Project Manager, South Africa

Project Manager

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Country Director, South Africa

For 30 years, our sole focus has been to help young people succeed. Together with partners around the world, we’ve invested in ensuring that youth develop the leadership, technical, and life skills to earn a livelihood. Whether it’s landing a first job, growing a business, or driving social change, every young person deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Rooted in the belief of youth as problem-solvers, change-makers, and leaders, our initiatives are catalysts for change. For more information please consult

IYF South Africa partners to strengthen education and training systems including public TVET colleges and employer-led learnerships for unemployed youth, with the goal of equipping young people to access and expand economic opportunity. We work with national government and TVET leaders to align courses with industry needs; we equip employers to deliver more impactful life skills training within their learnerships; and we create mutually beneficial partnerships between industry and education systems that improve young people’s lives while also delivering business benefits.

IYF South Africa is preparing to launch an innovative initiative with Google, DHET and TVET colleges, that will harness the knowledge and skills of young people—along with IYF work readiness tools and the Google IT Certificate—to strengthen the quality of select public TVET college outputs. Ultimately, IYF will demonstrate that young people who are well equipped with both technical (IT) and behavioural skills, will generate enthusiasm from TVET educators and industry, while also generating positive returns for young people and employers. 

The Project Manager will oversee implementation in specific regions (South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya).  The Manager will work in-tandem with other IYF staff, employers and government partners, TVET leaders and educators and youth advisors to deliver on the aims of this exciting initiative.  The deployment of the project in SA will take place in the Western Cape region.


  • Leads Project Implementation, from inception through delivery. 
  • Serves as the lead representative for the overall project implementation, managing the initiative’s workplan and budget. 
  • Supports monitoring and evaluation, and leads regular project reporting. 
  • Designs the Leverage Funding Mechanism/Package: Working closely with IYF’s Country Director, Regional Partners in Nigeria and Kenya, and industry and TVET partners, the Project Manager will design a leverage funding package which will avail of local skills development incentives to fund learner placements for the programme. 
  • Organises and facilitates work placement workshops with employers, overseeing TVET curriculum delivery, and helping to identify potential placement partners
  • Oversees Implementation of Google IT Certificate Programme: Ensures quality implementation of the Google IT certificate programme, provides regular updates to all stakeholders, including programme integration and learner progress (e.g. TVET student work placement). 
  • Manages contractors and vendors, such as private sector partners and lead programme implementors. 
  • Responds to TVET & Partner Priorities: Cultivates strong working relationships with partner TVET staff, other key stakeholders and host employers, ensuring the initiative is responsive to their needs and working realities and generates excitement and commitment from them.
  • Applies adaptable project management, continuously mapping skills trends and shifts in programming to align with the project and applying that knowledge to ensure the initiative adapts to these changes and trends. 
  • Ensures compliance with donor rules.


  • 6+ years’ project management experience in the corporate, public, or non-profit sectors, ideally with some experience managing skills development or education projects. At least two years serving as a lead project manager.
  • Relevant Undergraduate degree (e.g. Education, Social Sciences, Commerce, Skills Development).
  • Inquisitive and self-motivated learner. 
  • Prior experience in the TVET college system or skills development.
  • Cross cultural competence relating to marketing, monitoring and evaluation and programme management.
  • Working knowledge of South Africa’s skills development policies and institutions, such as the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, and Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) policies and procedures. 
  • Prior experience brokering successful partnerships between employers or provincial government stakeholders, through co-creation of shared values and benefits.
  • Demonstrated ability leading training workshops and meetings in a diverse range of settings, and with a diverse range of corporate, government, and community stakeholders. Ability to adjust communication style as needed. Strong writing skills. 
  • Strong MS Office skills a must, with working knowledge of OneNote and SharePoint an advantage. 
  • Ability to travel in all areas of the South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria regularly, often on very short notice.
  • Driver’s license and personal vehicle.
  • South African citizen or permanent resident.


Please send your CV, cover letter, and completed Action Appointments bio summary form in word format to:

NOTE:  This position is fully dependent on donor funding and will only be filled pending acquisition of the donor grant.

Only applicants without work restrictions in South Africa should apply.