Clowns Without Borders South Africa is recruiting an Executive Director

Clowns Without Borders South Africa ( is recruiting an Executive Director to lead our humanitarian non-profit organisation in its next phase of growth and sustainability. We are seeking a dynamic, motivated director whose work experience demonstrates successful leadership in fundraising, organisational development and programme management.
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 450,000 vulnerable children and families in South Africa, throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and internationally.
CWBSA is currently in the process of moving the main office to Johannesburg. We also operate offices in Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, and King Williams Town, with project related offices in Harare, Kisumu, and Dar es Salaam.
CWBSA is also part of a larger network of Clowns Without Borders chapters that form CWB International and is core implementing partner for Parenting for Lifelong Health.

Place within the organisation: Reports directly to the board of Clowns Without Borders South Africa
Works closely with the CWBSA Managing, Programme, and Development Directors
Job location: Based in either Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa, with frequent travel to regional offices in South Africa, regionally, and internationally
Duration: Starting February – March 2019, with 3-year contract renewal subject to performance
Remuneration: Salary is commensurate of experience (package will be cost to company and performance based)

If you are interested in applying please email a copy of your CV with a Personal Statement outlining how you meet the essential and desired qualifications to before 15 February 2019.
Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act. 
Strategic leadership – 20%
◦ Ensure that CWBSA maintains a commitment to using the arts and humour as a means of empowerment, healing, and transformation by “Putting a Red Nose” on all of our activities;
◦ Maintain a collaborative spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of the organisation’s endeavours.
◦ Work with board and staff to develop, communicate, and implement CWBSA’s strategic vision and role in the non-profit humanitarian and psychosocial support sector
◦ Work with board and staff to design and implement (or continue) programmes that respond to beneficiary needs and are consistent with CWBSA mission and vision.
◦ Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organisation;
◦ Foster effective team work between the CWBSA Board and the Management Team and between the Management Team and CWBSA staff;
◦ Establish a positive, healthy, safe, and happy work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation, regulations, and core principles.
Management – 20%
◦ Establish staffing structure to meet programmatic needs, hiring highly qualified staff and contractors, and managing them to succeed.
◦ Conduct regular performance evaluations of CWBSA employees with the Managing Director in respect to programme needs.
◦ Ensure that the management and operations of CWBSA adheres to CWB International and CWBSA’s core principles protocols as indicated in its constitution and associated code of ethics (;
◦ Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all programmes to ensure consistent, high quality evaluation, and goal setting.

Organizational development – 20%
◦ Build CWBSA’s capacity to implement its Strategic Plan by continued recruitment and development of CWBSA leaders.
◦ Raise and maintain public awareness of the accomplishments and goals of the CWBSA.
◦ Ensure the organisation is adhering to its internal policies and practices.
◦ Support the board and board committee engagement in achieving CWBSA objectives.
◦ Promote open communication within the organization.
◦ Promote open communication with communities of interest.
◦ Engage partners and communities who share overlapping objectives in CWBSA projects and activities.
• Fundraising – 20%
◦ Diversify funding sources to a balanced representation of income generation, grants, foundations, membership and local donations.
◦ Cultivate effective personal relationships with private donors, foundations, and businesses (actual and prospective).
◦ Work with and support the Development Director and CWBSA board and fundraising committee to develop and implement annual fundraising plans.
Financial Management – 10%
◦ Ensure, together with the Managing Director and the external auditor, the timely finalisation of CWBSA’s annual accounts and reporting;
◦ Help prepare and manage annual budget with CWBSA board Finance Committee and Managing Director.
◦ Regularly report to the CWBSA board on financial status.
• Communications, Advocacy and Representation – 10%
◦ Represent CWBSA in meetings and act as spokesperson in various platforms including with other Southern African NGOs, beneficiaries, government officials, institutions, community groups, academia, corporates, major Donors, etc.;
◦ Ensure that CWBSA’s identity, mission and name is used in a representative and consistent manner across all activities of CWBSA;
◦ Act as CWBSA’s official spokesperson, in co-ordination with the CWBSA Board of Directors, and ensure that this function is delegated, encouraged and assisted among other members of the Board, management, and implementing team.
Requirements and Candidate profile
Essential qualifications
• At least 5 years of proven management experience;
• A relevant Masters or PhD degree, minimum Honours degree;
• Fluent written and spoken language in English;
• Proven fundraising abilities;
• Strong track record as a highly productive and motivated individual with an ability to multi-task and still avoid burnout;
• Excellent written, verbal and electronic communications skills;
• Skill in public speaking and ability to represent BRWA in public forums;
• Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate occasional evening and weekend meetings, events and outings;
• Tact and a sense of humour in working with a diverse array of colleagues and stakeholders;
• Strong leadership capacity and ability to lead and support a healthy working environment;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, conflict resolution and management skills, and organisational, reporting, and planning skills;
• Ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities in a positive, focused manner and remain composed under stress.
• Knowledge of culture, racial, gender, and economic social justice and how it relates to working and implementing programmes in South Africa and internationally;
Desired technical skills
• Ability to develop vision and a proven track record of translating vision into practice;
• Ability to develop and sustain innovative programming for vulnerable children and families;
• Excellent understanding of public policy, media engagement and advocacy;
• Excellent presentation skills including for media interviews and speaking in public;
• Ability to adapt to various computer-assisted management tools;
• Ability to travel at short notice both nationally and internationally;
• Willingness to deal with crises outside of office hours if and when they arise.
Essential knowledge and experience
• Knowledge and/or experience in delivering psychosocial programming to vulnerable children, youth, and adults;
• Knowledge and experience with providing technical assistance and scale up of programmes;
• Relevant fundraising experience within a non-profit environment and ability to cultivate and maintain long-term donor/customer relationships;
• Knowledge of evidence-based research methods and approaches;
• Direct experience of budgeting, fiscal control and financial planning;
• Understanding of financial management issues.

