PROGRAMME OFFICER (SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME) – MINDS

Job Description – Tasks and Responsibilities
· Implements, coordinates, directs and maintains the scholarship program, including preparation of new scholarship agreements, maintenance and monitoring of existing scholarship agreements and maintaining regular contact with donors and students.
· Acts as liaison between faculty/staff, students and the public to provide information and resources regarding scholarship activities and programs.
· Prepares scholarship application process for students and coordinates scholarship application reading and scoring.
· Implementing action plans that guide MINDS’ portfolio of projects.
· Co-ordinating the commissioning of programme research.
· Organizing Programme events.
· Facilitating synergies with relevant national, regional, and international civil society organizations, governments, academics and multi-lateral bodies as necessary and relevant to MINDS work.
· Facilitating the development and maintenance of networks and databases to support the work of MINDS.
· Reporting on activities and budgets for different aspects of the programme.
· Drafting written briefings, speeches, op-eds and other materials as required.
Performing programmes related to administration
Draft an annual work plan and budget of operational modalities
Support the process of identifying funding opportunities and raising funds to cover programme and operational costs
Draft reports to donors, institutional partners on the programme and operational activities
Develop and maintain a database on all scholars
Encourage and facilitate regular communication between scholars
Plan for and arrange logistics for Scholars leadership programs and other events
Support any other MINDS activities as may be required from time to time

Required competencies (skills, knowledge and behavioral attributes):
A minimum of postgraduate degree qualification in any of the following disciplines: African studies, Anthropology; Development studies; Economics; law; Linguistics; Sociology and related studies or any other relevant discipline
A minimum of 5 years proven experience in policy advocacy, research, economic development and/or African studies research
Knowledge and/or experience in the areas of African politics, economic development, elections and governance, youth development trends
Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills, tact, and discretion
Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and in a self–motivated manner
Excellent oral and written communications skills in English
Familiarity with government policy development processes
Experience in event planning and coordination
Understanding of/or fluency in French or Portuguese is an added advantage
Eligible to live and work in South Africa

To apply
submit a CV and motivation letter with salary expectation to recruitment@minds-africa.org stating ‘MINDS Programme Officer – Scholarship Programme’ in the subject line.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
MINDS reserves the right not to appoint anyone for this position.
For more about the Mandela Institute for Development Studies, refer to www.minds-africa.org

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