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  • The Importance of Paying Market-Related Remuneration Levels in the NPO Sector

    Averile Ryder Reward Specialists have processed salary, benefits and conditions of employment surveys and in addition has consulted to numerous public sector and profit organisations in human resources and reward across Pan Africa for over 18 years and has repeatedly witnessed that those organisations who have transparent, fair and defensible remuneration or reward strategies attract and retain the best available talent.  This always results in more effective, sustainable, economically and socially responsible and if relevant profitable organisations. Here in South Africa, across all industry sectors, organisations which emerge as successful and attract and retain the best talent, too name but a few, are Unilever, Microsoft, South African Breweries, South African Revenue Services, etc.

    In our organisations we can begin to attract not only the right talent but also ensure that we get the ‘best bang for our buck’ by having a fair, defensible and sustainable reward strategies, policies and procedures in place.

    I am also of the opinion that the more knowledgeable and informed the decision-makers in organisations are about remuneration and reward, results in more transparent, fair and defensible strategies, policies and procedures.     
       
    The remaining contents of this article are therefore not only based on my research but is also aimed at increasing the knowledge bank of the key stakeholders and decision-makers in the organisation and for members of the Board and Board Committees in each country to ensure that they make informed decisions regarding attracting, retaining and motivating the organisation’s human capital.  

    Organisations need to find a balance between paying too little, risking losing valuable employees, and paying too much and unwisely spending the organisation resources.
     
    Elements of an Effective Total Rewards Strategy
    • The elements of an effective reward strategy should consist of the following:
    • Internal Equity – same pay for same work within the organisation;
    • External Equity – same pay for same work when compared to other participant organisations;
    • People Equity – Individual employee recognition; and
    • The organisation’s competitive market position.
    The table below further describes these concepts:

    Table: Elements of an Effective Total Rewards Strategy
    Internal Equity External Equity People Equity The Organisation’s Competitive Market Position
     
    Same pay for same work
    Same pay for same work within comparator organisations  
    Individual employee or team recognition
    Organisations need to establish which job categories / skills are critical or core to their business and their competitive market pay position(s) for these and all other organisation. positions.
    This includes having and / or developing:
    • Job descriptions for all job categories;
    • Placing positions in job families / level descriptors; and
    • Grading the relevant job categories and not the person.
    “The market for any job category is where you lose your labour to or draw your labour from.”
     
    The correct salary surveys therefore need to be targeted by the organisation for their relevant job categories.
    This includes the following:
    • Performance Appraisals;
    • Short-Term Incentive Bonus Schemes, and
    • Retention Bonus Programmes
    Competitive market positions include the following:
    • Lead payer
    • Lead / Match payer
    • Match Payer
    • Match / Lag Payer
    • Lag payer

    External Competitiveness: Determining the Pay Level

    An employer’s pay level helps determine its external competitiveness. Three policy alternatives exist: to lead competitors or comparators pay, to match it, or to lag below it. Variations may however exist, employers may tie pay to the organisation’s financial success through bonuses when profits are high, and which will result in pay leading that offered by comparator organisations. Another variation is to become an ‘employer of choice’ by emphasising the total return in addition to pay, such as employment security, training and development, the status of working for a highly respected employer or challenging projects. In practice, some employers use different policies for different divisions and or job categories.

    How an organisation positions its pay relative to its comparators or competitors depends on three major factors:
    • Supply and demand for the relevant job categories;
    • The organisation’s financial vitality and in turn what the organisation can afford to pay; and
    • The strategic and operating objectives that the organisation has established.
    The pay level has a twofold effect on pay objectives:
    • It directly affects the employers operating costs; and
    • It also directly affects the employer’s ability to attract and maintain a stable and qualified work force.
    Consequently, the policies and practices related to external competitiveness are among the most critical in compensation management. It is my opinion that it is far more important to pay rates of pay according to the organisation’s competitors or comparators. The least important factors were the organisation’s financial position and ability to pay.

