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CHOSA is calling for applications for the position of Community Coordinator. She/he will work in various townships in Cape Town.

  • Time commitment: 40 hours per week (and occasional work on weekends)
  • Start Date: August 2015
  • Duration: One year contract with possibility of extension
  • Salary: R7 500/month plus compensation for CHOSA-related expenses (petrol, car maintenance, telephone, internet, printing, office supplies).

Children of South Africa’s (CHOSA) mission is to identify and support communities and community-based organisations (CBOs) that reach out and take care of orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa.

CHOSA takes a holistic and non-directive approach to community development which helps empower other marginalised people in these communities. Moreover, through community participation and ownership of the development process, CHOSA promotes local action, self-empowerment, and peer-to-peer networking as essential strategies for community-driven development.

Job requirements

  • Drivers license: to qualify for the position, you must have a valid drivers’ license.
  • Languages: Fluency in English. Fluency or willingness to learn isiXhosa;
  • Computer literacy: Fluency in use of internet, email, office programmes (in particular command of spreadsheets and word processors);
  • Experience: Volunteer/research/work experience with community organisations;
  • Writing skills: Strong writing skills and ability to write thoughtful letters, proposals, articles and other types of documents in English;
  • Communication skills: Ability to work well with and communicate with people in a non-domineering or authoritarian manner. Ability to navigate and stay out of personal disputes while still maintaining open lines of communication;
  • Respect for others: Able to respect and treat equally people of different cultures and ethnicities. Should not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, origin, etc. Should treat each individual as an equal;
  • Problem solving skills: Able to work independently and creatively without someone telling you what to do. Able to set own appointments, manage own schedule and report back on work;
  • Cooperation skills: willingness and ability to work in a cooperative environment with a flat structure and based on consensus decision-making.
  • Democratic process: Should have an understanding of and predisposition towards advocating for democratic forms of community governance.

To apply, submit your CV with three contactable references, a short motivational letter, and a writing sample (maximum 200 words) to job@chosa.org. The application deadline is the 15th of July 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have received no response within three weeks of the closing date should assume their application was unsuccessful. For more about Children of South Africa, refer to http://www.chosa.org.

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Full list of job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Find partner communities and organisations for CHOSA
  • Look for and connect with active communities who have set up their own child-related CBOs or intend on setting up child-related CBOs
  • Establish a relationship with communities and/or CBOs
  • Encourage relationships with communities that have set up democratic governance structures in order to oversee the development of children’s projects in their communities
  • Encourage relationships with small grassroots CBOs that want to set up strong accountable structures

Community orientation:

  1. Work with partner communities on their child-related CBOs
  • To listen to the communities and support the communities in carrying out their own decisions.
  • Attend community and committee meetings where asked, including meetings after hours and on weekends
  • Community facilitator → facilitate informal and sometimes formal discussions and workshops with community members. Where necessary, find individuals and/or NGOs to facilitate these discussions and workshops
  • Motivate community leaders and community members to take part
  • When asked, one can decide to play a supportive role within the projects / community as long as initiative is not taken away from the community.
  • Help the children’s projects and the community network between one another.
  • Report back to the communities where necessary and where requested. Report back to CHOSA on each communities’ finances and general progress.

CBO orientation:

  1. Work with partner CBOs that CHOSA supports in Cape Town.
  • Hold regular meetings with each relevant project. Frequency dependant on the needs but should not be less than once every two weeks at each organisation. The purposes of these meetings are:
    • To continue/build open and trusting relationships with the CBOs;
    • Receive updates on the progress of the CBO;
    • Receive accounting for funds if there is a CHOSA grant in place;
    • Work with the CBOs to develop their organisation in ways that fit with their goals for development and assist in this process of growth. This is also a time to discuss internal/external problems, and ways in which CHOSA can support the project either directly or through referrals;
  • Participate in annual meetings with each CBO’s Board of Directors;
  • Ensure that the CBO is able to prepare a financial report back to CHOSA. If the organisation lacks the ability to prepare such a statement, then the coordinator should request more frequent (preferably monthly) engagement with the organization’s bookkeeper to ensure the project’s finances are in order;
  • Report back to CHOSA on each organisation’s finances and general progress.
  1. Liaise amongst CHOSA staff and to CHOSA general membership (board)

  • Write up summary report every four months to CHOSA general membership about all on-ground work. (Responsibility rotates monthly amongst staff).
  • Attend weekly CHOSA staff meetings
  • Attend all CHOSA General Membership (Board) Meetings
  1. Organise networking events

