Clowns Without Borders South Africa is recruiting a Monitoring and Evaluation officer for parenting programme implementation and dissemination.

Clowns Without Borders South Africa ( is looking to appoint a full-time Monitoring & Evaluation Officer as part of the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) Prototype Implementation Network.

Place within the organisation: Reports directly to the CWBSA Executive Director

Location: Based in Cape Town, South Africa, with travel within South Africa, regionally, and internationally

Duration: Starting 01 April 2016 through 28 February 2017 with a 3-year contract renewal subject to performance

Remuneration: Salary is full-time and commensurate with experience

Context: Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children and families affected by crisis. Since 2004, we have implemented projects in over 15 countries for more than 380,000 beneficiaries.

Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) is research collaboration between the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Universities of Bangor, Cape Town, Oxford, Reading, and Stellenbosch. It is committed to developing a suite of evidence-based and affordable parenting programmes to prevent child maltreatment and other forms of violence and improve child wellbeing which is expressly designed for  low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

There are currently 4 PLH prototype parenting programmes at various stages of meeting the strict requirements of PLH to be an accredited evidence-based PLH programme:

  • Thula Sana (antenatal to 6 months)
  • Mikhulu Book Sharing (12 to 24 months)
  • Sinovuyo Kids Programme (2 to 9 years)
  • Sinovuyo Teen Programme (10 to 18 year)

These programmes are currently being implemented in South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, and El Salvador. In 2016, the programmes will also be implemented in the DRC, South Sudan, Lesotho, Zambia, and the Philippines, as well as multiple additional countries in the coming 5 years.

PLH has recently initiated the PLH-Prototype Implementation Network to promote, support, and monitor the implementation and dissemination of programmes developed by PLH. CWBSA and the Mikhulu Trust ( are core implementing partners of the PLH-Prototype Implementation Network. The functions of the network are the following:

  • Support the dissemination of programmes in LMICs;
  • Monitor the training and certification/accreditation of service providers;
  • Assist agencies in monitoring programme fidelity and evaluate impact;
  • Build implementation networks with policy makers, practitioners, and donors
  • Raise funds for the ongoing activities of the network

Current implementing partners include UNICEF South Africa, UNICEF East Asia, USAID, Save the Children South Africa, Catholic Relief Services, 4Children, AMPATH Kenya, the South African Department of Social Development, Ilifa Labantwana, the South African National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers, the International Plan Parenthood Federation, and the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative.

Position: The Monitoring & Evaluation officer will be based in Clowns Without Borders South Africa and will coordinate the functions of the PLH-Prototype Implementation Network. This includes the following responsibilities:

  • Build capacity for agencies involved in the implementation and dissemination of prototype parenting programmes;
  • Supervise adaptation of programmes in new contexts;
  • Develop tools for ongoing monitoring of implementation at scale;
  • Coordinate the development of training, implementing, and M&E manuals for each programme;
  • Establish presence of the network on social media and other parenting networks;
  • Represent the network in meetings and act as spokesperson in various platforms including with other NGOs, government officials, institutions, corporates, major donors, etc.;
  • Liaise with the PLH research group on scientific matters;
  • Raise funds to support ongoing activities


  • Minimum of Master’s degree in relevant area (or similar experience)
  • Managing and implementing psychosocial interventions in low-resource settings
  • Establishing monitoring and evaluation systems for programme delivery and impact
  • Working with large multi-national NGOs, national governments, and community-based organisations
  • Working in international arenas and across multi-cultural domains
  • Fundraising for NGOs

 Required skills/attributes

  • Thorough understanding of, and strong commitment to evidence-based approaches
  • Excellent organisational, research, and administrative skills
  • Strong writing and social media skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office tools
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to handle the pressures and stresses related to job responsibilities and find creative solutions to implementation challenges
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and partner organisations
  • Collaborative approach to project implementation
  • Drivers license and own transport

If you are interested in applying please email a copy of your CV with a Personal Statement outlining how you meet the skills and qualifications with the subject entitled “PLH-PIN Monitoring & Evaluation Officer” to

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CWBSA reserves the right not to make an appointment if a suitable candidate cannot be found.  While CWBSA thanks all interested applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.