grantees with other organizations at the regional and international level who can provide additional resources and information, through, inter alia, the creation of a knowledge-sharing online platform(s);
  • Moderating the grantees email list and ensuring that additional resources and other relevant information is shared with grantees;
  • Assisting grantees and Country Programmes with resource mobilization to ensure the sustainability of successful projects and Country Programmes after the grant period; and
  • Compiling consolidated quarterly reports on the progress of the small grants projects.

The Programmes Associate will also support monitoring and evaluation of all ARASA programmes, which support includes:

  • In collaboration with the M&E Officer, implement and update the ARASA Monitoring and Evaluation System and indicators for output and outcome monitoring;
  • Undertake project and programme monitoring to ensure that ARASA programmes are achieving the outputs and outcomes provided for in the log frame;
  • Collect, collate, analyse and present data generated by ARASA information systems to inform program improvement, decision making and reporting
  • Work with the Communications Lead to document and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt;
  • Undertake field visits to monitor the implementation of programme activities as required;
  • Support the programme team leaders with integration of monitoring and evaluation into programme design and in ensuring the timely preparation and submission of internal and external reports;
  • Assist with the organisation and conducting of periodic programme performance/ operational audits, mid-term reviews and terminal evaluations of programmes and operations; and
  • Perform such other duties as required by the Director or Deputy Director for achieving ARASA’s objectives.

The ideal candidate will have a degree or diploma in Programme Management, Monitoring and Evaluation or similar field. Appropriate experience may be considered in place of a degree or diploma. In addition, the candidate will have at least three years’ experience in programme and/or grants management, monitoring and evaluation and advanced information management skills. Previous work experience in the field of HIV, TB and human rights in the region will be an advantage.

The candidate must have advanced computer literacy skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. Excellent verbal and written communication, research and analytical skills are required. Fluency in English is a prerequisite and knowledge of Portuguese or French is desirable.

ARASA offers an attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience. The successful candidate must be able to live and work in Namibia or South Africa.

Interested and qualified candidates who match the profile are invited to submit their CV and letter of interest as well as a sample of recent writing to the Director at 

Closing date for applications is 20 April 2016. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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