SWEAT: Director

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 22 December, 2017
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Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) is a dynamic non-governmental organisation that addresses the health and human rights of sex workers.

Report to: The Board of Directors

SWEAT seeks to appoint a Director to be based in Cape Town.


  • Lead Planning and operation of the annual budget and operational plan
  • Establish and update employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day to day operations
  • Serve as a spokesperson to the organisation’s constituents, the media and the general public
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organisations throughout the country and utilise those relationships to strategically enhance SWEAT’s Mission
  • Report to, and work closely with, the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organisation
  • Supervise and collaborate with organisation staff
  • Lead on strategic planning and implementation, ensuring the active participation of Board, staff and constituents
  • Oversee organisation Board and committee meetings
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
  • Review and approve contracts for services
  • Duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfil the organisation mission.

  • Lead SWEAT in a manner that supports and guides the organisation’s mission and strategic plan (as defined collectively by the Board of Directors, staff and service users)
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions

Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organisation.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of SWEAT, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organisation
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilisation, and maintenance of the organisation in a positive financial position
  • Lead fundraising efforts and developing other resources necessary to support SWEAT’s mission

Organisation Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programmes, strategic planning and partnerships

  • Oversee implementation of SWEAT’s programmes that carry out the organisation’s mission and vision
  • Drive strategic planning to ensure that SWEAT can successfully fulfil its Mission into the future
  • Enhancement of SWEAT’s image by being active and visible and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organisations

Organisation Operations and Management. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organisation are appropriate

  • Effective administration of SWEAT operations
  • The hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff in the Management Team
  • Signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organisation
  • Lead the senior management team, supervise its members and ensure that they collectively work to achieve the organisation’s mandate


  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Ability to interface, engage with and value diversity
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Ability to translate complex ideas and concepts
  • An interest in mentoring leadership and fostering the growth of others
  • A commitment to sex workers’ rights, the decriminalisation of sex work and the recognition of sex work as work
  • Demonstrated experience in working with Key Populations
  • A Masters degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience)
  • Five or more years senior non-profit management experience
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management experience, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Fundraising skills and experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Strong organisational abilities including planning, delegating, programme development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of SWEAT’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors, experience speaking to the media is an advantage
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff – with strong listening and facilitations skills
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

To apply submit CV, cover letter, explaining their relevant experience to sallys@sweat.org.za

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

SWEAT reserves the right not to make an appointment, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

The Sex Workers Legal Defence Centre is the legal unit of SWEAT, which is duly accredited by the Law Society of South Africa.

For more about Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce refer to www.sweat.org.za

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

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