Head of Partnerships

The Mupo Foundation
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 10 September, 2012
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The work of the Mupo Foundation focuses on 3 inter-connected areas: indigenous seed and healthy soil recuperation, protection of sacred sites, and intergenerational learning and cultural biodiversity.

Across all areas of work Mupo empowers and strengthens women to regain their leadership roles. Mupo facilitates workshops and dialogues on eco-cultural mapping, indigenous seed varieties and healthy soil, reforestation of degraded forests, community resilience building and community rights. Mupo advocates for the protection of forests, rivers and sacred sites, and encourages and supports young generations to appreciate their culture and identity, and to learn the deep ancestral knowledge of their elders by introducing Cultural Biodiversity learning to schools.

The Mupo Foundation works closely with Dzomo la Mupo, a group of committed local community members standing up to protect their cultural rights.The Mupo Foundation is a member of The African Biodiversity Network and participates in international workshops, meetings and conferences alongside international partners.

At present Mupo has one programme in Venda. The Venda team operates from a small, busy base in Vuwani. The Management Team and Board of Directors are dispersed nationally and internationally, with meetings often held by conference call.

The Mupo Foundation is currently seeking to appoint a Head of Partnerships who will preferably be based in Johannesburg and will report to the Management Team.

Key objectives of the exciting and challenging position include:

  1. Development of strong funding partnerships by identifying, securing and managing grant funding, including institutional, trust and foundation funding.
  2. Through coordination across funding, community and NGO partners, and with mediation between western and indigenous cultures and practices, ensure Mupo is an effective and innovative organisation that achieves its strategic aims.

Person specification

The most important skill in this role is sensitivity to different cultures, religions and practices. The person must enjoy working with people from indigenous communities, be respectful of and open to their cultures and ways of doing things, be interested in reviving indigenous cultures and keen to find innovative ways to mediate between indigenous and western customs. Within this the person must have:

  • Ability to work well in a team, including with people from a range of cultural, religious, social, ethnic backgrounds and with different skills, and with an understanding of Mupo’s values and approach.  Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity.
  • Experience of working with indigenous communities in a respectful and open way, is willing to and enjoys working closely with communities.
  • Ability to mediate between different cultures, respecting different practices and finding innovative ways to communicate between indigenous and western stakeholders.
  • A professional, self-motivated, self-starter with the ability to work using his or her own initiative. Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and completing under pressure or when faced with competing demands.
  • Ability to innovate systems and affect behavioural/ organisational change that is respectful of and open to different cultural ways.
  • Experience of developing institutional funding strategies that reflect organisational values and practices and enable development of successful funding partnerships.
  • Experience of writing funding proposals to a range of institutional donors including government and multilateral bodies, international NGOs, trusts and foundations, including development of project budgets.
  • Experience of managing funding contracts including delivery of high quality narrative and financial reports.
  • Degree or professional qualification, most likely in Development Studies or Social Sciences (preferable).
  • Excellent written and spoken English to engage effectively with a wide range of audiences, excellent presentation skills to represent Mupo at a senior level
  • Computer literate and able to work in Microsoft Word and Excel environment.
  • Ability to analyse financial information, budget and monitor costs.
  • Exceptional organisational and administration skills; in their own work, a logical, systematic approach to work and attention to detail, balancing this with respect for indigenous ways of working when working in a team or with communities.
  • Understanding of and experience in the areas of Mupo’s work (preferable).


Interested candidates should please submit a CV and comprehensive motivation letter stating why you believe you are a suitable candidate to lisa@actionappointments.co.za.

Please also submit a completed biosummary form which you can download from the top of the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za.

Closing date for applications is Monday 10th September 2012, but candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

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