Mar 14, 2019

APSSI Director

  • Johannesburg, South Africa
Full time Executive

Job Description

The Africa Psychosocial Support Institute (APSSI) is a subsidiary of REPSSI. APSSI fosters professionalism and excellence in Mental Health and Psychosocial care and support (MHPSS). The Institute was initiated in 2016 as part of a broader response to the need for standardised PSS definitions and terms, quality research and data on PSS, formalised PSS capacity development, excellent PSS resources and MHPSS thought leadership in Africa. APSSI consists of two arms; the first will develop and deliver innovative and accredited PSS skills development programmes and qualifications, lead research in mental and psychosocial wellbeing in Africa, stimulate thought leadership in child and adolescent mental health and psychosocial support, develop PSS resources and provide an accreditation service for PSS organisations, programmes and professionals. In this regard, APSSI will coordinate with higher academic institutions in the continent. The second arm will raise funds through developing, marketing and providing a range of consultancy services.

REPSSI seeks to appoint a Director for APSSI, to be based in Randburg, Johannesburg.

Report to: The REPSSI CEO and APSSI Board of Directors

Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience. REPSSI

The Director will attract income from a variety of sources of a sufficient level that the Institute will become self-sustaining, and provide an income for REPSSI, after the initial two-year period. The Director of APSSI provides strategic leadership to both arms of the Institute.


Academic programmes

Marketing and Consultancy services

Product development

Corporate affairs


Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Education or Management or relevant field

Three years’ senior management experience, including sales and service functions

Strategic leadership

Experienced team leader research and publications

Proven ability to secure significant funding

PhD in Social Sciences, Education or Management

Knowledge of the Mental Health, Psychosocial Support

Strategic leadership and financial management experience

Interpersonal skills

Demonstrated management experience and ability to motivate, inspire and direct team members

Strong negotiation and marketing skills

Must thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, and challenging programme environment.

Ability to set ambitious targets and drive to exceed them

Willingness to travel as required

Ability to work outside of conventional office hours, and across time zones

Appreciation of Psychosocial Support and Mental Health in Africa

Understanding of both academic settings and consultancy services

Working knowledge of National Qualification Authorities in Africa

To apply, submit a one-page written motivation, CV and three work related referees with contact details, certified copies of identity document and qualifications

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application

Shortlisted candidates will be required to present themselves for a face to face interview at the REPSSI Head Office.

The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) is a leading African psychosocial support organisation working in thirteen countries in East and Southern Africa. REPSSI’s vision is that all communities and families nurture, protect and empower their children and youth.

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