Technical Advisor: Policy Implementation Support and GBV Prevention

Salary Band: 4T 

Reports to: Programme Manager 

Duration: Until 30 June 2024 

PROJECT BACKGROUND 

The "Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme" (VCP III) is a joint South African-German technical cooperation project, with co-funding from the Canadian government, that seeks to contribute to the national development priority of creating a safer South Africa. It does this through working to improve the framework conditions for the effective, aligned and evidence-based implementation of South Africa’s national overarching policy framework on violence and crime prevention, the White Paper on Safety and Security (WPSS) as well as the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBVF). 

The current, third commission of the project (2019 – 2024) entails three areas of intervention: 

  1. Enhancing the skills and capacities of governmental and non-governmental actors to implement integrated, evidence-based and gender-transformative interventions that address the root causes of violence in communities, in particular gender-based violence. 
  2. Improving collaborative action between state and non-state actors to enable the aligned and coherent implementation of policies that are relevant to violence prevention. 
  3. Strengthening the knowledge and evidence-base for effective (gender-based) violence prevention measures in South Africa. 

The VCP project encompasses a whole-of-society approach to prevention, and is implemented across South Africa, through government partners in the national, provincial, and local spheres, as well as in cooperation with a variety of civil society actors. 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for the implementation of the German and Canadian contributions to the programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The multi-partner VCP Steering Committee is co-chaired by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) and the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS). 

 

A. RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Technical Advisor will be responsible for the following: 

• Technical advice to the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS), along with other key national government departments, to coordinate the implementation strategy of the White Paper on Safety and Security, the Integrated Violence and Crime Prevention Strategy (ICVPS). 

• Technical support to the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) to coordinate the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBVF), aligned closely to the ICVPS. This will include strengthening the role and capacity of civil society in the implementation of the NSP GBVF. 

• Coordination and support to the CSPS, DWYPD and other national and provincial partner departments, and the organised local government association (SALGA), in the advancement of local government’s role in the implementation of the ICVPS and the NSP-GBVF. 

• Support to the interface between the implementation of the ICVPS and other relevant national and provincial policies and strategies, such as the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and provincial safety strategies. 

 

In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Technical Advisor will be required to carry out the following tasks: 

B. TASKS 

1. Implementation of the White Paper on Safety and Security/Integrated Violence and Crime Prevention Strategy (ICVPS) 

• Provide ongoing advice and support to the CSPS on the implementation and institutionalisation of the Integrated Violence and Crime Prevention Strategy. 

• Provide ongoing advice to the CSPS and other national partners on inter-governmental co-operation and policy alignment in the implementation of the ICVPS. 

• Facilitate capacity development opportunities for staff from CSPS and other relevant partner institutions that will be conducive to the effective implementation of the ICVPS. 

• Facilitate and support working relationships between the CSPS and other key governmental and non-governmental institutions necessary for the effective and sustainable implementation of the White Paper and the ICVPS. 

• Facilitate research and dialogue processes on the sustainable resourcing of the implementation of the White Paper and evidence-based violence prevention measures more generally. 

• Working closely with other advisors in the VCP team, support coherence and alignment between the ICVPS and other relevant policy implementation processes, e.g. the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide. 

• Support the development and implementation of evidence informed violence and GBV prevention measures. This support will include the development of resourcing and financing strategies of the selected prevention measures. 

• Lead the VCP support to and participation on various violence prevention collaboratives/platforms (for example, the Violence Prevention Forum). 

• Support the scaling-up of violence and GBV prevention within public employment and other publicly funded programmes. 

 

2. Implementation of the National Strategic Plan on GBVF (NSP GBVF) 

• Support the DWYPD in the development of the Prevention Strategy of the NSP GBVF, including the linked M&E framework. This support will ensure inclusive consultation processes with meaningful participation of women’s organisations and civil society in general. 

