Promoting excellence in public participation in Southern Africa

IAP2 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION —1 week to go before applications close

There is just one week left to get in your application for this exciting opportunity at IAP2 for the position of Executive Director. If you have excellent written and spoken communication skills, proven ability to work and contribute effectively in intercultural environments with stakeholders from different countries and diverse cultures, and have the knowledge and experience of working in the non-profit sector at an executive level, then this job could be for you!

Visit IAP2’s website at or CLICK HERE to download the revised job requirements contained in the job information kit.

Applications, in written English only and addressing the full requirements of the job, must be sent to Ellen Ernst at

Remember, applications close on 18 March 2013 at 5pm (USA, Colorado time)!

IAP2 Announces Recruitment of New Executive Director

IAP2 ED Position SummaryAn exciting opportunity exists at IAP2 for an exceptional candidate who is suitably qualified and experienced to fill the position of Executive Director.

Interested in applying? Read more here: Summary of Position – IAP2 Executive Director

The Executive Director will provide leadership to and manage the activities of IAP2, develop and foster a culture of innovation and collaboration, project manage strategic initiatives and contribute to the strategic management and leadership of the organisation.

The deadline for applications is 18 March 2013. 

CLICK HERE to visit the IAP2 website and download a job information kit or submit an application.

For any further information contact Nomi Muthialu, Presiding Member, at

Message from IAP2 SA’s Outgoing President – Toni Pietersen

As outgoing President of IAP2 SA, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all our members, their friends and families a blessed year! It is my personal aspiration that IAP2 SA will take the standards of the practice of public participation to new heights, continue to lead with strong conviction, and shoulder challenges with passion and care! May 2013 lead IAP2 SA into a triumphant future!

Ms Toni Pietersen, outgoing President, IAP2 Southern Africa, and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist with Golder Associates Africa. Toni is a certified IAP2 Trainer with extensive experience in Public Participation.

Ms Toni Pietersen, outgoing President, IAP2 Southern Africa, and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist with Golder Associates Africa. Toni is a certified IAP2 Trainer with extensive experience in Public Participation.

That said, it is perhaps an opportune time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the past two years. I once read a quote by Alan Cohen that bolstered my ambitious thinking: “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”

Indeed, this is where the history of IAP2 SA started and it is, in so many ways, the secret of its future success! Those members that were involved at the time may remember the hours spent in brainstorming workshops under the expert leadership of Moira Deslandes, Executive Director of IAP2, and how this vibrant energy was channelled into making IAP2 SA happen: preparing the organisation towards acceptance by IAP2 as a regional affiliate and its eventual incorporation of the organisation under the Companies Act, 1973 (Act 61 of 1973) as a Section 21 not-for-profit company.

This achievement required a combination of intense effort on a number of fronts:

  • many hours of open discussion by working group members towards developing the Articles of Association, ensuring they fit the Southern African context
  • the dedicated creation of networking and professional development opportunities for public participation/social assessment professionals
  • making the organisation come alive in the comfort of people’s homes and offices through social media
  • growing our membership
  • generating an income through membership support, and
  • starting to grow IAP2 SA’s public profile, by engaging policy makers, practitioners and the private sector.

Since its inception, IAP2 SA has achieved all of the above and much more. Two triumphs in particular stand out: formally establishing IAP2 SA as a Section 21 company and successfully hosting the first ever Southern African Core Value Awards, which boasted entries of outstanding quality.

As said by Sandra Fowkes, a member of the Core Values Awards judging panel, and a keynote speaker at our Gala Event in November: “as an affiliate of only two years, IAP2 SA is punching above its weight.”

On the international front, we are immensely proud of Nomi Muthialu, IAP2 SA’s outgoing Vice-President and re-elected board member, who has been elected as Presiding Member of the International Federation Board of Directors of IAP2. This is a feather in Southern Africa’s cap, confirming it as a global leader in the field of stakeholder engagement!

All that we have achieved is as the result of the leadership and guidance invested by IAP2’s Executive Director, Moira Deslandes, the commitment from the international Federation Board of IAP2, the passion, dedication and support of fellow IAP2 SA Board Members and, importantly our members! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! As outgoing President of IAP2 SA, I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the IAP2 SA community for taking hands and working together to leave a sustainable legacy for future practitioners. I also wish the new IAP2 SA Board the very best and I am confident that the organisation will soar on the wings of these principled and committed professionals.

I greet you with a quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts!”

Welcome to the new IAP2 SA website

IAP2 Southern Africa logoWe are thrilled to launch the new IAP2 SA website. It is designed as a platform for you, as an IAP2 SA member and public participation practitioner, to find information and network with your peers towards greater excellence in the practice of public participation in our region.

Stay tuned for further updates to this site as we move through 2013. Your input matters. Do you have news or resources to share? Email to let us know.