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Programme Officer, HIV/AIDS at Southern African Development Community (SADC)

  • Full Time
  • Malawi
  • Salary: 000

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Job Description

Purpose of the job:

Support the Senior Programme Officer in facilitating and coordinating the development, review, implementation and monitoring of the HIV and AIDS agenda of the SADC.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide effective support to the Senior Programme Officer on research and dissemination of HIV and AIDS information:

  • Collate data and information relevant to the SADC HIV and AIDS programme of action, using primary and secondary research techniques
  • Co-ordinate research projects to enhance SADC’s response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic
  • Analyse data and information from research commissioned on HIV and AIDS issues in the region
  • Keep regional database on HIV and AIDS up to date
  • Organise and coordinate the sharing of technical information and resources in HIV and AIDS among Member States and partners in SADC
  • Prepare data for publishing on the SADC website and other forms of media
  • Prepare regional annual report on the implementation of the SADC HIV, TB, Malaria, SRH Integrated Programs Strategy

Provide effective support to the Senior Programme Officer to facilitate and coordinate the:

  • Implementation of approved policies and strategic frameworks
  • Harmonisation of policies, strategies, regulations and standards
  • Review, development and monitoring of protocol on HIV and AIDS
  • Implementation of capacity building interventions for effective HIV and AIDS programming, planning and management
  • Development, review and implementation of strategies and plans
  • Harmonisation of integrated responses on HIV and AIDS
  • Mobilisation of sustainable and scaled up multi-sectoral responses

Provide technical and administrative support to the Senior Programme Officer during programme / project implementation:

  • Drafting of papers, concept notes, minutes of meetings, annotated agendas etc.
  • Promotion of the relevant SADC programme portfolio, pipeline, specific projects and programme impact
  • Organisation of relevant Technical & Policy Meetings & Workshops
  • Engagement with or presentations to various stakeholders / audiences on relevant sector issues
  • Procurement of consultancies and supervision of consultants
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of programmes/projects and preparation of M&E reports
  • Mainstream any cross cutting issues (e.g. gender and poverty) in the programmes of the unit
  • Integrate cross cutting issues in all programme documents
  • Facilitate the participation relevant stakeholders on these cross cutting issues in the key discussion meetings and workshops
  • Monitor and draft a report on the extent of mainstreaming
  • Maintain effective contact with Member States in all programme related matters for the sector
  • Liaise with other programme directorates, as and when there is a need for joint /synergised programme implementation
  • Research and adopt best practices in own specialised area of work, and maintain high level of knowledge in order to effectively undertake the duties of the post
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervising officer

Position Requirements


At least a Masters Degree in Sciences or related technical field from a

recognised institution

Specialised Knowledge

  • Knowledge and understanding of integrated programme planning, budgeting, development, administration and monitoring for HIV and AIDS
  • Proficient in the use of computers and computer software relevant to the position


At least 7-10 years of similar experience within a public or private sector, regional or international organisation.

Skills Requirements

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation, networking and relationship building skills
  • Organisational skills (planning, budgeting, time management, work prioritisation)
  • Research, analytical and problem-solving skills

Competency Requirements

  • Capable of maintaining quality whilst working under pressure and adhering to deadlines
  • Conceptual and practical thinking
  • Customer focused
  • Decisive
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and largely unsupervised
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a international, multi-cultural and highly political environment
  • Maintain confidentiality and respectful of sensitive situations
  • Methodical and organised, with a high level of attention to details
  • Organisational awareness with an understanding of how to engage the organisation to get things done
  • Professionalism and adherence to good work ethics
  • Question status quo / conventional approaches and encourage new ideas and innovations for progress
  • Resilience and personal drive, self-motivation
  • Results and performance driven
  • Team player

Tenure of appointment

The term of appointment of the Director, Industrial Development and Trade shall be for a fixed period of four (4) years, renewable once for another period of four (4) years. While appointments for positions (2–19) will be on a fixed-term contract for four (4) years, renewable twice for an equal period, subject to:

  • satisfactory completion of 6 months’ probation;
  • satisfactory performance;
  • retirement age limit of 60 years; and
  • the continued need for the position.


The positions are open to qualified applicants who:

  • Are 52 years old or younger. This requirement is based on the Organization’s need to recruit staff who can serve for a reasonable period of time before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
  • Are from the following eligible Member States: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Applications should be accompanied by the following:

  1. a cover letter stating the position that you want to be considered for and describing how your qualifications, experience, and competencies are relevant to the position;
  2. not more than five (5) pages of updated curriculum vitae;
  3. certified copies of your degree(s), Diploma(s) and Certificate(s); and
  4. duly signed and completed SADC Application Form.

Should you be shortlisted, you will be required to produce evidence of educational and professional qualifications supporting your application, on the day of your interview.

Gender Mainstreaming

SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from female candidates.

If you are results orientated, you have a passion for the transformation and development of Southern Africa and possess the required competencies, please submit your application.

Only applicants who meet the requirements of the SADC Secretariat and being considered for an interview, will be contacted. Should you not hear from the SADC Secretariat within two months after the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.


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