CERI National Director - South Africa Office

Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) is a global health and human service organization dedicated to caring for vulnerable children and youth through the development of foster care and community-based services. In South Africa, CERI implements a three-year grant funded under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Through an innovative use of oral history, the project helps build resilience and provide psychosocial rehabilitation for the AIDS-affected families in seven provinces in South Africa.

CERI is currently looking for a full-time National Director to be based in its office in Pietermaritzburg. The position will report to CERI-USA Executive Director and will receive guidance on administrative and financial compliance issues from the CERI Contract Administrator based in the United States. Relocation assistance in the amount up to 2,000 U.S. Dollars will be provided to a qualified candidate based on actual receipts.

Sub-grantee Relations:
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationship with CERI's subgrantee, the Sinomlando Centre for Oral History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), to facilitate the long-term, community-level response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa
  • Communicate with UKZN/Sinomlando staff to ensure university's compliance with USAID regulations as related to sub-grantees
  • With input from Sinomlando, draft annual work plans, annual and semi-annual program reports and corresponding budgets
  • Ensure that Sinomlando staff collects and enters the monitoring and evaluation data into the program database on a regular basis
Program Implementation:
  • On an ongoing basis, expand existing networks and affiliations with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith- and community-based organizations (FBOs/CBOs) and government entities in South Africa
  • Be familiar with the training curricula used for Memory Trainers and Memory Facilitators and be able to recruit for these positions as necessary
  • Monitor the implementation of activities laid out in the Annual Work Plan in order to ensure quality service and adherence to program schedule and objectives
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationship with USAID Mission in South Africa
  • Communicate with USAID on reporting requirements, implementation schedule, and quality assurance issues. Coordinate all such communications with CERI-USA Headquarters to ensure uniformity of message and to keep the headquarters abreast of the developments
  • Coordinate Annual Program Conference and chair program meetings as necessary
  • Submit drafts of work plans, program reports and program budgets to CERI-USA for review, approval, and subsequent submission to USAID
  • Advise CERI-USA of unforeseen situations in a timely manner, anticipating the need to keep the project on schedule, within budget, and efficient
  • Supervise Finance and Administration Manager and Administrative Assistant 
Compliance with Donor Agency's Regulations:
  • In coordination with CERI-USA Contract Administrator, ensure CERI South Africa Office's compliance with USAID regulations related to procurement, travel, human resources management, financial management, sub-grantee management, and record-keeping
  • Liaise with CERI-USA Contract Administrator on administrative and budgetary issues requiring prior USAID prior approval
  • College Degree in Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, or related field. (Education may be substituted by relevant work experience.)
  • Fluency in English with strong writing and presentation skills
  • Written and oral proficiency in South African dialects
  • Citizen of the Republic of South Africa, or legal resident of the Republic of South Africa with a work visa valid through April 2011
  • 3 to 5 years of proven experience overseeing the day-to-day implementation of USAID/PEPFAR-funded contracts or grants in South Africa or elsewhere in Africa
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook programs
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, if needed
  • Willingness and ability to travel in South Africa and internationally, if needed
Please apply by submitting your most recent resume in English to [email protected] by October 2, 2009. Resumes should not exceed three pages in length. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be requested to submit three references and valid identification documents.