Executive Director


CSVR seeks a candidate that is knowledgeable, respected by policy makers, national and regional  structures, and the professional community – including research and advocacy, institutes, psychological and community Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at national, continental and international level. The candidate should have strong stakeholder relations and be wellnetworked towards building a sustainable organisation.

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is a non-governmental organisation which envisions societies that are peaceful, equal and free from violence. CSVR aims to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at community, national and regional levels. We do this through collaboration with and learning from the lived and diverse experiences of communities affected by violence and conflict to inform innovative interventions, generate knowledge, shape public discourse, influence policy, hold states accountable and promote gender equality, social cohesion and active citizenship.

Job Summary

CSVR is looking to appoint a dynamic, innovative, strategic and tactical leader, an Executive Director who sees both the big picture and the details. This position will be responsible for promoting sustainable peace at community, national, regional and global levels by understanding, preventing and addressing the effects of violence and inequality.

The selected candidate will be based in the Johannesburg office and report directly to the CSVR Board of Trustees.

Job Purpose and Key Responsibilities:
Lead the development and implementation of the organisational strategy, resourcing and governance.
Lead the integration and mainstreaming of gender across programmes and departments.
Account for all functions of the organisation including finances, communications and operations (IT, HR, Admin, Risk management).
Drive the funding and fundraising (donor liaison, building reserves, increasing funding) to ensure the financial health of the organisation.
Identify, initiate and maintain strategic partnerships
Profile and strategically position the organisation in national, continental and international forums.
Promote and maintain a healthy organisational culture.

Qualifications and Experience

At least a Master’s in a relevant degree (Human rights, social work, psychology, gender, business administration, law, development, etc).
At least 10 years’ management experience.
At least 15 years’ experience in the field of violence prevention/peacebuilding/gender/trauma/mental health and psychosocial support/transitional justice and/or human rights.
Experience in a non-profit environment will be an added advantage

Candidate  profile:

Strong strategic capability and leadership.
Ability to work with boards and build strong relations.
Stakeholder management.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Strong fundraising experience.
Financial management skills and good governance.
Highly motivated to deliver positive change.
Willingness to travel and flexibility with working hours.
Fluent in spoken and demonstrated written English skills.
Experience in effectively and efficiently managing and growing non-profit organizations

How to Apply

To apply for this post, go to https://oxfordhr.co.uk/job-search/ click on the “Apply” button on the job advert page, complete our online application form, and submit your CV and cover letter.

The cover letter should be no more than two pages long, explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit. The document should be saved in the following format: Your First Name-Your Last Name-Document Name-Date (yymm) e.g: Pat-Nkosi-CVandStatement-2003. 


Closing Date: 12th May 2021
First stage interviews: week 17th May 2021
Final interviews: week 31st May 2021

Selection process

All candidates will receive an update regarding their application after the closing date. We advise candidates to add the role email to their safe senders list and regularly check their spam folder.

Equality Statement

Equality and diversity are at the core of CSVR values. Staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please email at [email protected] in the first instance. 

About Oxford HR 

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Oxford HR has many years of experience in search as well as an extensive network of international development, social sector, corporate, public sector, and academic contacts from across the world. We carry out comprehensive and often international searches designed to meet the specific needs of our client.