The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) is a project of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). SARW’s objective is to strengthen natural resources governance in Southern Africa, promote revenue transparency, foster community participation, and monitor companies’ extraction activities to ensure that they respect environmental requirements and human rights. It does so, inter alia, through research and monitoring, advocacy and capacity building (training). SARW operates in 10 countries.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: Established in 2005, SARW has grown in staffing and capacity over the last five years. With a significant research output, and increasing demands at the community level, SARW requires a Deputy Director (DD) who can provide strategic oversight and support to the Project’s work as it seeks to implement its SARW regional strategic plan. The Deputy Director should have strong management experience and be able to supervise a small team of professional staff scattered across the southern Africa region. The position also requires solid technical competency in understanding the policy and regulatory dimensions of the extractive sector, either from a private sector perspective or from the NGO sector. Based in Johannesburg, the Deputy Director will also possess strong networks in the private sector, with several state actors in the southern Africa region, and in the NGO sector. The Deputy Director will also possess strong writing skills and be able to edit the work of staff members and partner organizations.
Duties And Responsibilities
The DD will support the Director in the implementation of institutional strategies, policies, and plans; ensure that projects are monitored and evaluated and that there are proper planning processes, periodic reports and fluid communication. The DD will play a supportive role in fundraising for the Program and accountability to donors.
This position is based in Johannesburg, with frequent travel to other countries in Southern Africa and outside the region.
Applicants must hold a minimum of a Masters degree in a related discipline, a minimum of 6-8 years of experience at senior management level with demonstrable leadership and people management skills. Experience in working for a funding agency, bilateral institution or regional/international multilateral institution is preferred. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. Fluency in an African language of the region, as well as in French and/or Portuguese is desirable and must possess competency in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint; and other ICTs in relation to efficient organisational functioning.
An attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience applies. The job is offered on a two-year (renewable) contract.
Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest and a detailed CV to:
(Ms) Prava Singh
Head of Human Resources
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
Applications close 31st October 2011
Only short listed candidates will receive a response from OSISA.
OSISA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.