OSISA IS RECRUITING: Economic and Social Justice Consultant

Sexta-feira, Abril 28th. 2017

OSISA is a growing African institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. Its vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society in which people, free from material and other forms deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities and participate actively in all spheres of life. OSISA‘s mission is to initiate and support programmes working towards open society ideals and to advocate for these ideals in southern Africa.

OSISA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to recruit for the following 1-year contract position:

Economic Justice Programme Consultant

Closing date: 28 April 2017

City and Country Johannesburg, South Africa

Job experience: 5-10 years

Role Overview

Support the Economic and Social Justice (ESJ) Cluster to maximise its impact by efficiently delivering on the work-plan of the Economic Justice Programme (EJP). The consultant will be responsible for providing technical and programme support to the EJP within the ESJ Cluster. S/he will contribute to and support planning, management and implementation of the EJP portfolio. S/he will assist in identifying opportunities for grant making within the programme, review grant proposals and development projects, and prepare grants to key national and regional partners. He/she will support the facilitation of networks amongst OSISA partners within the EJP by convening dialogue and debate on issues relevant to OSISA’s overall mandate. He/she will provide input into the EJP budget, coordinate regional events, and manage workshops, seminars and meetings. The Consultant will play a key role in communicating grant related matters and in collaboration with the ESJ Cluster Associate manage the administrative tasks of the EJP.

Key Performance Areas

Identify and respond to strategic opportunities:

  • Under the supervision of the ESJ Team Leader, identify programming opportunities within OSF (Economic Advancement Programme; FGP and others) and outside, aligned to the OSISA Strategy.
  • Analyse incoming requests and emerging opportunities, synthesise information on programme issues for OSISA, and make recommendations to the ESJ Team Leader for action.


Programme Implementation:

  • Support the ESJ Cluster Team Leader to develop implement work plan and budget for the EJP Portfolio.                                                                                                                                
  • Prepare recommendations of funding to the ESJ Cluster Team Leader for submission to the Board.                                                                                                                                               
  • Provide technical support to the Team Leader for the implementation of the EJP portfolio, including development of programme strategies, budgets and work plans.                                                                       
  • Support development of programme budgets in accordance with budget policy and regulations.                                                                                                                                              
  • Monitor and implement timely and appropriate reporting and payment to grantees.


Communication and Advocacy:

  1. Under the guidance of the Team Leader, organise major OSISA events ensuring a high quality of documentation and presentations.
  2. Liaise with the Communications Unit and other programmes within the ESJ Cluster and contribute programme related materials for publication.
  3. Ensure timely responses and share programme related materials with relevant network programmes to ensure visibility of OSISA’s EJP work across the Open Society Foundations Network.


Key Competencies

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Capacity to work in multi-cultural and multinational contexts
  • Grant management
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with composure
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Willingness to travel


Qualifications and Experience

A Post Graduate Degree in Social Science, Development or field related to the programme area covered. At least 5 years’ experience working as a consultant in Southern Africa, in bilateral, multilateral, civil society and regional organisational settings.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a one-page cover letter and a detailed CV to HumanResources@osisa.org with the relevant position as the subject heading.

Closing date for submission is 28 April 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will receive a response.


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