DWF: Project Manager


Democracy Works Foundation provides tools to build resilient democracies in Southern Africa.  DWF promotes civic engagement to contribute to the realisation of the core governing principles enshrined in the preamble of the South African Constitution.Democracy Works seeks to employ a Project Manager, to be based in eSwatini.

Start date: 01 October 2019, or as soon as possible

Contract type: Fixed term

The purpose of the Project Manager, eSwatini is to be responsible for all aspects to ensure on time delivery of the USAID Inclusive Policy Development and Dialogue (IPDD) Programme within budget and scope.  This will include project planning, project implementation and evaluation in line with the organization’s standards and donor requirements.


  • Develop workplans, identify partners, organise training and events, and in general ensure that the sub-program objectives are effectively and efficiently realized.
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation process, track and document program activities and their impact.
  • Establish and maintain objective based relationships with all stakeholders and role-players.
  • Attend program meetings with donors, partners, training teams, and key identified program advisory groups
  • Prepare quarterly, ad-hoc and final reports for authorized internal and external audiences.
  • Assist with the development of press releases and information briefs.
  • Contribute to publications, taking responsibility for their production and distribution
  • Contribute to the general program development of the field office
  • Manage in-country operations, and provide effective managerial, administrative and logistical support for the successful implementation of IPDD.
  • Qualifications
    • Post Graduate Degree in political science, international relations, or related field. Preference will be given to senior degrees demonstrating knowledge of the program field
  • Skills and Experience
    • Minimum of 6 years of directly related work experience in the NGO sector, with at least 4 years’ experience managing USAID funded projects
    • A minimum of three years’ experience in grant and program management with demonstrable experience in democracy and human rights fields.
    • Familiarity with political and civil society landscape in eSwatini in particular, and Southern Africa in general will be an advantage
    • Ability to work in a politically non-partisan manner
    • Strong project management and coordination experience
    • Some experience in organizing events, workshops, meetings and strategic planning exercises
    • Ability to interact with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Competent in MS Office Suite, and in particular Excel and Word
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills in English, including report writing
    • Ability to work flexible hours
    • Ability to meet tight deadlines

To apply, submit your motivation letter, CV and three contactable referees to [email protected] specify the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Successful candidate must be resident in eSwatini / South Africa; or have the right to work in South Africa.  The successful candidate must also have demonstrable experience in democracy and human rights fields and expert knowledge and understanding of politics and political parties in eSwatini.  These are non-negotiable requirements for the position.
DWF will consider all applications submitted prior the advertised close date.  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interviews.  If you have not heard from us within two (2) weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

For more about Democracy Works Foundation, refer to www.democracyworks.org.za