CWBSA: Deputy Director

Clowns Without Borders South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 23 March, 2018
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Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is international organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children, families, and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of conditions in these areas.

CWBSA seeks to appoint a Deputy Director, based in Cape Town.

Salary: Salary and commensurate of experience (package will be cost to company and performance based)

Start date: 1 March 2018, with a six month with a probationary contract and two years’ contact renewal subject to performance

Repot to:  Executive Director


  • Core values
    • Ensure that the management and operations of CWBSA adheres to CWB International and CWBSA’s core principles protocols as indicated in its constitution and associated code of ethics 
    • Ensure that CWBSA maintains a commitment to using the arts and humour as a means of empowerment, healing, and transformation by “Putting a Red Nose” on all of our activities
    • Maintain a collaborative spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of the organisation’s endeavours
  • Management
    • Assist the Executive Director in leading, overseeing, and monitoring projects and associated budgets in coordination with the Board of Directors, Managing Director, and project staff
    • Ensure, together with the Managing Director and the external auditor, the timely finalisation of CWBSA’s annual accounts and reporting
    • Manage and mentor CWBSA staff in the following activity areas: recruitment, fundraising, programme development/implementation, advocacy, communications, administration, and finance
    • Establish a positive, healthy, safe, and happy work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation, regulations, and core principles
    • To be cognisant of diversity: supporting and actively encouraging integration of all staff, interns and office volunteers
  • Communications, Advocacy and Representation
    • Represent CWBSA in meetings and act as spokesperson in various platforms including with other Southern African NGOs, beneficiaries, government officials, institutions, community groups, academia, corporates, major Donors, etc.
    • Ensure that CWBSA’s identity, mission and name is used in a representative and consistent manner across all activities of CWBSA
    • Act as CWBSA’s official spokesperson, in coordination with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
    • Ensure that the function is delegated, encouraged and assisted among other members of the Board, management, and implementing team
  • Fundraising
    • Build relationships with existing and new donors
    • Develop and implement income generation initiatives
    • Identify funding opportunities via grants, sponsorships, partnerships, and consultancies
    • Secure funding to support ongoing operational management, to expand existing projects, and to establish new projects
  • Programme evaluation
    • Manage the monitoring of programme implementation and evaluation of programme impact and provide feedback as needed
    • Provide on-site assessment and review of CWBSA programmes
    • Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all programmes to ensure consistent, high quality evaluation, and goal setting
  • CWB International
    • Actively strive for a coherent and accountable international organisation by participating in the debates and sharing of information with other CWB chapters
    • Contribute and participate actively towards achieving coherence and effective coordination of CWB International’s issues
    • Build and maintain networks with other Executive Directors and administrators that are part of CWB International
    • Build and maintain relations with the CWBSA’s international representative and the CWBI Steering Committee and International Coordinator
    • Participate actively in the CWB International meetings when appropriate


  • At least five years of proven management experience
  • A relevant Masters or PhD degree, minimum Honours degree
  • Genuine commitment to and understanding of humanitarian and artistic principles and the aims and objectives of CWBSA
  • Strong leadership capacity and ability to lead and support a healthy working environment
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, conflict resolution and management skills, and organisational, reporting, and planning skills
  • Proficient knowledge and demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office software, internet based applications and required social media sites
  • Fluent written and spoken language in English
  • Valid Driving Licence
  • Ability to develop vision and a proven track record of translating vision into practice
  • Ability to develop and sustain innovative programming for vulnerable children and families
  • Understand of public policy, media engagement and advocacy
  • Presentation skills including for media interviews and speaking in public
  • Ability to adapt to various computer-assisted management tools
  • Ability to travel at short notice both nationally and internationally
  • Willingness to deal with crises outside of office hours if and when they arise
  • Knowledge and experience with providing technical assistance and scale up of programmes
  • Relevant fundraising experience within a nonprofit environment and ability to cultivate and maintain long-term donor/customer relationships
  • Direct experience of budgeting, fiscal control and financial planning
  • Working experience in humanitarian and community settings
  • Working experience in cross cultural settings
  • Knowledge of evidence-based research methods and approaches
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the artistic disciplines of physical theatre, clown performance, storytelling, and children’s theatre within a development context
  • Knowledge and/or experience in delivering psychosocial programming to vulnerable children, youth, and adults
  • Knowledge of racial, gender, and economic social justice and how it relates to working and implementing programmes in South Africa
  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities in a positive, focused manner and remain composed under stress

To apply, submit your CV with contact details for three references and personal statement outlining how you meet the essential and desired qualifications to 

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal
Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CWBSA reserves the right not to make an appointment if a suitable candidate cannot be found. While we thank all interested applicants.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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