Chief Executive Officer





The South African Red Cross Society (SLRCS) is a NOT an NGO.  It is a National Society that was constituted on the basis of International law and domestic law by virtue of the South African Government being signatory to the Geneva Conventions which compelled her establish the Society by an Act of Parliament in 1921 and subsequent South African Red Cross Society and Legal Protection of Certain Emblems Act of 2007 as a voluntary humanitarian relief and development Society, auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.


SARCS forms part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which is the largest humanitarian network globally, operating in 191 countries.


Job Summary

The Chief Executive officer of the SARCS and is responsible for;

Managing the operations of the SARCS and ensuring compliance with approved policies, procedures and standards

Guiding and overseeing financial, personnel and administration functions

Ensuring timeous reporting to donors, Board of Directors and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).




  1. Human Capital Management
  • Develops and manages Human Capital by engaging competent and properly trained staff, planning and directing the Society’s work schedule in a manner that optimises its effectiveness, assess performance on a regular basis, and, where necessary, provide or obtain relevant training for personnel management development.
  • Advising the General Assembly on policy and statutory matters.
  • Undertaking yearly staff evaluation with all staff
  • Being evaluated yearly by the Chairperson on behalf of the Board
  • Managing and developing the human resources (staff and volunteers) available to the society.
  • Reporting to and attending Board of Directors meetings as Chief Executive Officer of the National Society and ensuring that the Board and other Committees are fully informed of the activities of the National Society.


  1. Financial Management
  • Managing the financial resources of the society through timely preparation of budgets ensuring proper financial controls, accounting systems and proper authorisation and expenditure procedures are in place as well as ensuring that the society’s property and equipment are properly safe guarded , insured and maintained.
  • Ensuring that the annual financial audits of SARCS programmes are prepared
  • Ensuring ongoing monitoring, controlling and evaluation procedures of all SARCS programmes in order to optimise the services provided by those programmes.
  • Ensuring that all money entrusted to the society is accounted for and used for its expressed purpose.
  • Initiating and undertaking resource mobilisation and fundraising activities for SARCS including corporate sponsorship and managing relationships with donors organisations
  • Assuming overall responsibility for adherence to financial policies and donor standards.


  • Resource Mobilisation


  • Managing and reporting on the management of all resources of the society with particular reference to financial, assets and Human Capital
  • Assisting the Board of Directors to mobilise funds, assets and equipment for the National Society


  1. Leadership


  • Ensuring that the Society has effective financial, personnel and administrative policies approved by the Board and General Assembly.
  • Preparing the Society’s Annual plan and budget for Board approval.
  • Preparing reports and Board pack for Board meetings.
  • Representing SARCS at high level National, Regional and International meetings.
  • Leading the implementation of SARCS strategic plan
  • Ensuring effective networking, liaison and collaboration with all stakeholders (Development partners, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), International Non -Government Organisations (INGOs), Private sector, Local authorities, Media and Communities.
  • Establishing sound working relationships, as an auxiliary to Government with Departments of Health, Social Development and International Relations and Cooperation.
  • Serving as Board Secretary.





  1. Education
  • Degree in Community Development, Social Sciences, or Equivalent. Master’s degree will be an added advantage.


  1. Experience
  • At least fifteen (15) years work experience, 10 years of which should have been in a Senior position, preferably in a Human Services organisation, with the following competencies;


  • Proven track record in Programme Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Experience in managing human and financial resources
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in strategic management
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience
  • Proven track record in Institution capacity building, administrative and financial systems, preferable in a humanitarian organisation.
  • Experience with working with Boards of Directors


  • Required Skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Strong Interpersonal communication and negotiation skills in high level settings.
  • Experience working with government and non-governmental organisations
  • Ability to work with a board or management committee
  • Ability to write project plans and to implement, monitor and evaluate projects
  • Excellent team builder and experience in managing an office and a cohesive team of staff
  • High level of maturity and emotional intelligence


