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
- 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