As the incoming executive director, will be working with Clowns without Borders, he/she will be required to sign the code of conduct. Background checks, including police clearances, will be undertaken on all applicants. Compliance with Clowns Without Borders, policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, staff safeguarding, child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures constitute mandatory measures in the recruitment process for Clowns Without Borders.



2) Clowns Without Borders South Africa ( is recruiting Trainers to join our dynamic team.

Place within the organisation: Report directly to the Master Trainer
Job location: Based in South Africa – international/national travel for trainings.
Start Date: Starting mid- February 2019 (project based position)
Remuneration: Salary is commensurate with experience.
Deadline: 6th of February 2019. Interviews will only start in February 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and improving the psychosocial wellbeing of children, families, and communities in areas of crisis and adversity. The key portfolios of CWBSA are, firstly to develop creative artistic interventions such as interactive performances to shift attitudes and mobilise, as well as provide laughter to children and families, and secondly to provide technical assistance and capacity-building in the implementation and scale up of Parenting for Lifelong Health programmes for Children (age 2-9 years old) and Adolescents (age 10-18) for partner agencies, to reduce the risk of violence against children and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries.


The Trainers will train professional facilitators, caregivers and adolescents in the Parenting for Lifelong Health programmes.

The responsibilities of the Trainers include:
· Complete successful training in the Parenting for Lifelong Health programmes.
· Deliver trainings for professional facilitators nationally and internationally.
· Deliver trainings for caregivers and adolescents nationally and internationally.
· Manage coaching sessions with trained facilitators.
· Manage all reporting and relevant M&E linked to trainings.
· Keep up to date on new trends, methodologies in child protection, HIV, parenting and other relevant issues.
· Review training manuals and materials.
· Represent the programmes and the organisation.
· 5-10 years’ experience in leading trainings and facilitation.
· Degree in social work, social development, child protection, psychology or similar.
· Previous experience in training of professional social workers, counsellors and/or non-profit professionals.
· Commitment to the non-profit sector.
· Pref. previous experience of parenting programmes.
· Excellent communication, presentation, and written skills in English.
· Desirable: Good communication skills in second language.
· Ability to work both as part of a team and independently using one’s own initiative
· Excellent organisational and time management skills.
· Excellent intercultural skills and experience working with diverse cultures both within SA and internationally.
· Right to work in South Africa and a Valid driver’s license.

Please send an email with the subject entitled “Trainer” to by the 6th of February 2019. Applications must include 1) CV, 2) Motivational Letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CWBSA reserves the right not to make an appointment if a suitable candidate cannot be found. While CWBSA thanks all interested applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act