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Project Coordinator

About Sonke 

Founded in 2006, Sonke 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. Our vision is a poverty free world in which womxn, children, men and gender non-conforming individuals enjoy equitable, caring, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of gender just and democratic societies. Sonke strengthens governments, civil society and citizen’s capacity to advance gender justice and womxn’s rights, prevent gender-based violence, and reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS, and in this way contributing to social justice and the elimination of poverty.

About this position 

The PDA Project Coordinator will provide project coordination and conduct trainings to empower local communities that hold governments accountable for the implementation of legislation and policies, aimed at preventing and responding to GBV and promoting gender equality. The PDA Coordinator reports to Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit Manager. 

Key Performance Areas

1. UNTF Project coordination 

  • Responsible for overall planning and coordination of the UNTF specific project at
    Sonke. This includes arranging internal monthly project meetings for Sonke staff
    involved in the project.
  • Ensure activities are implemented according to plans and budgets, donor requirements and that activities are executed in line with quality standards in ways that are responsive to the community’s needs.
  • Ensure that project development and implementation are responsive to communities and partners, and is consistent with the relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and overall programme plan.
  • Develop close working relations with the Gender Based Forum.
  • Work closely with Sonke’s programme staff, beneficiary representatives, programme
    sub- grantees and the local government in setting out clear and transparent targeting
    criteria, that are clearly communicated to communities and stakeholders.
  • Ensure feedback from communities and stakeholders are regularly collected,
    documented, and timely responded to. 
  • Compile comprehensive monthly, quarterly, and annual reports with action plans of the project.
  • Provide regular updates on the status of the project implementation to Sonke’s PDA Unit Manager & SMT when required.
  • Responsible for the provision and distribution of project materials.
  • Conduct project relevant trainings and workshops for community groups and

2. Project staff support 

  • Writing, editing and revising project reports timeously with results-based progress
    and project reports which are aligned with Sonke’s and donor’s established standards and formats.
  • Meet with relevant project staff as well as partners to gain additional input where required.
  • Draft an advanced version of the progress reports to submit to the PDA Unit Manager.

Educational requirements

  • University degree in gender studies, public health, political science or another related field. An Honours or Master’s degree in public health, health sciences or related field will be advantageous. 

Experience required

  • Very good knowledge of gender-based violence causes and the impact in South Africa.
  • Experience in promoting gender equality, human rights and social justice.
  • Knowledge of gender transformative work with men and boys including primary social
    change strategies is an advantage.
  • Minimum of 5 years of high-level experience in writing, editing, reporting and
    communicating complex programmatic information in reader friendly formats and
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organisation and the
    diversity of its staff.
  • Experience in stakeholders and donor relations. 

Skills required

  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential. 
  • Ability to speak another South African language is an advantage. 
  • Excellent administration skills. 
  • Very good communication skills. 
  • Excellent facilitation skills 
  • Ability to network and develop and maintain partnerships (internal and external) 
  • Thorough understanding of project/programme management techniques and methods. 
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills. 
  • Organising, planning and coordination skills. 
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to work with a diverse team.

Personal qualities required 

  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to prioritise work and manage deadlines 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Ability to work as part of a team 
  • Innovative and creative 
  • Good planning and time management 
  • Reflective and open to learning 
  • Confident, assertive communicator who can work comfortably with diverse groups of
    people and across all levels 

To Apply 

  • Interested applicants should submit their CV, a motivational letter that details your experience, the contact details of three referees, to Sonke’s Human Resource Unit at Closing date 10 March 2021. 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
  • The position will be based in Johannesburg. Non-South African nationals have the
    responsibility to obtain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs, and
    employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place. 
  • Sonke is committed to racial and gender transformation and encourages previously
    disadvantaged individuals to apply. 
  • If you do not hear from us by 30 April 2021, please consider your application
  • The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment.




R290 886.00 per annum (TCTC)

Closing Date

10 March 2021