MENU 2019 Campaigner Fellowship 2019 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 4 month full-time, paid Fellowship based at the offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. There are six spots available for the Fellowship, which will run from 1 July 2019 to 31 October 2019.

**Deadline for online applications is midnight Sunday 12th May 2019 - The online application includes a number of questions and a practical exercise**

Who we're looking for:

We’re looking for 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, Afrikaans, Xitsonga, siSwati or Tshivenda.

- Have the ability to research an issue and communicate information in a way that is short, simple and powerful.

- Have an ability to analyse news, reports etc 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 of 7000 per month

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).
  • Community Organising or campaigning using social media, whatsapp or SMS.
  • 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 July 2019 to 31 October 2019; 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 4 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:

Round 1 1. Online application including practical exercise - closes midnight Sunday 12th May 2019.

Applicants will need to complete the following online application which involves answering 8 questions,uploading a 3 page CV, providing references and completing a practical exercise. The following guide has been developed to assist you with completing the online application practical exercise. Access the guide here

Round  2. Timed Practical Exercise  - starts at 12pm Thursday 16th May and must be completed by midnight 18th May. Those applicants whose online application is accepted will receive an email with instructions for a timed practical exercise. The practical exercise will involve identifying and setting up a campaign on will provide 250mb to applicants who get through to this practical exercise so that data is not a barrier to applying

Round 3: Feedback practical exercise - starts on Tuesday 21 May and finishes Monday 27th May.

Applicants who successfully complete round 2 of the application will receive feedback which must be implemented.

Round 4: Run and try to win a campaign on between Tuesday 28th May to Wednesday 12th June.

Applicants who successfully complete round 3 will have 16 days to run a real campaign. This round will involve  mobilising others to take action and engaging your campaigns decision maker. will provide data to applicants who’s campaigns are approved to be run.

Round 5: In person interviews and practical exercises between Monday 24th June and thursday 27th June.

Shortlisted applicants will have to be available on either 24, 25, 26 or 27 June 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.

The 6 2019 Campaigner Fellows will be announced on Friday 28th June and must be available to begin the Fellowship at the office on Monday 1 July.

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

Click here to complete the online application: