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South Africa: Programme Coordinator to support fisher people’s fight against social and economic injustices.

Closing date: Monday, 21 December 2015

Expected starting date: 1 February 2016

Nationality: South African or citizen of an African country

Masifundise is an organisation based in Cape Town and supporting fishing communities to mobilise and organise and thereby become powerful actors at the political arena. As an expanding organisation, Masifundise has taking its 30 years of South African experiences to the international level. Masifundise is currently functioning as the international secretariat of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples – a mass based social movement of small-scale fishers across the world. The political fight for social and economic justice, including the rights of fishers to access natural resources, is at the centre of Masifundise’s work.

Masifundise is seeking to appoint a person with outstanding programme coordination skills and a deepened political understanding of the root causes of social, environmental and economic injustices. The work requires close collaboration with fisher movements from around the world and passionate support of fisher peoples and their struggles.

The successful appointee is required to travel occasionally. She or he, should have excellent writing and communications skills, dedicated to the struggle against the injustices inflicted by neo-liberal policies, and have experience in some of the following areas:

  • political mobilisation and activism;
  • policy analysis and production of information materials;
  • strengthening of alliances and networks;
  • knowledge of the fishery sector;
  • and advocacy at national and international levels.

Fluent in written and spoken English is essential and language skills in Spanish and French will be an advantage.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

The position will be located in Cape Town, South Africa and South African labour laws will apply. The position is limited to 24 months with the possibility of an extension.

For further details please contact Carsten Pedersen at

CV, application and a letter of motivating has to be submitted by email to Naseegh Jaffer at by no later than Monday, 21 December 2015.

Only shortlisted people will be contacted.

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