    Failure to match pay of competitors or comparators causes employee dissatisfaction; limits an organisation’s ability to recruit and retain and ultimately will eventually oblige the organisation to pay prevailing rates. A number of researchers have however linked high rates of pay to ease of attraction, reduced vacancy rates and training time, and better quality employees. Research carried out also suggests that increasing pay levels reduces turnover and absenteeism. 

    Costs associated with the loss and subsequent replacement of staff typically include the following:
    • Separation costs: These include the costs of separation and / or severance pay, the employee being disengaged prior to separation and the effect on other employees morale and turnover of any period of vacancy during the replacement research period;
    • Acquisition costs: These include the costs of recruitment, selection and placement, or alternatively the costs of promotion or transfer within the organisation;
    • Learning and induction costs: These include the costs of the new employee acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise to perform in his / her new position, the time required to adjust to the organisation and integrate into the work team. This also includes the time costs related to the current employees in the organisation needing to induct, train and provide the necessary handover to the new employee.
    Additional costs, however, not easily measurable cost concerns is the accumulated knowledge, experience and training that staff ‘take with them’ when leaving the organisation. This would obviously vary by employee level and is most significant at senior staff and management level.

    The table below also summarises the three competitive market positions in more detail:

    Table: Summary of the Four Competitive Market Position 

    Competitive market position Pay Level Methodology How the organisation will be viewed
    To lead comparators for the entire financial year Equals the ‘upper quartile’ or 75th percentile market levels plus the projected increase for the following year
     
    The 75 percent quartile is a figure which marks the level where 25 percent of the participating organisations’ pay more than, and 75 percent pay less than the indicated value.
    The organisation starts the year ahead of its competition and remains there until the end of the year, when market rates catch up.  As a ‘lead payer’ organisation. As a ‘lead payer’ organisation.
     
    The organisation will be in a position to attract experienced and high performing talent and attract that talent by paying higher than market remuneration packages.
    To match comparators for the entire financial year Equals the ‘median quartile’ or 50th percentile market levels plus the projected increase for the following year.

    The 50th quartile is a figure which marks the level where 50 percent of the participating organisations’ pay more, and 50 percent pay less than the indicated value
    The organisation’s pay levels will be slight ahead of its competition during the first half of the year and ‘match’ the market during the second half As a ‘match’ payer.
     
    The organisation will attempt to hire more qualified applicants than match organisations, but offer more training and development opportunities than lead organisations.
    To lag comparators for the entire financial year  Equals the ‘lower quartile’ or 25th percentile market levels at the beginning of the year plus the projected increase for the following year. Equals the ‘lower quartile’ or 25th percentile market levels at the beginning of the year plus the projected increase for the following year.
     
    The 25th quartile is a figure which marks the level where 75 percent of participating organisations’ pay more than, and 25 percent pay less than the indicated value.
     
    The organisation’s pay levels will ‘lag’ the market during the first and second half of the year. As a ‘lag’ payer
     
    The organisation will start losing its ability to attract top talent and employees with the necessary experience, knowledge and skills but may offer additional training and development opportunities as a means to attract and develop employees.

    Averile Ryder is a founding member of Averile Ryder Reward Specialists. Should anyone reading this article need additional information or market-related remuneration levels within the nonprofit sector they can contact Averile Ryder on 011 453 0080 or 083 293 2037 or email her on averile@rewardspecialist.co.za

     

    Author(s): 
    Averile Ryder
  • Saide: Senior Story Publisher

    South African Institute for Distance Education
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, February 2, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African Institute for Distance Education's (Saide) recently established, innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading. Founded in 1992 as an educational Trust, Saide strives to increase access to quality cost-effective education through the use of open learning approaches, quality distance education strategies, and appropriate technology in South Africa and the African region.

    Passionate about children’s early literacy? Interested in joining the African Storybook Project team? Saide’s innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading.

    Saide seeks to appoint a Senior Story Publisher, based in Johannesburg.

    The key role for this position is to lead the process of selecting, developing, and versioning stories for early reading (in local languages and English), working with the country coordinators in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho and their writers.

