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Programme Manager

Surplus Peoples Project
Vredendal, 8160, South Africa
Closing Date:
Interviewing

About the Organisation

Established in 1980, Surplus People Project (SPP) is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) that stands in solidarity with activists and social movements in struggles for land, food and climate justice. With agrarian transformation as the overarching vision, SPP believes that systemic change can only be realised through social mobilisation and movements that advance alternatives such as agroecogy and food sovereignty from below. The organisation’s geographic area of operation is the Northern and Western Cape Provinces.

About the Job

Reporting to the CEO, the Programme Manager will provide leadership and management in the Vredendal office (including to the team of staff) and will ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s strategic/operational plans in her/his specific area of responsibility. As a member of the Management Committee (Mancom), she/he will contribute to the overall management of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading and managing the team of staff in the Vredendal Office

  • Ensuring effective and efficient office administration and the implementation of agreed upon plans (strategic, operational etc.), in compliance with SPP’s Policies and Procedures

  • Leading Team Planning (and implementation)

  • Leading Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) in her/his team and area of operation

  • Report writing

Requirements

The Programme Manager must meet the following criteria:

  • A relevant, completed tertiary qualification and at least five years’ experience in a comparable position, ideally within the NGO/civil society sector

  • Proven ability to lead and manage (e.g., people, projects, admin etc.)

  • Able to speak, read and write in English

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

  • Able to collate and consolidate information and write reports

  • Able to adhere to deadlines

  • Experience in project development and implementation, including monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience in or an understanding of organisational operations at all levels, e.g. administration, programme implementation, finance etc.

  • Able to engage people at different levels, e.g. community activists, government officials and business

  • Computer competency, primarily in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and Internet 

  • Able to do frequent out of town travel

  • Valid unendorsed driver’s licence


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE OR ABILITIES (Not required but advantageous)


  • Able to converse in Afrikaans and/or another South African Language (other than English)

  • Experience in land/agrarian reform and/or food justice and/or climate change

  • Experience with relevant policies and legislation 

  • Experience in gender work

  • Campaigns and advocacy experience


NB: SPP is committed to employment equity and all appointments are made in accordance with the Employment Equity Act and SPP’s internal policies.

To apply

Email your full application (biosummary form, letter of motivation and detailed CV) by Wednesday 10th February 2021 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za

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About the Organisation

Established in 1980, Surplus People Project (SPP) is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) that stands in solidarity with activists and social movements in struggles for land, food and climate justice. With agrarian transformation as the overarching vision, SPP believes that systemic change can only be realised through social mobilisation and movements that advance alternatives such as agroecogy and food sovereignty from below. The organisation’s geographic area of operation is the Northern and Western Cape Provinces.

About the Job

Reporting to the CEO, the Programme Manager will provide leadership and management in the Vredendal office (including to the team of staff) and will ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s strategic/operational plans in her/his specific area of responsibility. As a member of the Management Committee (Mancom), she/he will contribute to the overall management of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading and managing the team of staff in the Vredendal Office

  • Ensuring effective and efficient office administration and the implementation of agreed upon plans (strategic, operational etc.), in compliance with SPP’s Policies and Procedures

  • Leading Team Planning (and implementation)

  • Leading Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) in her/his team and area of operation

  • Report writing

Requirements

The Programme Manager must meet the following criteria:

  • A relevant, completed tertiary qualification and at least five years’ experience in a comparable position, ideally within the NGO/civil society sector

  • Proven ability to lead and manage (e.g., people, projects, admin etc.)

  • Able to speak, read and write in English

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

  • Able to collate and consolidate information and write reports

  • Able to adhere to deadlines

  • Experience in project development and implementation, including monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience in or an understanding of organisational operations at all levels, e.g. administration, programme implementation, finance etc.

  • Able to engage people at different levels, e.g. community activists, government officials and business

  • Computer competency, primarily in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and Internet 

  • Able to do frequent out of town travel

  • Valid unendorsed driver’s licence


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE OR ABILITIES (Not required but advantageous)


  • Able to converse in Afrikaans and/or another South African Language (other than English)

  • Experience in land/agrarian reform and/or food justice and/or climate change

  • Experience with relevant policies and legislation 

  • Experience in gender work

  • Campaigns and advocacy experience


NB: SPP is committed to employment equity and all appointments are made in accordance with the Employment Equity Act and SPP’s internal policies.

To apply

Email your full application (biosummary form, letter of motivation and detailed CV) by Wednesday 10th February 2021 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za

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