The Executive Director (ED) leads the FHR (Foundation for Human Rights) and is responsible for the implementation of the Vision, Mission and Strategic plan of the FHR. The ED will report to the Supervisory Board and will provide timely and accurate information necessary for the Supervisory Board to carry out is oversight role and to make informed decisions. Financial Performance and Viability. The ED is responsible for ensuring the financial viability of the organization by:
•Ensuring the fiscal integrity of the FHR, including regular reports to the Supervisory Board on budgets and management accounts

•Fundraising to support the implementation of the vision and mission Organization Vision, Mission and Strategy.

The ED is responsible for working with the FHR Supervisory Board and staff to ensure that the Vision, Mission and Strategy are fulfilled through programmes, strategic planning and outreach:
•Implementation of the FHR’s programmes in accordance with the vision, mission and strategy

•Strategic planning to ensure that the FHR is able to successfully fulfil its vision and mission in the future

•Enhancing and promoting the FHR’s image by being active and visible and through working closely with other civil society organizations and partners including government and donors

Operational and strategic responsibilities. Operational and strategic responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1.Planning and implementation through an annual workplan and supporting budget

2.Ensuring that employment and administrative policies and procedures are in place and implemented in the day to day operations of the FHR

3.Serving as the primary spokesperson of the organization, media and general public

4.Establishing and maintaining relationships with government, civil society and the donor community5.Supervise, collaborate and support the staff of the Foundation

6. Oversight and management of:

Strategic planning and implementationo Board and board sub-committee meetings

7. Other duties that may be assigned by the Supervisory Board.

Minimum Job Requirements

•A Masters’ degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline in social sciences

•At least 10 years’ experience in the social justice sector

•Working knowledge of and commitment to human rights, especially in South African context

•At least 10 years relevant working experience at senior management level

•Demonstrated experience of working in an environment with a variety of stakeholders

•Demonstrated ability to fundraise for programme work within the sector

• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• High level of professionalism

• Strong Analytical skills• Good interpersonal skills

• Possession of a valid driver’s license for South Africa

• Fluency in English

• Knowledge of other local languages is an advantage.

Remuneration Salary is commensurate of experience (package will be cost to company and performance based as according to the FHR internal policies).
Application processThe FHR is committed to promoting equity and encourages previously disadvantaged candidates to apply.

• Applicants must submit a cover letter along with an updated CV, which should include the details of three referees traceable.

• Deadline for all application submissions is 17 June 2022.

• Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

• The FHR reserves the right to not fill the position.

• Applications should be emailed to


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