IkamvaYouth: Branch Coordinator

IkamvaYouth is a township-based non-profit organisation, established in 2003 and formally registered in 2004, with branches in three provinces, operating from Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Masiphumelele in the Western Cape, Ivory Park in Gauteng, and the greater Cato Manor area in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. While learners enroll at IkamvaYouth when they are in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11, the programme’s success is ultimately determined by the number of grade 12 learners who access tertiary institutions and/or employment-based learning opportunities when they matriculate. IkamvaYouth in the Greater Cato Manor area of Durban (comprised of Cato Crest, Cato Manor, Ridgeview, Chesterville and Bonela townships), has grown from the Maths Support Programme that was started in 2007 by students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus for learners from the nearby Cato Crest informal settlement.

IkamvaYouth in Durban seeks to fill the position of Branch Coordinator for its flagship office, which will be based in the township of Chesterville. S/he will be a solutions orientated social entrepreneur who is passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities, and wants to make a difference. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in a by-youth for-youth educational movement that empowers young people to take our future into our own hands. Previous exposure to volunteer work or an NGO environment preferable but not essential.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Directors of other branches in a coordinated and collaborative way to ensure alignment of policies and processes, and prevent duplication of effort;
  • Recruit, coordinate and support volunteer tutors and mentors;
  • Liaise with the schools, parents and other community stakeholders;
  • Fundraise to build the branch (meeting with funders, writing proposals and reports);
  • Manage an office and ensure accurate and up-to date data collection and administration for monitoring and evaluation;
  • Budgeting, financial management and reporting;
  • Coordinate the organisation’s communications (website, group e-mail discussion lists, newsletters, etc.) together with other ikamvanites;
  • Lead the team of volunteers to implement the supplementary tutoring, career guidance and mentoring and holiday programmes. Requirements:
  • Post Matric qualification
  • Project management skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Organised and efficient;
  • Enjoys working with young people;
  • Able to work alone and take initiative;
  • Adept at using computers and able to work virtually (many discussions, meetings and document development occur collaboratively online);
  • “Can do” attitude and belief is very important (IkamvaYouth achieves great results despite challenging environments and minimal resources);

Send resume with covering letter to: zamo@ikamvayouth.org 

Closing date: 29 July 2011