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The Museum of AIDS in Africa (MAA) has a mission to be the premiere public institution to collect, preserve, remember, interpret, share and exhibit the history of the origins, spread, and impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as the past and present experiences of AIDS in Africa.

Seeking Administrator, based in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Museum of AIDS in Africa is seeking an experienced administrator to help with operations, including routine administration and special projects. This position will include opportunities for innovation and project support depending on the incumbent’s interest, skill and experience. The administrator will work closely with other project managers and contractors and from time-to-time the Board of Directors.

The MAA is a pan-African institution that is working towards opening in a new, dedicated building in South Africa. It will also include a traveling mobile museum and a major virtual component. The Museum exists today as a number of dynamic public programs, special exhibitions, and virtual experiences.

Key tasks:

-contribute to project management
-basic bookkeeping, providing project managers with updated budget details
-banking (online and in person)
-liaise with donors, keep track of report deadlines and file routine reports to funders

-follow up requests of executive or program consultants
-assist with or manage Request for Proposals for administrative and program work -set up meetings in multiple timezones, prepare minutes of team or board meetings

-maintain organizational files (external copies and cloud)
-ensure annual obligations of a non-profit company are fulfilled eg filing annual returns. be up-to-date on compliance issues in South Africa
-assist with logistics or research regarding collections, school curriculums, conference participation

Experience and Competencies

  • A degree or equivalent professional experience, preferably within the cultural, creative, philanthropic, public institution or social science area
  • Minimum three years of production/administrative experience in organizations
  • A self-starter who is organized, detail-oriented and collaborative
  • Proven ability to work independently and with a team
  • Excellent communicator, verbal and written skills
  • Bookkeeping experience
  • Experience working with teams, donors, board, government, volunteers.
  • Ability to oversee administrative support for multiple grants
  • Experience using Excel, online bookkeeping programs, Word, Powerpoint,

    Wordpress, social media platforms, Skype

  • Professional, reliable, diplomatic
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, work well under pressure, and

    meet deadlines.

  • Commitment to the goals and values of the museum


    -knowledge of HIV/AIDS pandemic and response in Africa and globally
    -knowledge of and interest in cultural heritage, archive, museum, science, education -speaks other languages common in Africa and South Africa

    This is a part-time consultancy position.
    We encourage applications from people living with HIV/AIDS.
    The position offers a competitive hourly salary.
    To apply: (link sends e-mail)


Building on last year's ground-breaking conference, Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation, hosted by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, the University of Cape Town is organising a second conference, titled Medical Humanities in Africa.

Deirdre Prins-Solani running MAA's Healing Through Memory and Objects public program reports from the Conference:

"Exciting start with presentations by Drs Catherine Burns and Glenn Ncube. In her presentation on 'waiting rooms' Dr Burns provokes conference attendees to think about the concept of the waiting room. The ways in which power is constructed, reinforced doctor and patient through the 'waiting room'...Africa as the 'waiting' continent and how this is challenged through new readings of Africa and biomedicine practice. She cites Isabel Hofmeyer's work and Nancy Rose-Hunt. Dr Ncube's provocation could be captured in his attempt to decolonise medical histories by seeking alternate ways of writing speaking histories. A question which should resonate throughout the conference is how one deconstructs this language in the present, such as Ebola, and how Africa is once again constructed through particular the past is never quite past, still with us..."

Remembrance of a pandemic almost past

André Picard

Melbourne, Australia — The Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, Aug. 10 2014

Excerpt: There are all manner of museums in the world, from the heart-wrenching Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and renowned art galleries such as State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, to the downright bizarre, such as the International UFO Museum in Roswell, N.M., and the Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan.

Yet, there has been no Museum of AIDS, no formal remembrance or commemoration of the worst public-health disaster in history, a modern-day plague that has infected an estimated 78 million people, 43 million of whom have died. (Those numbers are in dispute, but even if the estimates are off by a few million, the impact of AIDS is undeniable; it has scarred Africa as much as slavery did centuries ago.)

But that is about to change.

The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling exhibit, a pop-up museum that was on display most recently at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Within a few years, it hopes to become a bricks-and-mortar institution, likely in Johannesburg or Durban, South Africa.

