Vacancy Notice

Project Manager – Food Sovereignty Programme


Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southern Africa wishes to recruit a Project Manager for its Food Sovereignty Program based in Johannesburg.

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is a Germany-based non-profit organisation committed to supporting and promoting political education. It is affiliated to the German democratic socialist party DIE LINKE. Its activities and projects are dedicated to equal cooperation and solidarity and strengthening civil society towards a social just and peaceful society. The Food Sovereignty Program focuses on topics such as farm workers, corporate power (pesticides, seed sector and green revolution versus alternatives) and the United Nations Peasant Rights Declaration. 


Skills required

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, preferably Master’s degree in social science or related fields or comparable qualifications;
  • Good analytical understanding of South African and regional agricultural policies and knowledge of related current discourses;
  • At least three years working experience in the areas of agricultural and food policies or rural development;
  • Proven experience and skills in project management and financial administration;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Portuguese, Spanish or German language proficiency would be an advantage;
  • Proven excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Proven experience in organising public events and workshops, both digital and physical;
  • Knowledge of active networks and organisations in the topic area; 
  • Highly organised and detail oriented;
  • Sharing Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung values and an interest in working with social movements;
  • Interest in working in an international setting and willingness to travel;
  • Ability and motivation to work as part of a small team and to conduct tasks independently and professionally.


Tasks and responsibilities that can be expected:

Manage and support projects and partnerships 

  • Assist the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Food Sovereignty Program’s partners during the process of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and project related activities whenever request;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress of the projects and the program according to the expected outcomes; 
  • Upload all required project management documentation (e.g. agreements, publications, events’ participants lists, relevant communication, reports, etc.) on and according to the requirements of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung project management system;
  • Provide the program partners including relevant stakeholder based in South Africa and beyond (e.g. Germany, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) with all the necessary information and advice to the achievement of the expected program objectives;
  • Motivate current and possible future partners to submit project proposals particularly within the expected goals and program budget limits set by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Food Sovereignty Program.

Control the program budget /liaise with partners on administrative/financial issues 

  • Assist partners and manage the program funds in line with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung accounting regulations and principles;
  • Identify any need of specific financial or general project management capacity for the project partners and provide training whenever necessary or advise partners on where to get the necessary capacity building.

Organise and participate in conferences and workshops 

  • Undertake or look for all necessary logistical and/or content information and materials necessary to organise conferences and workshops particularly within the thematic area of the Food Sovereignty Program;
  • Participate in relevant partner’s events particularly on the thematic area of the program whenever deemed necessary to the achievement of the program.

Write and publish on food sovereignty topics

  • Write and publish opinion articles, interviews, working papers or studies in English on current food sovereignty topics such as seed, pesticides, land workers, etc. for the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s website and or other relevant media platforms;
  • Assist the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Food Sovereignty Program in conceptualising new publications with providing or looking for the necessary knowledge and expertise;
  • Suggest themes and areas in which the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Food Sovereignty Program could benefit from conceptualising new publications. 

Enlarge the network and partnerships of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Food Sovereignty Program

  • Network and establish partnerships with social movements, trade unions, NGOs and academics in South Africa, other countries in southern and eastern Africa, and beyond.


We offer

  • Work within a motivated team and within international networks;
  • A responsible position with room for creative approaches;
  • A salary package in line with skills, qualifications and experience.


Closing date for applications: Friday, 19 February 2021

Interested persons should please send their application, including a motivation letter, their CV and a writing sample to Jan Urhahn ( Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.