  • Work with organisations and communities to determine needed workshop themes;
  • Work with other staff to organise four networking workshops per year that bring together the staff and management of many CHOSA-supported projects.
  1. Rotating roles

  • Staff Coordinator role
    • Duration – three months per year
    • Facilitator and trouble-shooter to ensure effective running or organisations
    • Act as caretaker of organisation’s operational and cultural goals
    • Promote collective accountability and cooperation amongst staff
    • Conduct performance reviews and evaluations
  • Act as minute taker at staff meetings and other meetings
  • Cleaning the office – 1 week per month
  • Organise monthly off-site staff team building meetings – once per quarter

Additional possible responsibilities depending job-share

  1. May be asked to take responsiblity for CHOSA finances

  2. May be ask to be responsible for ensuring that CHOSA follows all legal requirements

  3. Ensure CHOSA Board Meetings take place

  4. Promote and manage CHOSA social networks

  • Manage CHOSA website, twitter, facebook, Razoo, etc. pages
  • Mange the CHOSA email account
  1. Fundraising

  • Work with CHOSA Fundraising Coordinators and Board Members on all aspects of fundraising
  • Help organise and attend various CHOSA fundraisers
  • Liaise with CHOSA major donors and Board Members with regards to fundraising
  • Organize and deliver in-kind donations
  • Connect local donors to projects they can support directly, when opportunities arise.
  1. Show current/potential donors around to visit the projects

  2. Represent CHOSA at certain events

  3. Support CHOSA volunteers

  • Liaise with and support volunteers
  • Coordinate after-school programs where necessary


Today marks the launch of CHOSA’s Community Art Fundraiser at http://chosa.org/fundraiser! We need your help to create a unique community art piece: a South African-themed digital mosaic! All proceeds benefit CHOSA’s work with orphaned and vulnerable children in Cape Town.

Help Create Our Mosaic and Support CHOSA!

Help Create Our Mosaic and Support CHOSA!

  • How it works: Visit our fundraiser page to make an online donation. Each ten dollar donation reveals a tile featuring an image from our daily work. Or you can even submit your own photo to be included. As tiles are purchased, the full mosaic design is gradually created.
  • Want to see it? Each tile corresponds to a specific space in the Mosaic Grid. You will receive a confirmation email that includes your tile information. Visit the website to find your tile(s) and see the mosaic being created. The fundraiser ends when all the tiles are purchased and the complete mosaic is revealed.
  • Celebrate your participation: When the mosaic design is complete, all participants will receive a high-resolution image that can be used as an inspiring desktop background. You will also be able to purchase mugs, notecards, and t-shirts with the mosaic design. Just contact Jennifer@chosa.org with questions.
  • Best of all, every cent will go toward the important work of CHOSA.

And if CHOSA is a cause you believe in, spread the word! Share this blog post with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to participate. Donate today and double your impact: A generous donor has agreed to match donations up to $2000. Thank you for your continued support of CHOSA, and we look forward to your participation.

Sincerely, the CHOSA Staff and Board,

Jared Sacks, Ondela Manjezi, Solitude Dasie, Zukie Mabuya,

Jennifer Erem, Ann Eveleth, Jennifer Goldin, Jonathan Goldin,

Ellie Gunderson, Jonathan Lurie, and Elelwani Ramugondo


2015 has already been a busy year for CHOSA! We continue to collaborate with teachers, caregivers, and community leaders who are dedicated to the well-being of orphaned and vulnerable children through grassroots organizations.

CHOSA has found a new home-base in Cape Town.

As of this week, you can find us at: Unit F7, Sunrise Park, Sunrise Circle, Ndabeni, Cape Town 7405. Telephone: 021-531-1961. We may not yet have enough desks and chairs, but we are still busy at work in our office space and out in our partner communities.

We are pleased to welcome a new individual to the CHOSA team. Ms. Ondela Manjezi has joined CHOSA as a Programs Fellow.ondela

My name is Ondela Manjezi born in Port Elizabeth and raised in Cape Town where I obtained my Bsc
(honours) degree. I am a sister, a daughter, an aunt to the cutest 8 year old, a friend and all round lover of good food and good music.

I believe strongly that it is each generations responsibility to ensure that they leave a generation less burdened. My work with CHOSA extends to community upliftment and building, fundraising, capacity building, after school programme coordination and networking events.

We are also thankful for the support of two new volunteers from the Netherlands, Merel and Anika. They will be volunteering for the next 2-3 months with a focus on capacity-building and after-school programs.

Keep following us for more updates from our work in Cape Town. We look forward to sharing our stories and the voices of community members in the coming weeks!