Coauthors: Deirdre Prins-Solani 1, Ngaire Blankenberg 1, Carol Devine 1, Stephanie Nolen 1 and Mandisa Mbaligontsi 2
1Museum of AIDS in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 1Museum of AIDS in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1Museum of AIDS in Africa, Toronto, Canada, 1Museum of AIDS in Africa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2Wellness Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

For more information on this public program of the MAA or to partner on implementation or evaluation, please contact Deirdre Prins-Solani

PDF of poster can be downloaded at this link.

The Museum of AIDS in Africa (MAA) is bringing its pop-up museum to the 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne, 20-25 July, 2014.

If you are at the IAC please visit us in The Global Village, Booth 670, free and open to the public all week.

The MAA is a pan-African institution with a vision is to transform the individual and social response to the African AIDS epidemic by honouring those who have lost their lives, empowering those infected and affected, building knowledge and understanding about the history, science and response to the pandemic, to support the ultimate goal of an Africa free from AIDS. The MAA exists today with dynamic public programs including a Pop-Up traveling museum (including at IAC Global Village Booth 670), a Virtual Memorial and a pilot counseling project Healing Through Memory & Objects.

Our team includes Pumla Mahuma, Program Manager MAA Johannesburg, Deirdre Prins-Solani, Cultural Heritage and museum expert, Cape Town, Carol Devine AIDS and access to essential medicines activist, Canada and interns Gloria Nyanja Kenyan student in Melbourne doing Master’s in Public Health, member of Melbourne Youth Force, Precious Rametsana hailing from Botawana is a student at University of Melbourne and Tanya Mutepfa is from Zimbabwe, undertaking her Masters of Social Science in International Development at RMIT.

The MAA is introducing its first public program through a poster presentation "Healing through memory and objects: a novel approach to HIV/AIDS grief counseling by the ´Museum of AIDS in Africa´"

Mon Jul 21, 12:30-14:30, Exhibition Hall Ground Level, Deirdre Prins-Solani

Presentation at the Human Rights Networking Zone, Global Village (booth 804) Learn about this powerful online memorial and pop-up museum ( then participate in an interactive presentation of a novel approach to HIV/AIDS grief counselling.  

Wed Jul 23 15:30-16:30, Global Village Booth 804 Human Rights Networking Zone with Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, ARASA and the Open Society Foundation.

Healing Through Memory is a new program currently being piloted by the Museum. We call it "museum therapy" and we're aiming to build a collection of objects, drawn from the museum collection, that trained therapists can use in supporting people affected by HIV in coping with grief. We are interested in the ways that memory and collective narratives can help people heal.

To pilot the program, we partnered with some of the leading AIDS Service Organizations in South Africa, such as the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust; arts groups such as THEMBA Interactive; and museum and memorialization initiatives including Iziko Museums and The Archival Platform. We worked together to develop a methodology for this new idea of Museum Therapy, and to test it. We're looking now to expand the program and evaluate it further.

And we'd like your help: we're building a "basket of objects" to use in our museum therapy - objects that could form part of our permanent collection. We want to know - What makes you remember? What sparks your memories of a loved one lost to HIV? Is it a favourite jersey? A photograph? Prayer beads or a football pennant? We want your ideas. Please send us pictures, links or suggestions.

And if you work with or know an organization that might like to partner with us in refining and expanding Healing Through Memory, please get in touch.

The Museum of AIDS in Africa today releases its Healing Through Memory & Objects toolkit: A toolkit for using objects in grief counselling. The toolkit was created after a pilot public program in South Africa, Healing Through Memory and it is undergoing peer evaluation and further development now in stage two. Special thanks to Deirdre Prins-Solani and Ngaire Blankenberg, The Stephen Lewis Foundation, participants and partners. If you have any questions or would like to participate in its development please contact us

Download the Healing Through Memory PDF here

The Museum of AIDS in Africa's esteemed board member Stephen Lewis (Co-Director of AIDS-Free World) is giving a keynote speech today at Canadian Museums Association conference, "The Future of Museums", on Museums as the Vanguard of Community. "Museums are an essential part of the human condition. They serve to amplify, soothe and secure the quest for social justice," Mr. Lewis says.

The Museum of AIDS in Africa will be at the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Cape Town, South Africa, December 7 - 11, 2013.

Please visit us and our pop-up museum in the Exhibition Hall (Stand #26). You can also contribute to our Virtual memorial in person or online -