Sep 06, 2018

Early Childhood Centre Infrastructure Project Manager

  • Save the Children South Africa
  • Pretoria, South Africa
Full time Management

Job Description

Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) works with children and their families in some of the nation’s most marginalised communities. SCSA is at the forefront of saving children’s lives and creating lasting change for children and their families, reaching over 100,000 children directly and over a million children indirectly annually through child rights, health and nutrition, child protection and education programmes.

Since early 2018, SCSA is implementing the Happy Living and Learning project in ECD centres in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga over a 2 - year period. The project is based on SCSA’s holistic/integrated approach to early childhood development. The Early Childhood Centre Infrastructure Project Manager will be directly responsible for developing ECD centre infrastructure extension plans and ensuring its roll-out as per the project budget and guidelines. He/she will work closely with the project team in order to meet project deadlines and deliverables.


Facilitate development of ECD site infrastructure extension plans according to donor specifications, infrastructure needs assessment and municipal by-laws
Manage the planning, execution and completion of the additional space or building extension
Co-ordinate the acquisition and development of resources and material required for the ECD libraries
Initiate and maintain strong working relationships with local government, traditional leadership and other key ECD centre stakeholders
Implement the ECD infrastructure budget, maintaining maximum expenditure within a set timeframe in line with donor conditions and project plans
Contribute to documentation of lessons learnt during implementation of this project
Work collaboratively with the Happy Living & Learning (HLL) Project team
Undertake any other related responsibilities as the Provincial Manager may assign
BEHAVIOUR AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (Save the Children Values in Practice)


Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
Holds colleagues accountable to deliver on their responsibilities and provide necessary support to improve team performance

Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
Focused on achieving external impact of the project

Clear ability to understand other people’s perspective and address reasonable concerns and needs
Builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners
Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Willing to take disciplined risks
Takes initiatives that are beneficial to the organisation

Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


We endeavour to treat everyone with respect, empathy and compassion


We value passion, determination, perseverance and the sense of urgency


We believe in creating a learning organisation in which staff members commit themselves to personal growth and, in so doing, seek and share knowledge and information.


Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process of staff.


Undergraduate qualification in construction, building, civil engineering related field, or equivalent recognised qualification
Project Management qualification will be an additional advantage


At least 5 years’ experience working in the South African ECD/education sector
Demonstrable Project Management experience and management of building projects
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication
Experience in developing ECD infrastructure
Experience in planning and facilitating building & procurement processes
Strong skills in Microsoft office and project management tools
Strong initiative and ability to multi-task, anticipate and prioritise without direct supervision


Driver’s license
Competence in MS Office and basic Excel
Applications must be sent 

Grade: 3
Fixed Term: 13 months
Reports to: GP/MP Provincial Manager
Travel Requirements: 60% domestic travel
Budget Responsibilities: Above R1.2 million annually
Asset Responsibilities: SCSA working tools
Child Protection level: 3

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