Executive Director

at Ndifuna Ukwazi
Location Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Admin & Office
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR



About the Organisation

Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) is an activist organisation and law centre that promotes the realisation of constitutional rights and social justice through providing organising, research and legal support and representation to poor and working class people, communities and social movements. We work to advance urban land justice in Cape Town through the protection and expansion of access to land for affordable housing; supporting tenants’ rights and security of tenure in both private and public housing; towards realizing a more equal, spatially just and inclusive city.


About the Job

The incumbent will head the organisation’s team of 18 full and part time staff


Key Responsibilities

Strategic leadership - Leading the development and implementation of NU’s strategy in line with NU’s vision and mission, and guiding the development of the organisational culture and ethos of NU to reflect the values of justice and equity for which we advocate;


People - supporting, leading and building a diverse and competent team who demonstrate a commitment to NU’s mission, vision and ethos;


Fundraising and donors - Maintaining the healthy financial management of the organisation, including fundraising, reporting and building strong donor relationships;


Partners - Building and maintain relationships with NU’s strategic partners including community partners, social movements, civil society partners and funders;


Key stakeholders - Maintaining and strengthening NU’s profile and reputation with key stakeholders (including media, government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders), and representing NU in various forums;


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning - Ensuring meaningful monitoring, evaluation and learning in respect of NU’s work, strategies and impact;


Governance - Ensuring effective engagement with Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Board of Trustees; and


Risk management - Ensuring that financial and capital resources are efficiently managed and  that the organisation is financially sustainable.



Degree-level education (with a substantial understanding of the political, economic and socio-legal context of NU’s work);


At least five to seven years’ experience with experience in senior management;


A political consciousness and a demonstrated commitment to advancing constitutional rights, social justice and equality;


A record of leadership abilities, including:


Experience relating to financial and funder management;


Experience in managing projects from conceptualisation through to implementation and     completion;


Strong human resource management skills;


An ability to switch effortlessly between immediate priorities, medium-term and long-term strategic thinking; and


The ability to build the internal capacity of the team and provide support in a collegial environment;.


Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (fluency in other South African languages will be an advantage);.


Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to relate to, and work with a diverse range of people;


Residing in, or willing to relocate to Cape Town.




Preference will be given to candidates with:




Experience in a subject field in which NU operates, including land and housing rights and/or a related field; and


Experience in a social justice, activist or similar civil society organisation.


Interested candidates can send their CV


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