Sonke Gender Justice Network: MenEngage Africa Training Initiative Coordinator

Sonke Gender Justice Network
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Friday, 30 November, 2012
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Sonke Gender Justice Network is a NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.

Sonke Gender Justice Network (Sonke) seeks to support the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JICS), the independent oversight body for the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), by nominating committed human rights advocates from its networks to be Independent Correctional Centre Visitors (ICCVs) in select rural prisons in the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Free State.

International Programmemes Unit

The International Programmemes and Networks Unit within Sonke aims to develop and consolidate coherent national, regional and international networks of civic organisations and activists to build capacity, advocate for, and take gender transformative work with men and boys to scale at all levels. The main focus of this work is through the MenEngage Alliance, and in particular the MenEngage Africa Network for which Sonke is the regional co-ordinator. Sonke is also the co-chair for MenEngage on a global level (see

About the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI)

The MenEngage Africa Training Initiative is a unique and exciting training course which was piloted in August 2012, together with the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. The course seeks to expand the skills and knowledge among female and male civil society practitioners and policy makers on engaging men and boys in gender equality, and build a network of current and future gender justice advocates across Africa. The initiative also encompasses a mentorship programme, as well as seed grants for selected fellows to support the projects developed during the MATI course. Sonke Gender Justice Network is currently coordinating this project on behalf of the MenEngage Africa network.

Sonke seeks to a committed and innovative individual as MenEngage Africa Training Initiative Coordinator. The position requires full-time residence in the Cape Town or Johannesburg office.

The person will join the IPN unit as a MenEngage Africa Training Initiative Co-ordinator. This person will report to the International Programmemes Unit Manager, and will be a crucial member of Sonke’s team.  The position will have two main tasks: 1) Coordinating, managing and providing technical input into the various parts of the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative; and 2) Undertaking and supporting research, analysis and editing.

The position is funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agenda (Sida) and the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU).


MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI)

  • Overall management of the MATI and act as a focal point for any matters related to MATI;
  • Link the MATI to other projects and MenEngage Africa processes, particularly the RFSU Learning Centre Initiative;
  • Conduct research related to the MATI topics;
  • Make plans for the development and sustainability of the training initiative;
  • Develop (internal and external) partnerships to support the MATI;
  • Manage the planning, implementing and evaluation of the residential MATI courses. This includes but is not limited to: managing the process for development of course material, selecting participants, guiding facilitators, coordinating logistics and monitoring spending;
  • Develop and revise the MATI curriculum in collaboration with staff in the organization and relevant stakeholders;
  • Plan for the further development and expansion of the MATI, including developing an e-learning module for MATI;
  • Maintain and further develop a mentorship programme for MATI fellows;
  • Provide support to sub-grantees implementing project activities within the region (following seed grants disbursed to selected participants); and
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of MATI following donor requirements, and develop the MATI sections of donor reports.

Research, analysis and editing

  • Undertaking research to support MenEngage Africa’s work, such as its policy advocacy;
  • Editing of reports and documents, particularly those intended for external audiences and donors;
  • Supporting the development of training materials and other resources for Sonke, MenEngage Africa and RFSU partners.

Supporting other International Programmeme Unit activities

  • Support the development and maintenance of new and existing strategic alliances with other key actors in the region, such as women’s rights organisations, child’s rights organisations, SRHR, LGBTI, PLHIV, the UN and other social justice movements;
  • Support resource mobilisation for the work of the International Programmemes Unit;
  • Attend Sonke/MenEngage Africa/RFSU project meetings, and when appropriate;
  • Perform any other duties, as assigned, within the intent of the preamble to the roles and responsibilities.


  • Recognised university degree in relevant subject area; post graduate qualification will be an advantage;
  • Diploma in Project Management an advantage;
  • Minimum of three or more cumulative years of experience in non-governmental organisations/an employer working with NGOs or related fields, including direct involvement in regional/international cooperation;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications; i.e. Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and custom on-line applications;
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written;
  • Possess a valid passport and willing to travel as required 20% of the time;
  • Established activist/advocate recognised for her/his commitment to promoting gender equality, human rights and social justice;
  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the principles of Sonke and MenEngage network;
  • 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;
  • Familiarity with the Southern and Eastern African region and policies and programmes relating to gender equality, HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health promotion and gender-based violence prevention; a focus on engaging men and masculinities an advantage;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Experience in programme management; and
  • Experience in successfully developing/revising, managing and evaluating courses or similar events.  Experience in curriculum development an advantage;
  • Experience in conducting research, and analysing findings;
  • Experience in editing and report writing;
  • Ability to multi task and prioritise activities;
  • Good presentation, facilitation and public speaking skills;
  • Ability to network and develop and maintain partnerships.  Experience in managing networks an advantage;
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills. Ability to speak other African languages will be an advantage;
  • Understanding of effective coaching processes.  Experience in providing coaching and mentoring a advantage.

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