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Equal Spaces: Social Housing to End Spatial Apartheid in South Africa  Project


One  Year Placement - Please Respond by 11 May 2018


Rooftops Canada – Abri International, the international development program of cooperative and social housing groups in Canada, has provided technical assistance to South African organizations, social housing groups and government housing departments since 1992. Its programs focus on developing local capacity to plan and implement housing programs and projects with low income communities. Rooftops Canada requires a  Senior Advisor with extensive experience in social housing for a very exciting project in South Africa. The Senior Advisor will help implement the capacity building program for the rapidly expanding social housing sector. This is a one-year position to start in August 2018.


If you are interested, require more information, or to apply, please contact Barry Pinsky, Executive Director, barry@rooftops.ca before 11 May 2018.



Rooftop Canada is the executing agency for the four-year Equal Spaces: Social Housing to End Spatial Apartheid in South Africa Project that started in April 2016. It is part of the bilateral development program between the Governments of Canada and South Africa.


The intent of the Project is to revitalize inner city urban communities using well-managed, affordable and secure social housing developments to provide access to socio-economic opportunities that will both alleviate poverty and contribute to economic growth.


The Project is working directly with the National Departments of Treasury; Human Settlements; and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency. It is also working with the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA), the National Association of Social Housing Organizations (NASHO), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), provincial and municipal governments, social housing institutions (SHIs), community organizations, financial institutions and the private sector. Numerous Canadian partner organizations are also involved.


Over the past ten years, the institutional base for developing and managing social housing has grown. NASHO is now a federation of 22 member SHIs that manage some 26,000 non-profit rental units. SHIs also undertake community and neighbourhood development programs. Many new SHIs are needed to meet the national government’s plans to double the size of the sector.


The project is helping strengthen the programmatic link between social housing and urban regeneration initiatives in South African cities by building partnerships and operational protocols to assist government, social housing, private sector and community stakeholders to develop and operationalize these initiatives. It is also strengthening SHIs as viable businesses able to scale up the development and management of social housing. Gender equality is being enhanced through initiatives aimed at women’s inclusion within institutional dialogue, leadership and economic opportunities. Environmental concerns are being addressed through a “green building” strategy.





Tasks And Responsibilities


The Senior Advisor will work with multiple stakeholders to build the capacity of the expanding South Africa social housing sector, carrying out the following tasks and responsibilities:

·         Assist in the implementation of a comprehensive capacity development program for the social housing sector working closely with the SHRA, NASHO and SALGA.

·         Project manage the development and promotion of business plans to establish ‘back office’ third-party services to support social housing development and management especially for newer SHIs as they scale up.

·         Project manage the implementation of the Equal Spaces Project’s Gender Equality Strategy working closely with the SHRA and NASHO.

·         Help develop and implement reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems related to social housing performance.

·         Help strengthen and increase the sustainability of NASHO’s capacity building programs covering all aspects of social housing development, management, finance and institutional development so SHIs function as viable and growing businesses.

·         Implement local and national workshops and other social housing capacity development activities.

·         Assist with the documentation and institutionalization of online social housing training materials, guides and best practices for continuing use.

·         Provide direct technical support to SHIs and municipalities on their institutional structuring, business planning, policies and procedures to develop and mange social housing in the context of urban regeneration.

·         Assist Rooftops Canada in the ongoing development and implementation of the Equal Spaces Project including coordination of international exchanges and short-term consultants/technical advisors, and program reporting.

·         Supervise a NASHO based SHI Business Professional Assistant


Qualifications: Skills and Experience


·         Extensive senior management experience of key social housing functions in one or more medium to large social housing organizations.

·         Good understanding of the financial and institutional frameworks and systems for the implementation of successful social housing businesses.

·         Experience in developing and implementing strategic social housing capacity development interventions and the ability to train and support people in the development of skills, institutions and systems using different individual, group and online methodologies and to support others providing these interventions.

·         Strategic and business planning abilities and comfort with related IT systems.

·         Experience with monitoring and evaluation of social housing providers to enhance performance and inform capacity building initiatives.

·         Experience working with a broad range of social housing sector stakeholders.

·         Ability to work with a small, dynamic and committed team that shares a diverse range of tasks on a flexible basis.

·         Excellent English language verbal and written communication skills, meeting facilitation skills, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills.

·         Willingness and ability to live and travel within South Africa, good health, and a valid driver’s licence.

·         Ability to work independently with basic administrative support



This is a one year salaried/contract position starting in August 2018, with some room to negotiate timing with the right candidate. (This position will replace the incumbent who is departing at the end of a two-year contract.) The Advisor will be based in Johannesburg with NASHO. Remuneration will generously cover accommodation, car rental, and all local expenses. Rooftops Canada will also cover international and local airfares and travel expenses, visas and contributions to health insurance for the Advisor and a spouse/partner as necessary. All terms, including 20 days annual leave are subject to Government of Canada regulations.