Trias promotes small enterprise development, global solidarity and the strengthening of member-based organizations. This is an exciting opportunity to coordinate a national program aimed at spurring the growth of township economies.
Who we are
Trias is an international development NGO working in 14 countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The head office of Trias is based in Brussels, Belgium. We partner with member-based organizations (MBOs) to improve the enabling environment for small enterprise development and to support entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities. We also facilitate worldwide exchange and cooperation between MBOs.
In South Africa Trias is implementing a program called “Partnerships for Empowered Entrepreneurs’ Representation” (PEERS), financed by the Government of Flanders. This program has a national scope, but the main focus areas are in the provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
The overall objective of this program is to help more entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. The main partners in this initiative are the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) and the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI).
These partners provide skills training, assist in expanding market integration, and facilitate access to finance for entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities. They build social fabric by organizing entrepreneurs in sustainable organizations. They coordinate and complement the activities of local stakeholders like other civil society organizations, government, and the corporate sector, as well as participate in exchanges with chambers around the world.
Trias manages the grant and the program cycle. The organization also provides advisory services for the organizational strengthening of the partners, helps to reinforce service delivery, coordinates knowledge sharing, and develops global solidarity networks.
Trias South Africa was established in 2013 and is based in Rosebank, Johannesburg. There is currently a small team of highly motivated development professionals, but the organization is in a growth phase and looking to expand its activities in South Africa.
Trias South Africa is looking for a motivated and experienced Program Officer responsible for the coordination of the PEERS program.
You will work closely with the Trias Country Director to manage the grant and to support the partners in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the PEERS program. You will also be involved in developing concepts and seeking support for new programs.
The position is based in Johannesburg (5 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank), but involves regular travel around the country to support program activities.
Main responsibilities and tasks
- Support the PEERS program partners with the management of the program cycle.
- Implement the planning, Learning and accountability system of Trias.
- Promote exchange, learning and cooperation at the level of the partners.
- Serve as a resource person to the partners, giving methodological support and sharing knowledge and experiences.
- Distill lessons and assure knowledge management at the level of the Country Office.
- Contribute to the development and mobilization of funding for new programs.
- Contribute towards networking, external communication and promotion of Trias’ work.
Our ideal candidate is a program management professional / development specialist with a thorough understanding of entrepreneurship and the organized business environment in South Africa.
You should be highly motivated to reduce inequalities and unemployment in South Africa through the promotion of small enterprise development, global solidarity, and the strengthening of member-based organizations.
The following is also essential:
- Bachelor/Masters of Science degree in any of the following areas: development management, business administration, entrepreneurship, accounting, development economics, or any other social sciences
- Proven technical skills in project/program cycle management. Hands-on experience with management or M&E of multi-partner and foreign funded programs
- Training and facilitation skills
- Strong written and oral English communication and excellent interpersonal skills
- Experienced user of Excel, and other MS Office applications. Database development or statistical analysis experience is a plus.
- Ability to work independently and perform with shared responsibilities in team
The ideal candidate would also be adaptable, and be adept at planning, organizing and solving problems.
The position offers a very interesting context to work with a variety of partners to promote the growth of entrepreneurship in South Africa. You would also be part of a committed and quality-driven INGO that provides opportunities for learning and professional growth.
The contract is initially for 1 year (Jan – Dec 2016) with the possibility to extend. The gross annual salary ranges from R288, 000 to R324, 000, depending on experience, and benefits include health insurance and pension contributions as well as a 13th cheque.
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