Vacancy: Bhekisisa programme associate

Bhekisisa team
Do you have proven experience in the nonprofit sector and want to learn more about international development and donors? This job could be for you.

In September 2015, the Bhekisisa Mail & Guardian Centre for Health Journalism received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its health coverage. In March 2016, the centre launched its own website. Bhekisisa focuses on solutions-based journalism, whether in news stories and analysis that help turn over our website traffic daily, or in narrative features that have become a trademark of our brand.

Like most donor-funded journalism teams, we work closely together as a team to make things work – whether that’s dividing up daily social media shifts, helping to boost web traffic or sharing ideas about how to develop our stories and our brand.

Bhekisisa is looking for a new addition to our growing team. This person ideally has a post- graduate degree in international or media development and should be keen to get a better understanding of international and local donors as well as project management work within the sector. This position is based in our Johannesburg office.

Key responsibilities are as follows:

  • Handle day-to-day budgeting and logistics including but not limited to obtaining donor authorisation for expenses, staff travel arrangements, freelance contributor payments and reimbursements;
  • Help compile financial and narrative reports for donors and assure that this is done in a timely manner as per grant cycles;
  • Monitor the fulfillment of donor requirements; as new donor requirements arise, develop plans to ensure Bhekisisa remains compliant;
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of how Bhekisisa works and contribute alongside team members to the organisation’s growth;
  • Work with Bhekisisa’s engagement and collaborations officer and other team members to organise a wide-range of events for communities such as experts, readers and grassroots organisations. This will include booking venues and suppliers and ensuring payments are made correctly and on time;
  • Work with our engagement and collaborations officer and the team to contribute to Bhekisisa’s brand;
  • In line with donor guidelines, develop information management systems to ensure that finances and reporting are done in a timely, organised manner. Similarly, ensure all administrative work is carried out for the assigned programmes in line with procedures;
  • When necessary, represent Bhekisisa at donor or stakeholder meetings and help identify funding opportunities;
  • Other duties as required.

Our ideal candidate has a mix of the following:

  • A post-graduate qualification in international or media development studies or a related field;
  • Two to five years experience in an non-profit office environment;
  • A familiarity with the non-profit environment and regulations governing it is highly desirable;
  • Excellent computer skills including Word and Excel; database and online content experience management systems is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated exceptional communication, multitasking and organisation skills. A keen eye for detail is crucial to this role;
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team;
  • Excellent writing and language skills, including spelling and grammar, and attention to detail; ability to speak two or more official languages preferred;
  • Willingness to work outside of working hours should this be needed;
  • A high degree of professionalism and maturity;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a high-energy, fast-paced environment.

Deadline: 5pm 27 October 2017

Ideally, the position will start in January 2018. Questions and applications should be directed to 

Applications must include a CV with three contactable references and a one-page motivational letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent to People who do not hear back within four weeks should consider their applications unsuccessful.

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