Vacancy: Programs Manager at MINDS, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Deadline: 7 April 2017

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Programs Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Programs Manager will be responsible for the management and implementation of the African Heritage Research Program and the Economic Integration High Level Dialogue Series activities in a manner that ensures the achievement of the objectives set out in the institutes strategic plan and adheres to its principles and approaches.

The mission of the MINDS is to provide a forum for dialouge, information dissemination and networking, underpinned by rigorous research on the different elements of African heritage in order to shape policy and practice on goverance , economic developmenmt and the evolution of African institutions.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Programs Manager will perform the following functions-

  • Developing and implementing annual strategic plans in a manner that is responsible, professional, financially sound and participatory in accordance with the donor policies and procedures.
  • Assist the Executive Chairman in the development and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy.
  • Commission and coordinate and review program research.
  • Organize dialogues and workshops for each program.
  • Manage the contractual relationship between MINDS and researchers / consultants procured to work on projects.
  • Facilitate synergies with the relevant national, regional and international civil society organisations, funders, governments, academic institutions and multilateral bodies as necessary for the programs.
  • Facilitate development and maintenance of networks and databases to support the programs.
  • Report on activity and budgets for the programs.
  • Draft written briefings, speeches, op-eds and other material as required.
  • Perform program related administration.
  • Perform any other reasonable duties and tasks as requested by the management.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Minimum of a postgraduate degree qualification in disciplines related to: history and/or African studies, Anthropology, Development studies, Economics, Philosophy, Politics and International relations.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in policy advocacy, research, economic development and/or African studies research.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the areas of African / world politics, economic development, International relations.
  • Excellent organizational, networking and partnership-building skills, tact and discretion.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and in a self-motivated manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Familiarity with government policy development processes.
  • Experience in event planning and coordination.
  • Understanding of Swahili, and/or Arabic, Portuguese, French, would be an asset.
  • Valid work permit allowing you to work in South Africa.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their CV and motivational letter with salary expectation via email given on the website.

For more information, please visit MINDS.

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