Fight Inequality Alliance South Africa: National Coordinator

Fight Inequality Alliance South Africa
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 12 April, 2021
Opportunity type: 


The Fight Inequality Alliance is a global alliance comprised of leading national and international social movements, NGOs, women’s rights groups, youth, community based and trade unions in countries across the world. We are deeply concerned about the impact of levels of inequality and inspired by people’s collective struggles to build a just, equal, and sustainable world. Rising inequality is hurting us all - holding up poverty eradication, harming the environment, hurting communities, destabilising society, and undermining democracy.

Experts and international institutions now recognise that inequality must be tackled. And every government has pledged to reduce inequality within and between countries. But in practice, not much progress is happening and in many countries, we are even going backwards. When it comes to action government and decision-makers are still reaching for the same old failed solutions.

Only when people join from the grassroots up, mobilising and organising to build power and demand accountability and equality, will things change. Together we are helping to build up peoples’ power and connect across organisations, movements, and borders to fight and create into being a world of equality. We are working to build up the South African Fight Inequality Alliance to bring change at country level and connecting groups internationally for action, solidarity, learning and support.

The South African National Coordinator will coordinate the work of the alliance in South Africa, where they will report to the National Steering Group. They will also have weekly check-ins with the Global Secretariat. They will lead the organising efforts at national level in a range of ways as we grow our impact further over the coming years, as well as connecting to the wider alliance across the world.

Contract Type: Full time, fixed-term contract through Natural Justice (our fiscal host organisation), extendable by mutual agreement and subject to available funds.

Salary: A competitive salary will be offered commensurate with skills and experience.

Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa. Note that the post holder must have pre-existing legal right to work in South Africa; the post holder must be willing to work from the office of an alliance member, as well as from home.

Leads the national organising work for the Fight Inequality Alliance South Africa- including coordinating the Global Week of Action each January, coordinating the “People’s Budget” and Anti-Austerity mobilisations and organising other key events, producing campaign materials, and organising the gatherings and training of the alliance. Leads fundraising efforts, builds the membership, public profile, connections and credibility of the alliance with civil society in South Africa and beyond. Serves as a key representative and planner for the national alliance where required. Leads with drive and inspiration and with humility and collaboration.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to Fight Inequality Alliance South Africa’s work alongside the National Steering Group and translate that vision into specific strategies and concrete actions to achieve targets and towards alliance strengthening, growth and impact.
  • Led by the National Steering Group, coordinates the process of defining and implementing the strategy of the South African alliance (including organizing, campaigns, communications, movement building)
  • Convenes and leads the monthly National Steering Group meetings
  • Design and coordinate the key activities and mobilisations of the alliance alongside members.
  • Act as a key change agent, responsible for translating a strategic change agenda into plans and operational delivery. Help set up/ oversee task teams composed of networks of people across the alliance.
  • Mobilises new members and capacity in support of the alliance and make best possible use of member expertise and potential.  
  • Builds the profile, connections and credibility of the alliance with civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
  • Convenes and facilitates the meetings and ongoing functioning of the South African alliance
  • Capture lessons and best practices for wider sharing and to inform planning. Coordinate monitoring and reporting; including organising reflection and learning activities.
  • Ensure the financial performance of the national alliance including the delivery of agreed fundraising targets. Draw up budget, monitor, forecast and report on the budget, including justifying variances.
  • Support the building of the Global Alliance and be the link between FIA SA, other national alliances and the Global Sec (includes attending weekly Secretariat meetings)
  • From time to time carry out any other duties that are within the scope of the job, and as reasonably required by the National Steering Group/ Global Secretariat.

Person specification:

A commitment to FIA’s values, including:

  • Strong feminist understanding, analysis, commitment and behaviour. Committed to battling all forms of discrimination and to stand with the most oppressed.
  • Strong commitment to develop, promote and practice Fight Inequality Alliance’s goals and values, as well as adhering to and upholding our Common Principles. Commitment to grassroots organising and leadership.
  • Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity.


  • Strong experience in grassroots organising from local to national level in South Africa
  • At least 5 year’s experience working in South African civil society – ideally working in alliance with social movements, community groups, NGOs and unions.  
  • Able to thrive in an emergent space, in a “start-up” organisation without all the systems, processes and support of a big NGO. Able to thrive in a new role from the beginning.
  • Partnership and fundraising experience with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and across cultures  
  • Ability to make strategic decisions and the ambition to want to grow an exciting alliance to become a major player in South Africa 
  • Proven negotiation and influencing skills, with the credibility and management experience to broker agreement. Respected by key constituencies of the alliance.
  • A dynamic and empowering leader able to exert influence and drive change without line management authority or hard power, and to lead in a way that builds grassroots leadership.
  • Excellent analytical skills underpinned by a good understanding of inequality issues and debates in South Africa, as well as the political institutions and processes.
  • Strong organisation and time management skills.
  • Willing to travel as required without creature comforts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Completely fluent and strong in English and, preferably, also fluent in at least two other South African languages. 


  • Lived experiences with intersecting systems of oppression, with knowledge and experience of how power and privilege play out in the contexts we organise in

SAFER RECRUITMENT: FIA is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour in the movement including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. FIA expects all staff to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. Offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records checks.
Applications should be submitted via email to with ‘Application for the position of South Africa National Coordinator’ in the subject line. 

Applications must include only: 

  1. A motivation letter of no more than 2 sides that indicates:  a) why you are interested in this position and what inspires you about fighting inequality; and  b)  aspects  of  your  background  that  demonstrate  the  required  competence  for  this  role;
  2. A detailed CV with three references; and
  3. Two examples of your past work that best show your suitability for the role (for example articles, videos, campaigning material, speeches, media work, etc).

Please ensure that your application, as a whole, speaks to the required experience, person specification and key roles and responsibilities. Please do not apply if you do not meet the required experience. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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