Clowns Without Borders South Africa ( is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to join our organisation as a Programme Manager in its next phase of growth and sustainability.

Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is international organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children, families, and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of conditions in these areas.

Since 2004, CWBSA has implemented projects for over 400,000 vulnerable children and families in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, DRC, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, and Zimbabwe.

CWBSA has a variety of arts-based interventions: (1) live performance tours to increase access to the arts in marginalised communities affected by crisis, (2) family programmes to improve child wellbeing and reduce violence against children and teens, (3) storytelling projects to build bridges between communities, and (4) technical assistance and capacity building of local organisations.

Current partners include the South African Department of Social Development, UNICEF South Africa, the World Health Organization, Catholic Relief Services, 4Children, Ilifa Labantwana, Ikamva Labantu, the National Association of Child and Youth Careworkers, Terre des Hommes, and Plan International.

In 2017, CWBSA raised a total of R6.7 million from corporate sponsors, government, private donors, and foundations. We implemented 10 projects in 8 countries for over 40,000 beneficiaries. CWBSA also supported the implementation of parenting programmes for over 30,000 families working with more than 20 partners.

CWBSA operates offices in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg, with a satellite centre of operation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

CWBSA is also part of a larger network of Clowns Without Borders chapters that form CWB International and is a member of ASSITEJ South Africa and the CINDI Network.

Place within the organisation: Works closely with the CWBSA Managing Director and Artistic Director
Job location: Based in Lakeside, Cape Town, South Africa, with travel within South Africa, regionally, and internationally
Duration: Through end February 2018, 1-year contract renewal subject to performance
Remuneration: Salary is commensurate of experience (package will be cost to company and performance based)

 Job Description:

Programme management

Ongoing programmatic, logistical, and financial management of CWBSA’s artistic programmes in South Africa and internationally; Management and support of artistic and administrative staff to ensure that artistic projects are in alignment with established work plans and meet contractual deliverables; Conduct regular performance reviews of artistic and administrative staff; Manage the purchase, maintenance and inventory all programme equipment;

Programme development

Coordinate and manage CWBSA’s arts interventions and programmes in collaboration with CWBSA’s Artistic Director (AD); Support the AD in the development and implementation of new arts interventions, curriculum, and programming; Develop and maintain programme policies, procedures, and materials including workshop curricula, show scripts, tour packages, and other protocols related to programme implementation;

Communication and publicity

Liaise with CWBSA’s stakeholder community including donors, government, partners, artists, and other CWB chapters; Represent CWBSA to the CWB International Federation; Organise regular internal meetings with artistic staff and executive management; Maintain existing social media and other communication platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and CWBSA’s website;

Programme monitoring and evaluation

Research best practices for the continuous improvement of CWBSA’s artistic programmes; Implement high quality monitoring and evaluation of CWBSA’s programmes; Provide on-site assessment and review of artistic programmes; Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all programmes to ensure consistent, high quality evaluation, and goal setting for all employees; Writing and submitting internal and external reports regarding artistic programmes.

Essential qualifications:

  • Honours or Master’s degree preferably in a development-related and/or arts administration field;
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the NGO-sector, preferably the arts focused on children and families;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the artistic disciplines of physical theatre, clown performance, storytelling, and children’s theatre within a development context;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in delivering arts-based psychosocial programming to vulnerable children, youth, and adults;
  • Relevant fundraising experience within a non-profit environment and ability to cultivate and maintain long-term donor/customer relationships;
  • Experience with project financial management and budgeting;
  • Experience in human resource and financial management of projects;
  • Ability to think outside the box with excellent decision-making, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong organisational and project coordination skills, including ability to work independently as well as part of a team, manage multiple projects at once, and complete assigned tasks on a timely basis;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience writing project reports and grant applications;
  • Working knowledge social marketing and social media platforms;
  • Honesty, integrity, professionalism and willingness to work overtime as needed;
  • Willingness to travel away from home as needed;
  • Fluency in English and preferably knowledge of one other South African language;
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Commitment to CWBSA’s ethical principles and mission to support vulnerable children and families through the arts.

Desired qualifications

  • Working experience as a developer and facilitator of arts-based curriculum for adults and children;
  • Working experience in humanitarian, community, and cross-cultural settings;
  • Knowledge of evidence-based research methods and approaches;
  • Knowledge of racial, gender, and economic social justice and how it relates to working and implementing programmes in South Africa;
  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities in a positive, focused manner and remain composed under stress.

Salary commensurate with experience

If you are interested in applying please email a copy of your CV, a Personal Statement outlining how you meet the essential and desired qualifications to before 22 January 2018, a writing sample, and contact information for 3 references.

Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.