The Zero Dropout Schools Initiative (DMGT) Recent Job Opportunity

Posted on :

18 Oct, 2019

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The Zero Dropout Schools Initiative (ZDSI) aims to halve the number of learners pushed out of the education system before grade 12. Through this ambitious vision, ZDSI sets a common agenda that mobilises and directs the activities of a diverse range of stakeholders towards enabling a significant decline in school dropout. ZDSI is a project of the DG Murray Trust (DGMT).

ZDSI is recruiting a Networks and Advocacy Lead to provide strategic vision and to drive the development and mobilisation of a network of schools committed to zero learner dropout. The Networks and Advocacy Lead will be required to:

Job Title: Networks & Advocacy Lead
Location: South Africa

Job function and responsibilities

Develop, execute and manage a national school mobilisation and behaviour change strategy:

  • Develop and execute a mobilisation strategy to create a network of schools that are committed to the vision of zero dropout.
  • Create and drive mechanisms to engage schools, communities and learners around an agenda for zero dropout.
  • Surface learning and progress from school and stakeholder engagement and work with the Communication Manager to ensure these are documented and packaged as public communication products across various mediums.
  • Build feedback loops for continued engagement and learning amongst schools and stakeholders.

Develop, execute and manage a public advocacy strategy for campaign management:

  • Develop and manage mechanisms and platforms that allow the network of schools to collectively advocate for change.
  • Identify and build relationships with relevant stakeholders across sectors to implement recommendations and learning.
  • Identify and build platforms and coalitions that support and grow the movement.

Core skills and background

  • A relevant post graduate qualification – e.g. in education, project management, and/or community development.
  • Minimum 3 years work experience – preferably in advocacy, campaigning and/or coalition building.
  • Managed a range of diverse stakeholders and facilitated processes for consensus building.
  • Built strong coalitions to drive strategic outputs.
  • Enjoys engaging with people, is persuasive and can inspire champions for the zero dropout agenda.
  • Drivers license and willingness to travel essential.
  • Preferably fluent in 2+ South African languages.
  • Experience in working with schools is preferable.

To apply

Submit a motivation letter, your CV (including the details of 3 referees) to [email protected] with ‘Networks & Advocacy Lead’ in the subject line

Application Deadline: 25th October 2019

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