Senior Advisor: Technical Cooperation (Global Fund) -- International HIV/AIDS Alliance, UK

Senior Advisor: Technical Cooperation (Global Fund)

Closing date: 10 September 2014
Location: Brighton, UK 
 
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance works with communities through local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights. Our vision is a world without AIDS.  Since 1994, the Alliance and its partners have supported over 3,000 projects, in over 40 countries, reaching millions of people.

We are seeking a Senior Advisor to join a skilled and committed team in the Technical Cooperation Unit of our Field Programmes Department. This unit focuses its attention on developing the Alliance model for providing technical support to civil society through regional hubs and in ensuring Alliance-wide knowledge and skills for working with The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Senior Advisor is responsible for supporting Alliance-wide activities related to the Global Fund. This includes on-going capacity-building of Alliance Linking Organisations (LOs) and civil society organisations worldwide on the functioning of the Fund and new developments in Global Fund systems and grant management. The position will focus on technical support design and delivery, working directly with the rest of the Hubs, Organisational Development and Learning team and the Technical Support Hubs, to enhance and expand the Alliance’s global and regional capacity to provide Global Fund-related technical support.

The successful candidate will have experience in Global Fund grant management and organisational/systems development work within an international development setting.  They will also have knowledge of designing and providing technical support and capacity building, alongside existing knowledge of the Global Fund policies, New Funding Model and rules and regulations.

Responsibilities: 
With a particular focus on Technical Assistance and capacity-building, lead on Alliance wide activities related to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).
  • Co-ordinate and provide Alliance wide learning and training opportunities for Alliance Secretariat staff, LOs and civil society on the functioning of the Fund and new developments in Global Fund systems and grant management such as the New Funding Model; 
  • Advise and make recommendations to LO Directors, Senior Management and Field Programme teams on Alliance-wide organisational positioning in relation to the Global Fund New Funding Model and related pilot initiatives and developments such as the CCM Eligibility and Performance Assessment or the Key and Affected Populations Engagement Pilot Initiative;
  • Support Field Programme teams and Technical Support Hubs in building the capacity of managers in LOs in respect of GF grants. This includes the identification of technical assistance needs, the development of terms of reference for technical assistance provision, the development of toolkits, manuals and guidance notes;
  • Pursuant to the above, enhance the ability of LOs to fulfil their functions and/or be eligible for the role of PRs, SRs, SSRs or as CCM members;
  • Contribute to Secretariat and Hubs Global Fund related proposal writing and resource mobilisation efforts through responses to Global Fund Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or ad-hoc requests for technical assistance concept notes from the Global Fund Secretariat, donor agencies and other partners;
  • Manage and support relevant Alliance-wide contracts, focusing on capacity development for Global Fund grant management (e.g. Alliance-GIZ BACK-UP Initiative partnership Project);
  • Document civil society experiences in engaging with the Global Fund New Funding Model and related pilot initiatives and developments.

In collaboration with the rest of the HODL team and Alliance Technical Support Hubs,  develop a system of technical support provision in critical Global Fund grant architecture and management areas. 

  • Help in developing and/or pursuing Technical Assistance (TA) collaboration opportunities with the Global Fund Secretariat teams and other TA providers (GMS, GIZ, French Initiative, UNAIDS, etc.) on critical areas such as CCM Eligibility and Performance Assessment, Key and Affected Populations Engagement, Risk Management etc.;
  • Lead in the design of Technical Assistance packages in collaboration with the Global Fund and other TA providers. TA Packages may include online courses and training events, such as workshops and webinars;
  • Act as Technical Manager of Alliance-led CCM Eligibility and Performance Assessments; develop and uphold Alliance quality standards for Eligibility and Performance Assessments;
  • Update existing Alliance online courses to reflect changing Global Fund policies and standard operating procedures;
  • Ensure the maintenance of online learning tool, liaising with IT and external consultants and monitoring participant feedback;
  • Where appropriate, ensure that the technical aspects of Alliance-commissioned work undertaken by consultants are delivered to the agreed quality standards.  This may require a range of interventions from providing guidance through to mentoring and to capacity building activities;
  • Support Technical Support Hubs in developing their Technical Assistance provision capacity in NFM engagement, CCM Eligibility and Performance Assessment and Global Fund grant management including grant negotiation, risk management, OIG audit preparedness etc.;
  • Support Technical Support Hubs in developing a pool of competent Alliance associate consultants for the provision of technical support in Global Fund grant management, including LO staff involved in grant implementation;
  • Support Technical Support Hubs in sourcing and developing regional training to civil society Global Fund grant managers and anchor consultants on all aspects of grant management;
  • Support Technical Support Hubs in developing quality assurance systems to ensure high quality Global Fund technical support.


