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Ipas is a nonprofit organization that works with local, national and global partners, to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, with a focus on ensuring that high-quality safe abortion and contraceptive information and services are available, accessible and acceptable to women and girls.

Based in South Africa, Ipas seeks to appoint a

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE – SOUTH AFRICA

The Country Representative at Ipas South Africa will work at a national level to provide technical and managerial leadership for the South Africa program under the direction of the Regional Director for Southern Africa Program. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and work plans to ensure that program goals and objectives are met. This includes providing strategic inputs for annual work plans, proposal development, analysis of programmatic results, identification and resolution of challenges and program performance, application of lessons learned and best practices to improve program performance, donor reporting, financial monitoring, and personnel management. In addition, the Country Representative works with in-country counterparts to ensure successful implementation of work plans. The Country Representative will oversee the technical unit functions by providing technical support and programmatic guidance to each unit.

Key responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

· Organizational Leadership and Strategy:

o Contributes significantly to the development of the country strategy; Leads in developing assigned components of the strategy

o Leads implementation of the local strategic plan, ensuring results in assigned areas

o Fosters teamwork and collaboration across the organization

o Provides supportive supervision at department level

· Financial and Risk Management:

o Reviews and provides final approval for project workplans and budgets, with a focus on cost efficiency and stewardship

o Leads regular, high-level reviews of project progress and financial monitoring across the program, identifying opportunities for increased cost efficiency

o Ensures internal control systems are functioning

o Contributes to risk mitigation planning for the country office

o Ensures departmental level compliance with Ipas policies

· Program, technical, or functional content of the job:

o Responsible for managing the execution of programmatic work, ensuring high-quality project implementation and achievement of objectives

o Reviews and provides technical and programmatic inputs into the development for country work plans and budgets, with a focus on cost efficiency and stewardship

o Contributes to new program design and strategy integrating lessons learned and best practices, and ensuring alignment with Ipas mission, values, and strategic plan

o Leads regular, high-level reviews of project progress and financial monitoring across the program, identifying opportunities for increased cost efficiency

o Ensures internal control systems are functioning

o Contributes to risk mitigation planning for the country office

· Communications & representation:

o Represents Ipas with a variety of external stakeholders, including partners, counterparts, and donors

o Contributes to positioning Ipas as a leader for SRHR in the country or region

o Reviews and shares learning and results within the Ipas network as well as with counterparts, partners, donors, other country programs and the global Ipas network

o Leads and contributes to the development of key messages and communications strategies and plans, primarily at program or departmental level

o Builds and maintains strong partnerships in relevant areas (Finance, Programs)

The Country Representative – South Africa must meet the following criteria:

Minimum

· A deep commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially abortion and contraception access

· Proven ability to lead and motivate teams and create a positive work environment, including through supportive supervision, strong communication, nonhierarchical leadership approaches, and modeling the Ipas core values.

· Demonstrated capacity and commitment to good stewardship of funds, including strong skills in work planning, budgeting, financial monitoring, and data-driven problem solving.

· Proven ability to build positive working relationships with diverse internal teams and external partners

· Eight (5) or more years of leading program operations and logistics experience

· Previous supervisory experience of a minimum of three full time technical staff members required

· Cross-cultural work experience

· Ability to travel up to 30% domestically (with occasional regional or global trips if applicable)

Education

· Bachelor’s degree but master’s degree or higher (or an International Equivalent) in Public Health or a Related Field is preferred.

· Certification in project management.

· Qualification in Humanitarian action and/or Project Cycle Management and/or Monitoring & Evaluation.

Preferred

· Demonstrated skills in leadership, planning, management, and technical skills working with health systems and community programs.

· Strong consultative and negotiation skills.

· Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to strategize, plan, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.

· Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others.

· Ability to build positive working relationships with district/state/national government officials, UN and other multilateral bodies, NGOs, and donor representatives.

· Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English and fluent in host country language(s).

· Experience operating in challenging environments.

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Ipas is a global non-profit organization that works around the world to eliminate deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion and increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. Ipas’s work is grounded in the belief that women everywhere must have the opportunity to determine their futures, care for their families and manage their fertility.

Ipas works to improve women's access and right to safe abortion care and reproductive health services by:

Training doctors, nurses, and midwivesin clinical and counseling skills for abortion, postabortion care and family planning;

Improving health-service delivery to make abortion safer and more accessible for women and less costly for the health system;

Researching the impact of unsafe abortion and documenting best abortion care practices and policies;

Working with advocates and policymakers around the world to support women’s reproductive rights and increase access to safe and legal abortion services;

Engaging with women and men in their communities to expand their knowledge of reproductive health and reproductive rights

Increasing access to reproductive health technologies, including manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) and medical abortion.

