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Call for: Coordinator position – Transitioning Africa

in WORLD, 08/09/2012

Transitioning Africa (TA) seeks to appoint a Coordinator. Closing date 14 September 2012.

Support Initiative for People with atypical sexual Development (SIPD), Gender DynamiX (GDX) and Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA), formed a partnership during the end of 2011 in order to further solidify and strengthen their work in Africa. This coalition, known as Transitioning Africa (TA), has a specific mission and vision to focus on trans* and intersex advocacy within the region.

The main focus of this new entity is to support a growing transgender and intersex movement and to engage regionally in advocacy for the human rights of transgender and intersex people. Transitioning Africa (TA) is not a new NGO but will remain a formal partnership of the three organisations and thus retain autonomy locally and regionally.
In 2012 TA accomplished a number of tasks starting with its first Leadership and Capacity Building Camp in Nairobi, Kenya. Furthermore we extended assistance to two transgender organisations in the region to focus on their organisational capacity. Lastly the three partnering organisations received Organisational Development training regarding report writing, M&E and attention was also given to the three directors in a workshop called Directors’ 101.

It has been noted that TA -- being a young and fast growing partnership -- needs to have more focused dedication to our work.
At this moment Transitioning Africa realizes the need to employ a Coordinator in order to spearhead our work. Currently each one of the three directors does not have the capacity to move TA ahead to a satisfactory level.

We are seeking a Coordinator who will primarily be responsible for balancing TA administrative tasks such as logistics, record keeping, website updates, and reconciliation of finances, responding on emails, drafting press releases and managing the office. The other part of the work will be more programmatic and will include fundraising, reporting, internal organizational research or data collection, programme implementation and ensuring TA Monitor and Evaluation takes place in line with the strategic plan and funder requirements.

This position will offer the holder an opportunity to work on very exciting initiatives and campaigns in a very stimulating, multicultural and dynamic environment. About 40% of work time is administrative, 40% programmatic, including fundraising/ reporting and 20% logistics and travel related. The position may involve some travel within Africa and other parts of the world. The incumbent will be expected to represent TA in public platforms and will be the face of Transitioning Africa. The identity of the successful candidate will enjoy preference towards a trans* or intersex person from Africa.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
· Take the lead in all logistic arrangements for meetings, such as travel and accommodation bookings, visa invite letters etc
· Oversee and be responsible for the monthly admin, finances and reports;
· Work with the TA team on putting together publications, soliciting content for the website on an ongoing base;
· Draft press releases, both initiating for TA and in response/ support to other causes,
· Prepare for meetings, workshops and conference presentations.
· Encourage research on the mainstreaming of trans* and intersex issues particularly focused around the goals indicated in the strategic plan, and according to the mission and vision.
· Raise awareness about trans* and intersex issues in Africa
· Participate in TA’s monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the projects
· Advise the directors as to any needs relating to the projects

Qualifications, experience and other requirements
· Analytical, creative, strategic and problem-solving skills
· Good communications, interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of people and organisations on national, regional and international levels
· Diplomatic, lobbying and political skills
· Pro-active and self-motivated with the ability to work very well within a team environment
· Good time management skills, including the ability to work towards deadlines
· Computer literacy, including electronic networking skills
· Project development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and report-writing skills.
· Some experience in facilitation and presentation
· Fluent in English, and one or two other African languages. Knowledge of French would be a plus, but not prerequisite for consideration.
· Willingness and ability to travel and work outside official working hours.
· 3 years relevant experience – well versed in trans* and intersex organising on the continent
· Should have good working knowledge of global trans* and intersex issues
· Proven track record of achieving results which includes coordinating of projects, partners and resources
· The successful applicant will be a person from Africa

Please provide a copy of your curriculum vitae, and a covering letter including:
· Your motivation for applying for this position,
· An explanation of your relation or understanding of gender identity, intersex and trans* issues.
· Examples of previous work experience.
· Three contactable references.
· An indication of your availability date

Transitioning Africa’s current financial position does not allow us to commit to a salary yet. The successful candidate’s first task will be instrumental in writing grant proposals and as part of the team attract core funding for TA. The Coordinator will be a passionate person, willing to work for the first few months on a volunteer base. Once funding is secured, this post will not be re-advertised, the appointed person will be able to assume employment immediately.
(*Like in any other position a probation period will be followed, once the formal commence of employment is effective)

Transitioning Africa is an equal opportunities employer. Priority will be given to trans* or intersex candidates.

A salary in accordance with qualification and experience will be offered, once funding is obtained.
Closing date: 14 September 2012.
Please e-mail applications to transitioning-africa@genderdynamix.org.za

ONLY SHORT-LISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED. Transitioning Africa reserves the right not to make an appointment. Should you not have received a response within two weeks of the closing date, please consider that your application was unsuccessful.

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