Happy New Year from CHOSA


Happy New Year to you and your family from all of us at CHOSA! CHOSA Newsletter 2014_Front Pagel

We hope you enjoy our year-end newsletter, which contains stories from CHOSA staff and volunteers on the ground in Cape Town. As you will see, 2014 has been a busy year for CHOSA and the community-driven organizations we support. Your previous contributions have made our work possible, and yet the need for education and care for orphaned and vulnerable children persists. At CHOSA, we embrace this challenge and, with your help, we can make the world a better place for the children, the caregivers, and their broader communities. We take pride in facilitating local solutions to local problems, while promoting self-empowerment and keeping decision-making within the hands of the community.

CHOSA gives monthly grants to children’s homes and educare centers: On-going monthly expenses are the biggest part of the budget at our partner projects. These expenses include nutritious food for the children, school supplies, medicines, and electricity.

CHOSA hosts networking and training events: Networking events provide a forum for community leaders, teachers, and caregivers to get together and discuss their most pressing challenges and creative solutions. We have also organized training workshops focused on nutrition and first-aid.

CHOSA improves financial accounting and sustainability with capacity-building services. We provide all of our partners training on budgeting and finances. This means that we can confidently provide unrestricted grants to the teachers and caregivers, who are with the children every day and know what’s needed most.

You are an important member of the CHOSA community and we need your help. There is still time to support our work and make a tax-deductible donation in 2014. Donations in any amount contribute to the education and well-being of orphaned and vulnerable children. Make a donation today and make a difference: online or by mail.

On behalf of the CHOSA family, we thank you for your support and wish you a happy New Year!


Opportunity closing date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Opportunity type: Fellowships and Scholarships

Children of South Africa’s (CHOSA) mission is to identify and support communities and community-based organisations (CBOs) that reach out and take care of orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa. CHOSA takes a holistic and non-directive approach to community development which helps empower other marginalised people in these communities. Moreover, through community participation and ownership of the development process, CHOSA promotes local action, self-empowerment, and peer-to-peer networking as essential strategies for community-driven development.

CHOSA is calling for applications for the CHOSA Programmes Fellow, to work with different township CBO’s in Cape Town.

The Fellow will work with the local Programmes Coordinator and split responsibilities with that person.

  • Time commitment: 40 hours per week
  • Start Date: 15 January 2015
  • Duration: Must be willing to commit for atleast 18 months with the possibility of extending the internship.
  • Salary: R7 500/month stipend plus compensation for CHOSA-related expenses (petrol, AA-determined car wear and tear, telephone, internet, printing, office supplies).

The following job description is intended to be split between two people who make up the CHOSA on-ground team. They are required to collectively divide the work and determine individual responsibilities as best suites their skills and availability.

Responsibilties:

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The residents of QQ Section are working together to rebuild after another destructive fire. See the full story here.

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A few days ago, six homes were burned to the ground in QQ Section shack settlement in Khayelitsha.

CHOSA works with the QQ Section community to support their child-related development initiatives such as the QQ Section preschool. Over the years, there have been a number of massive fires in the community – the biggest one destroyed 70 homes and the preschool itself.

The recent fired left about of dozen people homeless and some of them lost everything they owned including clothes, ID books and birth certificates.Gejies home

Also last week, Mawethu Gejies Mapotolo, a member of CHOSA’s creative artist collective Soundz of the South, came home to his small home to find it burned to a crisp. Gejies lost everything he owned as well.

CHOSA has helped with a few clothes and bedding for Gejies and the QQ Section victims, just as we did with previous fire victims.

Easily preventable

These fires – which destroy the lives of thousands of people in Cape Town every year – are easily preventable. The basic steps to ending the shack fire epidemic would be the immediate electrification of all shacks in the city.

Cape Town is one of the most segregated and spatially unequal cities in the world. The redistribution of land and their upgrading into formal settlements would go even farther towards keeping people’s homes and property safe and secure.

Local and national land and housing policy, though, refuses to take the basic necessary steps to stop shack fires. The government often refuses to electrify people’s homes claiming their living condition to be “temporary” – yet in places like QQ Section they have lived there for over 20 years. The government also refuses to redistribute urban land in the City despite the problem’s roots being in the mass dispossession of blacks during colonialism and apartheid.

As Cape Town and other South African cities grow more and more segregated and unequal, the scourge of shack fires will continue. This merely means that poor people will remain vulnerable.

For some photographs of the QQ Section community rebuilding their homes, click here.

For more information on shack fires, see this important report by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

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