27 Jan 2016

WACSI Job Vacancy : Programme Officer – Capacity Development

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The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established to build the institutional and operational capacity of civil society in West Africa, through knowledge management, capacity development and policy influencing. WACSI seeks committed, motivated and dynamic persons to join its team in contributing to enhancing civil society’s efficiency and effectiveness in West Africa. The Officers will undertake activities that seek to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs).

General Description:

  • The Programme Officer (Capacity Development) will report to Head of Capacity Development.
  • The officer will undertake activities that will support strengthening the organisational and technical capacity of CSO partners in such fields as governance, financial management and sustainability, administration, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, and constituency building; the provision of training to emergent CSO leaders; and other forms of training, grants and technical assistance.


  • Assist with the design and implementation of WACSI’s Capacity Development programmes;
  • Design and manage institutional assessment tools, training and technical support;
  • Participate in unit and cross-unit programme/project planning and proposal development;
  • Developing and drafting project work plans, reports, concept notes and other documentation, such as training and resource materials, presentations, and budget proposals;
  • Troubleshooting to help identify and resolve project issues, thus ensuring projects stay on schedule and within budget;
  • Assist with mentoring and training interns at the Institute;
  • Represent WACSI at external events, nationally and internationally, and position WACSI for expanded work in civil society strengthening;
  • Such other activities as may be identified by the Head of Capacity Development in consultation with the Executive Director.

Required Skills or Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, with an advanced degree preferred;
  • At least 2 years’ experience in project management and supervision;
  • Demonstrated experience in organisational capacity building for CSOs, including designing and implementing trainings for CSOs, delivering organisational development technical assistance, and/or mentoring CSOs.

Key requirements:

  • Good communication, writing, organizational and project implementation skills in addition to good quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
  • Attention to detail and results oriented;
  • Ability to multi-task and a team player;
  • Ability to work without supervision; dynamic, self-motivated;
  • Fluency in English and French.

How to Apply

  • Interested applicants must submit their application letter and   Curriculum Vitae/Resume, and 2 Referees (One academic and one professional) to [email protected] and copy (cc) [email protected]
  • Closing date for submission of all applications is two (2) weeks from date of advert, that is, Friday, February 5, 2016 at 17:00 GMT.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
(WACSI is an equal opportunities employer)

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