Clowns Without Borders South Africa: Programme Manager

Clowns Without Borders South Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 20 July, 2012
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Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is an artist-led humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.

CWBSA seeks to appoint a Programme Manager, based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

This is a part-time senior management position.


Development of programmes

  • Coordinate, oversee and manage all arts interventions and programmes;
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of new arts interventions, curriculum, and programming;
  • Recruit, employ, and provide training and supervision of programme employees/artists in line with CWBSA policies and procedures;
  • Liaise between CWBSA and other stakeholders, including local partners, NGOs/CBOs and Government Departments;
  • Attend necessary stakeholder workshops, events and training seminars;
  • Travel as and when required by the organisation.

Implementation of programmes

  • Establish policies and procedures for all programmes in line with CWBSA ethical guidelines;
  • Provide leadership and support for all programme staff (project leaders, facilitating artists, volunteers) to ensure projects succeed and responsibilities are fulfilled;
  • Manage the purchase, maintenance and inventory all programme equipment;
  • Manage and report on activity schedule plans to the MD;
  • Communicate programme status with MD regularly.

Evaluation of programmes

  • Research best practices and identify potential innovations for the continuous improvement of CWBSA arts interventions and programmes;
  • Evaluate programmes and provide feedback as needed;
  • Provide on-site assessment and review of arts interventions and programmes;
  • Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all programmes to ensure consistent, high quality evaluation, and goal setting for all employees;
  • Ensure written evaluation of programme staff is completed as required.

Management of programmes

  • Provide Monthly / Quarterly Report to MD on status of programmes;
  • Communicate policy and information to programme staff and ensure and supervise regular meetings to this end;
  • Ensure that donor reporting for projects is scheduled and kept up to date;
  • Donor communication and management where required and especially in the absence of the MD;
  • Financial Management by compiling monthly commitment budgets, ensuring spending in line with this and work closely with MD to ensure financial management and reporting required;
  • Ensure appropriate training is provided in order for employees to execute their duties;
  • Maintain open communication lines among all programme employees.


  • Honours or Master’s degree preferably in a development-related and/or arts administration field;
  • Experience in the artistic disciplines of physical theatre, clown performance, storytelling, dance, and/or music within a humanitarian/development context;
  • Experience as a facilitator and developer of arts-based curriculum for adults and children
  • Knowledge and experience in community-based approaches to working with children and families affected by crisis (war, violence, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, poverty)
  • Knowledge of evidence-based approaches to community development and intervention
  • Minimum of five years experience in community development or related training;
  • Management, leadership and conflict resolution skills;
  • Strategic thinking;
  • Ability to think outside the box, decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • Organisational and coordination skills;
  • Manage time and schedule work effectively;
  • Communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Interpersonal relations and the ability to work well with others;
  • Fluency in English and preferably knowledge one other South African language;
  • Willingness to travel away from home
  • Honesty, integrity, professionalism and willingness to work overtime;
  • Reside in Durban;
  • Valid driver’s licence.

Salary: A salary commensurate with experience will be offered.

Starting date: September 2012.

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter to

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