With a particular focus on institutional and organisational development issues, lead on Global Alliance activities related to Global Fund grant implementation support.

  • Develop a system for monitoring the performance of Global Fund grants managed by Alliance LOs in order address issues in a proactive manner. The system will include the development of good working relationships between Alliance Secretariat Regional Advisors and Global Fund Portfolio Managers;
  • Support Alliance Secretariat Regional Teams, as well as LO Directors, in identifying and addressing bottlenecks to grant performance through the timely provision of responsive TA;
  • In collaboration with the Hubs, work with LO PRs to ensure adequate TA is planned, budgeted and procured in a timely and systematic manner through the Technical Support Hubs or locally;
  • In close collaboration with Legal Risk and Compliance, develop systems to support LO grantees in risk management assessment and mitigation;
  • Undertake analytical and technical work related to grant implementation support including but not limited to developing global Alliance strategic options and selected research;
  • Advise LOs, Senior Management and Regional teams on grant implementation support options including the development of training tools and support systems;
  • Advise LOs, the Hubs, OD and Learning team and TS Hubs on partnerships for external technical collaboration. This will include maintaining strategic partnerships with the Global Fund, UNAIDS, other technical agencies and potential funders, etc.;
  • In close collaboration with the rest of the Hubs, OD and Learning team support the development of external technical collaboration related to institutional strengthening. This will include maintaining strategic partnerships with the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and related global working groups and taskforces;
  • In close collaboration with the rest of Hubs, OD and Learning team, develop an Alliance-wide system for knowledge sharing and knowledge management in relation to Global Fund activities using different modalities including face to face training, communities of practice, e-forums, newsletters etc.;
  • Document the experience of civil society grant recipients in collaboration with the Technical Support Hubs;
  • Develop and update the Global Fund content of the Alliance intranet and website.


Representation and external relations

  • Represent the Alliance in a variety of external fora, including related working groups and consultations, and taking a proactive role in influencing developments within the Global Fund;
  • Ensure that the Alliance positions in Global Fund-related issues are well articulated and communicated to external partners;
  • Provide advice and facilitate partnerships for the Technical Support Hubs to deliver on their Global Fund mandate;
  • Identify opportunities for resource mobilisation in relation to technical support provision to Global Fund PRs and SRs.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Education/Knowledge
Essential
University degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience.
Knowledge of organisational/institutional development issues and practices.
Knowledge of the Global Fund policies, New Funding Model and rules and regulations.
Knowledge and experience in HIV programme and Global Fund grant implementation support.
Desirable
Post graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
Knowledge of  HIV/AIDS  strategic planning, program management, and implementation especially within a developing country context.
Practical knowledge of Global Fund architecture, strategy and systems.

Experience required
Essential
Experience of working in support of a Global Fund grant recipient
Experience of working in an organisational or systems development role within an international development organisation.
Extensive experience of providing training and developing training materials
Desirable
Experience working for an international NGO, UN agency or in a developing country context.
Direct experience in management of a Global Fund grant or the provision of technical support to grant recipients
Procurement and supply management experience
Experience in providing technical support in a developing country context

Abilities and skills required
Essential
Ability to communicate fluently in English verbally and in writing.
Excellent Communications skills.
Strong organisational and facilitation skills.
Capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
Desirable
French, Portuguese or Spanish language skills

Personal qualities
Essential
Highly motivated and flexible. With ability to adapt work practices to development requirements. 
Able and willing to travel for up to 30% of working time.
Commitment to HIV and development work.
Enjoy working within a multicultural environment.
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How to apply

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Equal Opportunities

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from appropriately qualified people from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with HIV are particularly encouraged to apply.
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