Vacancy: Project Administrator

Job Title:                              Project Administrator
Contract Type:                   Fixed term 13-month contract
Location:                              Johannesburg, South Africa
Remuneration:                  Competitive
Reference:                          Trust O&F 001
Application Deadline:     31 October 2016

The Southern Africa Trust invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position of a Project Administrator to provide logistics and administrative support to the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) hosted by the Southern Africa Trust.

About the Southern Africa Trust

The Southern Africa Trust was established in 2005 to support civil society organisations in southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have a better impact in the development of public policies.

The Trust supports processes that deepen and widen participation in policy dialogues with a regional impact on poverty. It:

  • Is an independent, regional, non-profit agency registered in South Africa;
  • Supports organisations and processes with regional impact;
  • Supports deeper and wider engagement in policy dialogues;
  • Supports public policy development to overcome poverty;
  • Supports voices of the poor to be heard in policy dialogue.

Purpose of the Role:

To provide administrative support, procurement and logistics services to the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) programme hosted at the Southern Africa Trust.

About the Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. It aims to build the skills of young African leaders to improve the accountability and transparency of government, start their own businesses, and serve their communities. The Fellowship provides leaders from 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to develop their skills through 6 weeks of intensive executive leadership training at a U.S. university.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administrative support including procurement and logistics services
  • Building and managing databases
  • Data capturing
  • Event management
  • Financial and budget management support

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

  • Good interpersonal and communication (oral and written) and report writing capability
  • Project and stakeholder relationship management
  • Understanding of the strategic delivery requirements of the Trust
  • Commitment to excellence and deadline driven
  • Systematic and meticulous in approach and methodology with superb attention to detail
  • Ability to handle complex issues and effectively process information
  • Able to work in dynamic and sometimes uncertain environment
  • Good interfacing and collaborating with internal, external and Board partners
  • Ability to implement systems and reporting imperatives
  • Proficient in use of information technology in research, business development and process flow management
  • Accountable and ethical

Qualification and Experience

  • Relevant National Diploma in Administration with 2-3 years relevant experience.

How to Apply

All applications, to include a cover letter and a CV, must be addressed to the Southern Africa Trust and sent directly to stating the reference and job title in the subject line.



  • The Southern Africa Trust is an equal opportunities employer.
  • The Trust reserves the right not to make this appointment.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Independent Evaluation of the Implementation and Effectiveness of the SADC Regional Poverty Observatory

The Southern Africa Trust is soliciting for expressions of interest accompanied by details CVs from qualified personnel to undertake an impact evaluation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Poverty Observatory (RPO).

The Southern Africa Trust, in partnership with SADC, is commissioning an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of the SADC Regional Poverty Observatory from the period beginning 2011 to March 31, 2016. Findings from this evaluation will inform joint management review and decisions of SADC Secretariat and the Trust pertaining to the design, staffing, resourcing and sustainability of the RPO.

The Southern Africa Trust is soliciting for expressions of interest accompanied by details CVs from qualified personnel to undertake an impact evaluation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Poverty Observatory (RPO).

The Southern Africa Trust, in partnership with SADC, is commissioning an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of the SADC Regional Poverty Observatory from the period beginning 2011 to March 31, 2016. Findings from this evaluation will inform joint management review and decisions of SADC Secretariat and the Trust pertaining to the design, staffing, resourcing and sustainability of the RPO.

Click here to download Terms of Reference

Closing Date

27 October 2016


Please email letter of expression of interest and detailed CVs to on or before the 27th of October 2016. Kindly use RPO Evaluation: Expression of Interest in your subject line.

Southern Africa Business Forum meeting held in Gaborone

The meeting for institutional partners for the Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF) was held in Gaborone Botswana at the SADC Head office on the 23 September 2016. SABF is a private sector-led platform for engaging the SADC Secretariat and SADC Member States in creating an enabling business environment in the region in order to enhance regional industrialisation. The SABF partners who attended the meeting with the SADC Secretariat are the NEPAD Business Foundation, Southern Africa Trust, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and European Union.

The institutional partners for the Southern Africa Business Forum met to complete the debriefing of the first-ever Industrialization Week and the second SABF conference which were both held in Swaziland in August 2016, as well as discuss other notable activities. The meeting was co-chaired by the Dr. Thembinkosi Mhlongo, the SADC Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Regional Integration and Ms. Lynette Chen, the Chief Executive Officer NEPAD Business Foundation.

In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Mhlongo, said that this meeting is imminent in developing industries and boosting trade within the SADC region and that SABF is mainly responsible for addressing industrialization and regional economic integration issues in the region. He also mentioned that SABF enhances dialogue between private sector and member state engagement (Public-Private Dialogue -PPD) and to see how the PPD is unfolding and creating an open space for the private sector to be involved in discussion. When given the platform, Ms. Chen explained that the role of SABF was to facilitate interactions and discussions between private sector and policy makers in the targeted Working Group areas of pharmaceuticals, agri-processing, mineral development, infrastructure (transportation, water, energy, ICT) and non-tariff barriers and trade facilitation.

