Action Volunteers: Development Manager

Action Volunteers Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 March, 2019
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Action Volunteers Africa (AVA) is a registered nonprofit organisation, based in Cape Town, that aims to contribute to a society where every unemployed young person is empowered to build a sustainable future.  AVA embraces volunteering as a tool to unlock the potential of unemployed youth (18 to 25 years) by training and placing them in full-time volunteering positions in a variety of contexts.

Action Volunteers Africa (AVA) is seeks to appoint a Development Manager to be based in Cape Town.

Report to: Director of Programmes

The purpose of the position is to manage and drive the overall development and management of the Self-Development (SD) department in AVA; as well as assisting with the implementation of a strategic approach to income generation to enhance the sustainability of AVA.  The self-development department’s key role is to ensure that volunteers are supported to grow maximally during their volunteer experience. 


Development of Self Development (SD) Curriculum:  

  • Asses the self-development requirements of the volunteer body
  • Align the SD curriculum to identified outcomes to be achieved
  • Prepare and facilitate SD modules when required
  • Compile and prepare material for SD sessions and liaise with relevant staff for resources
  • Document the AVA self-development curriculum
  • Ensure High quality and relevance of all SD modules offered under the banner of AVA
  • Ongoing self-improvement to ensure a high quality facilitation and delivery of all SD modules
  • Develop new modules in liaison with the Director of Programmes, when required

Coordination of SD modules:  

  • Engage with staff of various Programme Areas regarding needs of Self-Development
  • Liaise and engage with all external service providers and ensure that they provide a quality service to enhance the AVA self-development offerings


  • Design and implement a progression programme for all AVA volunteers that addresses the needs of volunteers post the AVA programme

Counselling / Coaching of staff and volunteers: 

  • Manage student social workers; guidance and support with counselling, ensuring that they meet their learning outcomes as per their study requirements.
  • Ensure that all volunteers who are in need of social support/counselling are referred to the social work students and receive the required support/counselling.


  • A relevant degree, preferably in education/social sciences/psychology
  • Minimum of three to five years of middle management experience
  • Leadership and communication skills with computer literacy
  • Demonstrate ability to relate and understand the context and challenges facing young people
  • Flexible, resilient, reliable, multi-tasker with high degree of personal responsibility
  • Ability to trouble shoot and solve problems quickly
  • Must be an implementer and a responsive, decisive, action-orientated individual who can deliver according to deadlines
  • Demonstrate ability to relate and understand the context and challenges facing young people
  • Keen interest in youth development and behaviour change methodologies
  • Strong networking skills and building relations with various stakeholders
  • Ability to facilitate training sessions
  • Own car and driver’s license essential
  • Report writing and data analysis abilities
  • Fluency in IsiXhosa and Afrikaans will be an advantage

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