Vacancy for Short Term Consultant: Programme Management Support

Established in 2003, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of over 100 non-governmental organisations working together in 18 countries to promote the rights to bodily autonomy and integrity in order to reduce inequality, especially gender inequality and promote health, dignity and wellbeing in Southern and East Africa. The Regional Office of ARASA is located in Windhoek, Namibia.

ARASA seeks to appoint a committed and innovative individual for a 3-month period to provide Programme Management support to the ARASA team. Working with colleagues based in Windhoek (Namibia), Johannesburg (South Africa), Kampala (Uganda) and Cape Town (South Africa) and reporting to the Programmes Lead based in Harare (Zimbabwe), key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Supporting the implementation of ARASA’s programme activities through the provision of technical guidance and programmatic leadership to programme officers to contribute to the achievement of ARASA’s overall goals and objectives;
  • Supporting ARASA’s provision of technical assistance to in-country partners as outlined in the annual work plan;
  • Providing strategic support to the development of research and policy positions to inform ARASA’s advocacy work;
  • Supporting the communications officer / consultant and programme officers to ensure the maintenance of a positive organisational profile in the media and support the documentation of ARASA’s work and impact in creative ways;
  • Supporting the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of ARASA’s work and the measurement of the impact of its work including the development and consolidation of ARASA’s programmatic quarterly progress reports and annual narrative report;
  • Supporting the timely submission of all donor reports;
  • Supporting the effective management of grants awarded by ARASA to third parties;
  • Assisting in ensuring compliance with all contractual matters related to the various donors and other applicable laws and regulations;
  • Supporting the financial management and operations to ensure effective and timely implementation of programme activities.
  • Providing programme management and operations support as requested by the Senior Management Team.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in law, public health, human rights or associated field. Appropriate experience may be considered in place of a degree.  In addition, the candidate will have at least three years of senior management experience and/or a proven record of effective leadership and performance in a supervisory role, extensive experience and knowledge of health and human rights programming and policy advocacy (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights), social justice and human rights advocacy in Southern and East Africa. Experience compiling workplans, drafting proposals, and managing international grants is highly desired. In addition, the ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in project / programme management, risk management, budget management, cash flow management as well as narrative reporting, editing and writing.

The candidate must have advanced computer literacy and basic skills in public relations, communications (including social media) and strong networking capacity in a variety of spheres. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a diverse 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 will work remotely and must be available to start immediately following contracting.

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  

Closing date for applications is 18 April 2022. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.