May 10, 2021
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO that unlocks the potential of women to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families across ten sub-Saharan African countries. m2m trains, employs, and helps empower women living with HIV to work as community healthcare workers in understaffed health centres and underserved communities. Through a peer-to-peer approach, these ‘Mentor Mothers’ deliver a range of health services, advice, and support to women and their families. Started in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001 with an initial focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, m2m has innovated and built on its strengths and now provides family-centred support for a range of related health and social issues spanning pregnancy, birth, childhood, and adolescence.
It also partners with governments and other NGOs on the adoption of its programme to spread the Mentor Mother Model and its benefits. m2m has a track record of scaling its services and proven impact. To date, m2m has reached over 11M women and children under two, and created more than 11,000 jobs for African women living with HIV.
Job Description mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based, global NGO that unlocks the potential of mothers and their families through scalable, high-impact interventions to women and children, their families and communities. m2m’s peer-based Mentor Mother Model has proven effective in improving the health of women and their children, reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission rates, and generating significant savings on HIV treatment costs, while empowering HIV-positive women through training and employment. mothers2mothers programme scope includes HIV prevention, care and treatment for all, comprehensive reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), early childhood development, comprehensive adolescent health & youth development with particular focus on orphans and vulnerable children; capacity building/technical assistance to local partners, Lead Implementing partners and government ministries for quality programme service delivery. m2m continues to expand our reach through sustainable social and behavioural change communication interventions integrated across all our core technical programmes. The STA OVC will lead the design and implementation of evidence-based Orphans and Vulnerable Children including Early Childhood Development (ECD/OVC) programmes, providing technical support and guidance to country teams on OVC issues as well as spearheading quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives all relevant projects. The STA will lead knowledge management, keep abreast of and share up to date knowledge and information in the field. The Senior Technical Advisor (STA OVC) reports to the Senior Programme Lead, Department of Programmes and Technical Support.
Key Performance Areas: Technical Design and oversight
Lead the design and dissemination of m2m’s comprehensive OVC programme framework including consolidation of a programme implementation toolkit and performance indicator framework Provide high quality technical assistance in the design, rollout/start-up and implementation of m2m’s ECD/OVC projects and or interventions across all levels of m2m’s programme development cycle including start-up, rollout, implementation support, AFELs, programme reporting etc) Conduct on-going needs assessment and advice country teams on programme enhancement and realignment, based on routine analysis of programme data, operations research and evaluation Backstop m2ms integrated ECD and OVC programs, under the direction of the Senior Programme Lead, including the coordination of regular meetings and check-ins. Oversight of roll out of Global/country-specific case management tools, assessing and enrolling OVC beneficiaries onto the program and coordinating, documenting, reporting and cross-country learning on key services for OVCs Provide guidance and technical oversight to OVC programmes to ensure systems are in place for effective transition of beneficiaries from outgoing implementing partners, uninterrupted service provision to existing beneficiaries and enrolment of new beneficiaries to meet targets, based on specific donor projects Coordinate development, finalization, updating, and continuous review of project workplans, MEL plans and reports for projects supported Lead the integration of enhanced ECD interventions within m2m’s integrated RMNCH/PMTCT work Liaise with country teams to facilitate successful implementation of DPTS-led programme projects including the recently developed eService delivery range and HIISP Assist in Target setting for RMNCAH/PMTCT programmes in close collaboration with Strategic Information and STA colleagues Contribute to the development of systems, processes, procedures, materials and tools to support country programmes Support review, interpretation, and monitoring of monthly and quarterly technical reports Provide training and mentorship to implementation teams across countries; this may include developing standard operating procedures, implementation and QA/QI tools that can be adapted by country teams Liaise with other DPTS units to facilitate successful implementation of country programmes. Quality Assurance and Quality improvement
Provide on-going implementation support for m2m’s Bring it on! Quality assurance and Quality improvement initiative across all RMNCAH projects Coordinate routine Head Office led monthly/quarterly QA/QI meetings with countries, including documentation, synthesis, and follow-up of action plans with responsible staff Support development/ adaptation of QA/QI tools and conduct regular service quality assessments using m2m’s internal tools and donor specific tools to ensure effective service delivery at household level and proper documentation of beneficiary records, Standard Operating Procedures and tools available at site level to guide programming and reporting Conduct desk reviews, develop and disseminate best practice reports, including quarterly Project BIO (quality improvement) reports. Develop standard operating procedures, implementation guidelines and programme tools that can be adapted by country teams Support the review of training materials and job aides Coordinate and conduct regular RMNCH check-in meetings for designated projects Assist in managing projects, including multi-country learning workshops Business Development/Fundraising
Lead the conceptualization of new ECD/OVC projects as part of m2m’s business development/ or fundraising including technical analysis of requests for funding applications, development of design matters and programme logic models in liaison with m2m country teams Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the ECD, OVC and Child Protection portfolio in line with m2m’s strategic priorities. Provide innovative and responsive technical direction including skills development to increase m2m’s ECD/OVC portfolio Write and/or contribute to the development of funding proposals, concept notes, PowerPoint presentations and other technical materials as requested by the donors to ensure quality proposals in OVC Programming per agency and donor standards. Contribute to budgeting and staffing plans and activities for proposals Representation and Advocacy
Participate in global networks to represent m2m and advocate for increased commitments to m2m’s ECD/OVC strategies Design or contribute to research and analysis to develop ECD/OVC strategies, including operations research Provide up‐to‐date, evidence based technical and policy briefs, and develop or manage the creation of evidence‐ based program standards with key stakeholders. Participate in program design and development of implementation activities (strategic planning, program presentation, advocacy and policy meetings), as appropriate. Contribute to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy. People Management
Supervise consultants, Program Officers, Interns and mentor them to facilitate professional growth and development. Other duties as assigned. Job Requirements Qualifications and Experience
Masters Degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Social Sciences or related field. Minimum of ten years’ experience in non-profit/NGO/international development or philanthropic programme or project management, with a focus on public health in comprehensive programming focusing on children and adolescents who are orphaned and vulnerable Vast experience in back-stopping or direct project management and ensuring technical quality of multi-layered OVC programmes for bilateral and multilateral agencies like UKAID, USAID, Global Fund is required Experience in design and integrating ECD activities under case management for younger children in RMNCH or OVC programmes is essential Significant Experience in OVC project management – including developing standard operating procedures, reports, work plans and coordinating cross-organizational processes – is essential. Demonstrated experience in capacity building and a strong research background within RMNCH programming areas Significant Experience of writing funding/business development concept notes and proposals and reports. Significant Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and with multi-cultural teams. Ability to plan strategies with partners and provide high quality technical assistance on RMNCAH issues; Competencies:
Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and utilize epidemiological studies, program performance information, and other available quantitative and qualitative RMNCAH data; Ability to work in both large and small team structures, in a participatory and consensus-oriented environment as well as on a peer-to-peer basis; Ability to effectively address complex situations using strong interpersonal skills; Strong ability to handle sensitive issues diplomatically; Ability to write detailed technical reports, policy briefs and other documents of substantial length and complexity with minimal errors; Strong initiative, self-motivated, self-starter, and an innovative thinker who is intellectually curious with the ability to think outside-the-box; Ability to work independently and in collaboration and coordination with a diverse group of stakeholders in a dynamic, complex and rapidly changing environment; Ability to utilize basic computer programs effectively, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Excellent communication and writing skills.
mothers2mothers is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly encourage applications from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), people with disabilities, women and previously disadvantaged people. Competitive salary packages will be negotiable in accordance with m2m’s remuneration policies.
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa