Job Description

Governance and Systems Consultancy

During this 1 year, fixed-term, on-site consultancy role, you will be responsible for the review, development and implementation of effective governance procedures for the Tongabezi Trust School (‘Tujatane’) and the Twaabane Creative Centre, including the development of a comprehensive new operational strategy. The role involves a high level of responsibility, and will be pivotal in ensuring the continued success of the organisation. We seek a candidate with senior leadership and governance experience, who can work with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Board of Governors (BoG) to develop systems, policies and procedures that will enhance daily operational effectiveness and strengthen organisational governance.

You will be ultimately accountable to the BoG and report to the Chair of the BoG. You will provide support and guidance to the SLT, but will not be line managing the team.

The ideal candidate will facilitate and foster a strong working relationship between the SLT and the BoG. At the end of the consultancy contract you will be expected to advise on any future additional roles needed to support leadership and governance.

Responsibilities of Consultant


  • Lead on the development of a new organisational strategy with the board and SLT, including strategic development plans for Tujatane and Twabaane.
  • Lead on the review of all existing policies and work with the SLT and BoG to draft additional policies as required, including (but not limited to) HR, finance, and procurement, admissions, diversity, staff development, safeguarding and pupil welfare.
  • Work with the SLT to refine existing and develop new systems and processes to improve efficiency and day to day operations, including clear schemes of delegation for the SLT and BoG.
  • Work with the BoG to refine the terms of reference for the BoG and its committees, refine board paper templates and develop a clear decision-making process to support SLT to determine what should be taken to relevant committees and what should be tabled for full BoG meetings.
  • Identify and recommend cost-effective tools to digitise governance procedures and reduce manual effort.


  • Lead on the review and development of clear financial policies, procedures and controls for Tujatane and Twabaane, including (but not limited to) annual budget development/approval, accounting processes, restricted funding management and governance procedures.
  • Work with finance department to provide training to staff on new financial policies and processes introduced.
  • Review of financial reporting processes for Board and committee review.


  • Review existing job descriptions and define roles and responsibilities for staff.
  • Support SLT to develop RACI matrix to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities.
  • Provide support and guidance to SLT members.
  • Identify professional development needs of SLT to ensure they are able to take on increased responsibility at end of consultancy period.
  • Make recommendations to the Board on additional roles required at the end of the consultancy period.
  • Develop new job descriptions for new roles approved by the Board.

Person specification

  • Minimum five years’ experience working in a senior leadership role that reports into a Board.
  • Minimum five years’ experience living in and working for an NGO in Africa (ideally Southern Africa).
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher-level qualification relevant to the role.
  • Sound understanding of charity structures and best practice in organisational governance.
  • Previous experience of HR and finance portfolio within senior leadership role.
  • Strong communication and organisational skills.
  • Passion for making a difference in a rural community.
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Application deadline: March 16th 2024.

Your Application

Please summarise specific examples of your experience with setting up governance systems and processes. We're interested in understanding the methodologies or frameworks you employed and the outcomes achieved through these initiatives.

If yes, please provide further details about your involvement with a Board of Governors or Trustees? Specifically, could you share any significant contributions you made or describe your interactions, responsibilities, or key decisions you were involved in while serving on or reporting into such a board.

Explain why you feel you would be a good fit for this role?

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