Vacancies 2017


Background: Social Innovations after school centres offer additional tuition to intermediate phase children in literacy, numeracy and life orientation. The intention is to help with the transition from Grade 3 (mother tongue tuition) to Grade 4 & 5 (English language tuition).  Each mentor is allocated a number of after school centres to manage.

This position requires the person to visit projects for a few afternoons per month and to complete several training days during the course of the year.  It is not a full time post and is suitable to someone requiring flexibility on a part time basis.

The following is expected from a programme mentor & trainer: 

Training:  The mentor is required to train a few days per year in the region.  Modules will be delivered from Reading Alive – a classroom library programme.   Training takes place during Government school holidays.

Site visits & reports: We have four sites in Cape Town.  Each site is visited once per month.  The following is done during this visit:

  • monitoring to track that classrooms are being managed according to a Social Innovations standard;
  • classroom observation of each of the five classrooms with a view to advising on best-practice classroom practice and management;
  • feedback to the academy manager and group of teachers after the visit – what has been observed, what seems to be working well, ideas for what can be improved;
  • formally introducing and demonstrating specific classroom practices that fall within the broader classroom management strategy of Social Innovations;
  • acting as advisor and personal mentor to the academy manager;
  • compiling a detailed report after each visit using the site visit template.

Overseeing Loyalty awards:
Available to represent Social Innovations at loyalty awards; deliver vouchers to the schools; sign off documentation to confirm that vouchers have been correctly administered.  Loyalty awards take place in April and November.

Attending Training:  The mentor is required to attend training in other subjects (such as maths) to ensure that they are up to date about what is expected of the academy teachers – this better equips them to fulfil the mentorship role.

Management conference:  To attend and play an active role in the yearly management conference in Johannesburg, present information if required, facilitate working groups etc.  This conference takes place over a Friday and Saturday in Johannesburg in May.

Troubleshooting:  The mentor is also to be available to attend matters at the schools from time to time should issues of importance arise – and be available to handle enquiries that may come from the managers at each site.   This requires the mentor to develop a good relationship with the school principal.



  • B. Ed qualification
  • At least two years of experience in a management position (HOD, deputy principal or principal) in a school or in a district.
  • Experience as an intermediate phase English teacher with a deep understanding of the reading methodologies within the curriculum such as reading aloud, group reading etc.
  • Experience as a maths teacher is preferable but not essential.
  • School based experience (as a teacher and/or manager) to be current, or to have been completed not more than 2 years prior to taking up the position with Social Innovations.
  • At least two years’ experience training teachers in English/language with a track record that shows results in this area.
  • A formal qualification in mentoring or experienced in having offered formal mentoring/coaching support at schools is an advantage.
  • Own office with Internet connectivity, and an ability to complete and submit reports on-line; own vehicle for visiting schools.  School visits take place from 14h30 – 17h00 Mon, Tues or Thur.

Compensation:  This is a contract position which requires a few afternoons work per month, and compensation will be discussed with shortlisted candidates.

Dates: School mentoring visits to begin in Feb 2017.   Initial contract runs from Feb – Nov 2017.

visits to take place in township areas of Cape Town (Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Langa and Belhar).

Contact:  Please send a motivation and CV to Kimon Phitidis at