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Updated: Jun 10

Location: East London, South Africa

Salary: Market-related salary will be offered

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Please submit applications to:

Masimanyane Women’s Rights International (MWRI) is a feminist, social justice organisation working to advance gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence.  We are a well-established organisation with a 28-year track record of providing critical support services to survivors of GBVF and working at a policy level to improve the status of women and girls in our society. MWRI is grounded in the principles of women’s human rights and equality, and we embrace the principles of non-discrimination, substantive equality, and state accountability. MWRI prides itself on being locally rooted and globally connected.

The board of Masimanyane Women’s Rights International is looking for an Executive Director to take over the reins from the inspirational founder of the organisation and lead this powerful institution into the future. The successful candidate will be an experienced feminist leader who can work to ensure that the organisation continues to grow and positively impact the lives of women and girls across South Africa.

About the Role

The Executive Director will lead an exciting strategic plan, develop and guide MWRI’s strategic vision, and manage internal and external processes that seek to deepen the organisation's objectives.

The Executive Director will also engage in outreach, lead high-level networking dialogues, and represent MWRI by participating in key regional and international events. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will manage a dynamic team and develop and implement a long-term funding model.


Strategic Vision and Leadership: Lead the organisation and set the strategic direction in keeping with the Strategic Plan.

Strategic planning: Work closely with the board and senior management to refine and implement the organisation’s strategic plan and ensure the required resources are in place.

Stakeholder management:  Identify, develop, and maintain strategic, effective partner relationships with donors, government, civil society groups, and communities to achieve the organisation’s strategic goals.

·Fundraising/ Resource mobilisation: A key performance area is initiating and leading the organisation’s fundraising efforts and mobilising and allocating resources to sustain its service delivery.

People and Culture: Attract and retain competent and motivated staff who are committed to MWRI's mission and vision. Ensure that the organisation’s culture is informed by its values and holds space for organizational reflection, growth, and transformation while also recognising, valuing, and embracing the diversity of views, backgrounds, and cultures of the workforce.

·Programmes: The organisation continuously implements several programmes. The ED must ensure the effective development and implementation of these programmes, informed by data, diagnostic evaluations, and a sound monitoring and evaluation system.

Financial management: Maintain a strong financial management system together with the financial team and in conjunction with the board. Be committed to full transparency and accountability in financial management. Ensure internal controls are in place, financial resources are efficiently managed and reported on, and the organisation can meet its programme goals.

Governance & Compliance:  Ensure MWRI fully complies with all its legal obligations. Work closely with the board of directors by supporting them to carry out their fiduciary responsibilities. Ensure that the organisation complies with relevant policies and legislation.


-       A committed feminist with a relevant post-graduate qualification, e.g. Law, human rights social work or development Studies, etc.

-       At least ten years of senior management experience in the non-profit or human rights sector.

-       Proven track record of contributing to or leading successful fundraising efforts

-       High-level strategic thinking and planning.

-       Successful track record of building stakeholder relations

-       Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills

-       Financial management, incl. budget development, analysis, and decision-making.

-       Knowledge of Foundation Phase Education would be advantageous.

Person specification

-       A visionary who is committed to redressing inequality through education and a deep belief in social justice, particularly the empowerment of women and girls.

-       Transparent, responsive, accountable, and inclusive leadership style.

-       High level of integrity, compassion, and respect for the dignity of others.

-       Openness to innovation, reflective practice, and learning


Because of the organisation’s target groups, preference will be given to South African black candidates as defined by the BBB-EE Act.

Please send your CV and a 1-page motivation letter to

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Please accept your application as unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by 8 July  2024.

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Please download the job advert here:

Job Advert June 2024
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