Senior Advisor, Network Development

  • Location
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 06

Position description

At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action around the world. Our global alliance of activists and organisations in 175 countries is inspired by our vision of a global community engaged in confronting the challenges facing humanity. We work to together for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.


·       Defend civic freedoms and democratic values.

·       Strengthen the power of people to organise, mobilise and take action.

·       Empower a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society.


·       Build solidarity among civil society across borders and at scale 

·       Support civil society to connect with others

·       Produce timely and world-class knowledge and analysis

·       Advocate for open spaces and systemic change

·       Amplify voices of those not usually included

·       Promote the resourcing of a diverse and resilient civil society

·       Innovate and incubate bold initiatives

·       Promote, model and disseminate civil society best practice



·       Development and implementation of a targeted network engagement strategy that reflects our values and principles

·       Cross-organisational coordination that enhances our learning and effectiveness in building a vibrant and diverse global alliance 

·       Strategic oversight of our sustainable development workstreams to enhance our collective impact 

·       Capacity development of the secretariat and alliance in network engagement tools and approaches


·      Master’s Degree in International Relations, International Development, Social Sciences, or similar.


·    Demonstrated track record in global/member-based network;

·    Experience in multiple global contexts and ability to understand diverse realities/needs of disparate actors;

·    Proven experience in coalition building across sectors, geographies, thematic interests;

·    Success in designing, fundraising and implementing global initiatives through co-creation/delivery processes;

·    Applied knowledge of network development approaches and methodologies;

·    Familiarity with sustainable development and multi-stakeholder engagement initiatives;

·    Demonstrated and successful management of at least 1-2 subordinates;

·     Applied budget development and monitoring as well as expense control experience.


·    Familiarity with CRM databases and applications for network development;

·    Software literacy, including high degree of comfort with web-based apps, social media platforms, project management and innovation tools;

·    Understanding of project management principles and application, with particular focus on budget management and programme monitoring;

·    Knowledge of proposal development and donor reporting procedures; 

·    Ability to interact with vast range of constituents (i.e. peers, colleagues, members, donors, 

  partners), and to represent CIVICUS at a high level;

·    Understanding of network theory and development; and

·    Fluency in English and another UN language essential. 


·    Confident self-starter, requiring minimal supervision with sharp focus on immediate deliverables, while keeping sight of the bigger picture;

·    Organized, deadline driven, and able to manage multiple strands of activity in a timely fashion;

·    Superb people skills, with excellent interpersonal communication capabilities in multi-cultural environments; 

·    Ability to have honest, direct conversations to win people over and to help peers and colleagues be inspired and learn;  

·    Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

·    Excellent conflict management skills; similarly, excellent conflict prevention skills; 

·    Creative problem-solving skills and resourcefulness in facilitating progress;

·    Demonstrated commitment to civil society strengthening.

Application instructions

Submit a motivational letter (inlclude salary history/expectation) and detailed CV with contact details of three current referees by 18th February 2018.

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