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Discover excellence for your executive role

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Achieve more with effective leaders

The development sector fulfils an increasingly critical role in society while facing a continually diminishing talent pool due to myriad economic and social constraints. Executive level vacancies can create huge pressure on those responsible for hunting down that perfect unicorn.


Rigorous well-run recruitment is essential for successful outcomes, but over-stretched busy board members and executive decision-makers often find the necessary steps daunting.


Action Appointments Executive Search service alleviates the pressure on board members and NGO directors. Our unique combination of experience, track record, premium service, executive knowledge, invaluable networks, a bespoke database and last but not least, affordability, supports you, saving time and money.


Let us manage your recruitment for the best results – be secure in the knowledge that we have the best range of options for your social development executive recruitment.


Action Appointments has successfully placed:


at the executive level*


in the past 5 years alone


*Executive candidates are Master’s/PhD level experts with 10+ years experience, normally earning $60 000 + per annum

Executive placements per region (past 5 years)


Central America - 2

East Africa - 4

MENA - 5

West Africa - 2

Southern Africa - 70+

South East Asia - 11

These prestigious organisations, and many more, trust Action Appointments with their executive vacancies.

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Why Action Appointments?

We offer:
  • 30+ years of experience recruiting in the development sector throughout Africa

  • Track Record of countless successful placements and glowing testimonials

  • Unique and constantly expanding comprehensive database

  • Specialised head-hunting techniques

  • Intimate sector knowledge and hands on experience

  • Global development knowledge and experience

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We know what you need

We know how to find you the best candidates and support you to run the best interviews to appoint the best fit to lead your organisation or programme forward for years to come. Let us help you find that unicorn.

Specialised head hunting

Our recruiters have years of experience, taking a multi-pronged approach through advertising, networking and cold-calling potential candidates to deliver you a diverse and relevant set of candidates for shortlist and interview.

Real world experience

We schedule briefing meetings with relevant hiring managers to identify the traits candidates needed beyond the standard competencies in the job description, and we screen candidates to ensure that you don’t waste precious time interviewing just anyone.

Organisational development perspective

Lisa Garson, our Executive Director, is an expert in youth development in South Africa. She has worked in and founded NGOs and knows what it takes to make a social development programme a success.

Technical experts across the board

We have a team of specialists on our books to design eye- catching adverts, write copy to attract top talent, develop scoring matrices to assess candidates, and conduct psychometric testing where needed.

Guarantees that make sense

Our candidates are our product and we do our best to ensure they fit well. Life happens though and people are people, so all Executive Search placements come with a 6-month guarantee. If they leave within 6 months we run a new recruitment free of charge.

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See what some of our executive clients say about us

Queen Munyai

Chief Executive Officer
Consumer Goods & Services Ombudsman

I am happy to recommend the high-quality services of Action Appointments.

Action Appointments has assisted us with the recruitment process of a critical senior position, from sourcing out talented candidates who could fit our unique industry needs perfectly, shortlisting, arranging interviews and facilitating the offer of employments until the candidate accepted the offer. We had an excellent experience working with the Tracy Lee Nyman, who kept us informed every step of the way, ensuring that we meet our timelines and turnaround times.

We managed conclude the process and placing the best candidate. We appreciate you for providing us with a timely and professional service.

We highly recommend Action Appointments to anyone looking for quality assistance with their recruiting needs.

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Don’t waste time, don’t waste precious resources, do feel secure that you have spread a wide net, do celebrate that you have found your unicorn!

Using Action Appointments will make that all a reality.

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