  1. Application letters with comprehensive CVs, and at least three (3) traceable references should be addressed, hand delivered or emailed to:


The Chairman

Board of Directors

South African Red Cross Society

247 Jan Smuts Avenue






Closing date: 20th September 2019


  • Purpose:
  • The Restoring Family Links National Coordinator supports and coordinates the development, implementation and monitoring of Restoring Family Links (RFL) strategy and activities across South Africa. He/she also serves as a link between SARCS branches in the provinces and the National Office in Johannesburg. The Restoring Family Links National Coordinator also ensures that RFL is integrated in other SARCS departments/activities at provincial and National Office level.
  • Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

Support to the SARCS branches

  • Undertakes field missions to SARCS branches and supports them to build a RFL structure, and conducts RFL training whenever necessary.
  • Fosters the linkage between the branches at province level and the National Office in Johannesburg, through regular contact with the branches and reports to the Management at the National Office.
  • Promotes RFL activities among other SARCS departments, in order to carry our RFL activities in an integrated approach.
  • Contributes to the design and implementation of the RFL strategy and projects, and ensures that RFL programs are running smoothly.
  • Draft RFL guidelines in line with the RFL strategy for the International Red Cross and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and keeps them up to date.
  • Support the branches in organizational development, and in particular in building up a RFL volunteer network and managing them.
  • Ensures that RFL statistics are provided by the branches on a regular basis, including to the ICRC.
  • Oversees and initiates the allocation of budget to the SARCS branches in line with set procedures, and in coordination with the SARCS finance department and the ICRC.


RFL activities

  • Carries out RFL activities under the supervision of the National Disaster Manager (DM).
  • Receives beneficiaries at the office for tracing requests and other RFL related enquiries.
  • Maintains and establishes contact with relevant stakeholders that could support tracing activities.
  • Ensures that tracing requests for tracing in the provinces, or which were collected in the provinces, are centralized in the National Office, and shared with the ICRC when necessary.
  • Ensures the proper filing and organization of tracing cases and relevant RFL documents.
  • Ensures RFL activities at branch level are in line with RFL guidelines and procedures at all times.
  • Initiates re-contact exercises for active tracing cases, and advices RFL focal points in the branches how to follow-up on the pending tracing cases.
  • Manages information in a confidential manner, and promotes data protection compliance among all SARCS volunteers and focal points working on RFL.
  • Collects statistics on RFL activities on a monthly basis on provincial and national office level.


External Relations

  • Aware of migrant related issues in the region and channels relevant information within the SARCS management and with the ICRC when relevant.
  • Remains updated on stakeholders’ programs, and participates in relevant meetings (i.e. coordination meetings).
  • Develops and maintains contact with municipal/regional authorities, local branches, the local population and suppliers.
  • Liaises closely with ICRC on RFL and program related matters, including when it comes to statistics, training and budget.


General duties:

  • Ensures adequate use and implementation of the financial means and RFL resources.
  • Accounts for all expenses according to the SARCS financial rules, by compiling all receipts from the branches by the end of the month.
  • Monitors the activities of volunteers, and makes sure that they are paid their incentives.
  • Analyses data and contributes to written internal reports; assists in institutional exercises relating to planning, budgeting and monitoring programmes.
  • Represents SARCS and its RFL program to the authorities, other organizations and beneficiaries in a confidential manner.
  • Manages the availability of forms, stationary and other material for the volunteers to be able to carry their work.
  • Respects and complies at all times with the Red Cross Movement Principles, as well as SARCS internal regulations. Abstains from any form of exploitation of beneficiaries, including sexual exploitation. And makes sure the volunteers working in the project respect the same principles.


