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We are hiring! Programme and Research Associate

The Southern Africa Trust seeks to recruit a Programme and Research Associate to join and contribute to our mission thereby ensuring that the organisation has the capacity and skills to transition to the next phase of our strategy.

‍The Southern Africa Trust was established in 2005, to support civil society organisations in Southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have better impact on the development of public policies. Our mandate is to work on a  non-profit basis, to engage in activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty & inequality. In delivering this mandate, we strive to strengthen the voices of poor people in public policy processes. Africans deserve an economy that allows each person to lead a dignified and meaningful life. We believe inclusive economies are critical for reducing poverty and inequality and unlocking the potential of regional integration to generate jobs, drive innovation, protect the environment and generate economic opportunities for all.


The main purpose of this role is to assist in carrying out research across the Trust’s thematic areas of focus to inform policy advocacy.  The position will work closely with Programme Coordinators on Climate Justice and Natural Resources Management; Economic and Development Policy, Gender Justice and Youth Empowerment to deliver policy research in support of strategic objectives of the Trust. The position will also provide project and administrative support services to the Policy and Programmes department, ensuring compliance to procedures and effective procurement of services, events planning, and maintenance of relevant administrative systems.

Key responsibilities:

o The Associate working with Programme Coordinators will contribute to the delivery of  research and advocacy initiative in support of the Southern Africa Trust strategic objectives

o Contributing to the development and implementation of organisational operational plans

o Contribute to the monitoring and advise on the advocacy support interventions in line with the strategic objective of the Trust

o Contributing to the programmes unit activities to supporting partner organizations in their advocacy support efforts

o Supporting research activities implemented by the Programmes Team and monitoring developments and trends within the Southern Africa Development Community region

o  Support background research, compilation of content for policy briefs on the core thematic areas for the gender justice, Economic Development, Climate change and Natural Resource Management

o  Assisting the policy and programmes department with all procurement requirements, analysis of requests, reviewing the monthly procurement reports according to the required procedure

o  Ensuring that all administrative support needs for implementation of policy & programmes operational plans are completed

o  Coordinating and planning events for the team, logistics support, taking minutes and engaging with all stakeholders

Competency profile

The candidate must hold a  relevant  Bachelors Degree qualification in Administration, Social Science or Research must also have at least 2 years’ of relevant experience, with research experience in the policy development space, advocacy and administration skills. The candidate must demonstrate the following competencies: office administration, research, procurement, advocacy technical knowledge, minute taking, analytical ability, policy implementation, supplier management. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge of research methodologies, must be highly motivated to deliver positive change.

Employment type

Fixed term employment up to 31 March 2024.

How to apply

Please forward your curriculum vitae and covering letter explaining of your interest in the work of the Trust to email with the position title in the email subject line.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The Southern Africa Trust is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants must be in possession of the appropriate and valid rights to work in South Africa.

‍‍Opportunity Closing Date

9 July 2021


Johannesburg, South Africa


The Southern Africa Trust reserves the right to modify this job advert or not to make an appointment.

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