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Regional Senior Trainer

About Sonke

Founded in 2006, Sonke is a women’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 women, 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 women’s rights, prevent gender-based violence and reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS, and in this way contribute to social justice and the elimination of poverty.

About this position

The Regional Projects Unit (RPU) Senior Trainer will report to the GTA Specialist and will provide technical capacity support on gender norms transformative programming to the Power to Youth programme, MenEngage Africa and Sonke’s partners in the region. Some of the key deliverables for the incumbent includes formative research and design, capacity building in gender norms transformation through a comprehensive training of  trainers (ToT) methodology and qualitative research, focusing on both individual change as well as the impact of research and country partner interventions.

Key duties

1. Overall support towards planning, development and implementation of the project

  • Development of training curriculum and IEC materials.
  • Training and mentoring.
  • Community mobilization.
  • Provision and distribution of project materials.
  • Field support to partners.
  • Represent Sonke on different technical working groups.

2. Research support

  • Perform periodic desktop research on different themes and topics assigned by the project specialist.
  • Provide a report with a summary of key findings.

3. Training

  • Develop workshop programmes in conjunction with the Programme Specialist.
  • Ensure that workshop materials and supporting documents, i.e. handouts are in place.
  • Collect workshop materials that will inform the writing of monthly field report.

4. Support mid-term project review process

  • Assist with the reviewing and collating of project documents and reports in preparation for the mid-term project review process.
  • Provide logistical support with regards to hosting and organising meetings.

5. Donor reporting

  • Assist with documenting experiences and lessons learnt from the field and provide a summary of key results.

6. Support to the Unit

  • Support the development of the MenEngage network within Africa and outside, through creating country-based linkages with Sonke’s regional partners, including undertaking research, running training courses or developing tools.
  • Attend Sonke/MenEngage Africa meetings, where appropriate and requested.

7. Administration

  • Ensure that you are familiar with HR, Finance and Administration and Procurement procedures and ensure that these are consistently adhered to.
  • Ensure requisitions, quotations and payments are prepared in line with the payment processes.

8. General

  • Facilitate a smooth exit from target area at the end of the project period
  • Other related tasks as assigned.
  • Attending staff meetings, staff retreats, staff trainings and international meetings as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or equivalent experience
  • Fluency in English and French. The ability to speak at least one additional African language like Arabic or Swahili would be an advantage
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications, i.e. Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and custom online applications.
  • 3 – 5 years’ work experience in the gender field; experience in the African region and internationally
  • Familiarity with gender transformative work with men and boys, including primary social change strategies, key organisations and networks in the region, key research findings and the associated evidence base for the work an advantage
  • Experience in training organisations on gender equality
  • Familiarity with the Western, Southern and Eastern African region and the Middle East and North Africa region and on policies and programmes relating to gender equality and gender-based violence engaging men and boys an advantage
  • Recognised commitment to promoting gender equality, human rights and social justice
  • A valid driver’s licence.

Skills required

  • Ability to work independently, balance multiple tasks simultaneously; work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills with the ability to prioritise time and work efficiently
  • Pays attention to detail, displays a high level of integrity, able to multi-task
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Communication skills – the ability to express yourself clearly and concisely.
  • Report writing skills
  • Budgeting and financial management skills
  • Relations management and capacity to interact at all levels and with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Willingness to travel at least 75% of the time

Application Process

  • Interested applicants should submit their CV, a motivational letter that details your experience, the contact details of three referees via email to Sonke’s Human Resource Unit at closing date 3 March 2023.
  • For non-South Africans, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs, and employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by 30/04/2023, please consider your application unsuccessful.
  • The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment. 


Johannesburg or Cape Town or Regional


R358 860 per annum

Closing Date

3 March 2023