Gender and Local Government Field Officer

Date: May 25, 2011
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Gender Links, a Southern African NGO based in Johannesburg specialising in gender, media, women’s rights and governance, seeks the services of an experienced individual to serve as a field officer for its gender justice and local government programme in South Africa. The main task of the incumbent, who will be based in Johannesburg, will be to work with local councils, partners and stakeholders to support Centres of Excellence for mainstreaming gender in local government.


  • Receive training in and serve as local facilitator for local government gender and GBV action plan work;
  • Arrange logistics and manage budgets for district level workshops;
  • Facilitate district and local level workshops;
  • Develop gender actions plans for local councils;
  • Provide backstopping and ongoing support to local councils;
  • Collect best practices in ending gender violence for the Gender Justice and Local Government Summit and Awards;
  • Monitor and evaluate the success of the country programme.


  • Social science academic qualification or relevant work experience;
  • A strong grounding in community work or work at the local government level;
  • The ability to organise and mobilise at the local government level;
  • Strong networking skills;
  • Good training, facilitation, management and report writing skills;
  • Good administrative and inter personal skills;
  • IT proficiency;
  • Flexibility to travel regularly and extensively in country;
  • At least five years working experience;
  • Proficiency in local languages would be an advantage;
  • A background in NGO, gender and advocacy work would be an advantage.

General conditions:
The above post is for an initial period of two years, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Competitive remuneration packages will be offered, commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidates. Applications, including a sample of written work and a reference from a local / community based organisation, must be submitted by close of business (COB) Friday: 03 June 2011. A letter of motivation, CVs and references should be sent to: or fax 27 (0) 11- 622 4732. For further enquiries phone Vivien Bakainanga on 27 (0) 11 622 2877. Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.


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