Job: The Black Sash: National Programmes Manager

The Black Sash is an independent, non-governmental Human Rights organisation that has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in South Africa for more than 59 years. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, the Black Sash has focussed on the promotion and protection of our hard-won freedoms, particularly in the areas of social and economic rights. Currently an exciting and challenging vacancy exists in the organisation for the position of

National Programmes Manager
Based in the National Office in Cape Town, The National Programmes Manager, working closely with the National Director, will be responsible for the development, implementation and periodic evaluation of the programmes and projects to take forward the Black Sash vision, mission, values and strategic plan. The Black Sash operates offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth and work in nine provinces.

Key responsibilities of this challenging position will include:

  • Programme / Product development and implementation;
  • Human Resource management of staff reporting to this position;
  • Fundraising support;
  • Budget management;
  • Manage service providers and contractors.

Candidates for this position must be committed human rights development professionals with a degree in social science or law and at least ten years experience in programme management with experience in managing a team and working at a national level.

Other key requirements include:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of key issues in the area of human rights, social justice, poverty and inequality, social and consumer protection, and labour issues;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the broader development and political context in South Africa;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of civil society in building democracy;
  • Thorough knowledge of the SA Constitution as well as aspects of government precepts, regulations and laws – with specific emphasis on (i) Social Security / Protection; (ii) the Constitution, (iii) Consumer protection (iv) Labour and (v) Administrative justice;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the three spheres of Government, government departments and agencies;
  • Understanding of International Law and African / International human rights instruments and conventions;
  • Qualifications and/or experience in the design of adult and popular education training;
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence and their own vehicle.

Preference will be given to women in line with our Employment Equity Plan.

A full job description can be found on the Vacancies page of the Action Appointments and the Black Sash website


Interested candidates should please submit a CV and comprehensive motivation letter stating why you believe you are a suitable candidate to

Please also submit a completed bio-summary form which you can download from the top of the Vacancies page at

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 18 June 2014.

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