ESSET: Informal Trade Programme Officer

Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 24 February, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET) is a Section 21 not-for-profit organization. ESSET provides solidarity, capacity-building, research and advocacy support to informal traders, women and youth in poor communities, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Intersex and Transgender groups, and church leaders and ecumenical activists.

ESSET seeks to appoint a full-time Informal Trade Programme Officer, based in Johannesburg.

ESSET wishes to appoint a full-time Programme Officer for its Informal Trade programme. ESSET’s informal trade-related interventions are biased towards the needs and interests of female informal traders. The Informal Trade programme officer will report to the organization’s programme manager.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate ESSET’s informal trade-related projects;
  • Maintain relations with the informal trader organizations that ESSET supports in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on socioeconomic issues that affect informal traders in the above-mentioned five countries;
  • Assist with the budgeting and financial management of all informal trade-related projects;
  • Play a leading role in the monitoring and evaluation of ESSET’s informal trade-related projects;
  • Produce project and research reports;
  • Submit monthly progress reports to the programme manager;
  • Work closely with the other programme officers;
  • Liaise with civil society networks that support the causes of informal traders and other informal economy workers in the SADC region;
  • Identify relevant partners for ESSET’s informal trade-related projects;
  • Distil policy recommendations that will guide ESSET’s advocacy agenda;
  • Represent ESSET in relevant trade and labour policy forums, the South African Solidarity Economy movement building-initiative, and other progressive civil society forums.    

Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in any relevant discipline, especially in Economics or Sociology; 
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of relevant national and regional labour and trade policy discourses, informal economy debates, and gender advocacy around the impact of trade policies and practices on women;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of civil society in Southern Africa, networking, organizing, advocacy and lobbying around social justice issues;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of different social science research methods;
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills;
  • Fluency in at least two African languages;
  • Self-motivated, good interpersonal skills, and demonstrable experience of working within a team.

 The salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge and abilities.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to cindy@esset.org.za.  

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

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

For more about the Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation, refer towww.esset.org.za.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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