Masibumbane Development Organisation: Education Programme Officer

Masibumbane Development Organisation(MDO)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 12 February, 2016
Opportunity type: 

MDO seeks to appoint an Education Programme Officer, based in East London, Eastern Cape.

The Education Programme Officer will be responsible for managing education programmes and activities undertaken by the organisation.  S/he will work with the Executive Director to ensure that MDO fulfils its mission in the area of education by contributing to improved educational outcomes for children and youth in underserved communities within South Africa and to the restoration of educational excellence in the Eastern Cape. Energetic, committed to social justice, and experienced in working directly with communities, the Education Programme Officer will work to empower educators, families and children through the strengthening of educational opportunities. 

S/he will report directly to the Executive Director.

Primary responsibilities are to:

  • Manage active programmes
  • Support the partnership between MDO and South Africa Partners
  • Develop, implement and manage new partnerships and programmes
  • Support the Executive Director on fundraising efforts for education programmes and activities

Active programmes include the Ma’am Seipelo Maqubela Bursary Fund, The Community ECD Network.  The ECD programme is a joint venture between MDO and its sister organisation, South Africa Partners, a Boston-based non-profit.  The ECD programme, which offers support to eight community-based, informal ECD centres in the Duncan Village area, has been developed in partnership with academic institutions including Wheelock College, Boston and the University of Fort Hare and with local ECD sector organizations including ITEC.

Core functions:

  • Manage active programmes
    • Assure that active programmes continue to meet programme goals and organizational mission
    • Report on programmes to Executive Director (ED) and Board of Directors;
    • Update programme work plans and budgets
    • Carry out MDO activities as prescribed in work plans
    • Monitor programmes against work plan and budget
    • Provide logistical or strategic support, as required or needed, to U.S. and South African programme partners including travel support, project documentation, research, donor reports, meeting coordination, problem-solving
    • Represent MDO at local, provincial and national education-related associations, i.e. the Eastern Cape ECD Forum, and liaise with government departments, including Health, Social Development, and Basic Education, as appropriate
  • Support the partnership between MDO and South Africa Partners
    • Working closely with the SA Partners Education Programme Director in Boston, continue development of the Community ECD Network as a joint venture of the two organizations as well as other additional projects that may be identified and pursued by the two organisations
  • Develop, implement and manage new partnerships and programmes
    • In collaboration with the ED, identify or follow up on potential partnerships and programme ideas that align with MDO’s mission in the area of education
  • Implement and monitor new programmes, including active programme management duties as described above
  • Support ED in fundraising and communications activities
    • Participate in development of proposal submissions for philanthropic, corporate or government grants
    • Prepare written materials on education programmes for fundraising, marketing or other programme support communications as needed
    • Prepare and deliver presentations for fundraising purposes
    • Meet with or provide information to donors as needed


  • Minimum of three to five years management experience working in education or education-related programmes; teaching or ECD experience a plus
  • Minimum of three year degree required; qualification or post-graduate work in education an advantage
  • Experience working with underserved communities
  • Highly motivated and capable of leading and working with a team and as a partner;
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of grant writing, report writing and budgeting
  • Experience with government processes and protocols a plus
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, computer literacy, proficiency in both English and isiXhosa

Salary Scale: Competitive salary, based on experience. This is a one-year fixed term contract post renewable based on availability of funds.

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