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Program Officer: Research, Impact and Learning

Hlanganisa Community Fund
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Closing Date:
Friday, 26 April 2024
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About the Organisation

Hlanganisa Community Fund is an intermediary grant maker which seeks to strengthen social accountability and promote human rights in pursuit of social justice for all. Hlanganisa’s approach to advancing social, gender and environmental justice is to intervene at grassroots level therefore influencing and anchoring our partnerships in rural communities.

About the Job

The Program Officer will be responsible for conducting research, measuring impact and creating learning opportunities that supports effective capacity building, ensuring long term sustainability and advancement of community-based organisations and grassroots movements.

Key Responsibilities

Research Products (Qualitative & Quantitative)


  • Identify and explore research topics and opportunities, aligned with the Hlanganisa programme strategy and implementation plan.

  • Scan for global and local knowledge, best practices, developing trends and experiences, in related subject areas.

  • Design research materials and produce briefing documents for external researchers.


Impact assessment


  • Develop and implement a framework for impact assessments, identifying obstacles to implementation and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Undertake field-monitoring visits to assess program impact, this includes creating evaluation tools, collecting data first-hand from partners/beneficiaries and analysing the collected data.

  • Collaborate with program colleagues to ensure optimal data collection methods, tools, and reporting formats.


Learning


  • Craft reports, memos, briefs, and concept papers to build an internal body of knowledge, that is evidence based that reflects best practices and new trends.

  • Support the design of feedback mechanism (from research findings and impact assessment) to ensure program improvement and reinvention, where required.

  • Plan and facilitate peer learning workshops to understand key concerns and learning from program implementation.


Knowledge Management


  • Conceptualise and produce KM pieces, developing knowledge products for utilisation by the organization and sharing externally.

  • Write, edit, and proofread various program materials for internal and external publication.

  • Draft and write about program best practice, lessons learnt and success stories for external dissemination to appropriate audiences.


Stakeholder Engagement


  • Identify, develop and sustain networks within the sector (including Government, partners, donors, funders, grantees, other grant makers and specialists, NGOs, academic institutions etc.)

  • Identify and build healthy relationships with all key stakeholders that serve to impact programme relevance and impact.


Data Management


  • Manage all data and information aligned with global best practices, local legislative requirements (POPIA) and prevailing research standards and methods.

  • Develop internal policies, procedures and protocols for data management, communicating these to colleagues on an ongoing basis.

Requirements

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field.

  • 4 - 6 years research design, methodology and application experience.

  • Knowledge of the theory of change.

  • Demonstrated experience in impact assessment and evaluation.

  • Proven track record knowledge management product generation.

  • Previous work experience in the NGO sector, working with funders and government and CBOs.

  • Excellent writing skills and presentation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.

  • Ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply

This is a 1 year contract with a possibility of renewal depending on performance and funding.


In order to apply, email your application by Friday 26th April 2024 to tracy@actionappointments.co.za - send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).

About the Organisation

Hlanganisa Community Fund is an intermediary grant maker which seeks to strengthen social accountability and promote human rights in pursuit of social justice for all. Hlanganisa’s approach to advancing social, gender and environmental justice is to intervene at grassroots level therefore influencing and anchoring our partnerships in rural communities.

About the Job

The Program Officer will be responsible for conducting research, measuring impact and creating learning opportunities that supports effective capacity building, ensuring long term sustainability and advancement of community-based organisations and grassroots movements.

Key Responsibilities

Research Products (Qualitative & Quantitative)


  • Identify and explore research topics and opportunities, aligned with the Hlanganisa programme strategy and implementation plan.

  • Scan for global and local knowledge, best practices, developing trends and experiences, in related subject areas.

  • Design research materials and produce briefing documents for external researchers.


Impact assessment


  • Develop and implement a framework for impact assessments, identifying obstacles to implementation and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Undertake field-monitoring visits to assess program impact, this includes creating evaluation tools, collecting data first-hand from partners/beneficiaries and analysing the collected data.

  • Collaborate with program colleagues to ensure optimal data collection methods, tools, and reporting formats.


Learning


  • Craft reports, memos, briefs, and concept papers to build an internal body of knowledge, that is evidence based that reflects best practices and new trends.

  • Support the design of feedback mechanism (from research findings and impact assessment) to ensure program improvement and reinvention, where required.

  • Plan and facilitate peer learning workshops to understand key concerns and learning from program implementation.


Knowledge Management


  • Conceptualise and produce KM pieces, developing knowledge products for utilisation by the organization and sharing externally.

  • Write, edit, and proofread various program materials for internal and external publication.

  • Draft and write about program best practice, lessons learnt and success stories for external dissemination to appropriate audiences.


Stakeholder Engagement


  • Identify, develop and sustain networks within the sector (including Government, partners, donors, funders, grantees, other grant makers and specialists, NGOs, academic institutions etc.)

  • Identify and build healthy relationships with all key stakeholders that serve to impact programme relevance and impact.


Data Management


  • Manage all data and information aligned with global best practices, local legislative requirements (POPIA) and prevailing research standards and methods.

  • Develop internal policies, procedures and protocols for data management, communicating these to colleagues on an ongoing basis.

Requirements

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field.

  • 4 - 6 years research design, methodology and application experience.

  • Knowledge of the theory of change.

  • Demonstrated experience in impact assessment and evaluation.

  • Proven track record knowledge management product generation.

  • Previous work experience in the NGO sector, working with funders and government and CBOs.

  • Excellent writing skills and presentation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.

  • Ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply

This is a 1 year contract with a possibility of renewal depending on performance and funding.


In order to apply, email your application by Friday 26th April 2024 to tracy@actionappointments.co.za - send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).

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