Certifications / Education required:

  • University degree or relevant professional experience.
  • Good knowledge of the socio-economic and political situation of the Southern Africa region.
  • Good knowledge and skills on computer packages.
  • Knowledge on design and implementation of social and human development projects, including use of relevant monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Developed analytical skills.
  • Good communication skills, in particular negotiation and networking skills.
  • Adaptability to rapidly changing environments and institutional priorities – capacity to deal with new work related challenges.
  • Adaptability and capacity to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Prepared to travel across South Africa.


  • Professional Experience required:
  • 5 years’ experience in the field of social, political or economic sciences, or similar.
  • Program Management experience/degree.
  • Excellent command of English, and good command of native languages of South Africa. French is an asset.



Closing date: 20th September 2019


LOCATION:  Head Office in Johannesburg (with occasional travel to the field)



Job Purpose

This position is responsible for developing and enhancing the SA Red Cross Society’s reputation both nationally and internationally through brand building, public relations and communication. The role will be delivered through an active advocacy approach on critical issues in terms of Red Cross programmes locally, nationally and internationally, engaging and influencing key stakeholders including the general public, media, government, NGOs and other key players in the field of Humanitarian work of the Red Cross.


Scope and Accountability

Reporting to the CEO, the incumbent will be responsible for developing a marketing and communications plan. This role also works closely with and supports the performance of other functions including fundraising, advertising, events management and branding through marketing SA Red Cross Society work to critical audiences which creates new opportunities for partnerships, supporter mobilisation and fundraising.




  • Develop, direct and deliver a marketing and communications strategy with measurable outcomes, ensure effective monitoring/evaluation and reporting.
  • Establish and lead the Marketing and Communications team, including direct line management of staff, consultants, interns and volunteers.
  • As the lead person on Communications and Advocacy and reporting to the Senior Management Team contribute to the development of organisational policies, strategic and operational plans, budgets and risk assessments.
  • Provide training support to all staff and partners on advocacy and communication issues including legal frameworks, media skills and presentation skills.
  • Manage the Communications and Advocacy budget.



  • Build strong and active relationships with the media to increase SA Red Cross media profile in South Africa and internationally.
  • Increase scope and content from the field for SA Red Cross external communications across all platforms including traditional media, social media, website and multi-media, to raise the profile of Red Cross grassroots activities and impact.
  • Work to gain maximum media coverage of fundraising appeals, using new sources of public funding such as crowd funding and events.
  • Produce SA Red Cross annual reports (written and photographs) as well as assist with annual programme review documents and any other documentation from workshops, high level meetings as required.
  • Commission short films/documentaries on relevant issues in conjunction with SA Red Cross field teams and the International offices.
  • Develop SA Red Cross External Communications Guidelines and Policies and ensure their adoption across the organization.
  • Review and give oversight to all external SA Red Cross communications, including articles, blogs, appeals, website and social media, and ensure compliance with SA Red Cross brand/emblem guidelines.
  • Where required edit reports, articles and proposals for clarity and conceptualize graphics that drive or support the written material.
  • Co-ordinate the production and publication of the communications calendar including daily twitter, daily Facebook, monthly e-newsletter, monthly reports, annual reports and weekly web-blogs.
  • Media platform – building
  • Quality management and delivery of media (on line and publications).
  • Strengthening employee engagement through internal communication
  • PR



  • Optimize SA Red Cross representation within advocacy/lobbying networks in South Africa.
  • Raise awareness among the public and those in positions of authority of Red Cross work
  • Represent SA Red Cross at external meetings as required, acting as key liaison with politicians, government officials, international agencies and local organizations.
  • Strengthen advocacy partnerships and initiatives with local organisations and SA Red Cross partners.
  • Produce and disseminate SA Red Cross position statements and lobbying letters on key advocacy issues, proactively and in response to events.
  • Ensure consistent messaging across the organization.
  • Identify and secure partners and sponsors to develop joint advocacy promotions that increase awareness of SA Red Cross activities.
  • Research and document areas that can generate a need for SA Red Cross intervention in the early childhood development sector.
  • Oversee the implementation of SA Red Cross advocacy strategy.




