OSF-SA: Programme Officer

Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 9 November, 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 in the Research and Advocacy Unit to be based in Cape Town.

The purpose of the Programme Officer is to work within the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) to develop the unit’s strategy and plan activities and implementation. 


  • Responsible for the design, planning and implementation of research and advocacy interventions aligned to the strategic focus of OSF-SA
  • Economic inclusion, inequality and economic policy with a focus on women and youth
  • Youth empowerment and/or development programmes
  • Community engagement
  • Human rights and political developments
  • Land reform
  • Contribute to the development of the unit’s strategy and activities in support of the overall OSF-SA strategy and objectives
  • Support the preparation of annual work plans, spend plans and other documentation for submission to the Executive Director and the Board
  • Identify, conceptualise and execute operational projects and initiatives such as research, publications, workshops, roundtables, conferences, training, etc.
  • Conduct research to advance the unit’s and OSF-SA’s strategic priority areas
  • Develop appropriate advocacy campaigns by collaborating with civil society stakeholders, working with the global and regional OSF network and participating in local and global debates.
  • Disseminate research output and opinion pieces in line with OSF-SA position
  • Identify and nurture key relationships both locally and internationally and position OSF-SA as a strategic institution to engage in public discourse around the relevant strategic focus areas.
  • Administrative tasks, including preparing grant and contractual agreements, internal reports and managing the unit’s calendar
  • Participate as an active member of the Research and Advocacy Unit to facilitate the achievement of its objectives, and support grant-making programmes in their activities


  • Honours or Master’s degree in Economics/Public Policy/Development Studies
  • Minimum of four years’ experience in research, policy and advocacy related to Economic Inclusion, Inequality, Public Policy and Sustainable Development
  • Demonstrate competence in publishing research or articles in relevant fields  
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Project management skills
  • Attention to detail, planning and organising, monitoring and evaluation
  • Strategy development
  • Preparation and monitoring of budgets
  • Ability to work under pressure and on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal skills

To apply, submit your updated CV together with a covering letter to hr@osfsa.org.za
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal
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 been unsuccessful.
For more about the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, refer to www.osf.org.za
For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies

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