MWRI: Deputy Director

Masimanyane Women's Rights International
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Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 28 February, 2019
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Established in 1996, ​Masimanyane Women’s Rights International (MWRI) is an equality and social justice organisation which is locally rooted and globally connected. Masimanyane works to end violence against women and to advance the human rights of women and girls.

Masimanyane seeks to appoint a Deputy Director to be based in East London.

Report to: The Senior Executive Management team

A competitive remuneration package commensurate with experience and skill will be offered.


Strategic Management and Leadership

  • Work together with the Board of Directors and the Senior Executive Management team to develop, implement and evaluate the strategic direction of MWRI
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff to ensure quality work and accountability to our stakeholders
  • Ensure the operationalisation of and adherence to, all MWRI’s policies and procedures
  • Create a supportive environment that fosters personal responsibility and commitment to MWRI’s goals and values
  • Oversee the development of a strategic human resource strategy for the organisation

Operational Management

  • Direct and manage the overall operations of MWRI in South Africa and regionally
  • Oversee the financial management of the organisation and be responsible for ensuring quality and integrity of the systems and policies
  • Oversee the management of contracts, procurement, and operations
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resource strategy
  • Support and provide oversight to the organisation’s management team with regards to all programme planning, budgeting, documentation and monitoring
  • Ensure timely, accurate and quality financial and narrative reporting and ensuring that the organisation is compliant with all donor requirements
  • Ensure efficient and functioning operation systems in cooperation with the management team
  • Develop improved links, communication and synergies within all of MWRI’s programmes
  • Implement and foster adherence to the established MWRI policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures and strengthen transparent governance
  • Contribute effectively to the overall strategic visioning, conceptual development, planning and monitoring of MWRI’s work
  • In collaboration with the Senior Executive Management team, appoint senior leadership, while work together with the management team concerning the recruitment of all other employees
  • Ensure statutory compliance

Internal and External Relations

  • Facilitate internal processes for MWRI staff that build skills and commitment to organisational values and social justice
  • Demonstrate effective, values driven leadership to all MWRI staff
  • Foster a conducive environment that is transparent, accountable and supportive
  • Represent MWRI at national processes and events in South Africa and regionally where required
  • Manage donor relations in collaboration with the Senior Executive Management team


  • The Community Services manager, Community education and training manager, Monitoring and Evaluation manager, Human Resource Manager and the Finance Manager will report directly to the Deputy Director


  • A strong commitment to, and passion for, the principles and practice of gender equality and women’s human rights
  • A post-graduate degree in the social sciences, human rights, or an equivalent professional qualification with significant relevance to the women’s rights sector
  • Knowledge of national, international and regional women’s rights issues.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ professional experience, with a minimum of five years’ executive leadership experience, working to influence human rights laws, policies and institutions with a strong emphasis on community development programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of the NGO sector will be an advantage
  • Experience of project and programme management with significant financial and budget management responsibility
  • Knowledge and understanding of Rights Based Approaches and programming, including the design and implementation of successful human rights programs, campaigns and initiatives.
  • Experience of working across African countries and the Global South is not a prerequisite but will be advantageous
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills with the ability to see both the big picture as well as micro issues
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively, flexibly and effectively in a small, dynamic team
  • Ability to think and act quickly, creatively and strategically under pressure
  • A strong history displaying personal integrity and transparency
  • Oral and written communication in English is essential with the ability to synthesize, understand and communicate complex issues effectively and in a timely fashion
  • Ability to communicate in IsiXhosa and Afrikaans will be an advantage
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and social media
  • The capacity to travel regionally and international, sometimes at short notice

To apply, submit your application to with the subject line ‘Deputy Director’ application should include:

  • A cover letter that includes why you are interested in this position at this point in your career
  • An up-to-date CV with contactable references
  • A one page statement on how you will maintain a positive, values-based organisational culture

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review qualifications and competencies carefully, unqualified candidates will not be shortlisted.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 31 March 2019.

The position will remain open until filled. If the advert remains on the organisations website past 30 April 2019, you are welcome to apply at that time (no repeat submissions please).

If you do not hear from the organisation within two weeks of your submission, consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

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