Project Coordinator - Participatory Governance Programme
(JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA)

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is one of the leading and most diverse international civil society networks, with members and partners in more than 100 countries and a staff of 40 people from over 20 countries.

It implements a range of programmatic activities focusing on strengthening civil society and its role in governance and development worldwide.

CIVICUS is recruiting for a Participatory Governance Project Coordinator to lead a multi-country project in Africa involving a range of country-level and international partners.

The project seeks to enhance the capacity of citizens and their organisations to make use of evidence-based participatory approaches in engaging with governments to promote greater transparency, responsiveness and accountability.

Besides contributing to project design and providing technical assistance in participatory governance to country-level partners, the incumbent will be responsible for project administration, including budget and reporting; supporting country-level partners in networking and institutional development, and organising regional and global learning events.

Specific tasks and responsibilities include the following:

  • Take the lead in coordinating the overall project activities;
  • In conjunction with key partners, develop operational plans for the project based on the overall project strategy;
  • Provide technical support to country-level partners in capacity; development for participatory governance, establishing and maintaining effective national networks and convening participatory governance skills-building events;
  • Facilitate the involvement of country-level networks in a global network of practitioners;
  • Organise regional and global learning events;
  • Contribute to the identification, analysis and dissemination of participatory governance practices around the world;
  • Oversee the project expenditures and budget and take the lead in project reporting.

    Required qualifications and skills:

  • Proven track record of at least three years working experience in participatory governance;
  • Commitment to principles of participatory governance;
  • Proven track record in coordinating initiatives, networks or projects;
  • Excellent organisational, analytical, and management skills;
  • Experience with budgeting and financial reporting;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (skills in French and /or Portuguese are an added advantage);
  • Experience working in Africa and knowledge of African civil society;
  • A university degree in an appropriate discipline of the social sciences; advanced degree preferred. Other desirable skills:
  • In-depth knowledge of a variety of participatory governance methods and tools;
  • Experience in conducting training;
  • Experience in institutional development or capacity-building;
  • The desire and ability to work in a dynamic and multi-cultural civil society organization;
  • Extensive experience in project management, preferably to include events management;
  • Strong ability to develop plans and strategies and to work toward their realization and improvement under demanding performance schedules.Start date: 1 November 2008

    Duration: initially a 12 month contract will be offered.

    Submit a cover letter, a detailed CV and the contact details of 3 referees to humanresources [at] civicus.org by Monday 15 September 2008.

    Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.