The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) New Job Vacancy

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24 Aug, 2018

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Research Jobs in South Africa

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is a grant-making organisation and is part of the global Open Society Foundations (OSF). OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic civil society.

Job Title: Programme Manager in the Research and Advocacy Unit 
Job Location: Cape Town

He/she will manage a team of at least two programme officers who will directly report to him/her. The RAU proactively designs various interventions on topics that change from time-to-time, but which relate broadly to OSF-SA’s mission. The Programme Manager will primarily be responsible for the design, planning and implementation of such interventions aligned to the strategic focus of OSF-SA.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge across, and understand key issues in the following areas:

  • Economic inclusion, inequality and economic policy with a focus on women and youth
  • Extractive Sector Governance
  • Land Reform and Rural Development
  • Social Accountability Methodologies
  • The South African Media, Civil Society and the Judiciary
  • Human Rights and Public Sector Governance
  • Legislative and regulatory processes and how to use advocacy to influence policy
  • Community Engagement
  • Develop and update the RAU’s strategy periodically in accordance with organisational processes.
  • Implement the RAU’s strategy to guide and prioritise the work of the programme so that it contributes meaningfully to the overall objectives of OSF-SA.
  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of the RAU including at least two direct reports.
  • Oversee all of the Unit’s programmes and projects.
  • Prepare and manage the Unit’s annual budget, work plan, spend plan and other relevant documentation annually and present these to the Executive Director and Board.
  • Identify, conceptualise and execute operational projects and initiatives such as research, publications, workshops, roundtables, conferences, training, etc.
  • Lead project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Lead on collaborating with partners, OSF-SA grantees, other donors, other OSF thematic programmes and other stakeholders to ensure that these relationships support the Unit’s objectives and contribute to influencing policy.
  • Conduct and manage research and advocacy that is in line with the strategic focus of the OSF-SA.
  • Lead and develop the programme team so that they can achieve their work objectives within timelines.
  • Organise seminars, conferences, meetings and other gatherings to contribute to public discourse around OSF-SA’s strategic focus and to build OSF-SA’s public profile.
  • Disseminate research output and opinion pieces in line with OSF-SA positions.
  • Participate as an active member of the OSF-SA management team to facilitate the achievement of the overall organisational objectives.
  • Support other OSF-SA teams proactively to collectively deliver on the organisation’s strategic goals.


  • A Master’s degree in Law/Social Sciences/Economics/Public Policy/Development Studies/Politics
  • At least six years’ experience in research, policy development, grant making and advocacy, two of which must be at a management
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an advantage
  • Demonstrated competence in publishing research or articles in relevant fields
  • Leadership (building relationships, on-the-job coaching, focus on individual & team development)
  • Strategy development
  • Budgeting
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Project management skills (high level of attention to detail, planning and organising, monitoring and evaluation, follow-up, adhere to deadlines and travel arrangements)
  • Experience with preparing and monitoring grant agreements, progress reports and budgets
  • Ability to work under pressure and on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Integrity and professionalism

To apply, send your updated CV together with a covering letter to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will receive a written response.

If you do not receive a response within two weeks, you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Application Deadline: 31st August, 2018

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