DWF: Parliamentary Engagement Manager

Democracy Works Foundation
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 25 February, 2018
Opportunity type: 

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) analyses the health of democracy and implements innovative interventions and technologies in order to foster inclusive development through a deepening of democratic culture and capacity whilst ensuring sustainability and independence of its operations. In partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), DWF has recently been awarded a contract for the EU programme:  Enhancing CSO Participation in Legislatures' Oversight and Participation Processes.  The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and provincial government to engage effectively on two critical development themes (Safety and Security, and Health) in three selected provinces: the Northern Cape, North West, and Limpopo.

Demoracy Works seeks to employ a The Parliamentary Engagement Manager, to be based in Johannesburg.

Start date: 01 May 2018 
Duration: Fixed term contract, until the end of the project in December 2020

The purpose of The Parliamentary Engagement Manager is to a facilitate the role between the MPLs committees and staff and the CSOs. S/he will report, contract consultants and manage the programme outputs and supporting the alignment of Parliamentary and CSOs interests, and provide relevant information exchanges. The position will also spend 25% of time representing and supporting WFD.


  • Implement and manage the programme described in the program description to budget, on time and in compliance with DW and donor requirements
  • Develop workplans, identify partners, organise training, events and in general ensure that the programme objectives are effectively and efficiently realised
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation process, track and document programme activities and their impact
  • Maintain machine readable and paper records of the programme so that these can be accessed by work colleagues without guidance
  • Facilitate effective communications between all interested parties regarding programme activities
  • Manage programme finances in full compliance with DW and donor requirements
  • Ensure that all planned activities receive payments on time in line with the requirements of contract and demands of the programme
  • Manage programme stakeholders to ensure they remain enlisted in and supportive of the program until its successful completion
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Masters in a related field (Political Science, Public Administration, etc.) highly recommended
  • Minimum of six years of directly related work experience, four of which must have been spent on EU programmes
  • Experience in grant and programme management with demonstrable experience in democracy and human rights fields
  • Understand South African legislative sector, constitution and public participation processes
  • Strong written English suitable for drafting and editing material and writing proposals
  • IT skills (eg Microsoft Office applications, social media)
  • Competent in budget and financial management
  • Proven experience in staff management and development
  • Significant experience of producing programme reports with analysis and documentation of outcomes and programme learning 
  • Track record of developing and publishing articles, manuals, guides, policy document and research papers in relevant field
  • Proven track record of delivering high quality consultative support to international actors in the governance/international development sector
  • Proven experience of programme monitoring and evaluation methodologies including logframes and developing case studies
  • An understanding of parliamentary practice and procedure, from a global and regional perspective as well as those of Westminster and the UK legislature would be an advantage
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • Proven skills in training and developing staff
  • Ability to manage other people
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Networking skills and ability to establish contacts with executives of other organisations
  • An understanding of and affinity with WFD/ DWF’s vision, mission and values
  • Interpersonal relations with both senior and junior staff
  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a driver’s license valid for South Africa

To apply, submit one page application letter and CV to recruitment@democracyworks.org.za stating the position title in the subject line

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interviews.  

If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

The working language of the Southern Africa office is English.

For more about Democracy Works Foundation, refer to www.democracyworks.org.za

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