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Action Volunteers Africa (AVA) is a registered nonprofit organization, based in Cape Town, that aims to contribute to a society where every unemployed young person is empowered to build a sustainable future.  AVA embraces volunteering as a tool to unlock the potential of unemployed youth (18 to 25 years) by training and placing them in full-time volunteering positions in a variety of contexts.

Action Volunteers Africa (AVA) seeks to appoint a Development Manager to be based in Cape Town.

Job Title: Director of Programmes
Job Location: Capetown

The purpose of the position is to manage and drive the overall development and management of the Self-Development (SD) department in AVA; as well as assisting with the implementation of a strategic approach to income generation to enhance the sustainability of AVA.  The self-development department’s key role is to ensure that volunteers are supported to grow maximally during their volunteer experience.

Responsibilities:

Development of Self Development (SD) Curriculum:

    • Asses the self-development requirements of the volunteer body
    • Align the SD curriculum to identified outcomes to be achieved
  • Prepare and facilitate SD modules when required
  • Compile and prepare material for SD sessions and liaise with relevant staff for resources
  • Document the AVA self-development curriculum
  • Ensure High quality and relevance of all SD modules offered under the banner of AVA
  • Ongoing self-improvement to ensure a high quality facilitation and delivery of all SD modules
  • Develop new modules in liaison with the Director of Programmes, when required

Coordination of SD modules:

  • Engage with staff of various Programme Areas regarding needs of Self-Development
  • Liaise and engage with all external service providers and ensure that they provide a quality service to enhance the AVA self-development offerings

Progression: 

  • Design and implement a progression programme for all AVA volunteers that addresses the needs of volunteers post the AVA programme

Counseling/ Coaching of staff and volunteers: 

  • Manage student social workers; guidance and support with counseling, ensuring that they meet their learning outcomes as per their study requirements.
  • Ensure that all volunteers who are in need of social support/counseling are referred to the social work students and receive the required support/counseling.

Requirements:

    • A relevant degree, preferably in education/social sciences/psychology
    • Minimum of three to five years of middle management experience
    • Leadership and communication skills with computer literacy
    • Demonstrate ability to relate and understand the context and challenges facing young people
    • Flexible, resilient, reliable, multi-tasker with high degree of personal responsibility
    • Ability to trouble shoot and solve problems quickly
    • Must be an implementer and a responsive, decisive, action-orientated individual who can deliver according to deadlines
    • Demonstrate ability to relate and understand the context and challenges facing young people
    • Keen interest in youth development and behaviour change methodologies
    • Strong networking skills and building relations with various stakeholders
    • Ability to facilitate training sessions
    • Own car and driver’s license essential
    • Report writing and data analysis abilities
    • Fluency in IsiXhosa and Afrikaans will be an advantage

To apply,  submit their CV with a one-page motivation to charnre@avafrica.org.za

 Closing date:  Friday, 15 March 2019

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