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Black Sash: Advert for the position of National Programme Manager

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Black Sash seeks to appoint a National Programme Manager, based in Mowbray, Cape Town.

The Black Sash mission is working towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA constitution 1996, with the emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable, particularly women and children. We will, in the course of our work, explore options to significantly help to reduce poverty and inequality.

We believe that the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society). To this end we will promote active civic engagement by all living in South Africa, made possible by a strong and vibrant civil society comprising community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, coalitions and movements.  

The overall purpose of this position is to support the organisation’s programmes and projects.

The core responsibilities include:

  1. Annual planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) including database management.
  2. Programme/ project product development, implementation and evaluation.
  3. Human Resource management of four Regional Managers and their programmes.
  4. Report writing, fundraising support, financial and service provider management.

Requirements and skills:

Candidates for this position have a degree in the fields of humanities or equivalent; An Advanced Adult Education Qualification (advantage); Advanced Conceptual writing skills; Advanced Project/Programme Management and/or equivalent experience and Advanced English writing skills.

Other key requirements include:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of key issues in the area of human rights, social justice, poverty and inequality, socio-economic rights and good grasp of the broader political and developmental context in South Africa;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of civil society in building democracy;
  • Thorough knowledge of the SA Constitution as well as aspects of government precepts, regulations and laws – with emphasis on (i) Social Security/Protection; (ii) Consumer protection (iii) Labour and (iv) Administrative justice;
  • Understanding of International Law and African/ International human rights instruments and conventions (would be an advantage)
  • Qualifications and/or experience in the design and delivery of adult and popular education training and materials development (would be an advantage); and
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence.

Experience: 1) A minimum of 10 years relevant working experience; 2) A minimum of 10 years project /staff management experience; 3) Strong planning, organisational, strategic and analytical skill;s 4) Advanced conceptual writing skil;+l 5) Good command of information technology and database management.

Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English is required, and at least one other South African language.

The Black Sash is looking for a candidate who is committed to human rights, access to justice, development and empowerment. A person who will be able to work in a team and with a transparent, accountable and consultative style and embrace the values, vision, strategies and policies of the Black Sash. A candidate who is able to think pro-actively, creatively and responsively and prepared to work hard, under pressure and to deadline, and to travel.

Preference will be given to women.


Closing Date: 25 March 2019

Start date: Immediately

Employment Type: Permanent

Remuneration: R 51,296.42 per month (including benefits)

To apply, submit a Cover Letter and CV (one document), including three contactable referees to:

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 021 686 7168

Enquiries: Mr. JS Marques        Tel #: (021) 686 6952


A full job description is available on request. For more information about the Black Sash, refer to

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within a month from the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.



Trustees: Yasmin Turton (Chairperson), Mary-Jane Morifi (Deputy Chairperson) Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela, Mieke Krynauw, Janeen de Klerk, Maleshini Naidoo, Nolundi Luwaya and Matilda Smith. Patron: Maria (Mary) Burton, National Director: Lynette Maart


Trust Registration Number: IT 1179/85 ž Non-profit Organisation Registration number: 006-214 ž Public Benefit Organisation Registration number: 930005962

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