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Community Manager

We are looking for a community manager who is able to help create the Codebridge network and run the programme.

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Community Manager

OpenUp is a civic technology non-profit start-up based in Cape Town. We work towards promoting an open government and active citizenry using technology as a tool. We also liberate and democratise data so as to inform citizens to make informed decisions about their lives. We have developed a number of tools towards this goal such as:

Part of our work is to foster a community of South Africans who are interested in civic technology and want to improve their communities. This includes working with youth and other existing groups. Our Codebridge programme aims to create a network of communities across South Africa, including secondary towns and under-served areas. We are looking for a community manager who is able to help create this network and run the programme.


  • Develop a strategy for roll-out of the Codebridge programme.
  • Identify potential partner organisations across South Africa, both networks as well as local groups.
  • Work with local communities/data organisations and foster partnerships.
  • Work with a team to design guides on how to start a community, how to run a hackathon and others.
  • Work with a team to design stickers, t-shirts and other collateral for events.
  • Manage communications across the Codebridge network.
  • Write blogs documenting Codebridge as well as encourage other contributors.
  • Manage Codebridge social media.
  • Promote the various civic tech tools and datasets that may be useful for civic technology campaigns.
  • Provide support to Codebridge events including planning, logistics, promotion and content development.
  • Media engagement.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.


  • Based in Cape Town or Durban.
  • At least 3 years experience running similar projects, preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Proven track record of delivery.
  • Experience with event management.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Fluency in a second South African language.
  • Available for regular travel.
  • Ability to self-manage.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Has their own laptop.
  • Technical/Technology background not required.
  • Non-South Africans must have a valid work permit.

How to apply: Apply for this position by sending an email to [email protected]. Please attach both your CV and a cover letter.