Sorbet Empowering Women Trust: Project Manager

Sorbet Empowering Women Trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 11 April, 2016
Opportunity type: 
Position: Project Manager – Sorbet Empowering Women Trust
Supervisor’s Title:  General Manager – Sorbet Empowering Women Trust
Location:  Rivonia, Johannesburg
Duration:  Full time
Transport:  Driver’s license essential

The Sorbet Empowering Women Story
The Sorbet Empowering Women Trust was created to improve the earning potential and circumstances of previously disadvantaged women in South Africa, by providing training which enables them to find employment within the beauty industry.
The Sorbet Empowering Women (SEW) Academy is the result of a deep collaboration between Sorbet and The Clothing Bank, a social enterprise focused on up-skilling and empowering unemployed women to social and financial independence. The combined vision of creating a platform to empower young, passionate women from disadvantaged communities has driven the creation of the SEW Academy.
Through a number of community-based engagements, The SEW Academy recruits, trains (combining technical beauty accreditations with important soft-skill interventions that are required to thrive in a professional environment), mentors and coaches, and ultimately secures employment opportunities for successful graduates.

The areas of responsibility

Management of the project can be summarised into the following key areas:

  • Strategy: Formulation of strategy and execution with implementation team.
  • Funding: Budgeting for execution against targets, reporting and accountability to funders.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Engagement with various parties, partners, and collaborators including Academy steering committee, Sorbet, corporates, training institutions and recruitment/referral partners.
  • Recruitment: Conduct end-to-end recruitment and screening process as developed by the Academy against the Academy quarterly recruitment, training and placement targets.
  • Training: Conduct soft-skill training for Academy platform weekly, oversee revision sessions ahead of theory exams and oversee practice sessions scheduled for specific techniques ahead of practical exams.
  • Operations: Oversight of the end-to-end implementation of the Academy (Beneficiary focus as well as back-end support)
  • People: Beneficiary engagement and trouble shooting.
  • Pop-up events: Development and management of the Pop-up mobile store, used to facilitate practice sessions at corporates for the students.
  • Placement: Ensuring graduates that have successfully completed training and practical hours are placed as permanent employees.

Skills and Competencies required

  • Beauty experience
    • Ultimately, the Key Performance Measure of this role is to get the required number of candidates salon ready. This will entail overseeing the candidates’ progression through their technical training. You will not need to conduct the technical training; this is done by the various training providers that the Academy partners with.
  • Training/facilitation experience
    • The Project Manager will be administering the Academy’s soft skill curriculum that has already been developed by the Academy. Soft-skill sessions are scheduled once a week per group. You will be guided through a train-the-trainer course from the Academy but comfort with being able to facilitate is important.
  • Organisation and Administration skills
    • The weekly admin and finance processes required to keep the Academy accountable to funders and stakeholders is important. Head Office in CT can provide support but ultimate accountability for the region will lie with the Project Manager.
  • Passion for Development/Empowerment
    • The process of empowering women from disadvantaged backgrounds is about changing mind-sets. This can be emotionally draining and failure is part of the process. A true passion for development is required to persevere through the challenges and celebrate the successes.

Deadline for applications is 11 April 2016. 

Due to the high volume of resumes expected, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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