Social Franchising for ECD: Field Support Project Manager

Social Franchising for ECD
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 12 January, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Social Franchising for ECD (SFECD) is a new project spearheaded by the DG Murray Trust, together with other donors committed to early childhood development, which was launched in May 2014. It aims to reach children at scale by increasing access to early learning opportunities through informal playgroups and early learning programmes.

The project is currently in its development phase, designing packages and delivery mechanisms for scale-up. In the coming year, we will be prototyping the training of Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners and the running of ECD programmes (focusing on playgroups) in a variety of settings across South Africa.

SFECD seeks to appoint a Field Support Project Manager, based at its offices in Woodstock, Cape Town.

The project looking for a self-motivated, energetic, and organised individual with a passion for community development and ECD to coordinate and oversee the delivery of these prototypes.

This is full time position – initial six-month contract, potential to extend for two years and beyond; Need to be able to travel nationally – North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape; Office language is English, but project coordination requires fluency in other South African languages; Early childhood development experience preferable; and applicants must have a South African identify document, or a scarce skills permit which is valid for at least three years.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Salary and benefit package depends on qualifications and experiences.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and oversee the delivery of training and prototyping of playgroup and early learning programme delivery at sites across South Africa;
  • Work in partnership with local NGOs and organisations to deliver the programme, giving attention to issues of fidelity;
  • Monitor and report on project progress and implementation learnings;
  • Assist in the design, implementation and embedding of the monitoring systems of the project;
  • Contribute to refining and developing the playgroup programme on an on-going basis;
  • Ensure quality delivery of programmes and implementation of policies and processes;
  • Together with project partners develop the systems required to run further years, integrating the learnings from the prototypes;
  • Represent the ECD Social Franchise at various stakeholder meetings and processes
  • Manage a number of stakeholder relationships including with funders, implementers, and government;
  • Participate in training for playgroup facilitators and do on-site quality visits;
  • Offer support and guidance to implementing partner organisations.

The Field Support Project Manager will report to the Franchise Directors, and could, in time, manage a project team that delivers quality assurance and implementation of the programme at scale. The role, although based in Cape Town, will require fairly substantial travel. It will involve about 70% administration and project management and 30% time engaging with participants.
 
Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a reputable tertiary education institution;
  • Valid driver’s licence;
  • Fluent in English and isiXhosa, isiZulu and Tswana;
  • Minimum of three years of project management experience with a national scope;
  • Excellent communications skills with individuals and groups;
  • Excellent report writing;
  • Advanced management skills to plan, manage and coordinate projects, partners, people, budgets and risk;
  • Confident in use of information and communication technology;
  • Experience in the Early childhood development sector.

Personal attributes and knowledge

  • Confidence to engage at community level as well as to take part in high level public & policy forums and engage with the public media;
  • Prepared to travel extensively;
  • Highly organised and efficient with high level attention to detail;
  • Ability to work alone, take initiative, and manage teams with a transparent, accountable and consultative style;
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues in the area of human rights, social justice, poverty and inequality with a particular passion for community development and concern for issues affecting children. 

It will be an advantage

  • Experience in managing and delivering training and capacity building programmes;
  • Experience in piloting projects;
  • Ability and experience in the design of adult/ popular education training/learning.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter (including salary indication) with contact details of two referees to justine@dgmt.co.za.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
 
For more about the project, refer to http://dgmt.co.za/scaling-up-early-childhood-development-in-south-africa-a-special-issue-of-dgmt-hands-on-learning/.

For more about DG Murray Trust, refer to http://dgmt.co.za/.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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