We’re Hiring: Project Manager in Cape Town

Global Integrity is in the midst of a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries; that data feeds into future iterations of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which helps to shape the debate on the continent around governance reform priorities. To support that fieldwork, Global Integrity is recruiting an experienced French speaking project manager who’s already based in Cape Town to help recruit, coordinate, and manage a team of researchers across the continent.

If you’re interested, please take a look at the full job description and expected skill set below and apply filling this form: http://www.tfaforms.com/270922. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Since this is a job in which attention to detail and carefully reviewing data are essential, make sure you read all the details first!

Hazel Feigenblatt

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Global Integrity – Organizational Description

Global Integrity (https://www.globalintegrity.org) is an innovation lab that produces high-quality research and creates cutting-edge technology to advance the work of a global network of civic, public, and private reformers pursuing increased transparency and accountability in governments. In addition to our core team, we collaborate with a global network of more than 1,500 in-country contributors and partners who take our technologies, tools, and information to where they are most useful – the local level.

The organization has won an Ashoka "Changemakers" award and an “Every Human Has Rights” award from The Elders and Internews; its methodology for assessing the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms is described by the World Bank as "best practice."

Global Integrity is known in particular for its expertise in developing quantitative indicators to assess the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to accountability mechanisms at the national, sub-national, and sector levels. Across all of its fieldwork at the national, sub-national, and sector levels in more than 100 countries, the organization has designed, fielded, and published more than 80,000 quantitative indicators of accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption mechanisms.

Job Description

Project ManagerGlobal Integrity is in the midst of a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries; that data feeds into future iterations of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which helps to shape the debate on the continent around governance reform priorities. To support that fieldwork, Global Integrity is recruiting an experienced project manager based in Cape Town to help recruit, coordinate, and manage a team of researchers across the continent.

This project manager will work alongside a colleague in our Cape Town office and report to Global Integrity’s Washington, DC office. Responsibilities include:

·      recruiting and managing virtual field teams of researchers in 54 African countries

·      capacity building and training activities with the research teams

·      performing detailed, intensive quality control over the resultant data points (in the thousands)

·      providing detailed feedback to researchers and guiding them to improve their research product with actionable advice and specific guidance

·      designing and leading outreach and dissemination activities, including public workshops

·      representing the organization at conferences and events as necessary

While this position (and our small Cape Town-based office itself) is focused solely on Global Integrity’s collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, there may be opportunities to participate on other Global Integrity projects and initiatives in the future.  We encourage good ideas and risk-taking.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Ideal Skill Set

Global Integrity attracts employees from the most distinctive professional and academic backgrounds. There is no cookie cutter ideal candidate for any position at Global Integrity.  We are instead more interested in an individual’s drive, professionalism, and entrepreneurial energy.  For this particular position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:

  • 3-10 years of relevant project management experience in journalism, in-depth editing, international affairs, and/or international politics. Ability to discuss issues of governance and/or anti-corruption is a strong asset though not required, depending on the candidate’s experience and particular set of skills.
  • 100% bilingual French-English (French native speaker preferred).
  • Attention to detail, ability to perform on tight deadlines, and proven ability to communicate clear and concise feedback to researchers are a must.
  • Experience working and communicating with virtual teams is strongly preferred, particularly in an editing capacity.
  • Professionals that can leverage their own networks of African professionals towards this job’s recruiting requirements will be strongly considered.
  • At least a graduate degree in a relevant area of study, including, but not limited to, journalism, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, or development studies.
  • Comfort in a perpetual start-up environment requiring extensive “self-starter” and “problem-solver” skills with minimal bureaucratic safety nets or backstopping.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills: this means the ability to write a press release, policy summary, or op-ed with minimal guidance and the ability to speak comfortably to an expert audience or on camera. Experience with news reporting or blogging (on any topic) is strongly preferred.

Our Culture

Our office environment (now spread between Washington, New York, and Cape Town) requires openness, collaboration and flexibility. Our staff has an uncommon diversity of responsibilities: from high-level strategy to online messaging to logistics issues (we book our own travel and fix our own computers), everyone contributes. You will develop new skills in this job; expect to learn and adapt constantly. We are very much a learning organization.

We have a “no jerks” policy; you will be supported by results-oriented yet frequently cheerful coworkers whose primary mode of social engagement is based on trust and respect.

International literacy and cross-cultural sensitivity are considered core competencies.

Compensation

For these positions, Global Integrity will provide a total cost to company package (no fringe benefits). The salary will be dependent on a candidate’s experience and demonstrated skills, and we anticipate a final compensation package ranging between R250,000 and R350,000 depending on the candidate.

How to Apply

We will only be accepting applications for this position online via the following web form:

http://www.tfaforms.com/270922

After reviewing submitted applications, we anticipate calling back a small number of potential candidates for individual interviews via phone or in-person (if possible). A final short-list of candidates will ideally be interviewed in person in Cape Town in early-February.  We are happy to answer additional questions directly (see Contact Information below), but all interested applicants must use the online form to apply for the position.

Deadline for Application: February 8th, 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am not a South African citizen but I’m interested in applying for this position.  Will you sponsor a work visa for me?

A: We are looking for candidates who have the ability to begin working immediately in South Africa without the need for additional work permits.

Q: I’ve read about the Indaba platform you use; it sounds exciting, but do I need to be a techie?

A: No; in fact, we’re building Indaba so that we can eliminate the need for dedicated programming and database management skills on staff. If you can use a mouse on a computer, you can use Indaba.

Q: You use the word “data” often in describing your work.  Do I need to have statistical and/or econometric skills to apply for this position?

A: No, though familiarity with and/or command of basic statistical and econometric skills is welcomed.  We tend to view the data we generate as an entry point to what are often highly political, qualitative discussions and policy choices around governance reform.  We have less faith in the ability of multivariate regressions or factor analyses to shed meaningful light on those discussions in practice.

Q: Do I need to be an anti-corruption “specialist” to apply for this position?

A: No, though familiarity with issues of governance, transparency, and corruption are preferred.

Contact Information

Hazel Feigenblatt, Managing Director

hazel.feigenblatt AT globalintegrity.org

Ph. 1 202 449 5160

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