Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA)
The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA) a nonprofit organisation and an Implementing Partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylum seekers, helping them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.
ARESTA seeks to appoint an Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager, based in Athlone, Cape Town.
This position is for a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Community Education Campaign Manager. S/he will (1) leads the administration and operational planning of the Community Education Campaign; - ensure that all logistics are attended to timely; (2) collect social data, statistics and all other relevant information for reporting and public awareness purposes; (3) work with schools and community-based structures to set up a Peace Network of Peace Clubs in schools; (4) develop and implement a sustainability strategy for social cohesion and peace building initiatives of trained Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors at community level; and (5) performs other duties as required. This position is for a twelve months contract, renewable subject to funding availability, adequate work performance and good conduct.
- To provide administrative and operational support to the Community Education Campaign Management;
- To build capacity of Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors to prevent and diffuse social conflicts in host communities;
- To work closely with Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors to identify and address their on-going peace building initiatives and distance support needs in order to consolidate their social conflicts prevention strategies;
- To develop inclusive social mobilization strategies to increase the involvement of refugees in community activities and initiatives;
- To facilitate workshops of tolerance in schools and broader communities;
- To co-facilitate social cohesion and peace building trainings of Peace Ambassadors and Peace Monitors;
- To lobby community for tolerance and conduct social dialogues between refugees and host communities;
- To plan and administer sport and cultural diversity events in communities;
- To target and increase the involvement of in and out of schools youth in efforts to promote tolerance and peace in communities;
- To build and sustain partnerships with schools, government institutions, the South African Police Services (SAPS) and all other relevant stakeholders and community structures;
- Attendance of stakeholders meetings, minutes taking and keeping proper filing system of the Community Education Campaign;
- To position and build the campaign profile and brand with a range of local, provincial, national stakeholders and strategic partnerships;
- To identify and lobby for new schools and stakeholders for workshops of tolerance and social cohesion building activities;
- To collect social data, statistics and all other relevant information for reporting and public awareness purposes;
- To ensure that all logistics (stationeries, pre and post-questionnaires, attendance registers, refreshments, transport,…) are ready timely;
- To write articles for the newsletter, type all correspondences, submissions, memorandums and letters;
- To prepare monthly and quarterly reports programme activities against work plan;
- To develop strategic plans for the expansion of social cohesion activities in different areas;
- To update existing and develop information and educational materials.
- Degree in Social Sciences, Peace building and conflict resolution or other relevant field experience;
- At least three years relevant work experience in community outreach or social work;
- Basic knowledge of key aspects of International and South African Refugee law and policies;
- Sound knowledge of the history of Cape flats and townships, including social-economic challenges, community dynamics and social conflicts in Cape Town’s townships;
- Proven ability to organise and facilitate workshops, trainings and/or seminars;
- Proven ability to collect and analyse social data, statistics and write reports;
- Excellent listening, strong communication, interpersonal, networking and advocacy skills;
- Ability to work independently, with very limited supervision;
- Computer literacy, including the ability to use a Word processor, Excel and Power Point to produce presentations, documents and to use e-mail and internet;
- Fluency in written and spoken English with good report writing skills;
- South African indigenous language as a second language will be an advantage.
Remuneration: R12 100 per month for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
To apply, submit a CV with a supporting motivation letter and two names of your referees at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Reference: Assistant Community Education Campaign Manager” in your subject line – no later than Friday 23 January 2015, 12:00 PM.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those who have not heard from ARESTA by 28 January 2015, consider your applications unsuccessful.
Qualified women and members of Refugee communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more about the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy, refer to www.aresta.org.za.
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