Sonke Gender Justice: Community Education and Mobilisation Manager

Sonke Gender Justice
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 17 June, 2014
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With a full-time staff of 90 people working from offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Agincourt, Sonke works globally, and especially across Africa, to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.

Sonke Gender Justice seeks to appoint a Community Education and Mobilisation Manager, based in the Western Cape.

This position is a member of Sonke’s full management team.


  • Provide strategic oversight, management support and supervision to the coordinator and staff working from Sonke’s Gugulethu Wellness Centre, the Prisons team, the Refugee Health and Rights team, and to staff working in the Eastern Cape from the Cape Town office;
  • Coordinate CEM stakeholder relations in the Western Cape and convenes a monthly/quarterly meeting with key civil society and government stakeholders in the greater Cape Town area;
  • Provide support to the CEM National Manager on donor relations, especially preparation of CEM specific proposals and donor reports and represents the organisation in national and international meetings.
  • Project Planning:
    • Works with the National CEM  Manager and other unit managers as is required to convene project planning meetings for all new Western Cape specific projects;
    • Conceptualises projects and develop detailed workplans with clear targets and timeframes;
    • Ensure that project staff understand their roles and responsibilities, including the distinct tasks involved in community education and community mobilisation;
  • Project implementation:  
    • Ensure that all Western Cape projects are on target, meets deliverables and achieves intended impact, including community mobilisation and Community Action Team (CAT) development activities;
  • Staff management:
    • Convenes and documents weekly team meetings to review project status;
    • Conducts and documents monthly one on one staff supervision;
    • Carries out and documents 2 to 4 observations per month of training activities, and
    • Provides ongoing mentorship and support to trainers to ensure that their work is of a high standard;
    • Meets project goals and promotes staff development;
  • Reporting, monitoring and evaluation:
    • Submits all agreed upon reports (project reports, budgets, supervision reports, observation reports, team meeting reports, stakeholder meeting reports, community mobilisation and CAT report), on a monthly basis;
    • Actively contributes to the development,
    • Review and sign-off of Sonke’s capacity building model for working with partner organisations, including M&E systems to assess the impact of our capacity building work under the guidance of the Programme Specialist;
  • Manage and coordinate project finances:  
    • Ensures adherence to Sonke’s procurement policies, including proper preparation of requisitions, quotations and payments in liaison with the finance office for all project activities;
    • Authorise payments as per Sonke’s levels of authorisation;
  • Community Mobilisation:
    • Assists with the ongoing refinement and implementation of Sonke’s community mobilisation and community action team model;
    • Coordinate the necessary induction and ongoing trainings so that the training staff have the skills and knowledge needed to implement popular education methodologies with adults and youth.
  • Key Partnerships:
    • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with relevant local, national, and international partners by attending meetings and documenting key agreed upon action items with stakeholders and then following through on commitments made;
  • Donor relations and donor reporting:
    • Assists the National CEM Manager and the Resource Mobilisation Manager to develop funding proposals,
    • Ensure timely completion of accurate project reports for donor reporting purposes at least ten business days before the report due date.
  • Participate in management meetings:
    • Prepares for and participates actively in monthly CEM unit meetings and in quarterly full management team meetings.


  • Excellent organisational and planning skills with the ability to prioritise time and work effectively;
  • Strong people skills with the ability to work under pressure;
  • Highly-motivated, confident communicator with the ability to engage with people at all levels;
  • Pays attention to detail and displays a high level of integrity;
  • Ability to multi-task and is deadline orientated;
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work across diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Innovative and creative, able to see new opportunities;
  • Reflective and open to learning.
  • Recognised university degree in Social Sciences; post graduate qualification an advantage;
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a relevant field in a non-profit organisation;
  • Minimum of 3 years project management experience with an understanding of developing budgets;
  • Fluency in English, a local language is advantageous;
  • Above average competence in the use of computerised packages Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications; i.e. Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint;
  • Budgeting and financial management skills;
  • Very good writing skills with the ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Experience working in the NGO environment and with international donors;
  • Willingness to travel 20 to 30% of the time;

Salary negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications.

To apply submit a CV and a motivational letter and contact details of two referees to Sonke’s Human Resource Department at

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from Sonke by 31/07/2014, consider your application unsuccessful.

The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment. 

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