Strategic Relationship Manager (Johannesburg )

About JumpStart

The JumpStart Foundation is a non-profit organisation which aims to transform underperforming classrooms into centres of maths and science excellence and provides meaningful work experience for unemployed youth. We create possibility for learners and their communities in the future world of work to ensure that opportunity exists, no matter where you come from.

Our functional areas include:

  • Primary school maths
  • Robotics and coding
  • M&E solutions
  • Teacher training
  • Software development labs
  • Youth employment

JumpStart aims to have an impact on South Africa’s future generations by delivering quality programmes for our beneficiaries, and by developing successful models that influence how education is delivered within the schooling system. All our programmes are underpinned by rigorous, technology-enabled M&E so that we can accurately gauge and monitor our programme outcomes and impact.

About the Role

As Strategic Relationships Manager you will play a key role in the management team of an organization that is growing and aims to have a real impact on education in South Africa. You will own the assessment, planning,  implementation and refinement cycle of Jumpstart’s relationships with its full range of stakeholders. In doing this, you will ensure the organisation stays informed within the sector, establishes strong working relationships with all stakeholders; and creates networks and collaboration that lead to effective implementation of education for learners in South Africa.


  1. Establish and maintain a performance focused stakeholder management framework
    • Staying abreast of dialogue and national agenda in relation to Maths education.
    • Gaining and sharing understanding of Government stakeholders, departments and their respective influence and strategic function for
      policy, materials development and procurement, teacher development and financing.
    • Building and maintaining comprehensive relationship stakeholder maps inclusive of project implementation partners.
    • Understanding the M&E Frameworks in both the programme and the mathematics intervention community and disseminating M&E results
    • Understanding the ICT initiatives in relation to education e.g. Digital Council Africa, Gov Robotics Curriculum, OECD Maths Curriculum
    • Staying abreast of blended learning best practices, budgets and outworking in South Africa's basic education.
    • Harvesting industry initiatives/dialogue for internal alignment in programmes, policies and strategy.
    • Evaluate and (re)articulate JumpStart core components as being in line with industry initiatives and best practices identified.
  2. To manage the relationships with all identified stakeholders through ongoing and impactful engagement
    • Relationship building with the key participants, influencers and government decision-makers including DBE at all levels and other organisation such as NECT, JET, ZENEX, Tshikululu.
    • Proactively, but selectively, participating in the collaborating communities in SA, for example - NASCEE / IPASA, AMESA.
    • Advocacy and lobbying for the programme, its methodologies and beneficiaries amongst the community/stakeholders.
    • Present the JumpStart proposition.
    • Establish and direct the implementation of an effective communication plan to all stakeholders via social and traditional media with appropriate messaging focus.
  3. To support the active collaboration and delivery between all identified stakeholders and the JumpStart project team.
    • Build active collaborative programmes with joint strategic direction/objectives. (e.g. Early Grade Maths Project)
    • Specifically, align with the national dialogue to continue building on historical momentum and systemic/sustainable impact, by:
      • Identifying key partners.
      • Developing a common “Backbone” framework and theory of change in the SA context.
      • Working with Government (DBE at all levels) LTSM, Research pilot programmes, and others.
      • Engaging JumpStart to align Implementation to stakeholder expectations, industry initiatives and government policy for the sustainable and strategic success of the Foundation’s work and impact.
    • Strategically contribute to aligning service delivery with stakeholder expectations and requirements.

Qualifications and experience required

Minimum qualifications & experience

  • 10+ years of relevant working experience in CSI and/or stakeholder engagement
  • PR or Public Affairs university degree/diploma or equivalent.
  • Insight into government policies and programme implementation

Preferred qualifications & experience

  • Project management qualification and experience
  • Research/ M&E qualification and experience

Skills required

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Networking & Influencing Skills
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Organisational Skills & Team Skills
  • Technology savvy
  • Strong Work Ethic


Market related salary will be paid based on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Please send a motivation and CV to


Applications for this role close 15 October 2021

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