ESSET: Programme Officer

Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 7 April, 2017
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The Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET) is an independent nonprofit ecumenical agency that advocates for social and economic justice by supporting the struggles of communities of the marginalised and mobilising the broader church family to do the same.
ESSET seeks to appoint a Programme Officer, based in Johannesburg.


  • Plan, monitor and evaluate ESSET’s community development-related projects
  • Maintain relations with community-based organisations and social movements that ESSET supports
  • Track and analyse trends in the provision of basic social services within the communities that ESSET supports
  • Track and analyse trends in community participation in local governance within the communities that ESSET supports
  • Convene discussion forums on the socio-economic and cultural problems affecting women and youth
  • Develop policy recommendations that will guide ESSET’s advocacy agenda
  • Liaise and network with progressive civil society organisations that provide support to poor communities in the SADC region
  • Assist with the budgeting and financial management of all ESSET’s community-related projects
  • Produce programme reports, in particular monthly progress reports, to the programme manager
  • Work closely with other programme officers
  • Represent ESSET in relevant government and civil society forums in South Africa and the SADC region
  • Perform any other duty in support of organisational performance


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies or in any other relevant discipline
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is required
  • Demonstrable knowledge of South Africa’s local government legislation, government consultative processes, community development issues, and of different community struggles in the country
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of youth and gender issues in the SADC region (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of SADC level regional development policies
  • Demonstrable knowledge of civil society initiatives in the region
  • English writing and speaking skills
  • Fluency in at least two African languages
  • Self-motivated, strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people
  • Planning, organisational, multi-task and time management skills

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