Employment Opportunities: JobStarter

Project Background

JobStarter is a Not-for-Profit Company aimed at improving young people’s ability to take their first steps towards decent work.  One-third of young people in South Africa are not in employment, education or training (NEET). To help address this, we believe the following structural barriers can be addressed in the medium term through a digital platform (https://jobstarter.co.za/). These include:

  • Persistent information asymmetries that prevent young people from navigating their way towards opportunity;
  • An inability of young people to flag work-readiness competencies without formal qualifications or experience; and
  • The high cost of work seeking.

Targeted at young, engaged NEETS; JobStarter was designed as a low-cost, mobile platform with three core offerings:

  • easily accessible and well-curated information for young people to take their next steps towards the labour market;
  • work-readiness focussed e-learning; and
  • a platform where opportunity providers can find young, local opportunity seekers.

Positions

We are looking to fill three positions: an Opportunities Manager, E-Learning Manager and an Information Strategy Manager. Job specification follows below.


Opportunities Manager

The Opportunities Manager must take on the following responsibilities:

  • Develop, execute and evaluate an opportunities strategy via the Jobstarter digital platform.
    • The strategy must optimise the platform so that young opportunity seekers are supported to become more work-ready, able to successfully secure interviews and retain opportunities.
    • In addition, opportunity providers/employers need support to create more opportunities, to quickly and easily find and recruit young opportunity seekers, and to support young hires.
  • Develop relationships and nurture partnerships to execute the strategy with employers, non-profit organisations and other organisations such as the QCTO, SETAs and Chambers of Commerce and to understand how to support opportunity providers/employers to create new opportunities for young people.
  • Use learning and insights to improve the platform.

Requirements:

  • At a minimum, the candidate must have:
    • a relevant qualification – such as in the field of social development, community development, and/or economics
    • a minimum of five years of relevant work experience. At least two of those years must have been spent leading a project, programme or unit.
  • Preferably, the candidate:
    • has experience helping young people secure opportunities;
    • has an understanding of how to optimize and leverage an online platform; and
    • is fluent in two or more of South Africa’s official languages.
  • The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:
    • consider issues at a strategic level;
    • understand what prevents young people from accessing opportunities;
    • are able to work with stakeholders towards a common vision, and can navigate complex relationships;
    • can translate lessons from implementation and relationships into mechanisms to optimise the JobStarter digital platform;
    • are comfortable trouble-shooting challenges and implementing solutions based on information;
    • invite input across teams and collaborate with other people to execute strategies; and
    • are able to self-manage within a start-up environment.

This is a 12 month, fixed-term, contract with possibility of renewal. Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position is based in Cape Town. To apply please send your CV, a covering letter and three contactable references to work@dgmt.co.za

When applying use “Application: Opportunities Manager” as the subject line of your email.
Applications close 31 January 2020.


E-Learning Manager

The E-Learning Manager must take on the following responsibilities:

  • Develop, execute, and evaluate an e-learning strategy. The strategy must:
    • Target young, engaged NEETs;
    • Outline the optimal e-learning user journey for opportunity seekers; and
    • Identify and outline modules that can increase the work-readiness of opportunity seekers and/or improve the probability of them securing opportunities;
  • Work with industry experts and thought leaders to develop relevant e-learning curricula for modular learning.
  • Quality checking of content for accuracy and relevance and load it onto the platform.
  • Monitor and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of all modules; revise and improve modules based on learning from the sector and evaluation.
  • Leverage learnings and insights from the e-Learning strategy to improve the platform.

Requirements

  • As a minimum requirement, the candidate must have:
    • a relevant graduate qualification – such as in the field of curriculum development, skills development, and/or community development.
    • Five years of relevant work experience – preferably in developing instructional learning for adults. At least two of those years must have been spent leading a project, programme or unit.
  • Preferably, the candidate:
    • has experience developing e-learning content;
    • has the ability to understand and leverage an online platform; and
    • is fluent in at least two of South Africa’s official languages.
  • The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:
    • have strong analytical abilities and are able to communicate verbally and in writing on complex issues;
    • consider issues at a strategic level;
    • are comfortable trouble-shooting challenges and developing solutions based on information;
    • are excited to understand new theories of learning, methodologies and technologies to optimise e-learning;
    • invite input across teams and collaborate with other people to execute strategies; and
    • are able to self-manage within a start-up environment.

This is a 12 month, fixed-term, contract with possibility of renewal. Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position is based in Cape Town. To apply please send your CV, a covering letter and three contactable references to work@dgmt.co.za

When applying use “Application: E-Learning Manager” as the subject line of your email.
Applications close 31 January 2020.


Information Strategy Manager

The Information Strategy Manager must take on the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute an information strategy for young opportunity seekers and opportunity providers via the Jobstarter platform. The strategy must optimise the platform to:
    • enable opportunity-seekers to find and secure opportunities and resources through targeted and appropriate information.
    • influence decision-making and behaviour of opportunity-seekers to increase their chances to secure opportunities.
    • encourage opportunity-providers/employers to connect with young candidates who might otherwise be unlikely to sure opportunities;
  • Manage teams of consultants and industry experts to create, source and synthesize information related to the information strategy.
  • Develop and execute a social media strategy to market content and information.
  • Use learnings and insights from the information strategy to improve the platform.

Requirements

  • As a minimum requirement, the candidate must have:
    • a relevant graduate qualification – such as in the field of education, skills development, social development and/or community development.
    • Five years of relevant work experience. At least two of those years must have been spent leading a project, programme or unit.
  • Preferably, the candidate has:
    • experience in the youth development sector;
    • an understanding of how to optimise and leverage an online platform;
    • experience developing or managing the development of written content; and
    • fluency in at least two of South Africa’s official languages
  • The ideal candidate has the following attributes, they:
    • consider issues at a strategic level;
    • understand what prevents young people from accessing opportunities;
    • are able to communicate verbally and in writing on complex issues;
    • have strong analytical abilities and can develop evidence-based frameworks to guide content development and roll-out;
    • understand project life-cycles and are comfortable managing teams for delivery;
    • are excited to learn and apply new theories, information and technology;
    • invite input across teams and collaborate with other people to execute strategies; and
    • are able to self-manage within a start-up environment.

This is a 12 month, fixed-term, contract with possibility of renewal. Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position is based in Cape Town. To apply please send your CV, a covering letter and three contactable references to work@dgmt.co.za

When applying use “Application: Information Strategy Manager” as the subject line of your email.
Applications close 31 January 2020.