CRF Coordinator

Location Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Management
Work Hours Day
Salary 50000
Salary Units YEAR
Currency USD




The CRF Coordinator and Advocacy Officer is responsible for managing

CIVICUS’ strategic relationship with donors and members of the Life Line

Consortium, for overseeing applications for the CRF and working with the

CIVICUS finance team and Advocacy Lead to provide timely financial and

narrative reports. The CRF Lead will oversee the administration of CRF grants

and lead CIVICUS advocacy on a regional and thematic area of focus. They

should also be able to make strategic connections between CRF grants,

regional and thematic advocacy and other CIVICUS clusters and projects

Areas of


Key Activities

CRF Coordination

  • Contribute to the development of CIVICUS’ advocacy and campaigning

strategies and ensure their implementation at international, regional and

national levels;

  • Coordinate CIVICUS’ Lifeline Embattled CSO Fund activities which provide

strategic advocacy assistance and solidarity to civil society organisations

and human rights defenders operating in highly restrictive environments

  • Facilitate and support CIVICUS’ members and partners in their advocacy

and campaigning activities;

  • Manage the administration of CRF grants, review applications and provide

timely narrative and financial reports to donors

  • Provide strategic guidance on the CRF activities and their alignment to

other clusters at CIVICUS, providing input and guidance on the Fund’s

activities and areas of amplification in alignment with the strategic

objectives of the organization.

Management &


  • Manage and mentor CRF administrator and support him/her/them in the

implementation of CRF objectives;

  • Provide oversight and guidance to the CRF Team (including the Advocacy

Officer and CRF Administrator) on priorities of the Lifeline Fund and work

processes to effectively administer the grant.

Research &


  • Carry out critical research and analysis of policy debates and political

developments at the global, regional and national levels on civic space

issues with a view to crafting organisational positions, advocacy strategies,

briefing papers, statements, opinion pieces and editorials;

Job Description

  • Develop and implement dissemination plans on knowledge products to

ensure wide outreach and uptake in policy, advocacy and activism circles

with the CIVICUS membership, partners and policymakers.

Advocacy &


  • Lead advocacy initiatives and campaigns aimed at addressing restrictions

on civic space in countries around the world;

  • Engage with CIVICUS’ external stakeholders on advocacy strategies to

protect and expand civic space in multi-lateral institutions and

intergovernmental bodies;

  • Take the Lead in one thematic area of CIVICUS work - preferably on

women human rights defenders and the Middle East/North Africa; and

provide support in this area to CIVICUS and the alliance

  • Engage with policy makers and other stakeholders on CIVICUS’ strategic

priorities and represent the organisation in external forums.


  • The role holder will from time to time be required to carry out any other

duties that are within the scope of the job.

  • All staff will demonstrate CIVICUS values and principles in all their

professional relationships and any interactions that may reflect on CIVICUS

Person Specification


Language &


  • Master’s degree in international relations, economics, politics, development

studies or a social science discipline.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially in English and

one other UN language.


Knowledge, skills

and Experience

  • A minimum of 5-7 years’ work experience in civil society sector on human

rights issues.

  • At least 2 – 3 years in a coordination role in a similar position
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience with MS Office and Human

Resource Information Systems.

  • Commitment to CIVICUS’s vision, mission, values and ways of working.
  • Demonstrated work experience, pertaining to research, analysis and

advocacy on human rights issue.

  • Demonstrated work experience in project coordination in the civil society


  • Sound understanding of international affairs, development and civil society


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work under

pressure and in a multi- cultural setting.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with

partners and donors

  • Experience managing and mentoring colleagues working on the CRF


Knowledge, skills

and Experience

  • Budget management skills and ability to produce lengthy donor financial

and narrative reports

  • Experience in managing and supervising colleagues
  • Good understanding of global civil society dynamics with good knowledge

of civic space issues in one region


Interested candidates can send their CV

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