Who are we looking to apply to be a Campaigner Fellow

Who are we looking to apply to be a Campaigner Fellow


We’re looking for Black women or gender non-conforming 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 and communicate an issue in such a way that is short, simple and powerful. Our work is about enabling collective action, so we are after people with communication skills which can move people to take action.

- Have the 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.

- Are able to work within a team and are not driven by personal recognition and ego.

- Will embrace constructive criticism and feedback and implement it immediately.

- Can learn new skills quickly and apply them.

- 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.

- Can work in a high-pressure environment which is fast-moving.

- Are good listeners and can centre our work within the experiences of our members, the majority of whom are Black women+ and non-binary people 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 programme does not provide accommodation, but provides a stipend.

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

The following experience/skills would be a plus (but are 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.