Lead: Programmes

Lead: Programmes (4 months Fixed Term Contract) – South Africa
You are an experienced programme manager with a passion for health, human rights and innovation. Through the global partnership of Frontline AIDS we aim to bring to scale bold new approaches that will have an impact on the HIV epidemic. This role sits at the heart of that vision by managing these processes of change, innovation and sustainability. This role will lead on setting up a pioneering research project trialling and producing evidence on new approaches to Hepatitis prevention and treatment with people who use drugs. You will have solid programme management skills and be confident in managing high level relationships with partners, stakeholders and research institutions.



Accountability for delivering a portfolio of quality programmes on time, to budget and which contribute to the Frontline AIDS strategy. Work collaboratively with other partners and programmes to maximise programme impact and learning. Set up the UNITAID HCV programme’s basic systems, partnerships, governance and delivery mechanisms and ensure that they are fit for delivering the longer term programme. Work within Frontline AIDS and UNITAID’s policies, practices and guidance to ensure a compliant and effective approach. Apply a risk management/mitigation approach to programme delivery and ensure all donor compliance requirements and agreed targets for spend, deliverables and impacts are met.

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP To ensure that programme delivery makes a direct contribution to Frontline AIDS strategy and that the partnership is evolving to provide innovative solutions that are funded with a clear pathway to sustainability. To position Frontline AIDS with existing and new funding partners, particularly in the Eastern and Southern African regions to realise this ambition.

PEOPLE AND PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT Manage a team of staff and consultants as determined by projects and contracts in the UK and overseas and develop a productive and positive team dynamic. To demonstrate a leadership style that is collaborative, embraces uncertainty and encourages accountability. Ensure respectful, equitable and agile partnerships are maintained with civil society, donor and other key stakeholders with a commitment to sharing leadership and ensuring accountability.

DEVELOPING FRONTLINE AIDS CULTURE Frontline AIDS cultural philosophy is that Action Makes the Difference. The attitudes and approach we take at work are guided by our organisational values – Freethinker, Inspired by Difference and Firestarter – and their associated Website: www.frontlineaids.org Facebook: facebook.com/frontline aids Twitter: twitter.com/frontlineaids 26/01/23 behaviours. Knowing what is expected of us every day will help Frontline AIDS to be a great place to work. Strong commitment to the approach of Frontline AIDS to equality of opportunity, the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and to supporting a workforce that reflects our globally diverse movement, and ensures our work is enhanced by a range of ideas on the issues and challenges we work on

Who we are

We’ve been on the frontline of the world’s response to HIV and AIDS for over 25 years, working with marginalised people who are denied HIV prevention and treatment simply because of who they are and where they live.

Set up in 1993 to work with community groups in the countries most affected by the global AIDS epidemic, we’ve continually adapted our approach, looking for innovative ways to break down the barriers that marginalise people living with, or at risk of acquiring, HIV. All with one goal in mind – a future free from AIDS for everyone, everywhere.

Everything we do is rooted in our two key beliefs:

  • That the lives of all human beings are of equal value.
  • That everyone has the right to access the HIV information and services they need for a healthy life.

Today, we work with communities in more than 40 countries, taking local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights.

As a global partnership that is open to everyone, we can only do what we do – and achieve what we want to achieve – by working with partners from grassroots community groups to national governments. Our partners drive change where it matters, shaking up the status quo and making a noise on issues the world often chooses to ignore.

Are you the Frontliner we’re looking for?

You are a committed team member with a clear focus on team objectives, as well as your own. You will promote best practice within your field of expertise and challenge ways of working to ensure the highest quality and levels of efficiency. Your actions will be aligned with Frontline AIDS vision and you will inspire the same behaviour in your peers. You are comfortable working in a matrix management environment.

We have transitioned to a hybrid model of working We are currently working from home but you will also be required to spend time working alongside your team as appropriate in our office in Brighton (East Sussex, UK) or Cape Town (South Africa). The successful applicant will need to either hold, or be able to obtain, the right to work in the UK and or South Africa .

Frontline AIDS is committed to diversity and inclusion in its hiring approach. We welcome applications from Black people, and other people of colour, people with disabilities, people living with HIV and LGBTIQ+ and non-binary individuals.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and a criminal records check. Having a criminal conviction and/or any other information divulged on the DBS/PVG or country equivalent check would not necessarily prevent you from working for the charity, but any recruitment decision will be dependent on the nature of the position sought and the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

Frontline AIDS operates a rigorous recruitment and selection process that reflects our commitment to child protection. The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy can be downloaded here

Frontline AIDS is a Disability Confident Employer and will ensure all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum requirements of the job as set out in the job description and employee specification will be guaranteed an interview.

How to apply

Find out more by downloading the full job description and person specification. If you are excited by this opportunity and think it’s right for you, we’d love to hear from you so apply using the button at the top of this page and upload your CV along with a covering letter outlining why you are a great match for this role.