School Engagement Officer


Columba Leadership: School Engagement Officer

Action Appointment
Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 22 October, 2021
Opportunity type:

Columba Leadership ( is an NGO that activates youth enterprise and employment by helping young people transcend their personal circumstances and offers meaningful social impact to all investors. Founded in 2009, our goal is to ensure that hundreds of thousands of young people become alive to their potential and recognize their ability to lead change in their own lives, their schools and communities. We also aim to ensure that high schools in South Africa become aware that learners working in partnership with adults can do much to strengthen schools through effective social action. Our purpose is to transform the culture of schools to change the trajectory of youth. We work in close association with the Department of Education, building the capacity of high schools, serving economically disadvantaged communities to embed our values-based leadership model.

Based in Free State, South Africa, Columba Leadership seeks to appoint a


The School Engagement Officer is responsible for the school based engagements of the Columba Leadership Programme. The candidate must be able to work as a thinking and support partner to the school stakeholders (principals, educators and learners) and will play a key role in monitoring of progress, evaluating results and reporting.

Key responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for conducting Area Research
  • Conduct principal information sessions to engage principals
  • Enable Youth Engagement in Partner Schools:  Facilitate Principal engagement together with the Provincial Manager
  • Conduct educator sessions to engage educators
  • Conduct learner sessions to engage learners
  • Communicate with Principals, Educators and Learners on an ongoing basis
  • Stakeholder engagement with the Department of Education, Investors, Government Representatives – at a high level
  • Implement Monitoring and Evaluation plan with support from Monitoring and Evaluation Team
  • Prepare and submit reports to Provincial Manager
  • Transcribe recorded interviews
  • Contribute to provincial reports for investors identifying and sharing positive stories
  • Provide corporate engagement support during school visits
  • Activate and mobilise School Clusters: Facilitation of cluster sessions
  • Involvement in Youth Connexion events

The School Engagement Officer must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in possession of a Bachelor of Psychology or a Bachelor of Education Degree or a Social Sciences Degree
  • Coaching/Mentoring Qualification will be an added advantage
  • Must have 3 to 5 years experience working in schools at a Principal and Educator level
  • Must be in possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Must be proficient in MS Office and competence in MS Projects advantageous
  • Excellent report writing skills essential, as well as proficiency in written and verbal English
  • Good interpersonal skills, have the ability to take initiative and be a team player and the ability to work independently
  • Adaptabilitiy and ability to work in a fluid environment
  • Assertiveness, planning skills and administratively strong

View the full job description and application instructions on the Vacancies page at and email your application by Friday 22nd October 2021 to