Literacy Mentor

Location:Ga Phala
Education level:Matric
Job level:Junior/Mid
Travel requirement:Occasional
Reference:#LM Limpopo
Company:The Nal'ibali Trust

We are looking for a motivated, dedicated person with a passion for literacy.

Job Overview:

The Literacy Mentor is responsible for coordinating all activities for the Lebalelo Water Users Association (LWUA) Nal’ibali project. They will supervise a small team of fieldworkers (Story Sparkers) to deliver reading materials, train educators and volunteers, support people to start and run reading clubs, and raise community awareness about the power and fun of reading for enjoyment. They will also be responsible for ensuring that project goals are achieved, and that communities are inspired to build and sustain a culture of reading-for-enjoyment.

Key responsibilities:

Manage, mentor and support a team of Story Sparkers to ensure the project achieves its goals.

This includes but is not limited to:
  • Stakeholder engagement: Build and manage key stakeholder relationships, with schools, creches, drop-in centres, clinics and other community stakeholders.
  • Training: Plan and execute high-quality training for teachers, early childhood development (ECD) practitioners and volunteers, on how to use Nal’ibali reading materials and run reading clubs.
  • Mentoring and support: Mentor and support trainees to implement what they have learned, to start and run reading clubs and use reading materials to support children’s literacy development.
  • Materials distribution: Ensure reading materials are distributed timeously and efficiently, and used to support children’s literacy development.
  • Media: Build partnerships with local media (radio and/or print) and ensure our stories can reach more homes directly.  
  • Management: Ensure fieldworkers understand what is expected of them; develop and review activity plans; visit, mentor and give feedback; and work with fieldworkers to troubleshoot and proactively find solutions. Follow up on instances of poor delivery and ensure accountability.
  • Administration: Ensure weekly timesheets, workplans, monitoring and evaluation data and financial records are submitted timeously and correctly; ensure all project-related documents are properly updated and maintained. 
  • Matric pass
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in education or social development is advantageous (Development Studies, Social Science, Education, Management, Social Work,
  • Minimum 2 years’ community work experience in NGO sector (programme implementation, community development, stakeholder engagement)
  • Competent in MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint
  • Comfortable using social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Sepedi is essential
  • Driver’s license and willingness to travel.
  • Track record of honesty, integrity, respect for others and teamwork.
  • Interest in children’s welfare, and able to communicate with children.
Demonstrable previous experience of:
  • Successful project management and project implementation.
  • Line management of geographically dispersed junior staff.
  • Developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
  • Planning and implementing programme activities.
  • Conducting M&E and reporting on programme activities.
  • Working in literacy development, education and training, early childhood development, behaviour change campaigns and/or other community-based development initiatives is desirable.
If you meet the above criteria, please forward a motivational letter and CV to gro.ilabilan@krow , with your name and surname, position title on the subject line. (e.g. Joe Soap: Literacy Mentor – Limpopo) or drop off the following documents at Lebalelo Water User Association Offices in Modubeng Village:
  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • Certified ID copy
Closing date: Friday, 16 April 2021

Please note that feedback will be only provided to shortlisted candidates.

For further information please have a look at our website

If you do not hear from us by 30 April 2021, please consider your application unsuccessful.


Posted on 07 Apr 15:49

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