Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
10 March 2016

CASAC Job Advert: Campaigns Officer

CAMPAIGNS OFFICER 

Do you have the energy and dynamism to help promote and strengthen South Africa’s constitutional democracy? 

CASAC is a civil society organisation that seeks to advance the SA Constitution as the platform for democratic politics and the transformation of SA society. Premised on the notion of progressive constitutionalism it seeks to facilitate the building of a just and equitable society in which people can live securely with dignity. CASAC has focused its work on building a culture of Constitutional rights, strengthening institutions of governance and the rule of law, and enhancing accountability and integrity in public life.

We are looking at hiring a CAMPAIGNS OFFICER on a short term contract to work in particular on the promotion of constitutional literacy and human rights education, and activities relating to the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. The successful candidate will be an energetic organiser with an appetite for human rights and social justice, who can plan and implement activities in collaboration with others. The ability to conduct research will be an advantage.

Requirements:

 A commitment to the Constitution as the foundation of our democracy

 An awareness of the current discourse relating to constitutional and political debates

 Ability to work on your own

 Previous experience in the NGO sector is preferred

 A relevant tertiary qualification

 Excellent written and oral communications skills

 Computer literacy and social media skills

Interested candidates should send a CV with a covering letter of motivation to info@casac.org.za by 24 March 2016. Whilst CASAC is based in Cape Town applicants from other areas may be considered.

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