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Surplus People Project (SPP) is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has worked towards social justice for more than 30 years. SPP promotes and advocates for agrarian transformation for food sovereignty and amplifies the agrarian struggles of social movements and self-organised local organisations and formations with women and youth playing a central role. The organisation’s geographic areas of focus are parts of the Northern and Western Cape Provinces.
SPP seeks to appoint a Chief Executive Officer, based in Cape Town.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


  • Lead the continual strategic thinking, positioning and direction of SPP and provide overall strategic management
  • Keep abreast of the changing socio-political context and policy environment in order to make strategic shifts when required
  • Guide the political orientation of the organisation through engagement and joint analysis with communities and partners
  • Ensure effective and efficient organisational development and management and promote and advance SPP praxis and approach
  • Continually build and develop authentic and functional staff relations based on mutual respect
  • Coordinate and implement SPP’s Resource Mobilisation Strategy and ensure that adequate funds are raised to implement SPP’s strategic plan
  • Ensure sound and rigorous financial management and accountability based on ethical fiscal principles and integrity
  • Recruit the right mix of staff towards the implementation of the SPP strategy
  • Ensure annual budgets are drawn up in a spirit of transparency and accountability
  • Identify and build strategic partnerships and networks and foster meaningful relationships
  • Support Board development and be accountable to the Board
  • Ensure compliance as Not for Profit Company and legislation relating to the non-profit sector
  • Maintain effective governance and administrations systems and procedures including policy development
  • Oversee and coordinate the monitoring, planning and evaluation processes of SPP in line with SPP’s strategy
  • Oversee and coordinate staff learning & development, coaching and mentoring processes
  • Consciously build internal leadership across the organisation
  • Coordinate and contribute towards the leadership and management of the Tshintsha Amakhaya (TA) national alliance


  • Minimum of five years senior organisational leadership and management experience in a not-for-profit and development sector
  • An understanding of the changing socio-political context and the impact on agrarian transformation and the rural and urban poor
  • Ability to work in a diverse team and respect the values and praxis of the organisation
  • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities
  • Strong organisational and programme management skills
  • Fundraising experience and strong financial acumen
  • Verbal and written communication skills with good interpersonal skills at all levels
  • Strong writing skills and ability to adhere to timeframes
  • Understand and experience in developing networks, collaborations and partnerships
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Well established experience with stakeholder engagement and management, including donors, partner organisation and communities
  • Flexibility in terms of working hours based on organisational requirements
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Computer literacy
  • Own transport and valid unendorsed Code 8 driver’s license
  • Able to travel nationally and globally when required
  • South African citizenship or permanent residence status
  • Ability to self-manage and high sense of personal insight and maturity
  • English: ability to speak, read, and have good writing skills, Afrikaans: at least an ability to understand, speak and read; isiXhosa: an ability to communicate in isiXhosa will be an advantage
  • Have integrity, credibility and ethics that drive decisions and personal ethos.
  • Tertiary qualification in a related field

A competitive salary in line with NGO standards and benefits is offered.

All applications must include:

  • A letter motivating suitability for this position, current salary details, and possible contributions and suitability to SPP
  • A detailed CV
  • Three (3) traceable and contactable references
  • Samples of writing ability e.g. reports, proposals or any other narrative style documents produced

Applications should be sent to rishqa@spp.org.za by close of business 26 May 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and must be available for an interactive selection process.

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The work of SPP is largely funded by donor organisations and foundations that support the work of agrarian transformation,
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Name of Bank: First National Bank Account Number: 51331217012 Branch: Rondebosch Branch code: 201509 Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

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