Programme Officer - Capacity Building

Hivos, South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th December, 2017

Job Description

Hivos Southern Africa Hub, aims towards an open and green society, inspired by humanist values such as freedom, dignity, responsibility and curiosity. Our objective is that every person can live in freedom and dignity on a planet that is sustainable. We pride ourselves as upholding the principles of Social innovation of generating new ideas and approaches that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet.

The Regional SRHR Fund (RSRHR Fund) is a regional mechanism that was set up by Ford Foundation and Hivos Southern Africa in 2010 to strengthen regional work in the region on SRHR with a view to improve coordination efforts to address major SRHR issues. The fund is focusing its efforts on Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR). To do so, it is supporting civil society responses to a diversity of ASRHR issues that are relevant at both the national and regional levels using grant-making as the main mechanism of support.    It also convening meetings to foster improved partnerships and collective effort among regional and national organizations in response to the need for improved coordination and collaboration. The Fund also seeks to support efforts to advocate and take actions that can lead to improvements in the availability and accessibility of SRHR services for adolescent and youth with a focus on the most vulnerable people. 

The RSHR Fund is about to sign a contract for additional funding from the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka to enable it to expand the breadth and focus of its work.

This will require the recruitment of a team of people to work together over the next four years to undertake a series of inter-related activities including grant making, capacity building, advocacy, research, convening meetings and knowledge management. It will also include a component involving youth researchers who will be supported to undertake research to identify some of the key ASRHR issues in the region.

To support our office generate new initiatives and mobilise resources we are looking for a:

Programme Officer - Capacity Building

Aim of the Job

Working with the Senior Programme Officer and Programme Manager the Programme Officer (Capacity Building) will undertake activities primarily focused on strengthening the organisational and technical capacity of SRHR grant partners in fields such as governance, administration, financial management, strategic advocacy, constituency building and monitoring and evaluation. S/he will design and provide a comprehensive package of capacity development activities that support the technical and institutional development of partners on this project. Other activities include the provision of training and mentorship to emergent CSO leaders, and other forms of training and technical assistance including providing technical support to youth-led research as well as support to the development of social media campaigns. The Programme will be implemented in southern African and  East Africa with the main office being in Johannesburg and a satellite office in Nairobi.


  • Deliver all capacity development-related activities for partner CSOs and their networks in diverse areas of organizational development ;
  • The delivery of individualized technical assistance and capacity building to grant partners in identified areas of need;
  • Work closely with selected local partners to ensure adequate capacity is built in various areas of the programme;
  • Develop materials and processes for specific areas/topics identified as needed for capacity development of partners, including training, mentoring and coaching of partners, peer learning and other methodologies;
  • Lead in program monitoring, evaluating, learning and periodic reporting related to capacity building;
  • Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of activities planning, monitoring, and implementation;
  • Help to document project-based learnings and best practices;
  • Undertake other activities as may be identified by the Senior Programme Manager in consultation with the programme manager; and
  • Frequent international travel to project countries to provide capacity building and technical assistance to grantees and other relevant stakeholders.


  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, with an advanced degree preferred;
  • At least five years' experience in project management and supervision;
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational capacity building for CSOs, including designing and implementing trainings for CSOs, delivering organizational development technical assistance, and/or mentoring CSOs;
  • Five (5) years prior experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research in field-based positions.


  • Exceptional capacity building skills with an ability to use a diversity of methodologies including coaching, mentorship and peer learning
  • Experience in facilitating training, mentoring and coaching across the region
  • Demonstrable experience in gather best practices and lessons learned and sharing information with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience in facilitating training in research methodologies
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders across multiple countries
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Commitment to team-working and a willingness to join in with colleagues to manage the pressures and priorities of the day
  • Oral and written fluency in English is critical
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a multi- cultural environment


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