Sonke Gender Justice (SGJ) is a womxn’s rights organisation that is committed to feminist principles, using a rights-based and gender-transformative approach to achieve human rights and gender justice. Sonke works both in South Africa and across the African region to affect sustained change. Sonke’s recent external 10-year review (2018) found evidence that whilst gender equality and human rights remain elusive and are at times under increased threat in South Africa, the region and globally, the organisation has achieved significant success in multiple communities and contexts in advancing gender equality, reducing GBV, increasing health-seeking behaviors, changing social norms on masculinity, and contributing to new laws and policies, in South Africa, the region and globally, that promise to consolidate these gains.
The Safe at Home, Safe in Relationships Project is one of Sonke’s projects that aims to ensure that women and girls are able to experience safer, more equitable and respectful relationships with their partners and with other community members in South Africa and Eswatini. The project works with civil society organisations, including women’s rights and disability organisations, community-based organisations, networks, and alliances to increase their influence and agency to work on preventing intimate partner violence. It also aims to increase the number of women and girl survivors of violence who are reached through counselling and court support and who report feeling safer at home and in their communities because of these interventions.
Specifically, the project in Diepkloof and Orlando, Soweto, aims to improve community-driven implementation of initiatives to prevent intimate partner violence by:
- Ensuring that project partners have increased access to the resources and tools needed to implement gender transformative programming that addresses women’s rights and the prevention of intimate partner violence.
- Ensuring that individuals, including women and girls, men and boys, and religious and community leaders, have increased understanding and knowledge of harmful social and cultural norms and how these relate to intimate partner violence., and
- Ensuring that communities have increased awareness of issues related to intimate partner violence, rights, services, and opportunities to mobilise for change through active citizenship.
It is in this light that Sonke wants the services of a consultant for four (4) months – September to December 2022, to conduct community education activities that will meet the above listed objectives; as well as supervising three volunteers, called Community Action Team (CAT) members.
Consultant’ scope of work
The consultant will be expected to conduct the following:
- Develop, plan, and implement Sonke ’s IPV prevention and response activities such as dialogues,community events, quick street chats and workshops.
- Working with CEM staff in Diepkloof and Orlando, support and supervise CEM CAT members whenimplementing activities
- Write activity reports and present these to the M&E officer and to the Gauteng CEM Manager
- Liaise with the Masiphephe network and other relevant stakeholders for local advocacy activationsand case monitoring
Education, Experience and Certification
- Grade 12 (Matric), or a diploma. Any other tertiary qualification would be advantageous
- Significant experience with GBV content facilitation, writing of field reports, liaison with the M&Eoffice, and excellent people management
- Experience working in the areas of gender equality, Intimate partner violence, gender-based violence,human rights, including working with womxn and girls.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to write compelling field reports.
- Fluent in English (written and spoken) and languages spoken at the townships.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Skills and experience in feminism and the supervision of CAT members.
- Demonstrated experience working with girls and other community members
September – December 2022
R10 000 per month
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, if you do not hear from us by the end of August 2022, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment.