Posted on :
13 Apr, 2011
13 Apr, 2011
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in December 2005. As part of its strategic engagement in the promotion of democratization and good governance in Africa, OSIWA conceived the idea of establishing WACSI for the development of the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in West Africa.
The objectives of WACSI are primarily to serve as an independent resource center for civil society organisations in West Africa through knowledge production, policy generation, training and capacity development in the sub-region; to strengthen and promote the institutionalisation of CSOs, and enhance their skills and capacity to engage state and policy processes effectively.
WACSI seeks committed, motivated and dynamic persons to join its team in contributing to enhancing civil society’s professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness in West Africa. Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified persons for the under listed position.
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Senior Program, Research and Documentation Officer will serve as an active member of the senior management team working closely with the Training and Capacity Building, and Policy Advocacy Officers. She/he will have primary responsibility of WACSI’s program development, monitoring and evaluation, and implement WACSI’s research and documentation strategy.
Provide leadership in WACSI’s program development, monitoring and evaluation
Provide visionary and innovative intellectual and administrative leadership in WACSI’s research and documentation department
Produce academically rigorous publications on the activities and issues of concern to civil society in West Africa
Build partnerships with research organizations and think tanks in the region
Develop and build a team of WACSI researchers
Organize in collaboration with the Policy Advocacy unit, policy dialogue seminars and forums for civil society, policy makers, and other key stakeholders
Liaise with the Training and Capacity Building unit to provide relevant training for research teams and CSOs in general
Develop WACSI’s M&E plans in collaboration with other units and supervise the implementation of those plans
Required Skills or Experience
An MPhil or higher in international relations, political science or other relevant social sciences
10 years post qualification with relevant work experience in the Non-Governmental sector, at least 5 of which must be related to doing research and documentation; program planning and development
Commensurate experience in project monitoring and evaluation
Fluency in English and French
Strong research background
Applicant must have published several peer reviewed articles and any of the following areas; democracy and governance, peace and security, policy advocacy
Strategic programming skills
Strong project management and supervisory skills
Monitoring and evaluation skills
Knowledge management expertise
Familiarity with West Africa’s socio-political context
Dynamic, self-motivated and be able to work independently
Team builder and player
How To Apply
Interested applicants for position must submit a Research paper on a relevant topic in addition to a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae/Resume, to the Administrative Officer at WASCI by email at: [email protected]
WACSI is an equal opportunities employer
Offer valid till: 26 Apr, 2011