Managing Director, Grassroot Soccer South Africa

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a rapidly growing adolescent health organisation that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilise at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. Since 2002, GRS has reached over 2 million young people in 50 countries with life-saving HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health information and services. Grassroot Soccer is looking to significantly scale its impact via partnerships over the next five years, and reach over 1 million young people annually.

Grassroot Soccer South Africa (GRS SA) was founded as a local affiliate of GRS Inc. in 2006. It is registered as an NPO with a local Board of Directors. GRS SA has an annual budget of R30 million and operates in 6 provinces in South Africa, directly implementing programmes in 3 provinces (Gauteng, Western Cape, Mpumulanga) and working in partnership with other implementing organisations in 3 other provinces (Kwazulu Natal, Northwest, Free State).

Position Summary
The Managing Director (MD) Grassroot Soccer (GRS) South Africa is responsible for programme delivery, operations, and impact demonstration in South Africa and holds a critical position on the Grassroot Soccer Global Senior Management Team (SMT). The Managing Director works collaboratively with GRS senior leadership in building, leading, and directing her/his impact team to contribute to Grassroot Soccer’s global mission and 5 Year Strategic Plan.

The Managing Director is a seasoned manager with 7+ years’ experience implementing, overseeing, and managing health and/or education programmes and teams in a comparable geographic context. The Managing Director is a skillful people manager with demonstrated expertise in all aspects of project and programme management – s/he is a teambuilder and a delegator, and has demonstrated success in developing systems, mentoring staff, and holding individuals accountable. The successful MD is a resourceful manager with good interpersonal skills, excellent judgment, outstanding problem-solving abilities, and a collaborative approach to building partnerships and relationships internally and externally. In addition, s/he thrives within a matrixed organisation, which requires consulting, collaborating, and soliciting input across the global organisation to achieve the GRS mission.

To Apply
Please submit a CV and cover letter to Title the email “Managing Director SA”. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Application Deadline: 31 August, 2019


  • Programme Delivery and Excellence: The MD is ultimately responsible for building a team that can deliver excellent programmes in line with her/his country strategy and Grassroot Soccer’s 5 Year Plan. This will require the MD to closely monitor and ensure programme quality and demonstrate fluency in routine programme monitoring, evaluation, research, and grant management. The MD must build a team that can deliver excellence in all modes of GRS programme implementation. The MD must be aware of and adhere to grant and project requirements in line with donor expectations, coordinating closely with the Global Business Development team.
  • Operations, Financial Management, and Human Resources: The MD must ensure strategic, efficient and fiscally responsible use of organisational resources for optimal impact and sustainability. Develop and effectively implement annual strategic workplans with input from Global Functional Teams, the approval of the Regional Director, and adherence to organisational policies. Develop, seek approval for, and implement annual budgets in accordance with grant commitments, Global and national strategies and priorities, with the approval of the Global Finance team. Recruit, mentor, and retain a high-quality team to support key organisational functions: programmes/grant management, finance, monitoring & evaluation, and business and partnership development. Drive a performance-based culture of excellence and accountability.
  • External Relations, Partnership Cultivation, and Business Development: Develop and implement national strategies for government influence, integration, and adoption of GRS programmes and/or approach. Cultivate and manage relationships with government agencies, INGOs, CBO/FBO, research institutions, UN agencies, and other international development partners to explore and build a pipeline of strategic partnerships and new business. Work collaboratively with the Global Business Development and Partnering Strategy teams to assess and respond to relevant funding and partnership opportunities (Go-No-Go decision-making). Promote and operationalize showcasing opportunities with support and input from the Partnering Strategy, Fundraising and Business Development teams for high priority donors and partners. Represent GRS at global, national, and local events and be able to speak on behalf of the organisation as a whole.
  • Please see full job description for additional responsibilities.

Specifications & Competencies

  • Experience: 10+ years managing programmes and/or operations in a national or multinational nonprofit. At least 5+ years in a senior management position. Experience overseeing implementation of organisational or programme budgets of at least R15 million annually. Demonstrated experience working with a range of different stakeholders (e.g. global headquarters, prime partners, ministry officials, local boards and programme teams).
  • Communication Style: Excellent written and oral English communication skills. Exceptional skills in building relationships with a wide range of staff and partners, and operating within diverse social and cultural contexts, often virtually, over multiple continents and time zones. Can communicate effectively, both oral and written, with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders (e.g. Ambassadors, Ministers, Civil Society leaders, board members, senior leadership, staff, young people). Ability to see and tell stories from numbers in budgets and programme data.
  • Work Style: Ability to proactively manage programmes and projects and ensuring challenges are attended to before they become problems. Inspire and lead teams while holding them accountable for results. Maintain oversight over a large range of programmes, projects, and partnerships while ensuring effective prioritisation of time and effort. Manage change and complexity in a growing organisation. Willingness and ability to travel (approximately 30% of time).
  • Please see full job description for additional information and how to apply.

Job Overview

Date Posted

August 1, 2019


Johannesburg, South Africa

Job Type

Full Time