The meeting also reviewed the organisation and logistics for industrialisation week which took place in the margins of the 2016 SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Swaziland in August 2016. During the Industrialisation Week in Swaziland, it was noted that there was good participation and input from private sector on structuring of projects on SADC NEPAD PIDA acceleration. The SABF conference which was also held in Swaziland, was attended by 240 delegates with 160 from private companies and was a success.

Ms. Chen noted that there were a number of SABF activities lined up in the near future such as the workshop of the private sector and senior officials tentatively scheduled for November 2016 to provide input on the Action Plan for the SADC Industrialization Strategy. She also noted that the Ministers of transport and ICT meeting is also scheduled in October 2016 and is intended for the approval of SADC priority infrastructure projects; while in February/March 2017, the Ministerial Task Force Responsible for Regional Economic Integration which meet to finalise the Action Plan on the Industrialization Strategy for submission to Council and the Extra Ordinary Summit.

The meeting also discussed proposals on how to fund the SABF in a sustainable manner. In this context, SABF and the Secretariat will be working with the relevant stakeholders to mobilise support for the 3rd SABF and the second Industrialization Week that will be held in South Africa in 2017. The meeting agreed that it was important to engage all the concerned parties and partners in order to drive the ambitious concept note of the SABF.

Source: SADC

Position Statement – Women Crossborder Traders Forum, October 2016

We, the women representatives of the Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association (SACBTA) drawn from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe met in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 3rd Women Cross Border Traders(WCBTs) Forum from the 5th-6th October 2016.

The forum provided another opportunity for WCBTs to engage Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on specific policy issues where there has been slow and in some cases no progress to address the challenges being faced by WCBTs. The policy areas include: the SADC protocol on Trade, COMESA Simplified Trade Regime (STR) and the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).

We take cognisance of the efforts by COMESA and SADC to develop gender based policy frame works namely: the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development of 2008 and the COMESA Gender Policy. However, domestication and implementation of these instruments has largely been ineffective.

TFN International Meets with Ange Chitate

Angeline Chitate is Business and Development Manager at the Southern Africa Trust. The Trust supports civil society organisations in southern Africa to participate effectively in policy dialogue, ensuring that the voices of the poor and marginalised have an impact on policy development. We were delighted to have Ange attend our event at Rathbone Greenbank in London last night.

 “I first met the Trust during the research on my thesis on inclusive business. I wanted to go beyond academia and experience the practical side of implementing inclusive business models.  To my knowledge the Trust was the only non-profit that was implementing an inclusive business programme,” said Ange about working with the Trust.

On civil society in Southern Africa, Ange believes it “must shape policies to overcome poverty.  Its engagement in the policymaking process must not only influence policies, but must hold governments accountable in the implementation of the policies.” Speaking about the challenges she faces in her mission to strengthen civil society and give a voice to marginalised people in Southern Africa, Ange said one of her key challenges is that of capacity:“civil society organisations face challenges of adequate resources; funding, technical, skills and as a result are limited in building capabilities to effectively participate in the policy making processes, whether at national or regional levels.”

When asked how she thinks live crowdfunding events can help the Trust address some of those issues, Ange said “the crowdfunding event directly speaks to the Trust’s objective of increasing funding flows to civil society organisations through philanthropic community giving platforms.” Ange experienced her first live crowdfunding event at TFN London on 15th July: “I was wowed by the reach of the TFN network. A Zimbabwean company, Econet, is now a partner of one of the projects that pitched at a previous TFN event. Another surprise was a South Africa based project, SEED Impact Trust, which pitched. Well done to TFN to for demonstrating a global approach in dealing with poverty.”

ZCTA Strike Deal with Government Over Import Permits

The Southern Africa Trust supports platforms of regional and national cross border traders through Southern Africa Cross Border Trader Association (SACBTA). These were established to champion and advocate issues affecting cross border traders as well as facilitate policy dialogue between traders and their governments.

Such dialogues are earmarked at easing the process of buying and importing goods for trade. For example, the Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association (ZCTA) recently reached an agreement with government to facilitate bulk permit licences which will lift a ban on the importation of certain products for its members. ZCTA is a member of SACBTA and is also a beneficiary of support from the Southern Africa Trust.

Trade is an economic activity which contributes to regional integration, economic growth and poverty eradication. High unemployment and low literacy levels have forced many of SADC citizens to engage in cross border trade as a means of livelihood. According to UN women, cross border trade contributes 30-40% of intra-SADC trade.

Cross-Border Traders Strike Deal with Government Over Import Permits

ZIMBABWE Cross-Border Traders’ Association (ZCBTA) says it has struck an agreement with government to facilitate bulk permit licences on behalf of its members. The agreement between ZCBTA and the Industry and Commerce ministry came as traders have been affected the most by Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 introduced in June, which restricts the importation of certain products without a licence.

