Africa Foundation: CBLP Manager

Africa Foundation (AF), South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th April, 2018

Job Description

Africa Foundation (AF) is to facilitate the empowerment and development of people living within identified protected areas in Africa, by forging unique partnerships between conservation initiatives and local communities.

AF seeks to appoint a Manager for the Community Business Linkages Programme to be based in Mpumalanga.

AF, along with a number of partners, is implementing a three years’ Community Business Linkages Programme (CBLP) which will support, mentor and develop entrepreneurs and small business ranging from crafters, contractors and small-scale farmers, in rural communities in which AF works. The Program will focus on developing four craft centres, and supporting 35 small businesses within the building and contracting sector.

The purpose of the position is the overall management, coordination and implementation of CBLP


Craft Centre Support

  • Primary day to day liaison between our key technical support partner, Global Gift Innovators and AF.
  • Work with the appropriate Programme Officer to act as primary point of contact between craft centres and AF
  • Develop and implement a marketing and business development plan for the craft programme in its entirety
  • Implement and support the roll-out of training programmes within craft centres
  • Chair weekly operations Skype calls for each craft centre
  • Produce a monthly progress report for each craft centre

Assist and support craft centres with the following:

  • Daily operations and control
  • Record keeping and administration, procedures and systems
  • Compilation of weekly and monthly reports
  • Oversee the craft production, including quality control
  • Market and sales opportunities

Contractor Support Programme

  • Identify suitable individuals and businesses from AF’s community-based suppliers to participate in the CSP
  • Work with individual suppliers to determine their developmental requirements, such as training, marketing, administrative or other support; develop customised training and support plan/s
  • Identify appropriate resources, such as local training institutions and experts, to implement customised training and support plan/s
  • Organise regular meetings and group training sessions and workshops
  • Assist contractors in developing appropriate systems within their businesses, such as accounting and administrative systems

Programme Management

  • Effective coordination of the CBLP, including planning, implementation and evaluation, ensuring all programme reporting requirements are met timeously
  • Ensure CBLP's strategic objectives are accomplished and accurately adhered to throughout implementation
  • Ensure programme administration is completed accurately and timeously, inclusive of marketing collateral
  • With Operations Manager and Business Development Unit, identify opportunities to expand CBLP within the MPU region, as well as other AF regions
  • Ensure monthly spend on the CBLP budget is monitored and tracked
  • Participate in regular program meetings as required

Stakeholder Relationships

  • Ensure ongoing engagement with programme stakeholders, in particular Global Gift Innovators
  • Strengthen relationships with government municipalities, departments and agencies to gain collateral support to facilitate CBLP activities
  • Broaden the network of partners and collaborative opportunities by developing and sustaining strong programme stakeholder relationships


  • Qualification (degree preferred) in business, accounting, marketing, management, or similar (non-negotiable)
  • Minimum of years’ proven experience working in business / business support organisation (non-negotiable)
  • Proven administration, management and financial experience (non-negotiable)
  • Strong Microsoft Office knowledge (non-negotiable)
  • Knowledge / experience of accounting and point of sale packages (preferred)
  • Experience working in a rural or development environment (preferred)
  • Proactive with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Strong people and leadership skills, experience working with a variety of people in diverse environments
  • Organised, detail orientated multitasker with strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Numerate with extensive experience working in excel and financial packages such as Pastel/ AccPac
  • Strong communication skills and spoken / written English
  • Strong communication skills in Tsonga (non-negotiable), additional understanding of IsiZulu preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • strong knowledge and experience with small business sector development and support

To apply, submit CV to  Juliet Price, AF Administrative Officer at

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