Executive Director

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About the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is a non-governmental organisation which envisions societies that are peaceful, equal and free from violence. CSVR aims to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at community, national and regional levels.

We do this through collaboration with and learning from the lived and diverse experiences of communities affected by violence and conflict to inform innovative interventions, generate knowledge, shape public discourse, influence policy, hold states accountable and promote gender equality, social cohesion and active citizenship.

The Role

CSVR seeks a candidate that is knowledgeable, respected by policy makers, national and regional structures, and the professional community – including research and advocacy, institutes, psychological and community Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at national, continental and international level. The candidate should have strong stakeholder relations and be well-networked towards building a sustainable organisation.

CSVR is looking to appoint a dynamic, innovative, strategic and tactical leader, an Executive Director who sees both the big picture and the details. This position will be responsible for promoting sustainable peace at community, national, regional and global levels by understanding, preventing and addressing the effects of violence and inequality.

The selected candidate will be based in the Johannesburg office and report directly to the CSVR Board of Trustees.

Job Purpose and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the organisational strategy, resourcing and governance.
  • Lead the integration and mainstreaming of gender across programmes and departments.
  • Account for all functions of the organisation including finances, communications and operations (IT, HR, Admin, Risk management).
  • Drive the funding and fundraising (donor liaison, building reserves, increasing funding) to ensure the financial health of the organisation.
  • Identify, initiate and maintain strategic partnerships.
  • Profile and strategically position the organisation in national, continental and international forums.
  • Promote and maintain a healthy organisational culture.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. At least a Master’s in a relevant degree (Human rights, social work, psychology, gender, business administration, law, development, etc).
  2. At least 10 years’ management experience.
  3. At least 15 years of experience in the field of violence prevention/peacebuilding/gender/trauma/mental health and psychosocial support/transitional justice and/or human rights.
  4. Experience in a non-profit environment will be an added advantage.

Candidate profile

  • Strong strategic capability and leadership.
  • Ability to work with boards and build strong relations.
  • Stakeholder management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong fundraising experience.
  • Financial management skills and good governance.
  • Highly motivated to deliver positive change.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility with working hours.
  • Fluent in spoken and demonstrated written English skills.
  • Experience in effectively and efficiently managing and growing non-profit organizations.
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