The Graca Machel Trust Available Employment Vacancy

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26 Jun, 2019

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Social Work Vacancies in South Africa

The Graça Machel Trust was established in 2010 as a Pan-African advocacy organisation focused on child health and nutrition, education, women’s economic and financial empowerment, leadership and good governance.


Job Title: Women Economic & Social Advancement Programme Officer
Job Location: Sandton, Johannesburg

Purpose of position is to provide secretariat, coordination and technical support to the Women’s Economic and Social Advancement (WESA) Programme, including project management and administrative support to the unit.


  •  Programme Coordination and implementation support
  • Provide programme support on Workplan Development, budget preparation, and annual as well as quarterly target and milestone setting;
  • Coordinate implementation of WESA Programme activities in line with approved Workplans, budgets and set objectives and targets;
  • Provide technical support to GMT’s Pan-African Women’s Networks, ensuring ongoing engagement and alignment of plans between the WESA Secretariat function and the work of the Networks;
  • Facilitate capacity building and interventions to strengthen the effectiveness of GMT’s Pan-African Women’s Networks and related catalytic projects in line with programmatic objectives.
  • Coordinate the unit’s key partner activities in relation to sub-grants;
  • Ensure alignment of the implementation of WESA’s mandate to promote the work of the Trust in advancing the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG’s) as relevant to WESA’s mandate.
  •  Networking Building and technical support
  • Support the setting up of and coordination of the ongoing activities of the GMT Women’s Networks at incubation, establishment and advanced stages in line with the Network Growth Path.
  • Facilitate cross-network synergies for the various GMT Networks (Women in Finance, Agriculture, Business, Media, Scholars; Women in Energy, Extractives and Infrastructure, Technology and Trade to ‘Multiplying Faces, Amplifying Voices’ of women under the WESA programme.
  • Facilitate Quarterly check-ins with Network Country Chapters, including monitoring of action plans implementation; provision of programme updates and targeted technical support;
  • Facilitate implementation of Network Growth Path including conducting periodic network progress assessments; development of targeted technical support plans and support through thought partnership to Country Chapter to ensure continued progression of Networks’ growth.
  • Annually disseminate and workshop Network Building toolkits for utilization across the GMT Networks.
  • Periodically identify strategic partners and facilitate linkages with relevant Networks to advance the work of WESA.
  • Knowledge management and programme performance monitoring
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of Networks database required to further the work of the Trust.
  • Draft monthly and quarterly programme reports and track budget expenditure in line with WESA Workplans and Budgets, in liaison with the Programme Manager.
  • Develop and maintain a contacts database for the WESA programme including building a repository of accessible and update to date reports, reference materials and programme communications and project materials
  • Compile monthly programme data reports (including completion of data collection tools), collating Country Networks and overall Programme data to maintain an up-to-date programme M&E record in liaison with the M&E Officer.
  • Conduct periodic research, compile fact sheets, information and policy briefs for use in development of project models/approaches, to inform Advocacy activities;
  • Provide support for development of key WESA documentation including presentations, programme briefs and funding proposals;
  • Compile project briefs, profiles of catalytic projects and success stories of WESA’s initiatives and disseminate to Networks and through periodic Brown bags/learning session
  • Stakeholder management and Communication
  • Liaise with GMT’s Communications Unit for profiling of WESA’s work and amplification of advocacy messages as well as success stories from the Networks;
  • Provide support for coordination of stakeholder communication and related activities with partners and stakeholders for the WESA programme;
  • Set up WESA key contacts mailing list and assist in maintaining routine communication with key partners as well as sharing relevant programme information.
  • Programme Administrative and Logistics Coordination
  • Coordinate the Programmes periodic key events, ensuring efficient logistical support for key meetings, seminars, Networks conference, including participant coordination.
  • ·Coordinate unit procurements in liaison with the Finance and Admin Unit; including sourcing of quotes, facilitating payment for programme-specific purchases, confirming receipt of goods and services
  • Other
  • Contribute to team-wide communications and knowledge management, and participate in organisation-wide events and discussions on related topics/projects.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings, organizational reviews and     planning as well as other meetings that relate to the work of the GMT
  • Requirements:
  • Education
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences, with a strong preference for degrees in Economics, Business, Gender Studies and Political Science.
  • Experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience gained in projects and programming of gender/women’s rights related development work.
  • Experience in coordinating multiple integrated projects within a Programme portfolio, and working across multiple country contexts
  • Demonstrated and sound experience in network /coalition/movement building in the Women’s Rights sector
  • Proven track record in advocacy, particularly in the women’s rights
  • Experience in managing multiple donor-funded project, including stakeholder management.
  •  Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Understanding of networking, coalition and building partnerships with a range of individuals and organizations across multiple contexts
  • Strong communication and writing abilities in English with the ability to produce clear, focused reports, briefs and speeches on variety of issues
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to harness and use information and communication technology as a tool and resources
  • Ability to work independently and in “virtual” teams, as much of the implementation will be done through partners at country level across multiple countries
  • Strong MS-Office computer skills including data capture
  • Understanding of French, Portuguese and/or Swahili would be an additional asset.
  •  General Requirements
  • Driver’s licence (desirable)
  • High proficiency level in English
  • Must be eligible to live and work in South Africa
  • Occasional regional travel may be required
  • Reference, qualification and criminal checks will be conducted.


To apply

Please submit a CV (maximum 3 pages) with references to [email protected] . Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: Friday, 5 July, 2019

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