Liaison Officer - Cape Town

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

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City: Cape Town, Western Cape


Contact name Rick Jones
Phone +31 20 4234114

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The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP with its Headquarters in Amsterdam, is the only global entity operated by and for people living with HIV, through partner networks in six different regions of the world. Through the Global Advocacy Agenda, GNP+ aims for universal access to treatment, care and prevention services; decreased stigma and discrimination; and an improvement in the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV.

We would like to recruit a highly qualified candidate for the following position:
GNP+ Vacancy
PostLiaison Officer
Starting dateAs soon as possible
Duty StationCape Town, South Africa - Negotiable

Job Summary
Under the supervision of the Community Development Manager (CDM) and under the direction of Communities Delegation (CD) to UNITAID, the Liaison Officer (CD) is responsible to assist the Communities Delegation in performing its role and accomplishing its mission. The LO will be providing hands-on support on areas such as communication, logistics and management of policy documents, internal documents and ensuring that institutional memory of the CD will be managed in the highest standard of quality.

The ideal candidate will be highly self-motivated, competent in at least in HIV, TB or Malaria thematic areas, well organised, collegial and able to work quickly and well under pressure both independently and as a member of a team. S/he must have a demonstrated commitment to working to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, TB and Malaria and strengthening the level of meaningful engagement of people living with or affected by the three diseases in the design and implementation of policies and programmes.

Key Responsibilities
•Assist CD in coordinating the global consultation, communication and engagement project of the UNITAID Civil Society delegations, including organising bi-annual consultation meetings
•Manage all stages of the UNITAID Communities Delegation independent project, including budget management, implementation, reporting, etc
•Support the development of the role of Communities Delegation within UNITAID
•Collaborate with other members of the management team: with the Knowledge Management Manager to establish partnerships and provide technical support for evidence-generation at regional and national levels; with the Global Advocacy Manager to ensure that the advocacy priorities of GNP+ remain relevant to the needs of the community; and with the Finance Manager to develop accurate project budgets and ensure that all current and future projects perform against approved budgets.
•Represent GNP+ in events, meetings, workshops that are related to Community Development or as otherwise requested by direct supervisor

Education and Experience
Desirable candidate is required to have minimum 4 years work experience in the HIV, TB or Malaria fields, and able to demonstrate project and communication management experience in multi-project settings

Required skills and qualifications
The candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
•Knowledge and/or experience around UNITAID or any other global health financing institutions (such as GFATM, PepFAR, etc)
•Knowledge and/or experience around governance bodies & system of global health institutions (such as UNAIDS, WHO, etc)
•Experience in supporting a project management that involve financial management aspects
•Understanding about treatment and communities perspective(s) on the issue of treatment and access to treatment
•Ability to prepare clear, concise and informative reports, correspondence and other written materials. Good knowledge of proposal writing and budgeting;
•Ability to plan and coordinate multiple programmes & budgets in an effective and timely manner;
•Knowledge of global policies & guidelines on issues surrounding PLHIV and key affected populations (such as treatment access, stigma & discrimination, etc.);
•Vision, creativity and strategic planning skills. Ability to contribute meaningfully to GNP+ strategic direction;
•Excellent interpersonal, organisational and writing skills
•Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; must be able to work with a minimum of supervision in the conceptualisation, planning, management and implementation of programme activities;
•Proficiency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of a second language from implementing countries will be an additional advantage.

Based on professional background and experience, the indicative annual salary is negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience and subject to deductions of contributions to the Pension and Health Insurance Schemes. Other benefits include a generous benefit package and a flexible work environment. The initial contract is for a fixed term of one year, with possibility of negotiating an extension.
GNP+ reserves the right, at its discretion, not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, in particular, if the selected candidate has less than the qualifications required or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for a shorter duration than indicated above. GNP+ reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with short-listed candidates.

NOTE: The Government of The Netherlands requires that GNP+ solicit first from the EU common market. If no candidate is found from the EU, candidates outside of the EU may be asked for an interview. If the successful candidate of this selection process is from outside the EU, GNP+ will do everything within its power to support the application of a work permit for the candidate. However, the final decision is that of the Government of The Netherlands and is outside of GNP+’s control. Individuals with HIV are encouraged to apply.

How to apply for this position:
1.Please read this document fully.
2.For further information about GNP+
3.Please provide the following:
a.One page about you. This should include as a minimum your full name, address, gender, nationality, age, eligibilty to work within the Netherlands and EU, current and previous relevant work experience, education, and availability for telephone interview and when, if successful, you could take up this post;
b.No more than four pages detailing how you meet the expertise and competencies required of this post as well as how you would deliver on the key duties and responsibilities expected of you.
Please send your application to: GNP+, Human Resources, P.O. Box 11726, 1001GS Amsterdam. Tel: +31 20 4234114. Fax: +31 20 4234224. E-mail:
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