For the Robert Carr Fund, we are looking for a Program Officer. Aidsfonds is the Fund Management Agent of the Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks.

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Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks

Robert Carr Fund (Fund), launched in July 2012, is an innovative pooled funding mechanism designed to support global and regional civil society networks worldwide in their response to HIV and to address the needs of marginalized groups. Men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, prisoners, sex workers and transgender people are disproportionately affected by HIV and experience systematic human rights violations due to discrimination, exclusion and criminalization. The Fund aims to strengthen HIV civil society to ensure access of marginalized groups to health, justice and funding.


The contributing donors to the Fund are the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad ); the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The donors and civil society organizations designed the Fund in partnership, which is embodied in the Fund’s governance structures i.e. International Steering Committee (ISC) consisting of both members of civil society and representatives of funders. The membership of the Fund’s Program Advisory Panel (PAP) consists of experts from civil society. To strengthen the Fund’s Secretariat we are looking for an experienced  Program Officer.


Program Officer

(36 hours per week, with some flexibility in availability during peaks and lows)


The Program Officer reports to the Fund Director and focuses on participatory management of a portfolio of grants, design and operationalization of  requests for proposals, building and maintaining productive working relations with the RCF grantees and funders,  and supports the functions of the Program Advisory Panel (PAP) and relevant committees of the International Steering Committee (ISC).


Tasks & responsibilities

Grants management

  • Manage a respective portfolio of RCF grants both programmatically and financially in line with donors’ requirements and FMA policies and procedures taking into account individual capacities and needs of the grantees;
  • In collaboration with Finance Officers, initiate, manage and close grants in line with internal FMA policies and procedures;
  • Analyze the Fund’s grants management system and cycle, identifying areas of improvement in consultation with grantees, PAP and ISC (and other stakeholders) and implement the improvements;
  • Cultivate and maintain working relations with the Fund’s grantees ensuring their participation in matters of direct relevance to the grantees’ performance;
  • Monitor and support the grant implementation through site/due diligence visits, regular review of narrative and financial reports and an offer of capacity-building opportunities;
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Fund’s monitoring, evaluation for learning (MEL) system and timely development of high quality reports to donors and the ISC;
  • In collaboration with Finance Officers, assess and monitor grantees’ compliance with financial and audit requirements per contractual agreements;
  • Monitor for risks of corruption, fraud and mismanagement (CFM) in collaboration with Finance Officers and engage with the ISC accountability committee, Aidsfonds finance department and the Fund Director, to prevent and manage CFM cases;
  • Liaise with RCF donors to ensure timely compliance with donor reporting requirements throughout the grant cycle;
  • Coordinate and contribute as required to planning and implementation of the Fund’s requests for proposals (RFP) and the application review process while supporting the functions of the Program Advisory Panel.


Capacity building and learning

  • Assess grantees’ needs and capacities, propose and implement strategies for the Fund and/or grantees themselves to address them;
  • In collaboration with Finance Officers, perform regular organizational scans/checks, propose and implement capacity building workshops/trainings (including with support of external consultants);
  • Facilitate linkages and learning among grantees in both organizational development (e.g. financial management, monitoring and evaluation for learning (MEL), governance etc.) and programmatic areas (human rights, access to health services, resource accountability);
  • Conceptualize and organize regular events, meetings and webinars with the grantees to facilitate knowledge exchange and best practice sharing.


Communications and representation

  • Identify and support the generation of content for grantees’ listserv and Fund’s website (e.g. grantee profiles, case studies, regional or population overviews etc.);
  • Represent the Fund at internal meetings and external events;
  • Seek out synergies with other international programs and initiatives and coordinate relevant activities;
  • Increase the visibility of the Fund’s association with thematic issues of direct relevance to the Fund’s mandate and in line with the strategic priorities.


Overall management

  • Provide support to the functions of one or more of the following ISC committees/constituencies i.e. governance, fundraising, CS members;
  • Provide inputs into and support for the process of organizing ISC and PAP meetings and attend the ISC and PAP meetings.


Your salary is between € 2,646 and € 4,276 gross per month (at 36 hours). You will be offered a fixed term contract of one year after which the contract can be extended in combination with good performance and provided sufficient financial means.


Requirements and competences

  • A completed university degree in public health/international development/public policy or administration or other relevant fields;
  • Minimum 3 - 5 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience within the not-for-profit sector and/or with a grant-maker/funder/funding mechanism;
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of advocacy


  • Organizational skills, good at negotiating, independently acting with authority at various levels;
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills (proficiency in another language would be a great plus);
  • Relations with European funders (either private or bilateral) and experience with resource mobilization

    would be a plus;

  • Knowledge of and work experience in Southern Africa and/or Asia would be an advantage.


Working at Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Nederland means working with other professionals to use your talents for a great purpose. We are a low-threshold organization with an open,  welcoming and collaborative atmosphere, where the various departments are very involved in each other's projects. Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Netherlands strives for a diverse workforce with a balanced representation of gender identity, age, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from qualified candidates who are living with HIV and/or from key affected communities.


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Address your cover letter to Sergey Votyagov and submit your CV as part of your job application.


The deadline for applications: COB Monday, September 23, 2019.


The first round of interviews will take place the week of Monday, September 30, 2019.

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