Open Society Foundation for South Africa: Programme Officer

Open Society Foundation for South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 12 January, 2018
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The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is a grant-making organisation and is part of the global Open Society Foundations (OSF). OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic civil society.

OSF-SA seeks to appoint a Programme Officer to be based in Cape Town.


Managing the Grant application process for assigned Projects by:

  • Research the sector specific issues related to the application (collection and analysis of relevant data to assist in the assessment of the application
  • Assess the written application in relation to the Programme grant-making strategy
  • Liaise with OSF-SA Finance to review the proposed budget and ensure it is realistic and accurate
  • Request and assess additional information, where necessary
  • Undertake site visits to the project
  • Provide support to applicant organisation where required, in relation to the presentation of a complete application
  • Discuss recommendations regarding applications with Programme Manager
  • Develop written recommendation, as per agreed format and content

Engaging with Grantees so that their queries are handled efficiently and effectively and so that they are aware of OSF-SA Grant making activities by:

  • Provide information to grantees relating to Programme issues e.g. updates on new research available, information about new happenings in the policy environment, actual research documents
  • Support internal organisational capacity issues, by monitoring and evaluation, advocacy strategies
  • Provide support in relation to evaluation.  This includes, but is not limited to: design of the evaluation strategy, seeking out an appropriate external researcher, assistance
  • Contract with the researcher, support in relation to feeding research findings back into the organisation/project’s implementation
  • Provide support in relation to advocacy. This includes, but is not limited to: design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of advocacy strategies
  • Provide support in terms of sustainability.  This includes, but is not limited to: sustaining the longevity of the organisation, sustaining the impact of a project intervention, sustaining the life of a project intervention
  • Ensure grantees are kept informed of new developments in OSF-SA programme strategy relating to their work
  • Monitor and reporting on progress so that the OSF-SA is kept informed of issues relating to the assigned Programmes
  • Set up and manage Programme specific Workshops and Round-Table Programmes
  • Ensure all administrative work is carried out for the assigned programmes in line with OSF-SA procedure


  • Unless the applicant can demonstrate that s/he has developed the necessary competencies through experience a degree in one of the following fields is required: Political Studies, Law, Economics, Humanities
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Project management skills (high level of attention to detail, planning & organising, follow-up)
  • Prepare and monitor grant budgets 
  • Ability to work under pressure and on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Integrity

To apply, submit your updated CV together with a covering letter of no more than 800 words to

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

Preference will be given to EE candidates.

Applicants must be South African citizens. 

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 not been successful.

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