Project Manager


The South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) is an NGO that aims to coordinate, monitor and promote services for persons with intellectual disability, psychosocial disability, as well as to promote mental health and wellbeing for all South Africans.

The SAFMH seeks to appoint a Project Leader (Information & Awareness), based in Ferndale, Gauteng.

The successful candidate will provide direction, expertise, and leadership in the successful management of SAFMH’s awareness programmes, along with generating and managing all mental health-related information for use in campaigns, by the press, partners and members of the public.

The person will take responsibility for developing all SAFMH’s publicity materials, liaising with partners, and will provide high-level programmatic and administrative support to the Deputy and National Executive Directors and staff of SAFMH.

Planning, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a range of national mental health awareness programmes
Designing and developing mental health and human rights publicity, educational and awareness materials, and strategically distributing these to raise awareness at a national level
Researching and developing mental health and human rights content and utilising this towards awareness programmes and campaigns
Writing articles for newspapers, magazines and other publications
Managing the production of the SAFMH eMpowered Minds newsletter
Media liaison, including the development and dissemination of regular press releases and opinion pieces and conducting interviews with media
Draft position papers for SAFMH on issues pertaining to mental health, human rights, disability, health and all other areas relevant to SAFMH’s work
Conduct reviews and analysis of relevant human rights, health, disability and mental health policy and legislation, and assist SAFMH in drafting comments, reports and feedback on these
Developing and managing SAFMH’s social media and website platforms
Liaising with government departments, partner organisations, stakeholders and corporates about the promotion of mental health and human rights messages at a national level
Representing and acting as ambassador for SAFMH at conferences, media briefings, meetings and other platforms and disseminate and gather relevant information
Produce factsheets, infographics and other mental health and human rights information and publicity materials
Developing, maintaining and promoting SAFMH as a high-quality, national mental health Resource Centre
Proofreading, fact-checking and editing SAFMH documentation
Running content development and writing workshops for SAFMH staff and Mental Health Societies to assist in the upskilling and capacitation of staff
Supporting government, Mental Health Societies and other external stakeholders with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of mental health awareness programmes and campaigns
Budget and project management related to all awareness and content development functions of SAFMH
Regular report writing on all awareness-related functions of SAFMH
Any other related tasks, as deemed important by the organisation
The position requires a highly energetic and vibrant person to drive mental health awareness in an enthusiastic and innovative way
Relevant qualifications such as degree in Psychology or Journalism
Minimum of 3 years’ experience at Programme Manager or equivalent level
Experience in awareness programme development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is essential
High level of proficiency in social media management
Experience in researching content and conceptualising national awareness programmes
Graphic design skills
High level of literacy and excellent written and admin skills are essential
Good communication skills and the ability to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders
Experience in strategy development at a national level
Project management skills
Experience and knowledge of the mental health and disability sectors in South Africa
Strategic thinker and able to use initiative and work autonomously
Highly organised, enthusiastic and results driven
Valid driver’s license
To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and contactable referees to [email protected]

Salary packages will be determined based on experience and qualifications.

If you do not receive a response to your application within 30 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.

For more about the South African Federation for Mental Health, refer to