Our new Zero-Stunting Initiative: Employment Opportunities

A group of funders, together with the DG Murray Trust, is launching a national Zero-Stunting Initiative committed to halving stunting in the next decade. The prevalence of stunting, a condition where children do not reach their growth potential due to chronic malnutrition, is worryingly high in South Africa, with the recent national Demographic and Health Survey estimating the national prevalence of stunting for children under two being 31%. Stunting is associated with lifelong cognitive defects, educational and employment challenges, increased risk of chronic diseases in adulthood, and cycles of intergenerational poverty.

The Zero-Stunting Initiative seeks to achieve four objectives:

  1. Support and promote behaviour change of mothers through universal access to antenatal and postnatal classes
  2. Catalysing Community Healthcare Workers into ‘Champions for Children’
  3. Change the culture of early child feeding practices (both non-exclusive breastfeeding and poor weaning practices) through disruptive mass media communications
  4. Drive national commitment to Zero-stunting by 2030 through data-driven advocacy

To this end, the Zero-Stunting Initiative is recruiting a high-value, high-performance team to lead this work and achieve the ambitious goal of halving the prevalence of stunting in South Africa within a decade.

The Social Franchise Director:

Will lead the design, development and operations of a national social franchise of antenatal and postnatal classes, and will have:

  • A postgraduate university degree (preferably an MBA)
  • Experience working with small to medium size enterprises
  • Experience taking projects to scale
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • A strong sense of opportunity and enterprise
  • The drive to achieve and demonstrate exceptional performance

The Antenatal & Postnatal class curriculum designer and master trainer:

Will be primarily responsible for the design and development of a carefully crafted antenatal and postnatal class curriculum that speaks to the various drivers of stunting and which supports and empowers pregnant mothers and babies through the critical first 1000 days of life. This individual will be primarily responsible for overseeing the training of franchisees on the delivery of the curriculum and program quality assurance. They will have:

  • A university degree (preferably in health sciences or sociology)
  • Experience in developing training material and rolling out national training programmes
  • Great organisational and communication skills

The Communications Specialist:

The Communications Specialist will lead the over-arching communications strategy for the Zero-Stunting Initiative as well as be primarily responsible for the design and development of a disruptive mass media campaign aimed at changing the culture of early child feeding practices i.e. non-exclusive breastfeeding and poor weaning practices in South Africa. This individual will have:

  • A university degree (preferably in media or marketing)
  • Skills in interpreting data, framing and presenting arguments
  • The ability to apply research insights and knowledge of behaviour change and communication theory to a practical implementation plan
  • Excellent knowledge of the SA media landscape including radio, outdoor, TV and print
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • A background in advocacy work would be preferable

Community Healthcare Worker Master Trainer & Resource Centre Manager

The Community Healthcare Worker (CHW) Master Trainer & Resource Centre Manager will be primarily responsible for the design, development and operation of the CHW club and resource hub, as well as be the primary trainer of CHWs who seek to be enriched with the skillsets required to identify children at risk of stunting and provide the necessary support in homes and communities. This individual will have:

  • A university degree (preferably in health sciences)
  • Experience in developing training material and rolling out national training programmes
  • Strong people skills and an ability to work across a diversity of educational backgrounds
  • The enthusiasm for an extensive amount of travel (largely domestic)

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for the M&E of all the programmatic elements as well as over-seeing the design and development of zero-stunting “score-cards”.  This individual will have:

  • A university degree (preferably with training in M&E, Impact assessment or equivalent)
  • A strong entrepreneurial approach to using information to help drive the project and motivate all stakeholders
  • A background in advocacy work
  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills
  • Excellent monitoring & evaluation skills

Administrator

The administrator will coordinate the logistics and the administration of the Zero-Stunting Initiative, and will have:

  • A tertiary qualification
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills

Each position is a 3-year performance-contract post. Salary negotiable, based on skills and experience. All positions (bar CHW Master Trainer & Communications Specialist roles) are based in Johannesburg, with a significant amount of domestic travel. CHW Master Trainer and Communications Specialist roles could be based in either Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Interested candidates should send a short letter of motivation, CV and just the names and contact details of three referees, by email, to work@dgmt.co.za  Closing date for applications: 30 November 2017.

Read more about the opportunity to change South Africa by ensuring zero-stunting here, or for a more comprehensive read, have a look at the detailed version of our strategy brochure provided on this page of our website.