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.
From 2018-2020, SCSA implement the Happy Living and Learning project in ECD centres in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga. With support from the project manager, the ECD project officer will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the ECD project activities at the selected sites. The project officer will facilitate training for ECD practitioners, supervisors and caregivers in health, education, child protection and child rights and governance. S/he will liaise with key stakeholders in the community and caregivers.
Conduct assessment of ECD sites, and assist in the identification of skill and resource gaps
Initiate and engage with local relevant ECD forums and local communities
Develop and maintain key government stakeholder relationships
Schedule and implement training workshops and provide follow-up support to the ECD practitioners, staff and caregivers
Assist in the development and revision of training materials
Conduct basic assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes
Mentor ECD staff in classroom practices and implementation of new skills & knowledge
In collaboration with M& E staff, develop monitoring plans for effective delivery of training in the province
In line with the approved project implementation plan and the budget, develop the monthly project plans and monthly progress report
Draft reports on training for inclusion in donor reports
Organise the logistics, communications and preparations of materials and supplies for training events
Monitor and support HLL infrastructure developments coordinated in the province
Post-matriculation diploma or degree in Child Care or Early Childhood Development, Undergraduate qualification in Project Management will be an added advantage.
Level of Experience
At least 3 years’ experience in the ECD sector (must have knowledge of early childhood development service provision sector – Government and non-governmental)
At least 2 years’ experience in training/facilitation (ECD Management, health, early childhood development, education, child protection and child rights)
Excellent language proficiency in English and isiZulu/SeSotho/Sepedi/Tswana
Fully computer literate – internet, e-mail, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Valid driving licence, and 3 years daily driving experience
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Efficient personal organisational skills, including time management and ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to take initiative and take decisions at appropriate level.
Accuracy, honesty and openness.
Mature and disciplined approach to work.
All candidates are to send their CVs and a cover letter with subject “HLL Project Officer” no later than 14h00 Wednesday, 15 May 2019. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Job Title : Happy Living and Learning (HLL) Project Officer
Grade : 10
Fixed Term : 09 months
Reports to : HLL Project Manager
Base : Gauteng Provincial Office (JHB)
Travel Requirements : Travel within the province, some national
Budget Responsibilities : Own Projects only
Asset Responsibilities : SCSA working tools
Child Protection level : 3