The Nal'ibali Trust: Head of Content and Learning

The Nal'ibali Trust
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 19 October, 2018
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Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. It seeks to spark and embed a culture of reading across South Africa, so that reading, writing, and sharing stories – in all South African languages – is part of everyday life.
Children who are surrounded by print and immersed in great and well-told stories – in languages they understand – are more curious, confident and motivated to learn. They develop vocabulary, strengthen memory, and nurture imagination. They’re more likely to become readers themselves, and to do well in school across all subjects.
Since 2012, Nal’ibali has worked with state, civil society and business partners to make sure every South African child has opportunities to fall in love with books and stories. This includes founding partners DGMT, PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) and Tiso Blackstar (formerly Times Media). Through advocacy, training, and high-quality reading material, Nal’ibali is helping to nurture a reading nation.


To drive the content, curriculum and learning portfolio of Nal’ibali’s national reading for enjoyment campaign under the leadership of the General Manager of Operations and the Managing Director.

Johannesburg office

  • Responsible for developing a first-class content and learning strategy to ensure operational excellence
  • To constantly monitor, evaluate and update Nal'ibali’s content and training product offering
  • With master trainers, responsible for literacy-related skills capacitation of programme team members
  • With master trainers and programme managers, drive Nal’ibali’s training offering to partners
  • To develop, plan and execute a programme of organisational learning that develops the capacity of individuals and departments and strengthens the campaign through organisational development
  • Create platforms for learning across the organisation, working to embed a culture of thinking, learning and sharing
  • Initiate, negotiate and oversee all aspects and the terms of contracts around the Nal’ibali radio programmes, managing this relationship including at station level with station managers, and managing and delivering radio scripts in English to the radio stations for translation
  • With the multilingual content and curriculum specialist, oversee ongoing training curriculum design, development and orientation of all training packages to ensure timeous delivery of material in line with set timelines
  • Manage all SETA-related processes and curricula, and develop an accredited training package for partners
  • Lead the recruitment of team members, including providing full orientation, and initial mentorship intervention strategies during early stages of their roles
  • Report on delivery of all departmental activities, i.e. all activities and performance results; actively striving for a coherent and accountable operation
  • Identify, assess and inform the Leadership Team of internal and external issues that affect the overall campaign
  • Together with the MD and colleagues in the Leadership Team, assist with the development and implementation of organisational strategy
  • Submit funding reports and contributions to proposals as required by the Managing Director / General Manager of Operations
  • Lead, oversee, and monitor members of the Content and Learning team, including the multilingual content and curriculum specialist, master trainers, administrators and others

 Person spec:

  • Passion for children’s development, literacy, education and the promotion of African languages
  • Strategic and big picture thinker
  • Team leaders and player
  • Stakeholder management
  • Ability to design, lead, support and reflect on projects
  • Experience in designing and overseeing multi-million Rand budgets
  • Strong understanding of SA’s educational landscape


  • At least an Honours degree qualification in the field of education, though Masters degree is preferred
  • Minimum 5-10 years proven track record of working in the education space
  • Minimum 5 years managerial experience
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English and at least one other official South African language
  • Experience working with and managing diverse and widespread teams in both rural and urban contexts
  • Driver’s license and willingness to travel essential

Should you meet the above requirements, please email your motivational letter and CV to


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