Programme Officer: Governance and Democracy – FILLED



OSISA is a growing African institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. Its vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society, with the aim of establishing vibrant and tolerant southern African democracies in which people, free from material and other deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities and participate actively in all spheres of life.
Established in 1997, OSISA works in 10 southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Role Overview

  • The Programme Manager will be responsible for the planning, management and implementation of Inclusive Access to Health programmes within the Economic Social Justice cluster.
  • S/he will be required to identify opportunities for grant making within the Inclusive Access to Health programme  and manage the provision of grants to key national and regional partners.
  • He/she will play a strong role in facilitating networks amongst OSISA partners within the Inclusive Access to Health Programme and in convening dialogue and debate on issues relevant to OSISA’s overall mandate.


Key Performance Areas

Programme Initiation

  • Actively identifies opportunities within the programme that are aligned to the OSISA strategy.
  • Works with the Economic Social Justice Cluster Team Leader to develop the strategy, work plan and budget for the relevant programme portfolio.
  • Initiates and facilitates research and knowledge necessary to maximise programme development and/or initiation.
  • Collaborates closely with programme staff from Country Offices and other OSF Foundations and networks in initiating and developing programmes

Programme Implementation

  • Working closely with other programme managers, the programme manager will ensure the  integration of his/her programme within the programme unit and across the organization.
  • Oversees the financial and administrative management functions of the programme.
  • Ensures compilation of budgets in accordance with budget policy and regulations.
  • Ensures the programme’s compliance with organizational policies and procedures.

Programme Impact

  • Ensures joint and collaborative work with  other programmes to ensure maximum impact from OSISA programmes.
  • Stays updated with developments in the sector throughout the region and globally, and participates in strategic discussions at the regional and global levels in order to keep informed of issues, concerns and needs.
  • Continuously monitors and measures the impact of the programme against objectives set and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Coordinates and cooperates with programme partners and grants beneficiaries.
  • Liaises with relevant staff members of OSISA in the region to promote coordination and synergy.

Grant Making

  • Works with the Grants Manager to identify and manage pre and post award compliance issues as well as reporting requirements.
  • Responsible for due diligence, managing and tracking grants within his/her portfolio.
  • Actively develops strategies to strengthen the capacity of grantees to become more effective and accountable in managing  grants.
  • In collaboration with the M&E and Learning Officer, develops a monitoring and evaluation plan for his/her programme.
  • Ensures timely and accurate financial and narrative reporting from grantees.
  • Develops competency and technical understanding on the use of the Grants Management system (GMS).

Communication and Advocacy

  • Identifies key opportunities for the promotion of OSISA ideals.
  • Working closely with the Economic Social Justice Cluster Team Leader and the Communications Manager, develops advocacy initiatives related to programme issues at regional and national level.
  • Collaborates with communications unit to promote and communicate programme activities.
  • Ensures open and effective communication with other programmes and across the organisations.

Work Environment and Staff Development

  • Ensures a conducive working environment which promotes staff development, wellbeing and productivity.
  • Promotes teamwork, collegiality and effective communication within and between programmes and operational units.
  • Integrates the organizational  values into the performance of tasks within and across programmes.
  • Ensures consistent standards of excellence within the programme



Minimum Requirements

  • A Masters Degree in  Social Science, Development or field related to the Inclusive Access to Health programme.
  • At least 5 years experience working as Programme Manager in Southern Africa in a bilateral, multilateral, civil society, regional organisation setting

How to Apply

Since OSISA has requested KM Global Consulting to assist them with recruitment support for these positions, all applications should be sent directly to with the reference OSISA-PMH-RSA as the subject head.

Closing date for submission is 1 August 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

OSISA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.