Senior Technical Advisor Prevention of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa

Reports to: Programme Manager (AV)

Duration: Until 30 November 2024


Southern Africa is estimated to have amongst the highest prevalence rates of GBV worldwide, in particular of intimate partner violence.  In South Africa 40% of women have experienced sexual and/or physical intimate partner violence in their lifetime.  In addition, data shows that 28% to 37% of adult men report having raped a woman. Generally, gender-based violence (GBV) tends to be highly underreported, and the actual figures are likely to be even higher. In international comparison the societal acceptance of domestic violence against women is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa compared to other developing countries. Moreover, in Southern Africa women are more likely to justify the behaviour than men.  However, African societies are dynamic and in transformation. The gender equality and GBV prevention sectors count with strong local change agents coming to the fore and giving a voice to urban youth and grassroots organisations.

Against this background, the German and selected Southern African Regional Governments, including South Africa, have agreed on a joint initiative: The Partnerships for Prevention of Gender based Violence in Southern Africa (PfP-II).  This is the follow-on module of the previous project (PfP-I), implemented in four countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe) from December 2017 until November 2021.  In the new phase, the programme will build on the experiences and successes of the first programme phase.  While PfP-I was focused on improving the coordination amongst relevant stakeholders to establish multi-sectoral networks for primary GBV prevention, the new phase will focus on implementation of innovative and context-specific flagships for primary GBV prevention to alter social norms and practices that instigate GBV.

The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the joint implementation of evidence informed Gender Based Violence prevention flagships by regional, national and sub-national stakeholders across sectors in Southern African communities with three outputs; namely:

  • Output 1: Developing evidence informed collaborative flagships for GBV prevention;
  • Output 2: Strengthening stakeholders’ individual and institutional capacities for the implementation of joint GBV prevention flagships;
  • Output 3: Strengthening the regional exchange among stakeholders to promote the upscaling of good practices for GBV prevention.


The position holder will be responsible for:

  • The implementation of Output 1 and 2 in South Africa.  In particular, the applicant will manage the implementation of innovative flagship projects for the prevention of GBV in South Africa.  This also includes the follow-up phase of the “Step it Up Media Flagship” with a strong focus on regional upscaling.
  • Act as liaison officer with the programme’s political partner in South Africa: the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disability and provide technical and strategic advise in the framework of the National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBV-F).
  • Lead the implementation of output 2 of the project in all project countries, in particular be responsible for the achievement of its indicators, namely:
    • Indicator 2.1: 14 tools for the joint implementation of GBV prevention flagships, including 1 tool to mainstream the prevention of GBV in an atypical sector, have been developed by stakeholders at national and sub-national level;
    • Indicator 2.2: 45 of 60 stakeholders confirmed that their individual capacities for the joint implementation of GBV prevention flagships have improved.


Suitable candidates should apply for this position by submitting:

A motivation letter (concisely 1 page) stating why they should be the preferred candidate and the value they will bring to the work of PfP project/programme

A detailed CV indicating their nationality

Applications should be submitted to: with subject line

“Application for Senior Technical Advisor - PfP II” for the attention of the Head of Human Resources.

Closing date for applications: 17 March 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!