Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
20 Aug 2018

Vacancy: Advocacy & Campaigns Manager

Advocacy and Campaigns Manager – based in Gauteng

Job Purpose:

The Advocacy & Campaigns Manager is responsible for developing, implementing and reporting on TAC’s National Policy, Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications strategies and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of TAC’s national and international position, influence and authoritative voice, in line with TAC’s overall strategic objectives and goals and in collaboration with other TAC teams.


  • Oversee and coordinate the development and implementation of a high impact advocacy and campaigns strategy;
  • Lead the development of TAC’s policy positions and responses in collaboration with TAC leadership on relevant health, scientific, political, legal, and social issues;
  • Oversee TAC’s media engagements;
  • Keep TAC up to date on medicine development and clinical trials for treatments (relevant for people living with HIV and TB) and advise TAC leadership on policy positioning related to these;
  • Actively engage in influencing work with policy makers, parliamentarians and other key stakeholders for the achievement of policy and campaign objectives.
  • Lead the development of policy submissions, positions, statements and analysis related to intellectual property law and the use of legal flexibilities to protect access to medicines
  • Develop and implement an impact communications strategy to position TAC locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Draft and oversee press releases, media briefings and other public briefing notes in relation to key developments in the work of TAC’s local, national and international agenda.
  • Produce and support the production of publications and campaign materials as required, including drafting, editorial, design, printing and/or production and dissemination;
  • Build the profile of TAC at a local, provincial, national, and international level;
  • Work closely with TAC management to ensure that budgets are formulated correctly and are in line with TAC’s strategy and donor requirements.


  • Degree in related area including Politics, Economics, Public health or Law. Social Science Public Health or other relevant field;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to use online platforms such as WordPress (website), MailChimp (online mailing), and social media platform;
  • Excellent proficiency in English – another South African language will be beneficial;
  • 8 years’ experience in advocacy and campaigns work, in the HIV/AIDS or other relevant social justice sector.
  • At least 6 years’ experience having taken the lead in organising/ planning/ executing/ reflecting/ learning campaigns at national and/or international level to bring about clear changes.
  • Excellent writing skills (samples of personally written work will be required)
  • At least 6 years’ experience developing successful campaigns and policy to reduce intellectual property barriers that restrict access to medicines.
  • Specific experience in policy research, advocacy campaigns, political lobbying, media and communications, grassroots organising, project management and stakeholder management is required.
  • Strong experience managing stakeholders across a variety of contexts – with existing strong relationships in the field of HIV/AIDS, TB and intellectual property law as it relates to treatment access as well as across relevant government departments and media.
  • Ability to balance the delivery of high impact campaigns against the realities of a budget.
  • Willingness to work at all hours (as TAC work responds to emergencies at times)
  • Working with people at n different backgrounds and settings

The closing date for all applications is the 24 August 2018.

To apply, submit your cover letter, detailed CV, copy of a valid driver’s license, matric certificate, qualifications and 3 contactable references by e-mail to

Only shortlisted candidates will be made contacted.

Treatment Action Campaign is guided by principles of employment equity; women and people with disability are encouraged to apply.