South African Mobility for the Blind Trust
Established in 1998, SAMBT specialises in orientation and mobility (O&M) training for blind and partially sighted people. We focus on rural and township areas. We also run training programmes for children at schools for the blind. We do this throughout the country.SAMBT uses an outreach model. Here we deploy our O&M practitioners to a local area for a period of three months. They live in that local community and work intensively on a one-on-one basis with the blind trainees there.
As SAMBT works in under-privileged areas it does not charge individuals for training or for white canes and other assistive devices. Instead, its funding comes from donors, including the Gauteng Department of Health, several corporates, the National Lotteries Commission and various trusts and foundations. SAMBT also does advocacy work, the aim being to grow the number of O&M Practitioners in the field.SAMBT is a registered Trust. It is also registered as a Non-profit Organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development (007 – 220 NPO). SAMBT has Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status.
The organisation is overseen by a Board of Trustees, currently comprising seven members with skills relevant to the running of the organisation. The trustees are representative in terms of race, gender and visual impairment.They employ five O&M Practitioners. A small team manages and administers the organisation. In addition, we employ, on contract, a fundraiser and an expert monitoring and evaluation consultant.
SAMBT seeks to appoint a Managing Trusteet to be based in Gauteng.
Due to the upcoming retirement of the current incumbent, SAMBT is seeking to appoint a Managing Trustee, who will be responsible for the overall management of the organisation and be a member of the Board of Trustees. SAMBT specialises in orientation and mobility (O&M) training for blind and partially sighted people.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled professional and ethical leader with management and administration experience and funding ability. They should be willing to take the initiative, solve problems, proactively address issues and make decisions that demonstrate good judgement. The ideal candidate will be a team player, with good interpersonal and communication skills and a collaborative management style. Candidates should be strongly motivated by the work done by SAMBT, ideally demonstrated through previous involvement with the blindness sector or people with disabilities.
SAMBT, an NGO specialising in orientation and mobility (O&M) training for blind and partially sighted people, is seeking to appoint a Managing Trustee. The Managing Trustee will be responsible for the overall management of the organisation and be a member of the Boad of Trustees. The position has become available because the current Managing Trustee, who founded the organisation and is himself a blind person, is due to retire.
Employment Type: 75 percent to full time post - negotiable
The Managing Trustee (MT) is responsible for the overall management of the organisation and will oversee and work with the relevant staff and consultants as well as playing a key role in fundraising and advocacy. The MT will be a member of the Board of Trustees and serve as the key interface between the Board and the day-to-day activities of the organisation.The MT will work from home, as do our other staff and our consultants.
- The organisation: representing the organisation and upholding its good name and ethics. Staying focused on its main aim of getting O&M training to blind people.
- Programme planning, Organising and Monitoring: includes identifying and researching programme possibilities, drafting yearly programme schedule, setting up programmes, monitoring progress - together with the M&E consultant and Fundraiser.
- Day-to-day management: includes fielding enquiries, attending to routine matters, dealing with any problems that may arise.
- Supervision of Practitioners: includes organising and carrying out field visits to Practitioners, attending to evaluation and supervision reports - along with the M&E consultant.
- Staffing: includes appointment of staff and consultants, seeing to their wellbeing, promoting teamwork, attending to disciplinary matters.
- Staff development: includes identifying and arranging workshops and courses, co-ordinating applications for vacant posts - together with the Financial and Admin Manager.
- Fundraising: developing a fundraising strategy, identification of and communication with potential funders, drafting of proposals and reports, monitoring progress of funding - together with the Fundraiser.
- Advocacy: advocating, with other organisations, for creation of O&M posts in the Departments of Health and Basic Education and for the training of people to fill those posts -together with SAMBT Chair.
- Financial management: budgeting, monitoring and controlling income and expenditure, and allocating funds - together with Financial and Admin Manager.
- Financial administration: making payments (including salaries), organising the bookkeeping, and preparing for the annual audit - together with Financial and Admin Manager.
- Administration and logistics: includes gathering and storing information, organising insurance, vehicle servicing, etc., ordering training equipment, keeping a stock inventory, managing mail, minuting meetings, and supervising the admin assistant - along with the Financial and Admin Manager.
- Trust matters: arranging board meetings, drafting annual and other reports, and conferring with board members between meetings.
- Monitoring developments in the field of blindness: includes attending conferences, reading publications, and networking.
- Skilled professional
- Knowledge of or familiarity with O&M
- Management and administration experience, particularly in managing a budget and a team of people
- Fundraising ability
- Computer skills, including MS Office
- Self-motivated individual who takes the initiative and proactively addresses issues
- Capacity to solve problems and make decisions that demonstrate good judgement
- Able to systematically plan, organise and see tasks through to completion
- Team player, with good interpersonal and communication skills and a collaborative management style
- Ethical leader
- Candidates should be strongly motivated by the work done by SAMBT, ideally demonstrated through previous involvement with the blindness sector or people with disabilities.
Please submit a CV, three references and a motivational letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2020. Please quote the reference “Managing Trustee Application” in the subject line.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal
Should you not hear from us within two weeks please consider your application to be unsuccessful.
For more about South African Mobility for the Blind Trust, refer to www.sambt.org.za
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