CF: Administrator & Coordinator

Constitutionalism Fund (CF)
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 16 July, 2021
Opportunity type: 
Employment

CV should be submitted by email to: [email protected]
 
The Constitutionalism Fund (CF) seeks to employ services of consultants experienced in grant-making, who are engaging and committed to advancing constitutionalism in South Africa.
 
Background:

The Constitutionalism Fund (CF) was established in 2015 by Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies (now administered by Social Change Initiative an assignee of  the Atlantic Philanthropies).  The purpose of the CF is to support the constitutional vision of a transformed South Africa by exploring how transformative justice and redistributive justice can be used as tools to ensure equality and dignity for all with a focus on those who are most marginalized. These tools should be committed to transformed ways of understanding, knowing and doing; be responsive and inclusive of and actively advance indigenous modes of praxis; and supportive of courageous, diverse and alternate endeavours’ which have the potential to contribute to achieving social, economic and other forms of justice.
 
Constitutionalism Fund seeks to recruit consultants for the following roles:
 
Position A: Coordinator

The person will be contracted as a Coordinator on a freelance basis and will work alongside the current Coordinator to take on the programming work of the CF, help to improve and manage its systems, build relationships to potential and actual grantees; and carry out the field scoping and due diligence that will enable the Constitutionalism Fund Committee (CFC) to make informed decisions on grantees. This includes monitoring the extent to which the CF is achieving its primary goals of contributing towards advancing and promoting constitutionalism and strengthening both institutional transformation and sustainability of key organisations in the field.  The person will be expected to devote an average of 60 days per annum to the program.

Responsibilities:

In partnership with the current Coordinator, the Consultant will be expected to assist with the following:

  1. Implement decisions made by the Constitutionalism Fund Committee (CFC) and to ensure the day-to-day operations of the Fund consistent with the overall grant-making strategy and programming priorities determined by the CFC. This includes all stages of grant-making:  application and review, grant award, grant monitoring, and grant closeout. 
  2. Program review, analysis and report compilation for CFC consumption.
  3. Support the preparation of the operational and program budget.
  4. Participate in the development of the strategic grant-making and program priorities for the Fund.
  5. CFC meeting coordination as well as interface management between the CFC, grantees, AOSI and Secretariat Host.
  6. Convene grantee peer engagement and learning processes where needed and attend sector level civil society meetings as part of field learning.
  7. Attend individual and group meetings with donors funding in the sector as part of donor coordination and collaboration.
  8. Direct continuous improvements activities to strengthen work processes and align with grants management best practices.
  9. Provide conceptual leadership in the evaluation and design of systems and processes involved in the collection, storage and reporting and grants data.
  10. Assist in the management of systems and templates for enquiry management and ensure effective communication with funding partners, grantees and key stakeholders.

Requirements:

We are seeking and individual from previously disadvantaged communities with the following qualifications and capabilities:

ExperienceFive years’ related experience in grant-making in relation to constitutionalism and / or social justice will be an advantage. A critical understanding and deep commitment to social justice issues in the country and  the region.

EducationPost-graduate degree or equivalent.

Project management skills:

Excellent organizational skills and attention to details. The ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demand within set deadlines.  The ability to design and implement effective grants management processes and procedures. Excellent time management, analytical skills and creative thinking.

Team Leadership:  Strong leadership skills.  The ability to represent the Secretariat at CFC meetings as necessary.  Contribute to the overall health and growth of the Fund. 
Communication skills:  Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.  Superior customer service skills to external and internal constituents.  Excellent listening skills, follow through and problem-solving abilities.  English language proficiency is required and proficiency in African languages is an added advantage.
Team-work and general skills:  The ability to work very well independently and as part of a diverse team (Secretariat) that works in a remote / virtual set-up. The ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
 
Position B:  Administrator
 
The person will be contracted as an Administrator on a freelance basis and will work alongside two Coordinator to provide administrative support to the programming work of the CF.  This includes all stages of grant-making:  application and review, grant award, grant monitoring, and grant closeout.  The consultant will be expected to devote an average of 38 days per annum to the Fund.
 
Responsibilities:

  1. Provide general administrative support and management to the Fund.
  2. Provide grants management and programing support.
  3. Fielding of inquiries about the Fund, interface between AOSI, grantees & CFC.
  4. Coordinate processes that require payment, acquisition of electronic & other assets.
  5. Organize meetings including travel and accommodation logistics.
  6. CF website management including updates and maintenance.
  7. Participate in the CF’s human resource management processes. 

Requirements:

We are seeking and individual from previously disadvantaged communities with the following qualifications and capabilities:

Experience:      Three years’ related experience in the area of administration and program support services including procurement, human resources and finances. Experience in a grant-making institution or NGO will be an added advantage.  The awareness and understanding of social justice and human rights issues in the country and the region is desired.
 
Education:        Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Administrative skillsExcellent administrative skills, time management & prioritization. Highly organized with attention to details. The ability to work independently with minimal supervision. The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
Communication skills:  Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Superior customer service skills to external and internal constituents. Manage and produce content on CF website as needed.  English language proficiency is required and proficiency in African languages is an added advantage.
Team-work and general skills:  Ability to work well independently as part of a diverse team that works in a remote / virtual set-up. Ability to work very well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Strong critical thinking skills. Ability to problem solve and resourcefulness.
 
How to apply:
If you meet the requirements for the positions,  please submit your application to: [email protected] by 16 June 2021.
 
Your application must include the following documents:
1.     A cover letter explaining how your qualifications, experience, skills and competencies match the requirements of the position; and
2.     A detailed curriculum vitae including the details of three (3) contactable references.

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