Job Description - Senior Technical Advisor: Private Sector as a mechanism for scaling programmes to prevent violence against women and girls in South Africa

Salary Band 4: Senior Professional 4T

Reports to: Country component manager – South Africa

Duration: February 2019 – December 2020

  1. Project Background

The German and Southern African Regional Governments (South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia) have agreed on a joint initiative: The Partnerships for Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls Programme(P-VAWG).  The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the cooperation between governmental, non-governmental and private sector actors to prevent violence against women and girls in Southern Africa with four outputs; namely:

  • Output A: Strengthening the institutional capacities of actors for coordinating and implementing prevention measures
  • Output B: Implement flagship measures to prevent VAWG, and which take account of local conditions and innovations
  • Output C: Implementation of practical research projects which can be used to examine information needs at global, regional and national level and the actors’ need for evidence
  • Output D: Regional exchange where actors from different countries in Southern Africa meet to share the lessons and research findings generated in the other outputs at national and/or sub-national level are communicated and discussed.
    The programme further promotes multi-stakeholder initiatives for joint and shared implementation of prevention activities, where various actors can make contributions.
    In South Africa the programme operates in Gauteng and in the Eastern Cape with the Department for Social Development (DSD) envisaged as the main governmental partner. It mostly utilizes a national work force of technical experts to achieve its module objective and to ensure the most effective and sustainable approach for its partner organisations.
    The programme is looking for a suitable senior professional to be seconded to the Institution for Security Studies(ISS) and will mainly work under Outputs A:
    Supporting multi-stakeholder collaboration at national level. The advisor will work under the management of the GIZ country component manager for South Africa, focusing on the private sector as a mechanism for scaling programmes to prevent violence against women and girls in South Africa.
    This is a collaboration with the ISS and other local and international partners to research and design an intervention which will enable and support the private sector to positively contribute to the scaling up of programmes to prevention violence against women and children.
    The position will be based within the ISS and working on the South African Component of the P-VAWG programme. The private sector has been identified in South Africa and globally as a key partner in gender-based violence prevention and in preventing violence against women and children. This would be best achieved, not through CSR investments, but by incentivizing and enabling the private sector to implement programmes and actions to prevent intimate partner violence and promote positive parenting for their employees and customers.

A. Responsibilities

  • The position holder will be responsible for:
  • Overall management of the flagship project: Private sector as a mechanism for scaling programmes to prevent violence against women and girls in South Africa from conception to implementation.
  • Develop and test a GBV and positive parenting programme, that can be offered to identified private sector companies and other corporates in South Africa.
  • Support the programme’s Output A: capacity strengthening - Work jointly with the team supporting the civil society coordination at National level linked to the Integrated Programme of Action: Addressing Violence against Women and Children processes.

In this context, the position holder fulfils the following tasks:

B. Tasks

  1. Core scope of tasks
  • Developing the concept document on how the private sector can be utilised as a mechanism for scaling programmes to prevent violence against women and girls.
  • Conduct and present relevant research findings on how the private sector can contribute to the prevention of violence agaist women and girls. Share findings at regional level, with the 3 countries Identifying and establishing relationships with a private sector partners
  • Convene an initial meeting of the project team including the international partners
  • Fund raising
  • Liaise with stakeholders, including relevant government departments
  • Manage and participate in the data collection and analysis process
  • Document and report on the process – including details about engagement with government and the private sector clients
  • Present the learnings and process at relevant regional and national meetings, including the National Dialogue Forum
  • Implement a project with one private sector partner(pilot to gather further information)
  • Liaise and support the P-VAWG Lesotho component in the work with the private sector
  • Manage contracts with service providers for public research studies and others;
  • Liaison person between GIZ and ISS
  • Liaise with the GIZ country component manager for South Africa to support the programme’s work around the support to the Integrated Programme of Action: Addressing Violence against Women and Children
  • Facilitates synergies between the P-VAWG programme and the ISS National Dialogue forum on evidence-based violence prevention and other relevant ISS work


  1. Other duties/additional tasks
  • Jointly with the P-VAWG counterpart, monitor, clearly documents and evaluates implemented interventions of the programme’s cooperation on an ongoing basis;
  • Jointly with the P-VAWG counterpart, utilise results-based monitoring resources to strategically adapt to challenges that arise;
  • Feeds lessons learned and gained knowledge into the GIZ including at regional level (two countries) and partner network (internal GIZ knowledge management);

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience

  • At least a master’s degree in a relevant discipline – Development Studies, Social Sciences etc.
  • Other qualifications in research
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of violence prevention in South Africa especiallly the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls
  • Experience working with donors, government and civil society, and a strong network in all sectors
  • Experience of fund raising
  • Background in project management
    Professional experience
  • At least ten years work experience and research experience, with specialist knowledge of evaluation methodology
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Experience of working in South Africa and other African countries
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Track record of developing written documents, the successful establishment of networks
  • Good project management skills


Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills;
  • Analytical, strategic and conceptual skills;
  • Track record in establishing and promoting stakeholder networks across government, civil society and the private sector;
  • Proficiency in English
  • Knowledge of further South African languages is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and produce - sometimes under high pressure - high quality outputs
  • Proficiency in the application of the MS Office Package (Word, Power Point and Excel);
  • Valid driver’s license.

D. Details on the Post


  • The position will be based at the ISS and the GIZ offices in Pretoria, Gauteng
  • The applicant must be available for travel within South Africa and the southern African region.

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting their detailed CV and a motivation letter to:  attention Head of Unit, Dorothey Taaibosch, with the subject line: “Application: P-VAWG Snr Technical Advisor Position”.

Closing date for applications: 31 December 2018

Only Permanent Residence holders and/or South African Citizens will be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered