Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
20 October 2014

Triangle Project seeking a Director

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR

Triangle Project is a registered non-profit organisation based in Cape Town which focuses on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The organisation’s main areas of operation are the provision of health services, community development, public education and advocacy. We are seeking a dynamic person to lead the organisation.

The Director reports to the Board of Trustees, and is responsible for the consistent achievement of the organisation’s mission, strategic objectives and financial sustainability.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Initiate and facilitate overall strategic and operational planning, design and delivery of programmes, as well as the assessment of programme effectiveness;
  • Establish and maintain appropriate systems for measuring necessary aspects of organisational performance;
  • Ensure financial sustainability of the organisation (fundraising; donor liaison);
  • Manage and control expenditure within agreed budgets;
  • Ensure the smooth day to day management of the organisation’s work flow processes by maintaining effective systems and planning tools;
  • Integrate and build synergies into the work of finance, admin, and programmes areas;
  • Monitor, measure and report on organisational development plans and achievements;
  • Manage and develop direct reporting staff;
  • Implement staff development and performance management programmes;
  • Generate reports in line with governing body and donor needs; and
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of issues that impact on the work of the organisation.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience at director level or, at a minimum, 5 years’ experience at a senior management level;
  • Have a proven track record in the LGBTI and Human Rights sectors;
  • Be a politically astute ambassador for the LGBTI cause and the organisation;
  • Have strong fundraising abilities;
  • Have a sound understanding of LGBTI issues;
  • Have strategic leadership ability and a systems thinking approach to organisation development;
  • Have financial and project management skills;
  • Be well organised and accomplish work under tight deadlines
  • Have excellent communication skills and command of MS Office programmes;

Triangle Project practices affirmative action for LGBTI people.

Applications must accompany a motivation letter, updated CV, names of three work related referees and be e-mailed to: triangle2014recruitment@gmail.com by Monday 17 November 2014.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection process will include the appropriate competency tests related to the key performance areas highlighted above. In instances where additional reference requirements arise, candidates will be required to provide such additional information.

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