SWEAT, a 20 year old organisation working on the health and rights of sex workers, is recruiting for the position of Director. The director works with a management team of 6, each of whom work on a particular programmatic or operational function and have their own teams. The Director also provides support and mentorship to the Sisonke movement of sex workers. SWEAT manages a staff complement of 98 and has a presence in 6 provinces (this includes Sisonke staff).

We are looking for an individual with experience working with key and vulnerable populations in health and human rights who will take our innovative and exciting work forward.

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Has worked in a management position – managing people and processes;
  • Has experience in fundraising, successfully managing proposals from start to contracting;
  • Is comfortable with media engagement and representing SWEAT on multiple public platforms;
  • Builds alliances and partnerships which are in the interests of SWEAT in the long and short term;
  • Has worked closely with marginalised peoples and communities, and has an awareness and understanding of the politics of marginalisation;
  • Considers sex work as work and supports the decriminalisation of sex work;
  • Considers the history of, and ongoing impacts, of colonisation and the oppression of peoples and communities;
  • Is knowledgeable about HIV and public health imperatives;
  • Is able to develop ‘outside-the-box’ ideas and strategies, creating potential opportunities and innovative approaches to allow these to be realised;
  • Supports flexibility by introducing procedures which ensure quick turnaround and encourages flexibility in others;
  • Addresses longer-term performance problems openly and clearly states consequences while providing guidance and support as well as constructive criticism;
  • Communicates and gains team commitment to a vision of what is to be achieved;
  • Identifies inequalities of opportunity within the workplace and takes steps to address them;
  • Sets up support structures to manage stress levels on a proactive basis; and
  • Works from an intersectional perspective.

Personal attributes

  • Speaks out for a course of action that is evidence-based and is courageous when faced with personal attacks. Challenges others with respect;
  • Walks the talk by communicating intentions, ideas and feelings openly and directly and welcoming openness and honesty even in difficult situations, without losing focus;
  • Inspires and empowers others to overcome difficulties and achieve goals. Nurtures strong team identity and pride; and
  • Manages emotions, using coping mechanisms to deal with difficult or emotional situations, understanding the need to be strong and positive- while being self-aware of your own triggers and seeking help when you need it.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in a relevant field (public health or human rights), and at least 5 years’ experience in a management position in an NGO, experience in fundraising, and unequivocal support for sex workers rights.

We are looking for someone with integrity, someone who loves working in a busy and challenging environment, who knows how to lead and motivate a management team and who is excited by diversity. You should be committed to a collaborative management style and be comfortable in an environment that values all voices.

Applicants must send a covering letter, explaining their relevant experience (at least one page long) as well as their CV to sallys@sweat.org.za by the 26 January 2018.

The post is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Only those with the legal right to work in South Africa can apply.

SWEAT reserves the right to make appointments which are transformation focused.


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