Posted on :
4 Feb, 2021
Established in 1980, Surplus People Project (SPP) is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) that stands in solidarity with activists and social movements in struggles for land, food and climate justice. With agrarian transformation as the overarching vision, SPP believes that systemic change can only be realised through social mobilisation and movements that advance alternatives such as agroecogy and food sovereignty from below. The organisation’s geographic area of operation is the Northern and Western Cape Provinces.
Job Title: PROGRAMME MANAGER
Location: Western Cape
Reporting to the CEO, the Programme Manager will provide leadership and management in the Vredendal office(including to the team of staff) and will ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the organisation’s strategic/operational plans in her/his specific area of responsibility. As a member of the Management Committee (Mancom), she/he will contribute to the overall management of the organisation.
Key responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:
Leading and managing the team of staff in the Vredendal Office
Ensuring effective and efficient office administration and the implementation of agreed upon plans (strategic, operational etc.), in compliance with SPP’s Policies and Procedures
Leading Team Planning (and implementation)
Leading Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) in her/his team and area of operation
A relevant, completed tertiary qualification and at least five years’ experience in a comparable position, ideally within the NGO/civil society sector
Proven ability to lead and manage (e.g., people, projects, admin etc.)
Able to speak, read and write in English
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Able to collate and consolidate information and write reports
Able to adhere to deadlines
Experience in project development and implementation, including monitoring and evaluation
Experience in or an understanding of organisational operations at all levels, e.g. administration, programme implementation, finance etc.
Able to engage people at different levels, e.g. community activists, government officials and business
Computer competency, primarily in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and Internet
Able to do frequent out of town travel
Valid unendorsed driver’s licence
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE OR ABILITIES (Not required but advantageous)
.Able to converse in Afrikaans and/or another South African Language (other than English)
.Experience in land/agrarian reform and/or food justice and/or climate change
.Experience with relevant policies and legislation
.Experience in gender work
.Campaigns and advocacy experience
NB: SPP is committed to employment equity and all appointments are made in accordance with the Employment Equity Act and SPP’s internal policies.