In September 2015, the Bhekisisa Mail & Guardian Centre for Health Journalism received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its health coverage.

In March 2016, the centre launched its own website. Bhekisisa focuses on solutions-based journalism, whether in news stories and analysis that help turn over our website traffic daily, or in narrative features that have become a trademark of our brand.

Like most donor-funded journalism teams, we work closely together as a team to make things work – whether that’s dividing up daily social media shifts, helping to boost web traffic or sharing ideas about how to develop our stories and our brand.

Bhekisisa is looking for a new addition to our growing team. This person ideally has a post- graduate degree in international or media development and should be keen to get a better understanding of international and local donors as well as project management work within the sector. This position is based in our Johannesburg office.

Key responsibilities are as follows:

  • Handle day-to-day budgeting and logistics including but not limited to obtaining donor authorisation for expenses, staff travel arrangements, freelance contributor payments and reimbursements;
  • Help compile financial and narrative reports for donors and assure that this is done in a timely manner as per grant cycles;
  • Monitor the fulfillment of donor requirements; as new donor requirements arise, develop plans to ensure Bhekisisa remains compliant;
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of how Bhekisisa works and contribute alongside team members to the organisation’s growth;
  • Work with Bhekisisa’s engagement and collaborations officer and other team members to organise a wide-range of events for communities such as experts, readers and grassroots organisations. This will include booking venues and suppliers and ensuring payments are made correctly and on time;
  • Work with our engagement and collaborations officer and the team to contribute to Bhekisisa’s brand;
  • In line with donor guidelines, develop information management systems to ensure that finances and reporting are done in a timely, organised manner. Similarly, ensure all administrative work is carried out for the assigned programmes in line with procedures;
  • When necessary, represent Bhekisisa at donor or stakeholder meetings and help identify funding opportunities;
  • Other duties as required.

Our ideal candidate has a mix of the following:

  • A post-graduate qualification in international or media development studies or a related field;
  • Two to five years experience in an non-profit office environment;
  • A familiarity with the non-profit environment and regulations governing it is highly desirable;
  • Excellent computer skills including Word and Excel; database and online content experience management systems is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated exceptional communication, multitasking and organisation skills. A keen eye for detail is crucial to this role;
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team;
  • Excellent writing and language skills, including spelling and grammar, and attention to detail; ability to speak two or more official languages preferred;
  • Willingness to work outside of working hours should this be needed;
  • A high degree of professionalism and maturity;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a high-energy, fast-paced environment.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Ideally, the position will start in January 2018. Questions and applications should be directed to Applications must include a CV with three contactable references and a one-page motivational letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent to People who do not hear back within four weeks should consider their applications unsuccessful.