Triangle Project: Research, Advocacy & Policy Manager

Triangle Project
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
Opportunity type: 

Triangle Project is an LGBTIQ human rights organisation, based in Cape Town and providing services throughout the Western Cape. The organisation is looking to hire a Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager to be based at its office in Cape Town/ 

Job title:                           Research, Advocacy & Policy Manager 
Reports to:                       Director         
Functional team:              Research, Advocacy & Policy ManCom
Salary range                    R336,000 annually 

Other benefits   24 days’ annual leave.

Generous flexi-time and work from home policy

Workplace          2nd Floor, Leadership House, 40 Burg Street, Cape Town

Travel    Frequent domestic travel

International travel opportunities
Application and interview deadlines

All applications must be submitted at this link and must include

A CV detailing relevant work experience not exceeding three pages;
A covering letter which explains how you meet the job description and person specifications, making reference to past experience.
A relevant writing sample.

All applications must be submitted by 17h00 on 15 January 2019

Shortlisted candidates must be available for interviews on 17 or 18 January 2019 with all candidates being informed of the outcome on 21 January 2019.

Job Summary

The RAP Programme aims to generate an accessible body of knowledge on LGBTI issues through community-based research that informs activism and advocacy. The Programme also promotes the rights of LGBTI people by engaging in advocacy at local and national level aimed at transforming legislation, policies and practices of various state institutions and civil society organisations.
Our approach in the RAP Programme is informed by principles of participatory research with a focus on skills- and capacity-building of LGBTI community activists and organisations. Working within such a framework facilitates the creation of knowledge that is owned and controlled by LGBTI persons and ultimately increases the depth and reach of community-led advocacy based on the research findings.
The RAP manager is charged with the smooth running of the programme as well as ensuring that the organisation’s broad research, advocacy and policy goals are monitored and implemented.
Roles and Responsibilities

  • Set and influence or input into the strategic direction for the RAP programme area.
  • Lead and direct the activities of the RAP team.
  • Set clear operational objectives and deliverables for the area and individual team members.
  • Ensure that deliverables are captured in operational and individual work plans for the area.
  • Implement and lead the performance management process.
  • Manage and report on individual and team performance.
  • Manage the development of needs within the RAP programme are and for the Individual Development Plans.
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to the team, encouraging step-out performance and innovative ideas.
  • Manage and direct the activities of non-health volunteers and interns assigned to the organisation.
  • Ensure that the necessary resources and information are available to ensure the efficient functioning of the programme area.
  • Compile, manage and report on the RAP programme area budget.
  • Holds the authority to sign off on all programme area spend within the budget.
  • Liaise with the Financial Administrator on all financial matters affected by and impacting the RAP team.
  • Support the formulation of funder proposals.
  • Support the liaising with funders on programme specific matters.
  • Responsible for compiling monthly and quarterly reports to the Director, funders and the Board.
  • Review, monitor and evaluate the impact of programme area initiatives with the aim of improving service delivery.
  • Support the initiatives and delivery of other programme areas.
  • Ensure and influence integrated working relationships across all functional teams.
  • Manage and direct the activities of volunteers and intern assigned to the RAP programme area.

Programme area specific responsibilities

  • Design and implement research and advocacy programmes, with a focus on hate crimes and sexual orientation- and gender-based violence.
  • Commission, lead and/or conduct research that supports Triangle Project's advocacy strategy and which feeds back into service provision.
  • Develop research and policy briefs, research reports, policy and legislation submissions and opinion pieces for local and national news publications, and develop related information, education and communication (IEC) material.
  • Partner with other networks and coalitions to ensure that the needs and rights of LGBTI persons are integrated and addressed
  • Respond to discrimination and promote the rights and responsibilities of LGBTI persons more broadly
  • Manage staff in the RAP Programme, participate in Management Committee meetings and processes and report to the Director on work conducted in the Programme.
  • With the Management Committee, play an active role in agenda setting, strategic discussions, organisational development and other planning for the organisation as a whole.


  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience in qualitative research methodologies.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in working at an advocacy level around human rights and particularly around sexual and gender rights.
  • Clear understanding of gender, sexual diversity, HIV and AIDS and LGBTIQ issues.
  • Ability to engage with, and influence, diverse stakeholders including government departments
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, within a small team environment and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate understanding of South African legal framework relating to LGBTIQ issues.
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Excellent writing skills in English
  • Desirable
  • Post graduate degree.
  • Experience in quantitative methodologies.
  • Writing and communication skills in IsiXhosa or Afrikaans.

Please note: Triangle Project and the selection panel are committed to a workplace which represents the broad demographics of the communities we serve in the Western Cape.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, if you are not contacted by the deadlines listed above, your application was unfortunately unsuccessful.
Shortlisted candidates may be asked to prepare a short written piece for discussion at their interview.
The final candidate’s offer of employment will be subject to reference checks and signed declarations regarding criminal convictions relating to sexual violence, child protection and intimate partner violence.
Interviews will be conducted at Triangle Project’s office in Cape Town. Electronic interviews can be arranged if there are compelling reasons.

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