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Programme Manager

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is recruiting a Programme Manager in the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) to join our team based at the OSF-SA office in Cape Town. The new staff member 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

Key areas of responsibility

  1. Develop and update the RAU’s strategy periodically in accordance with organisational processes
  2. 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
  3. Coordinate and manage all aspects of the RAU including at least two direct reports
  4. Oversee all of the Unit’s programmes and projects
  5. 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
  6. Identify, conceptualise and execute operational projects and initiatives such as research, publications, workshops, roundtables, conferences, training, etc
  7. Lead project monitoring and evaluation
  8. 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
  9. Conduct and manage research and advocacy that is in line with the strategic focus of the OSF-SA
  10. Lead and develop the programme team so that they can achieve their work objectives within timelines
  11. 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
  12. Disseminate research output and opinion pieces in line with OSF-SA positions
  13. Participate as an active member of the OSF-SA management team to facilitate the achievement of the overall organisational objectives
  14. Support other OSF-SA teams proactively to collectively deliver on the organisation’s strategic goals

Minimum qualifications, experience & competencies

  • A Master’s degree in Law/Social Sciences/Economics/Public Policy/Development Studies/Politics;
  • At least 6 years’ experience in research, policy development, grant making and advocacy, 2 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);
  • Excellent 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

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your updated CV together with a covering letter to hr@osfsa.org.za.

Please note that 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.

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