    This is a full or major time contract position until December 2016.

    Requirements:
    • Passion for and knowledge of African children’s literature for the early years, including emergent literacy;
    • Ability to recognize stories with potential to engage young African readers from a range of contexts and support reading for pleasure;
    • Ability to mentor African language writers in selecting, re-shaping and/or writing stories for young readers;
    • Good design sense, particularly the relationship between illustration and text in early reading material;
    • Strong interest in (or experience of) web-publishing;
    • Relevant Honours degree;
    • Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written.
    A working knowledge of one or more African languages will be an advantage.

    Remuneration commensurate with skills and experience will be offered.

    To apply, submit a written one-page motivation, CV and the names and contact details of three work-related referees to Maureen Madonsela at aspvacancies@saide.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Tel: 011 403 2813.

    More comprehensive project and position descriptions are available on the website.

    For more about the South African Institute for Distance Education, refer to www.saide.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Saide: Partner Development Coordinator

    South African Institute for Distance Education's (Saide)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, February 2, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African Institute for Distance Education's (Saide) recently established, innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading. Founded in 1992 as an educational Trust, Saide strives to increase access to quality cost-effective education through the use of open learning approaches, quality distance education strategies, and appropriate technology in South Africa and the African region.

    Passionate about children’s early literacy? Interested in joining the African Storybook Project team? Saide’s innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading.

    Saide seeks to appoint a Partner Development Coordinator, based in Johannesburg.

    The incumbent will be responsible for advocacy for the project, attracting a wide range of partners in the region and internationally and developing mutually beneficial ways of working with them.

    This is a full or major time contract position until January 2017.

    Requirements:
    • Demonstrated ability to use networking and advocacy to build sustainable projects;
    • Critical understanding of website design and social media;
    • Passion for stories and story development for young readers especially in local languages;
    • Commitment to innovative early literacy development, using technology and openly licensed material;
    • A strategic sense, with the ability to analyse the experience in the pilot phase and make recommendations for long term sustainability;
    • Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written as well as knowledge of one or more indigenous African languages;
    • Master’s degree in a relevant area.
    The incumbent must be prepared to travel widely in the African region and elsewhere as required.

    Remuneration commensurate with skills and experience will be offered.

    To apply, submit a written one-page motivation, CV and the names and contact details of three work-related referees to Maureen Madonsela at aspvacancies@saide.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Tel, 011 403 2813

    More comprehensive project and position descriptions are available on the website.

    For more about the South African Institute for Distance Education, refer to www.saide.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Hope Educational Foundation International: Site Manager

    Hope Educational Foundation International
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 22, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Children and youth are some of the most vulnerable members of our societies. An estimated 19,000 of them will die every day from preventable causes (UNICEF USA). Hope Educational Foundation International's (Hope Education) mission is to protect children by teaching them the knowledge, skills, and convictions that they will need to combat systemic threats like HIV/AIDS and intestinal worms.

    Hope Education seeks to appoint a Site Manager, based in Orange Farm.

    The Site Manager will be responsible for managing and coordinating the implementation of the small-group, multi-session behavioral intervention to prevent HIV infection among youth at a specific site. The Manager is responsible for the direction and supervision of all program activities at that site. All duties described below refer only to the Site Manager’s assigned site and not to the project as a whole.

    Responsibilities:
    • Create a highly effective team with 12 staffs from AIM and FMP programme;
    • Provide leadership and support to the team to reach shared programmatic goals;
    • Assess and evaluate staff performances and provide frequent advice for their career and personal growth;
    • Coordinate day-to-day activities of the project (e.g. assigning tasks, monitoring and ensuring progression of the project, arranging staff meetings);
    • Develop implementation plans with AIM and FMP national managers and staff;
    • Recruit, hire, and supervise staff;
    • Coordinate trainings with supervisors for staff development;
    • Monitor expenditures and budget;
    • Collaborate with other agencies and organisations to further the two programs in Orange Farm;
    • Plan and facilitate marketing activities, including setting up meetings and doing presentations with key stakeholders, and creating word of mouth through various marketing efforts;
    • Coordinate implementation logistics such as securing venues, finding cost effective service providers and coordinating participant recruitment;
    • Work and collaborate with the M&E Officer in developing systems, techniques, procedures and plans for data and information collection, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and warehousing management;
    • Supervise monitoring and evaluation of the program, including data collection, management, and analysis.
    Measurability
    • Site targets are being met or, if not met, are showing consistent significant improvement from one wave to the next so that within three waves the targets are being met;
    • A dynamic team is developed that supports and serves each other’s program to reach their goals;
    • Operations at the site are supported and functional;
    • Administrator, Facilitators and Community Liaison Officers are supported, enabled and empowered to successfully carry out the program objectives;
    • Reporting to M&E Officer and AIM/FMP National Manager is on time and accurate.
    Assessment
    • Quarterly assessment conducted by AIM/FMP National Manager;
    • Annual evaluation conducted by AIM/FMP National Manager and M&E Officer.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification in Social Sciences, Project or Programme Management, Community Development or any relevant post-matric studies;
    • Well-developed project and organisational management skills to successfully manage the designated site(s);
    • Leadership training or previous roles in organisational leadership;
    • Organisational, planning, strategic and logistical skills with a proactive attitude and attention to detail;
    • Understand of financial, human and physical resources management;
    • Communication skills, including conflict resolution and presentations in front of groups;
    • Committed and passionate about working with families, local communities and programme support staff members;
    • Understand cultural issues;
    • Ability to network with local key stakeholders for programme development to achieve highest performance impact;
    • Experience related to running of evidence-based programming approaches to community developement;
    • Advanced level of computer literacy:
    • Ability to work efficiently under time pressure;
    • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately;
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment;
    • Capable of conducting oneself in a professional manner under all circumstances especially with site staff, vendors, partners and management;
    • Fluency in English; multi-lingual preferred (ability to speak local language);
    • Licenced driver with excellent driver record;
    • Position listed will be a site manager position at Orange Farm, Gauteng office.
    Remuneration: R12 500 per month with Medical Aid and Retirement package

    To apply, submit a CV to kathleenmngadi@hopeeducation.org.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Hope Educational Foundation International, refer to www.hopeeducation.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Hope Educational Foundation International: Community Liaison Officer

    Hope Educational Foundation International
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 22, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Children and youth are some of the most vulnerable members of our societies. An estimated 19 000 of them will die every day from preventable causes (UNICEF USA). Hope Educational Foundation International's (Hope Education) mission is to protect children by teaching them the knowledge, skills, and convictions that they will need to combat systemic threats like HIV/AIDS and intestinal worms.

    Hope Education seeks to appoint a Community Liaison Officer (CLO), based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

    The CLO is responsible for community mobilisation for a community-based, small-group behavioral intervention for parents to prevent HIV infection among youth. This means that they are responsible for recruiting and registering participants for FMP sessions. All duties described below refer only to the CLO’s assigned site and not to the project as a whole. Looking for candidates who have great community relationship.

    Responsibilities:
    • Conduct community mobilisation in local communities by following the approved FMP participant recruitment strategy;
    • Schedule and co-present the benefits of attending FMP programme by parents and guardians of adolescents of 9 to 12 years olds;
    • Recruit and screen potential FMP program participants.
    • Come up with required participants for the FMP program in meeting set FMP minimum standards.
    • Assist the Site Manager and Facilitators in locating suitable venues for FMP programme where required.
    • Assist the Facilitators in setting up for sessions and packing FMP material after sessions have ended.
    • Assist Facilitators in scheduling participants to attending FMP sessions as planned.
    • Help to ensure retention of participants by correctly presenting what the programme offers and also following up with parents who do not attend sessions and
    • actively encouraging them to attend both make-up and progressive sessions of the same wave with the broader group.
    • Serve incentives where they are ordinarily provided in the locality and programme.
    • Submit Monthly Report and other M&E forms as required to Site Manager to reflect actions taken to mobilize community (as well as activities regarding FMP participant retention).
    • Any other duties as may be deemed fit by the Site Management.
    Remuneration: R6 000 per month plus medical aid and retirement benefits

    To apply, submit a CV to phumezosiwisa@hopeeducation.org.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Hope Educational Foundation International, refer to www.hopeeducation.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Learn to Earn: Coordinator - City of Cape Town Training Project

    Learn to Earn
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, November 17, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Learn to Earn (LtE) is a nonprofit skills development and job creation organisation that works with unemployed people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

    LtE seeks to appoint a Coordinator - City of Cape Town Training Project, based in Cape Town.

    The Learn to Earn City of Cape Town Training Project delivers Skills Training and Job Creation Programmes in Cape Town's most underserved communities with the intention to transform the lives of unemployed individuals and groups by providing ‘a hand up not a hand out’. We are stepping up our efforts to implement quality programmes and recruiting suitable candidates for fulfil the role of Project Coordinator.

    The City of Cape Town Training Project delivers Skills Training and Job Creation Programmes within the City of Cape Town to transform the lives of unemployed individuals and groups by providing ‘a hand up not a hand out’.

    Through the CoCT Project the Project Coordinator will ensure the implementation of the vision; philosophy of ministry and strategy of LtE.

    Responsibilities:

    Project coordination (40%)
    • Coordinate the delivery of all project phases incl.: Participant Recruitment; Selection; Enrolment; Training and Placement;
    • Coordinate the training logistics and administration across all implementation areas.
    Placement (40%)
    • Act as a representative of Learn to Earn in its Stakeholder Mobilisation efforts and maintain existing project stakeholders and partners;
    • Identify potential employment and industry partners for the placement of project graduates;
    • Engage with potential employers and industry partners to promote Learn to Earn and the project;
    • Facilitate and monitor the placement of project graduates to establish sustainability and identify programme development opportunities.
    Training delivery (20%)
    • Conduct selected LtE Training in each of the project phases (Life Skills; Market Skills and Business Skills);
    • Participate in the refinement of Learn to Earn training material to ensure that curricula remain market based and contextually relevant;
    • Conduct the assessment of participants to facilitate their placement into available employment opportunities.
    Candidate requirements
    • Minimum of three years project coordination or related work experience;
    • Training/Skills development background (experience in Adult Education would be advantageous);
    • A relevant undergraduate Humanities/Business Degree or Diploma is desirable;
    • Advanced Computer Skills i.e.: Microsoft Office Suite (experience using information management systems (i.e.: Sales force would be advantageous).;
    • Well-developed communication skills in English (while knowledge of Afrikaans/isiXhosa would be beneficial);
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Be an active member of an evangelical church.
    Starting date: 1 January 2014.

    To apply, submit a CV (maximum of three pages), contact details of four references and motivation letter to lteprojects@learntoearn.co.za with ‘Project Coordinator Application – SANGOnet’ in the subject line’.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Lloyd Williams, Tel: 021 361 5972.

    Originals of all qualifications may be requested. Should you not be contacted within 90 days of the application deadline – please consider your application unsuccessful. 

    This is a fixed-term Contract (full Time 36.5hours per week).

    A full Job-Description is available upon request. 

    For more about Learn to Earn, refer to www.learntoearn.co.za

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Grassroot Soccer: Office Administrator - Khayelitsha

    Grassroot Soccer South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a South African nonprofit organisation that uses the power of soccer to prevent HIV/AIDS. GRS trains local community-based youth role models as skills coaches to deliver comprehensive HIV prevention and life skills education through rigorously designed and evidence based curricula.

    Since that time, GRS has evolved into one of the leading sport for development public health NGOs. The organization’s global headquarters are in Norwich, VT with African headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa and additional offices in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and London.  The GRS team currently encompasses over 170 full time team members in five countries on three continents, as well as over 500 coaches in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

    GRC seeks to appoint an Office Administrator, based in in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

    This is an opportunity for an exceptional person to join the team at Grassroot Soccer in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. A truly innovative non-profit organisation, the people of GRS have the singular vision of a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS free generation.

