Programme Manager

at Khula Education
Published July 27, 2022
Location Durban, South Africa
Category Management  
Job Type Full-Time  


About the Organisation

The David Rattray Foundation, operating locally as KHULA Education, was founded in 2007. “KHULA” is an isiZulu word, meaning ‘to grow’. The inspiration for KHULA’s educational initiatives came from the late David Rattray who was passionate about helping local Zulu children through education. We operate with a Board of Trustees in the United Kingdom and South Africa.


KHULA’s footprint spans the historic battlefields of rural KwaZulu-Natal from Elandskraal, through Rorke’s Drift to Nquthu and Isandlwana, some of the most isolated and marginalised areas in South Africa.


Our vision is that all children, regardless of their socio-economic, cultural background or location can reach their potential and make a difference to their families and communities.


Our mission is to enable children from under-resourced rural communities in South Africa to obtain a quality education.


In recent years, KHULA has grown and evolved, pivoting from assisting in infrastructural projects to supporting teaching and learning at all stages of schooling through more formal programming. KHULA now reaches over 6,000 children and 200 educators in 21 schools supporting development across four programmes of impact namely: Early Childhood Development at KHULA preschools; top-up teaching through primary and secondary school; educator development; life skills and job readiness.


About the Job

Reporting to the Executive Director, KHULA Education is now seeking a full-time manager, based at least part-time in the local region, to lead and significantly grow the reach and services within the Life Skills and Job Readiness Programme. The role requires effective interaction with rural youth, local business, community stakeholders, NGOs and government representatives, building effective partnerships in the community. The expectation is that the person will have the experience, knowledge, and network to drive delivery and expansion of KHULA’s socio-economic impact programmes for local youth.


Key Responsibilities

Identify key stakeholders, develop and maintain effective relationships with government agencies at all levels, private sector businesses operating in the district, communities and non-governmental organisations


Designs, plans and implements concrete projects with clear deliverables and timelines


Coordinates with various partners to optimise resource utilisation and ensure alignment


Participates on behalf of KHULA Education in various platforms and relevant events in the district to shape, influence and advance opportunities for KHULA learners and graduates


Expanding the reach of the programme to all KHULA graduates and widening the scope of services offered and opportunities provided


Working with the KHULA team to ensure that in-school life skills platforms provide learners with the means to make the best of out-of-school opportunities


Building long term, sustainable partnerships with representatives of the wider socio-economic ecosystem




Priorities of the role will be to:




Develop a systematic programme with ongoing activities and services


Expand the scope and reach to cover a wider range of opportunities and all graduates of the KHULA schools, as well as other local youth


Build on existing relationships and create new and enduring partnerships with a wide variety of different stakeholders in the local ecosystem


Lead in the development of a new skills centre for out-of-school students to complement in-school programmes.


Drive the design, development, set up and launch and operations of the skills centre, working collaboratively with other members of the KHULA team.





A bachelor’s degree or higher, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in economic development work, project mobilization, or business growth, jobs and investment facilitation in a senior position


Presentation, report writing, computer literacy and Microsoft Office skills


While English is theine medium of communication in this role, the ability to communicate adequately in isiZulu is highly desirable


Knowledge or lived experience KZN an advantage








KHULA is looking for the following attributes in the successful candidate:




A self-motivated, results focused, adaptive and independent self-starter who works with minimal supervision, but who is also an effective team player


Ability to work and exercise judgement in a changing environment and to integrate different activities


A good project manager with excellent planning, organizational and coordination skills


Excellent problem-solving abilities, with capacity to learn quickly and innovate to generate creative solutions


A strategic thinker who follows up and pays attention to detail and is able to work under pressure


Capable facilitator who identifies opportunities, links and connects relevant parties, and possesses analytical, persuasion and problem-solving skills


Ability to build consensus across various stakeholder groups of diverse backgrounds.


A confident and effective communicator, with superior oral, written and facilitation skills


A trusted advisor who understands business interests, as well as the objectives and linkages between different levels of government


An ethical individual with strong interpersonal skills and a proven and verifiable track record of accomplishment working in the private sector, government or social impact sector


Driven by a desire to make a social contribution








Salary and benefits package to be determined by experience


While the preference is for the candidate to be based in KZN some flexibility regarding location can be explored.


Deep personal experience or understanding of the area is a definite advantage as would the willingness to be based in KZN


Interested candidates can send their CVs

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