Built Environment Support Group (BESG) Latest Available Job Opportunity

Posted on :

7 Oct, 2019

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Executive Jobs in South Africa

Established in 1983, the Built Environment Support Group (BESG) is a leading non-profit organization in the development sector, located in Pietermaritzburg but with operations across the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We primarily support low income communities in accessing land, basic services and housing.

We undertake donor-funded and consulting work in project management, training, process facilitation, and advocacy based research. We have a strong tradition of social innovation and promoting community participation in development processes.


Job Title: Executive Director
Location: South Africa

We are seeking someone who will:

  • Work with the Board of Directors in developing the strategic direction for BESG and organisational capacity for the future;
  • Be responsible overall for operational planning, budgeting, delivering on contractual commitments, and financial and human resource management;
  • Establish and maintain clear lines of reporting and responsibility between our Board of Directors, outsourced finance team, funders and clients;
  • Manage small multi-disciplinary teams of in-house and outsourced professionals;
  • Project and manage the agreed profile of the organisation, and build and maintain effective stakeholder relations;
  • Diversify and grow our funding base to achieve long term sustainability.

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a post graduate qualification in a built environment discipline or equivalent experience;
  • Have a sound understanding of legislation and policy relating to low income housing;
  • Have at least 7 years’ business or NPO management/leadership experience in a community context;
  • Have a strong sense of ethics and commitment to social justice;
  • Have an overview of all the elements of work in BESG, and be able to delegate appropriately to those who can manage some elements.
  • Have excellent communication, report-writing and financial management skills;
  • Be a strategic thinker, able to analyse and navigate politics in the KwaZulu-Natal context;
  • Be a good listener before providing answers; able to learn and enable others to learn;
  • Be able to direct, manage and work with diverse multi – disciplinary teams;
  • Have a clean code EB driving license and no criminal record.

To apply

This is an Affirmative Action post please send a CV no longer than 5 pages and motivation letter, with 3 traceable references, indicating your current or most recent salary, to

Built Environment Support Group (BESG)


Application Deadline:  17H00 on Friday 25 October

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