Sonke Gender Justice Network: International Sida Project Coordinator

Sonke Gender Justice Network
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 9 November, 2012

Sonke Gender Justice Network is a NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.

The International Programmes and Networks Unit within Sonke aims to develop and consolidate coherent national, regional and international networks of civic organisations and activists to build capacity, advocate for, and take gender transformative work with men and boys to scale at all levels.  The main focus of this work is through the MenEngage Alliance, and in particular the MenEngage Africa Network for which Sonke is the regional co-ordinator and global co-chair (see

Sonke Gender Justice seeks to appoint a committed and innovative individual to join this unit as the International Sida Project Coordinator, based in Cape Town office.

This person will report to the International Programmes Unit Manager, and will be a crucial member of Sonke’s team.  Sonke Gender Justice Network is currently coordinating this project on behalf of the MenEngage Africa network. The Sida-funded project, which has a lifespan of three years  is aimed at effectively scalling-up work with men and boys to promote gender equality, prevent gender-based violence and the sexual exploitation of children, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS across Sub-Saharan Africa.  The project has the following objectives:

  1. Formalise MenEngage regional and country networks in East and Southern Africa and establish them as key networks for engaging men and boys in reducing gender-based violence and sexual exploitation;
  2. Strengthen strategic alliances between MenEngage structures in Sub-Saharan Africa and other key partners, including especially children’s rights, women’s rights, LGBTI, PLHIV and other social justice movements, as well as key UN agencies, to carry out joint campaign and advocacy activities;
  3. Develop a shared policy and advocacy agenda on work with men and boys for gender equality and the prevention of sexual violence in East and South Africa;
  4. Implement the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in two countries;
  5. Support the development, launch and operation of a new ‘MenEngage Africa Training Initiative’, providing at least 105 hours of training to MenEngage partners in how to enhance and scale up their work, apply evidence-based approaches in engaging men and boys in reducing GBV and sexual violence;
  6. Although this is an international position, it requires full-time residence in the Cape Town office but no relocation costs will be borne by the organisation.


Sida Zambia Project Coordination

The successful candidate will be responsible for completion of the project on time, on budget and on specification. To this end, the project coordinator will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, coordinating all resources and stakeholders; setting deadlines; assigning responsibilities; and monitoring, summarising and communicating the progress of the project to the International Programmes and Networks (IPN) unit manager. The overall role of the project coordinator is to provide project oversight. This includes harnessing the contributions from various staff in the organisation working on or contributing towards the project. Specifically the project coordinator shall:

  • Develop and maintain a detailed project schedule that includes administrative tasks and support all MenEngage country networks;
  • Support the implementation of Sida project activities together with other colleagues within Sonke, such as the International Men & Gender Equality (IMAGES) study and the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI);
  • Provide support to grantees implementing project activities within the region;
  • Collect relevant information and compile annual reports;
  • Coordinate meetings, including travel arrangements related to the project;
  • File all project documents (hard and soft copies);
  • Track all project changes and produce updated project activities if any;
  • Act as a focal point for any matters related to the project.

Strategic Support to MenEngage Africa country networks

  • Develop relevant tools and guidelines for implementing work with men and boys in the region;
  • Provide technical support to new countries expressing interest in establishing a MenEngage country network;
  • Support the development of the MenEngage network within Africa, including through undertaking research, running training courses or developing tools;
  • Support country networks in linking them to possible regional and international partners including UN agencies.

Supporting other International Programme Unit activities

  • Develop and maintain new and existing strategic alliances with other key actors in the region, such as women’s rights organisations, child’s rights organisations, LGBTI, PLHIV, the UN and other social justice movements;
  • Support resource mobilisation for the work of the International Programmes Unit;
  • Attend Sonke/MenEngage Africa meetings, as and when appropriate;
  • Perform any other duties, as assigned, within the intent of the preamble to the roles and responsibilities.


  • Holder or candidate of a Master’s degree in public health or other social sciences from a recognised institution;
  • Diploma in project management or human resource management an advantage;
  • Minimum of five to ten cumulative years of experience non-governmental and development organisations at regional and international levels, managing national-wide or regional projects in gender, HIV, or any related field;
  • Experience in national public policy formulation and advocacy;
  • Evidence of managing a project in gender or any related social field;
  • Good track record of human rights advocacy for women, children and young people;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications and custom on-line applications;
  • Relevant skills in Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting. Knowledge of statistical packages like SPSS and STATA an advantage;
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written;
  • Possess a valid passport and willing to travel as required 30-40% of the time;
  • Established activist/advocate recognised in the region for her/his commitment to promoting gender equality, human rights and social justice;
  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the principles of Sonke and MenEngage network;
  • Familiarity with gender transformative work with men and boys, including primary social change strategies, key organisations and networks in the region, key research findings and the associated evidence base for the work;
  • Familiarity with the Southern and Eastern African region and policies and programmes relating to gender equality and gender-based violence; a focus on engaging men and masculinities an advantage;
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organisation and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity;
  • Experience providing coaching and mentoring, and good presentation, facilitation and public speaking skills, an advantage;
  • Extensive international collaboration including work with UN agencies and other international organisations;
  • Fluent in English language. Ability to speak other African languages an advantage.

Salary: R264 000 - R312 000 per annum cost to company. 

To apply, submit a CV, contact of three referees and motivation letter quoting to

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

Only shortlisted candidates will receive notification.

Sonke reserves the right to fill the position before the closing date or not fill the position.

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