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  • Posted: Aug 26, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Founded in 1915, Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and markets with long-term growth potential, Naspers builds leading companies that empower people and enrich communities. It runs some of the world’s leading platforms in internet, video en...
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    Programmes Specialist - Naspers Labs

    About the job

    About Naspers Labs:

    Naspers Labs is the social impact vehicle for the Naspers Group, driven by the goal to solve for South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge. We understand that for many young South Africans, in particular, those from vulnerable households, the transition into the labour markets and economic activity is difficult and can be quite discouraging. The barriers which inhibit our youth’s active participation in the economy (be it labour markets/ entrepreneurship) are somewhat systemic. For example, educational outcomes, skills and labour mismatch, and even inequality, wherein youth with limited networks and lack of access to social networks are unable to access employment opportunities and the adequate support for those who are entrepreneurial. At Naspers Labs, we are at the forefront to solve for this challenge, providing industry led innovative solutions to enable our young South Africans to access employment opportunities in an increasingly digital world.

    We achieve this in two ways: (a) collaborating with industries and skills development delivery partners for job creation – at scale, (b) entrepreneurship: applying the patient capital model to support, coach, mentor and accelerate black owned tech and tech enabled youth micro enterprises to gain market access, social capital (networks) required to scale their businesses; and to make a sustainable impact to their local economies.

    This role can be based either in Johannesburg or Cape Town.

    Purpose of the Position:

    To support and contribute to the efficient management of Naspers Labs youth programmes and operations. The role will be required to actively manage delivery partners, suppliers,  databases and the programmes calendar as well as to liaise with beneficiaries of Naspers Labs programmes.


    Role Outputs:

    Programme Management

    • Working together with the Head of Programme towards the effective co-ordination of Naspers Labs programme projects and management of their inter-dependencies including oversight of any risks and issues arising; ensuring the overall integrity and coherence of the programmes.

    • Assisting with managing delivery partners, and proactively monitoring delivery progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action.

    • Working together with the Head of Programme ensuring the quality delivery of new products and services from projects is appropriate, on time and within budget; in accordance with Naspers Labs programme plans and programme governance arrangements. Reporting the progress of the programme at regular intervals to the Head of Programmes and /or the Director of Labs.

    • Working together with the Head of Programme to manage communications with all stakeholders.

    • Managing both the dependencies and the interfaces between projects in the formal employment and entrepreneurship portfolio.

    • Working together with the Head of Programme to manage risks to the programme's successful outcome.

    • Working together with the Head of Programme to source, evaluate, shortlist and select delivery partners for Naspers Labs programmes; and maintaining the supplier pipeline database.

    • Identification and communicating of potential extra activities and other management interventions wherever gaps in the programme are identified or issues arise.

    • Support the Head of Programme with programme designs, writing proposals, impact tracking and knowledge management.

    • Facilitation of select training and skills development programs.


    Database Management

    • Maintain Naspers Labs beneficiary databases, ensuring they are kept up to date for impact reporting, including tracking and tracing of beneficiaries’ post intervention.

    •  Support Naspers Labs data verification efforts, including quality assurance/ beneficiary/ host employer surveys.

    • Screening and responding to young people’s inquiries about Naspers Labs programmes as well as managing the Youth Programs email – ensuring all information is regularly updated on the beneficiary database.


    Administration and Operations

    • Support Naspers Labs operations and logistics including to coordinate programme site visits on behalf of the programme’s and quality assurance team; inventory and asset management, equipment and donation distribution to beneficiaries.

    • Be the first point of contact for beneficiaries, potential delivery partners – screening and escalating meeting requests to Head of Programs and other relevant senior Naspers Labs staff members.

    • Coordinating and managing Naspers Labs calendar with guidance from senior programme’s team. 

    • Manage logistics and administration of all communication to service providers, events management and ensure accurate filing of documentation

    • Supporting Naspers Labs finance manager with sourcing and managing of suppliers in accordance to Naspers Labs procurement processes


    Qualifications & Experience:

    • Must have relevant post graduate degree (Economic Development or Social Science).

    • Programme/Project Management Certification will be advantageous.

    • Impact or development financing background advantageous.

    • Must have 4 - 5 years’ experience managing programmes in the social or economic development sector e.g. youth employability and entrepreneurship programmes.

    • Knowledge and research capabilities, in particular within socio-economic development, youth work force development.

    • Experience in facilitating training programmes

    • Qualitative and quantitative research, data analytic skills and policy analysis skills

    • Strong knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluations

    • Excellent writing skills, including report writing.

    • Able to communicate in a clear and concise manner.

    • Excellent MS Office skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

    • Able to travel locally and regionally.

    • Passionate about youth and development.



    • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail.

    • Strong problem-solving skills.

    • Strong communication skills (written & verbal).

    • Strong planning and coordination skills, to ensure work is effectively prioritized to meet deadlines.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with people at all levels in the organisation.

    • Strong presentation skills with the ability to conduct presentations at all levels in the organisation.

    • Passion for innovation and new methods that will enhance customer delivery.

    • Qualitative and quantitative research and data analytics skills.

    •  Mature; able to take direction and can self-manage to deadlines.

    • self-motivated, resourceful, innovative and driven; can efficiently work towards deadlines and is task-orientated.

    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as independently and manage multiple stakeholder relationships.

    • Passion for project management administration and logistics.


    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks consider your application as unsuccessful. Naspers Labs reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.


    Naspers Labs respects the privacy of its stakeholders and will treat all personal information provided in line with our recruitment policy and in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Naspers Limited on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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