Sonke Gender Justice: Policy Development and Advocacy Coordinator

Sonke Gender Justice
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 3 June, 2016
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With a full-time staff of about 100 people working from offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bushbuckridge, Sonke works globally, and especially across Africa, to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.
Sonke seeks to appoint a Policy Development and Advocacy Coordinator, based in Cape Town. 

​Remuneration: 264K – 300K per annum 
The PDA Coordinator is responsible for carrying out and overseeing activities housed in Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy unit (PDA). Based in Sonke’s Cape Town office, this position will work closely with the Sonke Advocacy Director and PDA unit Manager to coordinate Sonke’s policy development and advocacy work – with particular reference to the Campaign for the National Strategic Plan for Gender-Based Violence (GBV NSP), the decriminalisation of sex work, the Hate Crimes Working Group, prisons reform, and other related campaigns.


Project Coordination

  • Coordinate all GBV NSP campaign activities, together with senior Sonke personnel involved in the project and the GBV NSP task team members
  • Provide logistical and administrative coordination related to the campaign activities
  • Regularly convene project planning meetings with internal and external stakeholders to ensure campaign aims and goals are met
  • Ensure CSOs and relevant government stakeholders are made aware of the GBV NSP campaign through community engagements, strategic meetings and attendance at national and international meetings and conferences

Reporting, publications, monitoring and evaluation

  • Submit all agreed upon reports (project reports, supervision reports, observation reports, GBV NSP meeting reports, stakeholder meeting reports, community mobilisation etc.), on a monthly basis or as agreed upon
  • Maintain regular reports and a coherent overview document that analyses the trajectory of the GBV NSP process, including the internal politics of the campaign and how they change over time
  • Write a quarterly analysis/case study of the campaign, drawing on international experiences and social movement theory with aim of publishing co-authored or independent articles in journals and other publications
  • Prepare relevant materials (abstracts, papers, presentations) for presentation at conferences, meetings and national dialogues


  • Conduct and/or coordinate research where appropriate. This will include the development of the GBV NSP shadow framework in line with relevant literature and policy development on GBV
  • Regularly conduct and/or coordinate relevant research on GBV and policy developments to support the strategy development of various campaigns that Sonke are involved in
  • Regularly conduct and/or coordinate policy analysis of local and international legislation on gender, GBV and other related issues to support a. and b.

Media and Communications

  • Regularly write or coordinate the writing of Op-Eds, articles, press releases and other media products related to gender based violence
  • Be available to conduct radio and telephonic interviews

Resource Mobilisation and donor relations 

  • Support the PDA unit Manager, the Resource Mobilisation Manager and the Executive Director with resource mobilization for the PDA Unit to mobilize resources for existing activities and facilitate development of new initiatives in relation to GBV
  • Support resource mobilization by drafting proposals, develop budgets and Identify funding sources where appropriate  
  • Produce donor reports as needed
  • Support the Unit Manager and Director to ensure budget expenditure related to the campaign is within the prescribed margins so as to avoid overspend


  • Support PDA members in work relating to prisons reform, decriminalisation of sex work, primary prevention of violence, hate crimes and hate speech, prison reform, and related work
  • Participate in staff meetings, staff retreats, staff training and international meetings as required
  • Participate in the organization in ways that initiate and foster a congenial, productive and supportive work environment generally
  • Contract with consultants to assist with supporting and the strengthening of the unit’s work as required  
  • Ensure the continued development of relationships with stakeholders and existing partners in order to advance the work of the unit
  • Network strategically with existing community networks, educational institutions, NPO’s and government to advance the work of the unit  
  • Attend stakeholder meetings, donor meetings and conferences where necessary and when required to do so  
  • Support the financial and administrative functioning of the unit – including submitting monthly reports
  • Support the development and implementation of relevant trainings or workshops related to the work of the PDA unit


  • Masters in gender, international humanitarian work or Development Studies
  • Experience working in the NGO environment locally and with international donors. International NGO experience will be an advantage
  • Experience working on national policy on gender and violence
  • Minimum three years related research, policy, and advocacy experience
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing trainings and workshops for diverse groups
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating complex projects or campaigns with multiple partners
  • Policy advocacy experience in the public interest or human rights and gender justice specifically
  • Familiarity with existing South African laws and policies related to gender based violence, HIV and AIDS, and human rights with particular reference to sex work, prisoners and victims of hate crimes
  • Strong grounding in gender justice and feminist theory and research
  • Familiarity with the functions and duties of relevant Chapter 9 institutions, the ministry of women, department of social development, and other relevant government departments and oversight bodies
  • Familiarity with strategies and programmes aimed at gender based violence, including responses and prevention
  • Fluency in two South African languages
  • Willingness to travel 30% - 40% of the time within South Africa or abroad
  • Above average competence in the use of computerised packages Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications; i.e. Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Writing skills with the ability to write clearly and concisely, and a track record of publications
  • Communication and organizational skills with prior media experience

To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and a writing sample to Sonke's Human Resources Department

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

For non-South Africans nationals or permanent residents, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs; employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place.

Salary is negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

If you do not hear from us by 30 June 2016, please consider your application unsuccessful.

The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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