Vacancy: Head of Programmes

Note from the Good Work Foundation’s CEO

Good Work Foundation has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading education nonprofit organisations challenging and rethinking learning.

Traditional education systems are failing children and youth around the world, especially in rural and vulnerable places. New technology means that we can change that status quo, and that’s what our team has set out to do. We have proven that we have a model that can change the fabric of South African society and we are inviting thought leaders to join the movement.

Our two major programmes need a ‘disruptive’ thinker to continue to lead them forward. If you love education and have a passion for helping people unleash their potential, we would love to hear from you.

Yours in new education,

Kate Groch

Summary of Role: Head of Programmes

To date, GWF’s digital learning programmes have grown organically, responding to the needs of rural South African communities.

As GWF grows, with plans to reach many more southern African communities, we are looking for a Head of Programmes to consolidate and refine our programmes, packaging them so that they are easily replicable and ready to scale.

The role of Head of Programmes requires an individual who is capable of blending the methodology that GWF has already created, with new and emerging education technologies, specifically ones that will complement the effectiveness and deliverability of the existing programmes.

The role requires effective co-ordination of all programme related projects, and management of their inter-dependencies including oversight of any risks and issues arising.

The Head of Programmes is responsible for the overall integrity and coherence of GWF’s programmes, implementing international-standard policies and procedures as well as monitoring and evaluation best practice.

Most important, the Head of Programmes will take our programmes to the cutting edge of “new learning” proving that quality, fun and relevant learning can and does exist in the world’s most rural places.

Responsibilities of the Programme Manager

  • Planning, designing and collaborating the programmes and proactively monitoring progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Ensuring effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the programmes – focusing inwardly on the innovative progress and internal consistency of the programmes, and outwardly on the programme interfaces with the department of education, partner programmes and technical and specialist standards
  • Defining the programme’s governance arrangements
  • Managing the programme’s budget on behalf of the organisation, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the programme progresses
  • Facilitating the appointment of individuals to project teams
  • Ensuring the delivery of the projects is to the appropriate level of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the programme plan and programme governance arrangements
  • Ensuring there is allocation of common resources and skills within the programme’s individual projects
  • Managing third party contributions to the programmes
  • Managing communications with all stakeholders
  • Managing both the dependencies and the interfaces between projects
  • Managing risks to the programme’s successful outcome
  • Initiating extra activities and other management interventions wherever gaps in the programmes are identified or issues arise
  • Showcase the programmes at relevant national and international conferences, summits and trade-shows
  • Reporting the progress of the programmse at regular intervals to the CEO and the Trustees


To succeed in this position you will be educated to a postgraduate degree level. An enthusiasm for reimagining education is essential and it is likely that the successful candidate will have experience in working in the education and/or nonprofit sector. However, an education background is not essential. You are someone who is passionate about new innovations, research, development and implementation of technologies and processes that are leading a new way of thinking about educating the future leaders of our world.

Knowledge of a range of evaluation and research approaches and experience (or willingness to learn) of collecting high quality evaluation evidence are key in this role. You will also have experience in the management and control of budgets as well as co-ordinating staff and partners. You will have solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including the ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure. Lastly, you will have strong communication skills and the ability to be a “storyteller” of your work.


GWF offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.


Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Our largest digital learning campus is located in Hazyview, 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

About Good Work Foundation

GWF launches hubs of learning or ‘digital learning campuses’ in the heart of rural African communities that support and enhance state education. Digital learning campuses are single points of entry to information and learning that maximise access for underprivileged communities.

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 750 adults have graduated with internationally recognised qualifications in ICT literacy and eight elementary schools send a combined 2900 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, in March 2016 GWF launched a new digital learning campus in one of South Africa’s most isolated and remote villages, and two more digital learning campuses are planned for 2017.

Identifying the challenges of learning in rural communities, GWF implements two major programmes at its digital learning campuses:

  • The Bridging Academy creates an access bridge between school and work or further education training, preparing rural school leavers for life in modern business environments. This is a one year accredited programme
  • The Open Learning Academy partners with rural primary schools, allowing them to outsource digital, English and mathematics literacy to the digital learning campus. This is a continuous programme that supports rural learners from Grade 4 to Grade 8