    The Office Administrator must ensure that the program teams have the daily support to achieve their goals and targets. The Office Administrator works closely with the Site Coordinator to ensure that the site runs smoothly, meeting all the finance, HR and administration standards and is compliant with all policies and procedures. They are also the custodian of the site calendar, ensuring that all events, programmes and meetings are scheduled and minuted. This may include managing certain partner relationships as required by the Site Coordinator.  They may also take responsibility for planning special events and projects as required by the site.

    You are freakishly passionate about logistics, creating an organised place to work and ensuring that all administration seamlessly supports world class program delivery.  An individual who holds strong finance and administration experience, but who is looking to practice these skills in a unique, fun energetic environment focused on truly inspiring work will thrive in this role.  Continual innovation is at the core of who we are and we’re not afraid to lead from the front.  GRS isn’t for everyone, and a ‘fit’ with our culture is a must. You must have contagious positive energy, a passion for our mission, be self-motivated and demonstrate incredible teamwork.  We’re an organization comprised of refreshingly sharp, confident and committed individuals who truly thrive on the strength of the combined team – the whole at GRS is a great deal more than the sum of the parts. The OA will both thrive in, and make an enormous contribution to our unique and very special organization.
     
    Only exceptional candidates need to apply.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter stating how you can make an extraordinary contribution to the organisation with the subject line “OA: Khayelitsha” in the subject line to people@grassrootsoccer.org.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    We reserve the right not to make an appointment.

    For more about GRS South Africa, refer to www.grassrootsoccer.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Saide: Digital Story Publishing Coordinator

    South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Sunday, September 15, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African Institute for Distance Education's (Saide) recently established, innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading. Founded in 1992 as an educational Trust, Saide strives to increase access to quality cost-effective education through the use of open learning approaches, quality distance education strategies, and appropriate technology in South Africa and the African region.

    Saide seeks to appoint a Digital Story Publishing Coordinator, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

    Duration: 2013 to 2016

    This is a full-time contract position until December 2016

    The successful candidate will oversee a process of digitally publishing a critical mass of stories in local languages for early reading acquired from three pilot countries (Kenya, Uganda and South Africa) and elsewhere.

    Requirements:
    • Passion for and knowledge of African children’s literature for the early years, including emergent literacy;
    • Ability to write, version and translate stories for children;
    • Knowledge and experience of publishing on the web;
    • Ability to manage a digital publishing process, with a good design sense and attention to detail;
    • Commitment to professional learning, particularly in alternative publishing models and open licensing;
    • English communication skills, both oral and written;
    • Knowledge of one or more African languages, particularly those from the pilot countries;
    • At least an Honours level qualification in a relevant area.
    Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience.

    To apply, submit a written one-page motivation, CV and the names and contact details of three work-related referees to Maureen Madonsela at aspvacancies@saide.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Tel, 011 403 2813

    More comprehensive project and position descriptions are available on the website.

    For more about the South African Institute for Distance Education, refer to www.saide.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Grassroot Soccer: Site Coordinator - Port Elizabeth

    Grassroot Soccer South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a South African nonprofit organisation that uses the power of soccer to prevent HIV/AIDS. GRS trains local community-based youth role models as skills coaches to deliver comprehensive HIV prevention and life skills education through rigorously designed and evidence based curricula.
    Since that time, GRS has evolved into one of the leading sport for development public health NGOs. The organization’s global headquarters are in Norwich, VT with African headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa and additional offices in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and London.  The GRS team currently encompasses over 170 full time team members in five countries on three continents, as well as over 500 coaches in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

    GRC seeks to appoint a Site Coordinator, based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

    This is an opportunity for an exceptional person to join the team at Grassroot Soccer in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

    Above all the Site Coordinator drives the vision of GRS in Port Elizabeth, ensuring a deliberate, focused and effective delivery of what we do!  The Site Coordinator is essentially responsible for all program delivery, activities and leadership with support of six staff, two interns and 41 coaches.  The SC is the primary custodian of the site budget and must ensure careful planning of all activities according to the annual workplan. The SC ensures that intervention targets are met while allocated site funds are being spent according to grant agreements and as per the financial regulations of GRS.  They ensure that all monthly reports are accurate, and are completed on time and to exceptional standard.  Finally the SC is responsible for forging and maintaining local partnerships and stakeholder relationships in order to promote local business development, support programme delivery and maintain and develop referral networks to provide referral services.

