• Application Deadline: 24th September 2012
  • Anticipated Start Date: 3rd December 2012
  • Position Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

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INERELA+ is an international, interfaith network of religious leaders – both lay and ordained, women and men – who are living with or personally affected by HIV. Religious leaders have unique authority that plays a central role in providing moral and ethical guidance within their communities; indeed their public opinions can influence public policy and popular opinion at country and regional level. INERELA+ works to empower its members to use their positions within their faith communities to respond to HIV in ways that break silence, challenge stigma and enhance the availability of evidenced-based prevention, care, and treatment services.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to and under the supervision of the Board of Directors, the incumbent is assigned all of the following responsibilities:


Provide overall vision and leadership on INERELA+ strategies, policies and programs in its response to the HIV epidemic. Take the lead, in partnership with the Board of Directors, in fundraising and in the development of new resource partners. Maintain excellent donor relations. Develop effective actions to achieve the Network’s mission and objectives by providing strategic policy/programmatic advice to the regional and country level networks. Coordinate and participate in technical working groups, regional reference groups and other relevant global forums and conferences. Promote ongoing exchange and dissemination of information throughout the Network and with external partners and other entities. Enhance the profile of the Network globally and propose Network expansion into new regions where strategic. Leverage existing human resources within the Network wherever possible and appropriate, including representation functions.  Recommend to the Board and /or General Conference changes, enhancements or new goals that will bring the Network to its next stage of organizational growth.

Serve as leader to the African Faith Based Consortium on HIV which is comprised of INERELA+, ANHERTHA, CUAHA, EHAIA, Islamic Relief and PACANet. Provide leadership to any approved special projects, specifically MASEGO.


Exercise effective, fair and responsible management of the secretariat staff. Oversee all secretariat administration, programs, operations and finances and ensure that the secretariat functions with accountability, integrity and transparency. Promote a work environment of excellence, mutual respect and cooperation.  Ensure compliance with policies and procedures. Report to donors and other stakeholders in a timely manner and with a high degree of professionalism. Ensure compliance with all contractual and other agreed requirements with partners. Maintain communication and consultation with the Board of Directors.


Facilitate real-time knowledge sharing and problem-solving among secretariat staff, country and regional networks. Coordinate and/or oversee the provision of technical support, guidance and tools to strengthen the Network’s members at country and regional level. Build the internal capacity of the network’s global leadership – including country level and regional coordinators, board members of country level and regional networks, and individual members who show promise for future leadership roles. Identify and encourage those individual members who show potential for leadership, especially in underserved regions.


Maintain existing and build new linkages and relationships with appropriate INGO, governmental and international civil society organizations, especially those entities that are faith-based or work with faith communities and those that are PLHIV networks or work with the PLHIV community. Advocate and strategize with program partners, key donors, and CSOs, including UN agencies, GFATM and other international and regional entities, for relevant program partnerships at country, regional and international levels.

Perform other related duties as assigned by the Board.



Advanced university degree (s) in theology, religious studies and/or a development-related field.

If above degree specialization is in theology or religious studies, another degree or studies in international relations, business/public administration or political or other social science is an asset. If the above specialization is not in theology or religious studies, demonstrated religious literacy on world faiths and hierarchies is essential.


  1. Commitment to the HIV response
  2. Commitment to working with faith communities
  3. Commitment to the PLHIV community and MARPs
  4. Integrity
  5. Respect for diversity

Core competencies:

  1. Working in teams
  2. Communicating with impact
  3. Applying expertise
  4. Delivering results
  5. Being accountable

Managerial competencies:

  1. Exercising effective leadership and sound judgment
  2. Supervising staff
  3. Overseeing finance
  4. Building relationships and linkages


At least 7 years of professional experience at an international level in the HIV development field, including three years in or involving multilateral organizations, complemented by experience in the areas of faith- and community-based responses to HIV, staff and project management, policy development, and strategic planning.


Advanced knowledge of English.

Knowledge of another UN official language and/or Portuguese an asset.


Ability to travel internationally.

Other Credentials

Recognition as a religious leader by a world faith with ordained standing, or as a lay leader, or equivalent, an advantage.

Applications from persons openly living with HIV are strongly encouraged.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a motivation letter addressing the required qualifications, a current CV, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applications should be addressed to: The Chairperson of the Board at the following email address

INERELA+ is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.