Technical Specialist (Luanda, Angola)

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Program Manager/ Assistants (NGO Sector)

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Employment Type

Full Time



Luanda (Angola)



Job Purpose
The Technical Specialist (TS) has technical and operational oversight of Organisations programme in Angola. Be responsible for supporting the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH), specifically, INLS, as well as technical oversight of the m2m learning sites in Cunene and Lunda Sul. Through clear project management and liaison with country-based staff, the TS will ensure the provision of effective and high quality assistance, aligned with project objectives, resulting in technically successfully programme implementation. This includes the development of the Mentor implementation standards, training curricula, and supporting tools, as well as the M&E system and tools, as adapted from the organisation’s core programme documents, and updating the ICTT guidelines, working closely with the INLS, PEPFAR, and MOH.
The position will be based in Luanda, Angola and report to the Cape Town-based Senior Portfolio Lead. Local and international travel will be required.
Key Responsibilities;
  • Provide technical leadership and support to the in-country team around start-up and implementation processes.
  • Provide technical oversight and management of the implementation and monitoring of project activities.
  • Develop organisation’s programme framework, client management and M&E tools, update ICTT guidelines.
  • Lead consultative process to secure government and PEPFAR input into the development and adaptation of these documents for Angola.
  • Facilitate government approval of, and buy-in for, programme documents (including MM programme and M&E tools, training, and ICTT tools and training) by the government.
  • Facilitate knowledge and information sharing of national and global PMTCT/RMNCH issues and developments.
  • Lead the conceptual development of technical assistance to INLS/MOH and implementing partners, from training, programme standard operating procedures to implementation.
  • Support the in country team in building and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and project partners including INLS, MOH, USAID, CDC and other relevant agencies.
  • Actively participate and represent m2m in Technical Working Groups and relevant PMTCT fora at national level, contributing expertise in PMTCT and Mentor Mother programming
  • Ensure quality programme implementation in the provinces. Oversee monthly analysis of supportive supervision results and other technical assessments; work with Provincial Managers to identify data-driven quality improvement activities, capacity building and training needs, and develop capacity building and implementation plans to address gaps.
  • Conduct supportive supervision within provinces on a quarterly basis. Supervise provincial staff in ensuring full preparation for and follow-up from PEPFAR SIMS visits.
  • Develop donor deliverables, including annual workplan, quarterly/semi-annual/annual performance reports and presentations, and expenditure analysis, with oversight from the DCOP. Provide input into development of deliverables for other functional areas including annual budget and MEL plan.
  • Provide input into monthly expenditure projections, work closely with DCOP and RISE II finance manager to monitor project expenditures to remain within project budget and analyse expenditure trends. Authorise project purchases as per delegated authority.
Required Competencies:
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively address complex situations and solve problems using strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration and coordination with a diverse group of stakeholders in a dynamic, participatory, and consensus-oriented environment
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently to meet deliverables
  • Ability to utilise MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Fluent in Portuguese and English
  • Valid driver’s license

Primary Areas of Accountability:
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree in Public Health, Social Science, or related field; Master’s preferred
  • Minimum of 07 years’ experience planning, managing, and monitoring RMNCH, PMTCT, HIV or public health programs at anational level
  • Excellent ability in providing technical assistance, and proven in-depth knowledge of in health programming, with specific experience in PMTCT, HIV and AIDS, and PMTCT programmes and interventions in Angola
  • Proven ability in implementing capacity building related projects/interventions
  • Familiarity with adult learning principles
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring project performance, using M&E data for programme improvement. Ability to organise, analyse, interpret, and use programme performance information.
  • Demonstrated experience in conduct of technical on-site supervision using programme tools; experience supporting use of electronic client management tools strongly preferred
  • Strong design and conceptualisation skills – able to think creatively and; systematically at all project levels
  • Experience coordinating and/or leading public health programmes in resource limited settings
  • Experience in project management. Demonstrated experience in developing and writing quality project workplans, reports, and other deliverables
  • Experience working in Angola with government, PEPFAR, and non-governmental organisations; experience working with stakeholders at national and provincial in community-based public health programming
  • Knowledge of Angola’s health and social service systems
  • Must be Fluent in Portuguese and English
  • Experience working in USAID/PEPFAR programmes strongly preferred
If you meet the minimum hiring requirements for the above position, please email your CV and Cover letter clearly stating your salary expectations to : and Copy-in 
Note that, all communications will be kept in the strictest of confidence. If you do not receive communication within 14 days of the closing date of the advert, please consider your application unsuccessful.