Beginning in 1971, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Population funded Battelle Laboratories’ work to develop nonelectric vacuum aspiration for uterine evacuation.  But in 1973, Congress passed the Helms Amendment to the US Foreign Assistance Act, prohibiting the use of any US foreign aid to support abortion services overseas. In response, a group of researchers and others affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came together to complete development of the manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) technology that Battelle had begun. IPAS — International Pregnancy Advisory Services — was born.Along with the manufacture and distribution of MVA instruments, Ipas’s initial focus was on establishing freestanding abortion clinics in developing countries. Between 1974 and 1980, Ipas supported the opening of 13 clinics in 11 countries.Throughout the 80s and early 90s, Ipas increased its role in the international health arena, helping to increase understanding that unsafe abortion is a significant cause of maternal deaths and injuries, and therefore a public health concern. Ipas coined the term “postabortion care,” which was rapidly embraced by the reproductive health community, including USAID. We undertook important research to inform health systems and guide decisionmaking for service delivery. We began working with national and international policymakers to improve reproductive health policies at every level. And we continued to train health-care providers to deliver woman-centered abortion and postabortion care to the full extent of the law in their countries.We quickly outgrew our original name. But because we were well-known in international reproductive health circles, we didn’t want to lose it completely. Hence, we left the acronym behind and became simply “Ipas” in 1993.

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0 USD Guateng CF 3201 Abc road Fixed Term , 40 hours per week Ipas

Ipas is a nonprofit organization that works with local, national and global partners, to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, with a focus on ensuring that high-quality safe abortion and contraceptive information and services are available, accessible and acceptable to women and girls.

Based in South Africa, Ipas seeks to appoint a

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE – SOUTH AFRICA

The Country Representative at Ipas South Africa will work at a national level to provide technical and managerial leadership for the South Africa program under the direction of the Regional Director for Southern Africa Program. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and work plans to ensure that program goals and objectives are met. This includes providing strategic inputs for annual work plans, proposal development, analysis of programmatic results, identification and resolution of challenges and program performance, application of lessons learned and best practices to improve program performance, donor reporting, financial monitoring, and personnel management. In addition, the Country Representative works with in-country counterparts to ensure successful implementation of work plans. The Country Representative will oversee the technical unit functions by providing technical support and programmatic guidance to each unit.

Key responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

· Organizational Leadership and Strategy:

o Contributes significantly to the development of the country strategy; Leads in developing assigned components of the strategy

o Leads implementation of the local strategic plan, ensuring results in assigned areas

o Fosters teamwork and collaboration across the organization

o Provides supportive supervision at department level

· Financial and Risk Management:

o Reviews and provides final approval for project workplans and budgets, with a focus on cost efficiency and stewardship

o Leads regular, high-level reviews of project progress and financial monitoring across the program, identifying opportunities for increased cost efficiency

o Ensures internal control systems are functioning

o Contributes to risk mitigation planning for the country office

o Ensures departmental level compliance with Ipas policies

· Program, technical, or functional content of the job:

o Responsible for managing the execution of programmatic work, ensuring high-quality project implementation and achievement of objectives

o Reviews and provides technical and programmatic inputs into the development for country work plans and budgets, with a focus on cost efficiency and stewardship

o Contributes to new program design and strategy integrating lessons learned and best practices, and ensuring alignment with Ipas mission, values, and strategic plan

o Leads regular, high-level reviews of project progress and financial monitoring across the program, identifying opportunities for increased cost efficiency

o Ensures internal control systems are functioning

o Contributes to risk mitigation planning for the country office

· Communications & representation:

o Represents Ipas with a variety of external stakeholders, including partners, counterparts, and donors

o Contributes to positioning Ipas as a leader for SRHR in the country or region

o Reviews and shares learning and results within the Ipas network as well as with counterparts, partners, donors, other country programs and the global Ipas network

o Leads and contributes to the development of key messages and communications strategies and plans, primarily at program or departmental level

o Builds and maintains strong partnerships in relevant areas (Finance, Programs)

The Country Representative – South Africa must meet the following criteria:

Minimum

· A deep commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially abortion and contraception access

· Proven ability to lead and motivate teams and create a positive work environment, including through supportive supervision, strong communication, nonhierarchical leadership approaches, and modeling the Ipas core values.

· Demonstrated capacity and commitment to good stewardship of funds, including strong skills in work planning, budgeting, financial monitoring, and data-driven problem solving.

· Proven ability to build positive working relationships with diverse internal teams and external partners

· Eight (5) or more years of leading program operations and logistics experience

· Previous supervisory experience of a minimum of three full time technical staff members required

· Cross-cultural work experience

· Ability to travel up to 30% domestically (with occasional regional or global trips if applicable)

Education

· Bachelor’s degree but master’s degree or higher (or an International Equivalent) in Public Health or a Related Field is preferred.

· Certification in project management.

· Qualification in Humanitarian action and/or Project Cycle Management and/or Monitoring & Evaluation.

Preferred

· Demonstrated skills in leadership, planning, management, and technical skills working with health systems and community programs.

· Strong consultative and negotiation skills.

· Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to strategize, plan, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.

· Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others.

· Ability to build positive working relationships with district/state/national government officials, UN and other multilateral bodies, NGOs, and donor representatives.

· Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English and fluent in host country language(s).

· Experience operating in challenging environments.

2022-05-28

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