Capacity Development Consultant

  • Location
    Remote or Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Feb 21

Position description

At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people to organise, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. 

We seek to defend civic freedoms and enable civil society participation in decision making. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South, and have a growing alliance of more than 7000 members in more than 175 countries. 

We know that this is a time of big global challenges for civil society and the world, but we also know that our members and partners have big responses. As an alliance, we work together to connect, amplify and scale responses and in doing so strengthen the contributions of citizen action and civil society.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience, we are working to build on our strengths while also exploring new ways of working. CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2017-2022 sets the strategic direction for the secretariat and alliance. It articulates who we are, what we strive to achieve, how we work and how we define our success. 

How we make a difference: 

Given the nature and extent of the challenges facing humanity we believe in being bold and creative by:

·      Building solidarity among civil society across borders and at scale

·      Supporting civil society to connect with others

·      Producing timely and world-class knowledge and analysis

·      Advocating for open spaces and systemic change

·      Amplifying voices of those usually not included

·      Promoting resourcing of a diverse and resilient civil society

·      Innovating and incubating bold initiatives

·      Promoting, modelling and disseminating civil society best practices

CIVICUS Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CIVICUS positively promotes diversity and inclusion across all areas of the organisation. CIVICUS ensures that its policies and practices do not discriminate on the basis of gender, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or race. Furthermore, CIVICUS ensures that its recruitment policies are designed to enable candidates from under-represented regions, with diverse educational backgrounds and with diverse language skills to access employment opportunities with CIVICUS. 

Overall purpose of the consultancy: 

CIVICUS is looking for an energetic capacity development consultant to support the overall capacity development efforts of the organization internally, in support of its staff members, as well as externally, in support of the Alliance. 

Key Deliverables:

Capacity Development

·      Advise on appropriate capacity development mechanisms and methods;

·      Contribute to the thought process and development of customized capacity development activities;

·      As part of regular quality control, review capacity development methodologies;

·      Support development of skills share and communities of practice groups. 

Online Learning

·      Lead and coordinate LMS content design and delivery;

·      Coordinate the administration, delivery and management of online courseware and online course support; 

·      Support curation of online courses for specific target groups;

·      Develop strategy for the effective rollout of online courses to wider Alliance;

·      Create communities and relationships to reinforce skills acquired from online courses through social interactions.

Cross-cluster Collaboration 

·      Work closely across other clusters to support capacity development innovation. 


·      Minimum 3 years of practical experience in implementing capacity and organizational development programs.

·      Experience developing innovative capacity and organizational development initiatives.

·      Practical hands-on experience and/or understanding of working with civil society organisations, ideally in the global south. 

·      Good understanding of global civil society, human rights and development issues and trends.

·      Competence with a wide range of languages – these can be either UN or non-UN languages – is considered a strong asset

·      Computer literacy and experience and comfort working with web-based tools are esential


Knowledge about human-centered design or design thinking


·      Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a diverse team.

·      Demonstrated skills in working with multinational groups.

·      A good communicator – someone with a passion for advancing the cause of civil society and human rights.

·      Well-organised, ability to work independently and take initiative. 

·      Ability to work with tight deadlines and yet deliver effectively.

Location: Johannesburg preferred or with regular travel to Johannesburg

Start date: As soon as possible.

Duration: Initial engagement of up to 120 working days, with a strong possibily for continuation up to 200 days of consultancy work, based on completion of set deliverables. 

 Salary: Daily rate of 160USD (hourly rate of 21.33USD) commensurate with experience. A working week comprises of 7.5 hours per day from Monday to Friday. 

Application instructions

Submit a motivational letter and detailed CV with contact details of three current referees by March 7, 2019.  

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not have heard from us within 2 weeks after application deadline, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

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