Speaking to NewsDay in an interview yesterday, ZCBTA secretary-general Augustine Tawanda said the agreement had been made in principle though they were still finalising the process.

“Right now, we are working on a scheme with the ministry to get permits, but it is yet to be operationalised. There is now an alternative plan which traders can use. Traders can now get bulk permits,” he said.

“As an association, we can assist traders to acquire permits in their own right, which is the window we have been given by the ministry in principle.”

SI64 of 2016 restricts the importation of 43 items, a move which has affected cross border traders, as most of these goods were daily consumables, which they were importing for resell.

According to sources in the cross-border industry, an average of 85 buses head to South Africa daily from areas such as Harare, Bulawayo, Gokwe, Gweru and Kwekwe.

These buses can carry an average of 60 people each bus making a daily total of 4 800 passengers, of which an estimated 80% were heading to South Africa for the purposes of trade.

Tawanda said cross border traders spend an average of $300 on a trip to South Africa.

In monetary terms, this has meant government has managed to save an estimated daily total of $1,15 million cash, which they were importing, from leaving the economy.

“The number of people travelling to South Africa since SI64 of 2016 came into a play have significantly declined. As for Musina, for example, the number of people heading there has dwindled,” a source at Roadport long distance bus terminus in Harare said.

Analysts say the informal sector contributed between 70% and 80% of gross domestic product.

Economists say since business transactions from the informal sector occur on a daily basis, the effect was they were unable meet demand, which, in turn, affects another subset of the economy.

Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha was unavailable for comment yesterday.


Platform for Migration in the SADC Region Established

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa (CoRMSA) partnered with Southern Africa Trust to convene a regional consultative dialogue which held on the 4th and 5th of August 2016. The dialogue presented an opportunity for regional and national civil society formations to discuss emerging trends and challenges of migration in the SADC region.

Key challenges identified include addressing limited and unavailable data on migrant movement in SADC region, the low uptake and implementation of regional policy frameworks and protocols related to labour and migration. Other challenges prompting for immediate action to address them also emerged from the discussions.

The main outcome of the dialogue was the formation of a regional platform for migration for SADC. This platform will coordinate activities and policy advocacy interventions that aim to protect migrant workers in southern Africa. It will also support initiatives and campaigns to improve the management of migration across all SADC countries, the regulations and the social well-being of migrants.

Participants from trade unions, cross border traders, former mineworkers and civil society organisations working in the area of migration were part of the discussions.

The 7th Alternative Mining Indaba – leaving nobody behind

Bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots by creating an inclusive platform for mining communities

Over the past two decades, affluent stakeholders in the mining sector have been converging in Cape Town for the annual African Mining Indaba (AMI) to discuss the issues affecting the mining industry. The travesty however, has been that key stakeholders (mining communities) who are directly affected could never participate in the (AMI)
because it is expensive. This raised the concern that crucial input regarding some of the injustices experienced by these communities would not come to the fore.

It is, therefore, no surprise that the Southern Africa Trust, whose mission is “to strengthen the voice and agency of poor people in regional policy” continues to lend its voice to the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI).

Now in its 7th year this edition of the Alternative Mining Indaba remained steadfast in its focus to provide an international platform for civil society organisations including National Christian Councils and interfaith groups, to share experiences, mobilise as well as motivate mining communities to strengthen their work on advocacy and the development of strategic tools which empower them. This year’s 3-day indaba took place at the same dates and times as the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town from 8-10 February 2016. Approximately 350 participants were in attendance, representing diverse groups that included civil society organisations; faith-based organisations, Pan-African networks and organisations, labour movements, industry associations, media, international partners and community-based organisations.

At the opening ceremony for the Indaba, chairperson of the steering committee Veronica Zano’s opening remarks focused on the legacy of the Alternative Mining Indaba since its inception in 2010, revealing the continued growth of the event, from 40 delegates to 350 delegates to date from over 39 countries, of individuals seeking an inclusive platform to represent the interests of those affected by mining.

The theme at the Indaba was “making natural resources work for the people, leaving no-one behind”. Key deliberations included focus on:

  • Access to Remedy: Litigation and Mining
  • Artisanal and Small Scale Mining
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Mining and Taxation
  • Gender and Extractives.

Delegates were also treated to a screening of The Shore Break, a haunting documentary about the threat of mining on South Africa’s Wild Coast. “Featuring arresting cinematography, beautiful sand animation and sensational original music, The Shore Break delivers both a visually and emotionally riveting fight to the finish.”
The event concluded with a march to the Cape Town International Convention Center (CICC) where the African Mining Indaba was being hosted.

For more information on this year’s Alternative Mining Indaba, and to find all the presentations and outcomes of this year’s Indaba, please click here.