APPOINTMENT OF A COMMUNITY FACILITATOR TO SUPPORT AN EU FUNDED PROJECT ON CIVIC ACTION FOR CHANGE TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SERVICE ACCOUNTIBILITY. (3x POSTS: ONE IN EACH COMMUNITY OF LENASIA, FINETOWN AND MONDEOR)
Closing date for applications: 10 January 2022
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation (AKF) is seeking to appoint a Community Facilitator, to support a three-year EU funded project on local government accountability in South Africa. One Community Facilitator will be appointed in each of the communities of Lenasia, Finetown and Mondeor.
The project aims to establish Civic Action groups and to engage with the three spheres of government to enhance public service accountability and good governance in South Africa through citizen-led action for greater transparency and deepened public participation. The project is primarily focused on the local government sphere and will located in the communities of Lenasia, Finetown and Mondeor. The project is a collaboration between three partners, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation (AKF), the Accountability Lab South Africa (ALSA) and the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM). The Community facilitator will be responsible for implementing the project within the community. The project implementation will include establishing Civic Action groups, undertaking training and capacity building, working with
communities to engage with their local municipality in existing spaces and by establishing new and innovative platforms for engagement. The Community Facilitator will work with both publicly elected representatives as well a civil servants within the respective municipality. The project requires detailed record keeping and reporting on the implementation of the project and the impacts thereof. The team will be based in Johannesburg, with travel to participating communities when necessary.
The AKF offers a competitive salary package.
Applicants should have:
A Matric certificate. NQF Level 4 or above.
A proven track record of working within local communities.
Good understanding of the socio-political context in South Africa, including a good understanding of the broad framework for government service delivery in the country.
Preference will be given to applicants with a strong knowledge of the local government system and operating environment, including the IDP process, and planning systems within municipalities.
Ability to build and manage relationships with institutions such as Local Municipalities, Academic Institutions, SALGA, CoGTA, etc.
Ability to build and manage relationships with municipal public representatives and civil servants.
Familiarity / experience with reporting procedures to donors/clients/stakeholders to ensure compliance with internal governance and controls and external reporting requirements.
Excellent writing and analytical skills.
Excellent communication skills. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. Familiarity with at least two of the other official languages would be a plus.
The applicant should be willing to travel to locations outside of Gauteng as required by the role.
Having a driver’s license is also essential.
The applicant should be able to provide proof of having been vaccinated against COVID19.
APPLICANTS MUST CLEARLY INDICATE FOR WHICH ONE OF THE THREE AREAS (LENASIA, FINETOWN OR MONDEOR) THEY
ARE APPLYING FOR.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their suitability for the job and an approximately 4-page CV to Shaheda Seedat at email is email@example.com by close of business on the 10 January 2022.
The CV should include:
Basic biographic details.
The applicant’s educational qualifications.
Applicants should list in detail the programmes or projects they have supported, and what function/role they
Kindly include 3 references with contact details and a note outlining the relationship of the referee to the
applicant (e.g., previous employer, or client). At least one of these references should be able to vouch for work
the applicant has undertaken in the last two years.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.