  • Experience managing a communications and media team, including: oversight of strategic development; development of quality written, photographic and video material; quality editing skills for internal and external audiences; strong understanding of marketing and branding and its role in communications; ability to maximize media opportunities and respond effectively to media inquiries.
  • Demonstrable success in developing and implementing integrated communication strategies to diverse audiences.
  • Proven experience in developing strategic plans and their implementation, as well managing projects, budgets, resources and staff.
  • Experience working to build capacity in communications, media and advocacy sectors; demonstrated ability to deliver workshops, provide coaching and mentoring, and support the professional development of others.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications/Public Relations or related field. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • At least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience (five of which should have been at management level) , working in communications and advocacy, media, at a national and/or international level preferable in the NGO sector.
  • Exposure to reporting requirements of donors.
  • Competence in use of digital and social media tools.
  • Excellent IT skills.



  • A proven ability to build networks with diverse partners in pursuit of common goals.
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills, including an ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy.
  • An ability to work flexibly in a team, and to adjust work plan and priorities rapidly in response to external opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and an ability to distil large amounts of information to a variety of audiences.
  • Possess a demonstrated outlook and ability to interact and develop relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and culture.
  • A confident self-starter who displays initiative, creativity, and strategic thinking in all aspects.



Closing date: 20th September 2019


  • LOCATION:                                                   Johannesburg.
    REMUNERATION:                                    Negotiable, commensurate with qualifications skills and experience.
    IDEAL INDUSTRY BACKGROUND: Sales and Entrepreneur  Humanitarian Non-Profit and Private Business / Corporates
    EXPERIENCE:                                            Background in management, retail, sales
    LANGUAGES:                                             English
    EDUCATION DESIRED:                        Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Business Management or equivalent. Relevant post-graduate would be an advantage.
    SKILLS:                                                        Strong organizational skills, Entrepreneurial mindset, Dynamic with superior interpersonal communication skillsPurpose: The primary purpose of the position is to provide a comprehensive service in the coordination of the blended learning First Aid Project for SARCS in Gauteng. The role requires an ‘independent self-starter’ with an entrepreneurial drive and initiative to make things happen.Responsibilities:

    • Administration
    • Closing Sales
    • Liaise with external marketing agency
    • Keeping track of financial status
    • Planning
    • Line manager of two instructors
    • Set targets; track target progress
    • Explore other markets / potential customers
    • Monitoring and evaluation – quality control


    Personal Attributes:

    The most appropriate person for the position will be exceptional in both experience and ability and will possess most, if not all, of the following qualifications and skills:

    • Presentable, professional, conscientious, organised, efficient, diplomatic, confident and pro-active
    • resilient, flexible, proactive self-starter who can perform in a collaborative, multi-cultural setting.
    • Ability to deal effectively with people at all levels of the firm and promote teamwork
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written – with superior business writing skills)
    • Excellent problem-solving, negotiation and project management skills and able to use own initiative.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills (good team player)
    • Excellent planning and organisational skills
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Ability to effectively work with and provide support to proposal teams
    • Ability to effectively delegate and manage a subordinate and provide open and honest counselling
    • Self-starter, driven and energetic
    • Quick and energetic
    • Good intellect
    • Exceptionally strong interpersonal skills and innovative thinking
    • Strong team player with management / leadership skills


    Specialist Knowledge:

    • Finance and accounting function experience.
    • Marketing and business development.
    • Must understand a networked organisation and the need to work on a national level drawing on and contributing to the business development efforts of the project.
    • Ability to understand market trends, requirements and intelligence.


    Practical Experience:

    • Successful experience in a non-profit entity with some corporate business experience as well.


    Contact Details:


    Application letters with comprehensive CVs, and at least three (3) traceable references should be addressed, hand delivered or emailed to:



    South African Red Cross Society

    247 Jan Smuts Avenue





    Closing date: 20th September 2019