SOS Children`s Villages is hiring a
Position title: Re-Advertised- National Director- South Africa
Working location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Supervisor: Chairman of National Board of Governors/Children’s Villages International Representative
Region: East and Southern Africa (ESAF)
Contract Period 3 years with possible extension
Context of the Organization
SOS Children’s Villages International (SOS CVI) is non-governmental and non-denominational organization working with communities, partners and states to ensure that the rights of all children are fulfilled in every society. SOS CVI is a global federation working to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing the care. We respect all religions and cultures and work with trusted partners in places where we can contribute to social development. Everything we do is made possible through the generous support of sponsors and donors, institutional and corporate partners, and loyal friends worldwide.
Envisioning that every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security, we exist to build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures, and we share in the development of their communities. Everything we do is guided by the firm belief that no child should grow up alone and that we need to improve care for children who are at risk, enabling them to overcome precarious conditions and to succeed in life. To achieve our mission, our strategy for the upcoming decade focuses on ensuring the best care of children, innovation, and effective collaboration with more partners. Our core values guiding who we are and what we do include courage to take action, commitment to keep our promises, trust to believe in each other, and accountability to be reliable Partners.
The National Director (ND) ensures the effective overall direction, operations and performance of the Member Association (MA), by developing and executing core programme and financial strategies that lead to the sustainability of the organization. The ND leads and develops the MA with the support from leadership (Board and Management), to ensure effective delivery of programmes and services to children, families and communities within the frame of the MA’s vision, mission and values.
Key performance areas and main responsibilities:
Strategic Direction and Governance
Sustainability and Fund Development
Marketing and Brand Awareness
Innovation, Transformation and Process Optimisation
Strategic Relationship Management
People Management and Development
International Federation – GSC coordination
Ensure a smooth flow of communication between MA and the RO, including adherence to reporting requirements and maintain effective communication structures and channels.
Ensure MA’s compliance with
reporting on developments as per the MA’s Strategic and Annual Plans;
reporting on programmes development;
Financial reporting, budgeting and accounting requirements.
Oversee an efficient flow of funds to the programmes and projects.
Coordinate feedback as and when required from relevant co-workers within the MA during international policy and guidelines development.
Accommodate research programmes on common and/or crucial topics, as well as piloting some programmes/projects of importance to the international organisation.
Participate in Regional Meetings and other Forums as determined by the RO.
Support regional / international initiatives to promote exchange and sharing of experiences, information, and resources where necessary.
Child Safeguarding (CS)
Knowledge, skills, qualifications, abilities and behavioral competences:
Degree in Social Sciences or a Business related field such as marketing, accounting or management finance.
Preferably a Master’s degree in Business Administration and/or Education and/or Social Sciences
At least 10 years’ experience in developmental work at senior management and leadership positions
Good understanding of policies and strategies relating to child development, programmes, education and advocacy
Understanding of child rights, child development, family and community development, advocacy, rights-based programming.
Solid understanding and knowledge of childcare legislation and policies
Intercultural, gender and diversity sensitivity: able to bridge different national or organizational cultures and to work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment respecting diversity
Experience in developing, nurturing and implementing social development programmes and fund raising through establishment of long-term partnerships with stakeholders.
Strong influential and executive leadership style, be an articulate and confident manager able to spur confidence in the organization, working closely with the Board of directors.
Notable success working with and building high performance and successful teams in a multi-cultural setting.
Excellent networking ability, persuasive communication, marketing and fundraising skills.
A successful record of accomplishment working with and building high-performance teams in a multi-cultural setting.
Strong managerial and implementation skills.
Strong strategic awareness, integrating environmental developments, future orientation and a pragmatic view into operational planning and day-to-day work.
Proactive decision-making based on sound analysis and excellent communication skills.
Fluency in English is required (Fluency in one or more local languages is preferred).
Valid driver’s license
How to Apply
If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates. Applications should be submitted electronically through the iCIIMS link provided. All applications should be submitted not later than 25th of June 2023**.**
Applications that are late do not have a CV or certificates attached will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
“SOS Children´s Villages has zero-tolerance neither on sexual exploitation, harassment and abuse nor fraud and corruption, amongst other safeguarding aspects. We also provide equal employment opportunities to all employees & qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or class. SOS Children´s Villages complies with all applicable laws governing non-discrimination in employment.”
This position involves working with an INGO committed to children and human rights and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete safer recruitment checks including police and reference checks to help verify their suitability to work for SOS CV. In addition to candidates’ ability to perform the duties of the post, in the selection process will be also explored the motivation and approach of the candidate to safeguarding.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.