Nal’ibali Position Available – Apply Now!

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11 Jun, 2018

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NGO Jobs in South Africa

Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. It seeks to spark and embed a culture of reading across South Africa, so that reading, writing, and sharing stories – in all South African languages – becomes part of everyday life.

Children who are surrounded by print and immersed in great and well-told stories – in languages they understand – are more curious, confident and motivated to learn. They develop vocabulary, strengthen memory, and nurture imagination. They’re more likely to become readers themselves, and to do well in school across all subjects.

Since 2012, Nal’ibali has worked with state, civil society and business partners to make sure every South African child has opportunities to fall in love with books and stories. Through advocacy, training, support and high-quality reading material, Nal’ibali is helping to nurture a reading nation.

Job Title: Director Programmes
Job Location: Cape Town
Job brief

Nal’ibali has grown tremendously in the past few years, and is now at a point where additional senior leadership is required. We are looking for a dynamic, well-organised and passionate individual to work closely with our Managing Director (MD) in leading the Operations division of the organisation to new heights through continued quality scaling up of efforts.


Reporting to the Managing Director, the GM Operations will: focus on the day to day operations of the Programmes units by:

  • Working with the Programmes as well as  Communications, Support Services and Research and Innovation teams to ensure the integration and alignment of strategies aimed at improved  synergy and reinforcement of efforts,
  • Overseeing the  programmatic roll-out of operational strategy, ensuring clear and fair plans and targets are agreed and delivered on
  • Sharing the  role of representing the organisation in various relationships and platforms (e.g. media, funders,  conferences etc.) with the MD,
  • Actively seeking (and landing) opportunities for campaign growth,
  • Assisting the MD with reporting  to the board,
  • Working  with the MD and the board to drive high-level strategic goals both internally and externally


  • Excellent project management skills
  • Masters degree in development, education, languages, behaviour change economics, anthropology, sociology or other related social sciences field
  • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in English and at least one additional African language
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a senior management position
  • Strong communication skills and confident public speaker
  • Experience managing relationships with funders, partners
  • Ability to think big picture, as well as drill into the details
  • Experience in managing large budgets
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve
  • Track record of managing organisational financial sustainability, including exposure to fundraising.
  • Prepared to travel regularly

In line with EE targets, preference will be given to black (African) South African candidates.

A remuneration package commensurate with responsibilities is on offer for this exciting position which forms part of Nal’ibali’s leadership team.
Should you meet the above requirements, please email a short motivational letter and CV to Fiona Arenhold ([email protected]) with your name and surname, position title on the subject line, (e.g. Joe Soap: GM Ops.)

Closing date: 14 June 2018

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