Applications are invited from suitably qualified, competent and experienced candidates for the following positions at the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) to be part of the organisation in realising its developmental mandate in a dynamic, diverse and ever changing industry.  

The MDDA is a development agency established in terms of  MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002, to help create an enabling environment for media development and diversity that is conducive to public discourse and which reflects the needs and aspirations of all South Africans; redress exclusion and marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and persons from access to the media and the media industry; and promote media development and diversity by providing support primarily to community and small commercial media projects.

The MDDA offers competitive salary. The  position is based in Parktown, Johannesburg.



A member of the Executive Committee (Exco) and Management Committee (Manco), this is a permanent  executive position reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. The main purpose of this position is to provide effective and efficient leadership in research and training; and leadership in monitoring and evaluation of the MDDA’s community media projects (broadcast, digital and print). The position requires ability to work long hours and to travel extensively.

PREFERRED MINNIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: NQF Level 7, Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) as recognized by SAQA, in Administration or Development Communication or Business Management Degree. A Post-graduate qualification will be an added advantage. A valid driver’s license.

PREFERRED MINNIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 8 – 10years proven track record in formulating and implementingresearch and training strategies and plans; commissioning and directing research and capacity building projects. Monitoring and evaluating community media projects and compilating quarterly and annual reports to the Board and its Committees. 6-8 years working experience at senior management level.Strategic capability. Provide strategic leadership on research, training and monitoring and evaluation units, the Executive, and the Board. Financial management. Proven ability to developand manage budgets and expenditure. Budget forecasts and planning. Experience in aspects related to project management.Time Management: Ability to effectively and timely coordinate the submission of all organisational planning documents and performance reports. Ensure timeous reporting to all relevant stakeholders, including the Board, Minister and/or Parliament.Sound understanding of government policy: Understanding of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). General knowledge of government mandate and an interest in internal processes. Proven writing and facilitation skills: Excellent report-writing and ability to write high-level reports to management. Proven experience in customer relationship management: Ability to interact and communicate with people of all levels. A proven team player. High level computer literacy.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS: Research and Training: Identify training needs for the community and small commercial media sector and develop training interventions, capacity building strategies and plans; especially for previously disadvantaged groups; Lead the commissioning and analysis ofresearch on media development and diversity; Research and monitor emerging trends and key strategic topics in community media and diversity; Analyse and present research findings to management and the Board; Lead coordination and analysis ofpolicy implementation responses. Lead public submissions on legislation or regulations impacting the community media sector. Develop projects focusing on targeted media development programmes. Oversee the selection and implementation of research and training projects.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Lead the development and design of the organisational Monitoring and Evaluation framework, tools, and systems. Develop a focused monitoring and evaluation plan for the entity. Monitor the effectiveness and impact of the MDDA. Develop quarterly M&E reports to Executive Management, Sub-Committees of the Board, and the Board. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the MDDA, and all other aspects related to the mandate of the organization. Thorough understanding of the National Evaluation Policy Framework (NEPF). Provide accurate monitoring and evaluation reports on the compliance status of the community media projects (print, digital and broadcast). Monitor the impact of the MDDA grant funding on job creation, diversity and development of previously disadvantaged communities.

CRITICAL COMPETENCES: Problem-solving and analytical skills. Negotiation and excellent communication skills (written and verbal). Ability to develop and lead teams. Stakeholder management. Understanding of financial management. People management and Empowerment. The candidate must be adaptable, trustworthy and diplomatic; assertive and self-driven. The candidate must be innovative and solution-oriented, client orientated and able to work under pressure and have the ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality. Must have a driver’s licence and be able to travel extensively. Ability to establish long-lasting partnershipswith identified stakeholders and obtain buy-in on crucial matters affecting the MDDA mandate.Ability to effectively manage and work with people of all levels; negotiate with clients, Executive management and the Board. A proven team player. Critical thinking and analytical skills.

HOW TO APPLY: This is a re-advertisement. Candidates who had previously applied, may also apply. To view the full job specification and to apply for this challenging position, interested and qualifying applicants are required to forward a comprehensive CV quoting the position they are applying for, together with a covering letter stating reasons for being the candidate of choice to: recruitment@mdda.org.za. Queries to be directed to Human Resources Telephone 011 643 1100
PLEASE NOTE: Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Shortlisted candidates will be sulbjected to competency assessments and verification of all their credentials. Applications from people with disabilities, are welcome.

It is the responsibility of candidates with foreign qualifications to have them verified by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within three months after the closing date, please regard your application as unsuccessful. The appointee will be required to sign an employment contract and an annual performance agreement.