Hivos: Programme Officer – Joint Gender Fund

Hivos South Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 24 March, 2017
Opportunity type: 

Hivos South Africa, has over the past 10 years built up a good track record and reputation as an innovative grant maker and fund manager in the NGO sector.  With historical links to Hivos Netherlands, the South African office was established with support from donor agencies and foundations to collaborate and combine efforts towards strengthening civil society social justice work. 

The Joint Gender Fund (JGF) works to build cohesion and strengthen the response to GBV in South Africa through fundingcapacity enhancement, and strategic sector convenings.

Purpose of the role is to implement Joint Gender Fund (JGF) programme activities linked to the strategic objectives. 

Specific Key Functions:
Provide technical and strategic input within the JGF team
  • Provide strategic guidance, coordination and support in the Implementation of the Fund
  • Provide strategic guidance and support other JGF staff members
  • Provide advice and strategic support to grantees through selected field visits and through interactions at JGF convenings, forums and platforms.
  • Analyze and ensure the interventions are sensitive to women’s leadership and achieve progress in terms of inclusion of other groups that are marginalised in society.
  • Updating and sharing with staff recent developments and knowledge related to the sector.

Monitoring and reporting.

  • Provide occasional reports on context and strategic issues.
  • Oversee and finalise prepared reports, including:
    • Narrative report for donors
    • Narrative report for Annual Report
    • Narrative reports on visits, training and mentoring both internally and with external partners
  • Take the lead in reporting to the JGF Advisory Committee

Networking and Coordination

  • Liaise with key stakeholders, (key domestic political and civic actors, civil society organizations, international NGOs, UN partners towards the advancement of the VAW agenda.
  • Represent the JGF at selected Violence Against Women events involving government.

Knowledge management and knowledge sharing

  • Provide brief updates on the development of VAW issues in the region.
  • Provide assistance and guidance in any JGF work that involved data collection, compiling lessons learned, and establishing indicators to support knowledge sharing.
  • Assist in the development of concept notes, project documents and policy frameworks, fundraising proposals/initiatives and research area and gender issues for best practices as directed by supervisor.
  • Support other JGF staff to participate in VAW-related community of practice in the region.
  • Writes and provides support to the team w.r.t. writing stories related to programme and project developments as they relate to Violence Against Women issues.

Resource mobilization for the programme

  • With the Hivos-SA Director, devise a resource mobilization plan region.
  • Coordinate implementation of and follow through on this plan
  • Engage effectively with a range of relevant donors
  • Follow up on opportunities to increase the inflow of JGF resources for grantmaking.

Perform other work related outputs consistent with the role and as agreed with the Director of Hivos. 

  • Thinks strategically about the sector and its role in South Africa and the region
  • Undertakes programme planning and coordination
  • Delivers results-based planning and reporting
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating the VAW messages
  • Formulate written information clearly and persuasively
  • Contributes into results through contribution to formulation of plans, reviewing strategies with the JGF team and guiding other staff members in terms of the content of their work.
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches good practice and proposes new and more effective ways of doing things
  • Establishes effective partner relationships
  • Is proactive and problem solving and has a result-oriented attitude.
  • Shares information openly with co-workers and partners while using discretion to protect confidences.
Education and Relevant Experience:
  • Bachelor or Honours Degree in Gender studies, Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field with five years of relevant experience at sector level or national level in the field of gender related projects/ programme work with additional understanding of Violence Against Women strategies, approached and tools.’

Other Experience:

  • Good reporting and writing skills.
  • Previous work experience Gender Based Violence as well as with notions of how sector issues intersect with other social justice and human rights issues.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages.
  • Programme planning
  • Programme coordination

Other requirements: Although applications are open, priority will be given to women and PDIs.
To apply:
Please send a  motivation letter and CV with 3 references to
Applications for this role closes on 24 March 2017 at 16h00. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  No correspondence will be entered into with any applicant. 

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