Position: Project Co- Ordinator (Fisher People’s Tribunal)

Masifundise is a civil society organisation with a long track record in the small-scale fishing sector. Its aim is to promote and advance human rights and Food Sovereignty in small-scale fishing communities in South Africa, and globally.

Masifundise empowers fishers and community-based activists to become agents of change in order to to become agents of change within their own communities, organisations, and social movements, as well as facilitating and strengthening participatory governance, enabling fishing communities to secure their social, economic, and political rights and promoting principles of social, economic and environmental justice.

Masifundise has an exciting opportunity for a Project Co- Ordinator to work on the Fisher People’s Tribunal in 2024.

Support the development and coordinate the implementation of project plans to ensure the successful execution of the Fisher People’s Tribunal process.

  • Coordinate the research team, including Masifundise’s staff and interns research activities and reporting and monitor progress towards set outputs and outcomes.
  • Conduct and coordinate participatory action research and desktop research activities towards the execution of the Fisher People’s Tribunal.
  • Coordinate the compilation of research reports and maintain accure accurate records and documentation of project activities.
  • Support the coordination and the development of contents events related to the Fisher People Tribunal, including fieldwork, workshops, hearings and the Fisher People Tribunal’s conference.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration among various actors involved in the project.


  • Master Degree or equivalent experience in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Geography, International Relations, Law, and related fields.
  • Familiarity with Food Sovereignty, Human-Rights based approach, Climate Justice and Gender justice frameworks.
  • At least 3 years demonstrated experience in conduction and/or coordination of research projects, preferably executed in rural and participatory contexts.
  • Extensive knowledge of participatory research process.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively engage with diverse actors, including fishing communities, researchers, Civil Society, and government officials.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and independently when necessary.
  • Ability to adapt to changing project requirements and navigate unforeseen challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate others
  • Passion for social justice and advocacy, with knowledge of the sector in South Africa
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in English (both written and spoken). Knowledge of Afrikaans, isiXhosa or isiZulu is a plus.

To apply, please submit a motivation letter, a writing sample and CV with at least 2 contactable references to vacancies@masifundise.org.za using the position you applying for as the subject line.

The position will be located in Cape Town, South Africa, and South African labour laws will apply.

Closing date: 6 December 2023

Interviews: 13 December 2023 (Cape Town)

Date of Commencement – 15 January 2024

Ps! only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.







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