Employment Opportunity: Innovation Manager
The DG Murray Trust (DGMT) sees itself as a strategic investor into social projects and a public benefit innovator. Their goal for South Africa is a flourishing people, economy and society in which every person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Towards this goal, their strategic aims for 2017 – 2021 are:
- To nurture an innovative and inclusive society;
- To keep all children on track by Grade 4; and
- To enable all young people to get their first decent job.
In order to achieve these aims, key areas of intervention are identified as Opportunities within the DGMT’s Five Year Strategy. The core team of Innovation Managers are responsible for driving this strategy forward through:
- commissioning or funding projects that can seize the opportunities for success;
- communicating the DGMT’s opportunities in ways that inspire leadership and action; and
- connecting people of like and unlike mind, who are committed to the same goal.
As an Innovation Manager in the team working to ensure that All Young People Get their First Decent Job, you will:
- Assess and motivate for the approval of grants to support initiatives linked to the DGMT strategy;
- Administer the grant through developing relevant agreements and reporting qualifications;
- Manage relationships with partners in ways that support organisations to implement effectively, and allow the organisations to learn from their implementation;
- Work with partners to surface and communicate their implementation experience for greater strategic insight and influence;
- Review periodic reports on the implementation of supported initiatives for assessment of progress towards strategic aims;
- Commission additional support from experts to enrich or execute key areas of the strategy;
- Working with the team, support the success of the strategy by connecting with key stakeholders, partners, and ideas linked to the DGMT’s strategic aims and opportunities; and;
- Develop key communications products that support the strategy (e.g. Op-Eds, blog posts, policy submissions, learning briefs, case studies).
To qualify, you will need:
- A relevant degree; preferably with a post-graduate qualification
- At least three years of relevant experience
- Knowledge of current practices, trends and information in relevant fields of work within youth development, education, civil society and health sectors
- High level of strategic thinking and ability
- Ability to work independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals
- A track record in collaborating across multiple internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to work effectively in a fluid and fast-paced work environment, managing multiple priorities under pressure and accomplish short- and long- term deadlines with a challenging workload
- Strong team player
- Excellent writing, verbal, analytical, and organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Good communications skills
This is a permanent contract, and the position is based in Cape Town.
Salary negotiable based on skills and experience. The position will require frequent domestic travel across South Africa.
Interested candidates should send a short letter of motivation, CV, and the names and contact details of three references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 March 2019.