Applications open for 2018 Campaigner Fellowship

Applications open for 2018 Campaigner Fellowship

Summary of the Campaigner Fellowship:

The Campaigner Fellowship is designed for writers and community organisers to receive training in best practice campaigning, intensive coaching and hands on practical experience in running campaigns.

This 3 month full-time, paid Fellowship is open to Black women and non-binary people, and will be based at the offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. There are 6 spots available for the Fellowship, which will run from 1 October 2018 to 21 December 2018.

Who we're looking for:

We’re looking for Black women and non-binary people committed to building people power to campaign for a more just Mzansi. We’re looking for applications from people who:

- Have exceptional writing skills in English and either isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana or Afrikaans.

- Have the ability to research an issue and communicate an issue in such a way that the campaign resonates with our members and inspires them to take action.

- Have an ability to analyse issues and design campaigns that use petitions, public submissions, protests and other tactics to pressure a decision maker in government or the private sector to meet a campaign’s demands by changing their practices, policies or budgets in order to address a specific injustice.

- Have experience in community organising at a local or national level.

- Are tech savvy and experienced in using tools such as social media, SMS or Whatsapp to help make real world activism happen faster and at scale.

- Have initiative, are highly motivated and can work independently. We’re looking for applicants who will take full responsibility for the success or failure of campaigns they’re running. Fellows, while provided with training, will be expected to do their own research and teach themselves how to effectively use technology and different tactics.

- Have a “get things done attitude” and can deliver results quickly and on time.

- Are good listeners and can centre our work within the experiences of our members, the majority of whom are Black women from low-income backgrounds.

- Are detail oriented. We’re looking for applicants who check their facts, care about the quality of their writing and campaigning, and who are quick learners.

- Are based in or near Joburg, or are able to commute to Joburg each day or stay in Joburg for the duration of the Campaigner Fellowship. Unfortunately only has one office and the Fellowship has to be face to face. The Fellowship program does not provide accommodation, but does provide a stipend.

We are not worried about applicants’ education qualifications or work experience.

However, the following experience would be a plus (but not essential):

  • Published writing or blogging (including developing press releases).
  • Organising using social media and cell phones.
  • Using Customer Relations Manager/ Content Management System (CRM/CMS) tools.
  • Graphic design and/or video editing.


What is involved in the Campaigner Fellowship:

The Fellowship will be full-time and Fellows will be expected to work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at’s office.

Duration: 1 October 2018 to 21 December 2018; and there can be no expectation of employment at the end of the Fellowship.

Location:’s office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Payment: Monthly stipend of R7 000.00 for the 3 months.

Click here to read more about the Campaigner Fellowship programme including the practical experience, training, and coaching you will receive.


The Fellowship application process:

Short listed applicants will have to complete the following selection stages in order to make it to the final interview and stand a chance to be selected as a Campaigner Fellow:

Stage 1. Online application - closes midnight on 31 August 2018

Applicants will need to complete the following online application which involves answering 8 questions and uploading a 3 page CV. This stage of the selection process will involve you telling us about yourself, completing a practical exercise and providing us with the names and contact details of references.

Stage 2. Practical exercise 1 - starts 9am on 6 September 2018 and finishes at 9am on 7 September 2018

Those applicants whose online application is accepted will receive an email with instructions for their first practical exercise. The practical exercise will involve identifying and setting up a campaign on Applicants will have 24 hours to complete this first practical exercise. will provide 250mb to applicants who get through to this practical exercise.

Stage 3: Practical exercise 2 - starts on 8 September 2018 and finishes on 23 September 2018

Applicants who successfully complete the first practical exercise will have their campaigns approved on, and will have 2 weeks to run their campaign, mobilising others to take action and engage the campaign decision maker. will provide data to applicants who’s campaigns are approved to be run.

Stage 4: Interviews run from 25 to 27 September 2018

Shortlisted applicants will have to be available on either 25, 26 or 27 September for an interview at the office. The interview panel will ask you more questions about yourself, the Fellowship role and may give you 1 or 2 practical exercises to complete in the interview.

The 6 Campaigner Fellows will be announced on 28 September 2018, and the Fellowship will run full time from Monday 1 October to Friday 21 December 2018.


Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions about the Fellowship:


Click here to complete the online application: