VACANCY – Open Learning Academy Programme Manager: Group

Good Work Foundation (GWF), an award-winning South African non-profit organisation, launches digital learning campuses in the heart of rural African communities that support innovative learning that is inspired by a digital future. The prototype, established in 2012, is Hazyview Digital Learning Campus located close to the border of the Greater Kruger National Park. Since opening, more than 1000 adults have graduated with internationally recognised qualifications in ICT literacy and eight primary schools send a combined 4500 learners to the campus for digital literacy tuition, as well as supplementary English, mathematics and conservation tuition, presented on digital devices. Based on the success of the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus prototype, five more digital learning campuses in Mpumalanga (Bushbuckridge) will be operational by January 2020 with medium-term plans to develop multiple clusters in other regions and provinces.

One of our two core programmes is the Open Learning Academy (winner of multiple ‘Reimagine Education’ awards in 2016 and 2017), which partners with rural primary schools, allowing them to outsource digital, English and mathematics literacy to the digital learning campus. We are looking for a group Open Learning Academy Programme Manager who will continue to drive the innovation of this programme that expands beyond quality basic education and into digital fluency, STEM skills and inquiry-based learning. Critically this is an individual who thinks beyond the confines of the conventional classroom and is excited by the challenge to learning approaches that concepts like the fourth industrial revolution and the “gig economy” present. Reporting to the GWF Head of Programmes and Campus Operations (HOPCO) and serving as a member of the Management Team, this position’s primary responsibility is delivering effective and exciting management of GWF’s Open Learning Academy programme development across the group.


  • Development, Coordination and Supervision – Overall responsibility for academic management of the Bridging Academy programme across all campuses (group level), ensuring consistently high quality of teaching and facilitating and meeting targets for student recruitment, retention and results
    • Drive the development and innovation of the programme ensuring its ability to address the immediate challenges faced by the state curriculum; whilst simultaneously looking beyond those immediate challenges to the future skills requirements of an increasingly digital economy
    • Support research initiatives into regional / global education innovation trends, specifically the integration of education technology to promote wonder-filled, inquiry-based, independent learning
    • Document the programme’s objectives, content, strategic relevance, operational management and curriculum
    • Work with the Facilitator Internship Manager or delegate to ensure alignment of the Facilitator Internship programme and the Open Learning Academy programme requirements
  • Strategic Input - Assist in the development of strategic plans for programme activity. On an invitational basis, attend GWF EXCO meetings
  • Human Resources – Responsible for the training of programme staff, teachers, facilitators and coordinators to ensure consistency and high quality of programme delivery across all campuses
    • Oversee and connect in with campuses around recruitment and appointment of new programme staff, teachers, facilitators and coordinators
  • Relationship Management – Manage and create relationships with schools; relevant regional and provincial Department of Education; National DBE; Education Publishers; South African Council for Educators (SACE); relevant non-governmental organisations
  • Volunteers Management – Interface with volunteers and experts, when applicable, to ensure that they are adding strategic value to the programme
  • Ambassador – Represent the programme on behalf of the Head of Programmes & Campus Operations (HOPCO) when required and be a brand Ambassador to external stakeholders
  • Financial – Preparation and reporting on programme budget as well as manage programme expenditure
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – Periodic reporting on programme activities, progress, challenges and way forward of programme at a strategic and group level
    • In collaboration with other relevant Programme Managers as well as EXCO ensure that all programmes are aligned to GWF goals and objectives as well as its Mission and Vision


  • A postgraduate university degree in in the field of education (B Ed or M Ed or equivalent degree preferred)
  • A minimum of 8 years relevant experience in a similar role or have managed programmes that rapidly evolved to push the boundary on education
  • Rural community or non-profit experience preferable (not compulsory)


  • Very high emotional intelligence, IQ, cultural sensitivity
  • Innovative, creative, problem solver, patient, confident and resilient
  • Eager to be part of and guiding a team in programme development relevant to the world of education in South Africa and especially in the rural context
  • Have an understanding and desire to learn and be part of the rural context in which GWF works
  • Committed to and passionate about education in South Africa
  • Experience in training of trainers
  • Servant leader


GWF offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.


Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The GWF head office is based at our largest digital learning campus in Hazyview. This is ten minutes’ drive from the Kruger National Park’s Phabeni Gate and 45 minutes drive from White River and Nelspruit.


To apply please send your full CV together with a letter of motivation to, REF: Open Learning Academy Programme Manager: Group. Application closing date is 8th February, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.


  • Applicants must have the right to legally work in South Africa
  • The employer reserves the right to vary the specifications of the advertised position
  • The employer reserves the right not to make an appointment