• Support and facilitate intergovernmental and other stakeholder engagements and partnerships around the implementation of the NSP GBVF and its strategies. 

• Support the coordination of civil society involvement in the implementation of the NSP GBVF and its strategies. 

• Support the participation of collective action groups against GBV, including faith-based and traditional leaders and their organisations in terms of understanding and integrating GBV prevention and gender equality measures on community-level in South Africa 

• Lead VCP support to the collaboration of state and non-state actors in the implementation of the NSP GBVF strategies. 

 

3. Strengthening the Role Of Local Government In The Policy Implementation 

• Working closely with the VCP team members responsible for urban and local government violence prevention measures, support the working relationship between the CSPS, DWYPD, DCoG, SALGA and other key stakeholders to enhance the understanding and realisation of the contribution of local government to implementing the ICVPS and NSP GBVF. 

4. Coordination and Monitoring 

• Support Project Monitoring and Evaluation and Updating Information On Project Progress, Documents And Reporting Regularly On The Status Of Relevant Work Packages 

• Support the Cooperation, Regular Contact and Dialogues With All Relevant Governmental And Non-Governmental Partners To Improve And Maintain Good Working Relationships. 

5. Knowledge Management 

• Compile reports, technical concepts and presentation documents on all assigned areas of responsibility. 

• Communicate, update and collect information and background material on the specific areas of responsibility. 

• Ensure regular updating of project/programme documentation, the filing systems and the project/programme library. 

• Contribute to tasks concerning knowledge management for the VCP programme. 

 

General obligations 

The Technical Advisor is expected to fulfil the following general obligations: 

• Be familiar and up-to-date with GIZ planning, implementation and reporting procedures. 

• Be familiar with all VCP work packages, concepts and status of implementation and know the corresponding advisors and partners. 

• Always represent the interests of the GIZ and the VCP project in a professional manner 

• Carry out assigned tasks/assignments in the interest of both the VCP as well as the GIZ in general. 

• Form part of the VCP team and perform other duties and tasks in the interest of the programme, on the request of its management. 

C. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCES AND EXPERIENCE 

Qualifications: 

• University degree in a field related to the programme objectives – e.g. gender studies, criminology, development studies, social sciences, political sciences, public administration or other relevant qualification to job profile. 

Professional Experience: 

• At least five years professional experience in the violence/GBV prevention or gender equality promotion sectors. 

• Experience in managing or supporting (e.g., through research) implementation of violence/GBV prevention measures. 

• At least five years’ experience in multi-stakeholder partnership management processes, involving both state and non-state networks. 

• Experience in individual and organisational capacity development interventions. 

• Previous experience within the international development cooperation environment will be an advantage. 

 

Other Knowledge and Additional Competences: 

• A solid knowledge of policy-making processes, inter-governmental relations, and functions of different spheres of government in South Africa. 

• A deep understanding of and professional experience with intersectional feminism and gender-transformative approaches, in particular in violence/GBV prevention 

• A sound knowledge of the landscape of GBV prevention actors in South Africa and the relationships within the sector. 

• Ability to interact with governmental and civil society officials at a senior level and excellent collaborating and networking skills. 

• Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills. 

• Excellent spoken and written English. 

• Excellent communication, presentation and report writing skills 

• Team player with efficient and result-oriented work ethics, strategic orientation and the ability to work independently. 

• A very good knowledge of ICT technologies and computer applications (e.g. MS Office). 

• Valid driving licence. 

 

D. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

• This position is based in Pretoria, at the GIZ offices in Hatfield 

• The contract period for this position is until 30 June 2024 in line with the commission period of the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme" (VCP III). 

E. APPLICATION PROCESS 

 

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a motivation letter stating why they should be the preferred candidate. This should be accompanied by a detailed CV indicating nationality to: recruit-pretoria@giz.de, the job title must be quoted on the email subject line for the attention of Head of Unit: Human Resource. 

Closing date for applications 10 December 2021. 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed! 

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!