    GRS is where it is today through what we believe is a pretty rare mix of very clear mission, passion, humility, and a singular focus on quantifiable outcomes. As such, we’ve built a hard-earned and proud reputation among the global funding community as one of the few NGOs for whom “return on investment” is a given, and we don’t take that reputation lightly. Continual innovation is at the core of who we are and we’re not afraid to lead from the front.  GRS isn’t for everyone, and a ‘fit’ with our culture is a must. You must have contagious positive energy, a passion for our mission, be self-motivated and demonstrate incredible teamwork.  We’re an organization comprised of refreshingly sharp, confident and committed individuals who truly thrive on the strength of the combined team – the whole at GRS is a great deal more than the sum of the parts. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred and you have proven experience in leading a team to strength and expertly managing finances. The Site Coordinator will both thrive in, and make an enormous contribution to our unique and very special organization.

    Only exceptional candidates need to apply. 

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter stating how you can make an extraordinary contribution to the organisation to hrsa@grassrootsoccer.org.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    We reserve the right not to make an appointment.

    For more about GRS South Africa, refer to www.grassrootsoccer.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Symphonia: Finance Manager

    Symphonia for South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, July 15, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Symphonia is a nonprofit organisational change practice that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity is maximised. Our mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere we work.

    Symphonia for South Africa seeks to appoint a Finance Manager, based in Cape Town.

    The person will provide support to the organisation’s management in terms of strategic and analytical financial management, and overall management of the day to day finance function for both the non-profit, as well as the for-profit company.

    Reporting to the Executive and the Board, the candidate will set the financial strategy through planning and active leadership within the financial arena, and provide proactive financial support to the Programme Managers, so that the organisation can develop further into the future, following a social enterprise model.
     
    This role is responsible for handling the external and internal audits, as well as all donor and management financial reporting, and contributes toward grant proposals and for the full accounting function including budgeting, payroll, compliance and governance matters. Control of all financial procedures and systems, and previous supervision of bookkeeping staff is essential, as is the requirement of a C.A. or similar qualification. It is also a very strong preference that you will have gained experience within a complex nonprofit environment.
     
    Responsibilities:

    This role is seen as critical to the success of the Symphonia group of companies and the incumbent will therefore be expected to play an active role as a member of the Symphonia team.
    • Cash flow management – annual and weekly;
    • Office administration pertaining to financial affairs;
    • Accurate data capturing of all financial information;
    • Basic accounting processing up to trial balance;
    • Weekly dashboard-style management account for operational management;
    • Monthly management accounts for the Board;
    • Prepare audit processes annually and liaise with auditors
    • Oversee payroll and PAYE coordination
    • Attend to all statuary administration with regards to SARS and other legal requirements;
    • Manage debtors and creditors;
    • Create budgets for managing and decision making;
    • Any ad-hoc related activities or tasks as requested by Management.
    Requirements:
    • University degree with accounting as a major as well as a number of years of experience in management level and board reporting;
    • Experience in implementing and checking internal controls;
    • Communication at various levels will be key;
    • Strong English writing skills, with an ability to translate what the numbers are saying;
    • Experience in a nonprofit organisations is helpful, but not essential;
    • Passion for the sector and an enjoyment gained in working with people from all backgrounds;
    • Working hours are negotiable. A salary commensurate with experience will be offered, the current funding for this position does not allow for the payment of company benefits.
    Due to funding constraints, flexible hours or part-time employment may be considered.
     
    To apply, submit a CV (maximum three pages) and motivation letter to amanda@symphonia.net

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Symphonia for South Africa, refer to www.symphonia.net.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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