Facilitator, Southern Africa

Johannesburg-Pretoria, South Africa

07 Apr 2023

Johannesburg-Pretoria, South Africa


15 years

07 Apr 2023

Position Title: Facilitator, Southern Africa

Location: Johannesburg-Pretoria

Reports to: Southern Africa Director

Full time; Exempt


WomenLift Health is seeking a Facilitator to work under the direction of the Southern Africa Director and in close collaboration with training teammates around the globe. The Facilitator will be responsible for the facilitation of WomenLift Health’s signature Leadership Journey for mid-career women in health. Through facilitated discussions, mentoring, coaching, and hands-on exercises, the Leadership Journey imparts contextualized tools & frameworks to address the individual, institutional, and societal challenges that women leaders in health face today. The Southern Africa-based Leadership Journey will run at least 1 cohort of 30 women for a 12-month duration annually and will scale up to 2-3 total concurrent cohorts each year. The cohort members represent a diversity of disciplines, sectors, cultures, and nationalities.

Using a Human-Centered Design approach, our program is focused on vertical development which focuses on the mindset shifts needed to solve complex and unpredictable challenges. These include cultivating the influence and presence to lead through significant strategic shifts in one’s department or institution, how to build relationships, lead with agility in evolving work environments (e.g. going remote), and how to enhance the confidence, courage, and resilience for leading change while experiencing global systemic shocks like a pandemic. Please see a sample Journey calendar & session themes here.

In addition to facilitating the Leadership Journey, this position will also be responsible for facilitating other training modalities offered by WomenLift Health including PowerUp workshops, customized programs for institutional partners, eLearning, and more. They will be part of WomenLift’s facilitator community and deliver programs in an impactful, clear, and interactive way and share continuous feedback to ensure that the content remains topical to the needs of women in the health leadership landscape. Their role will, therefore, require them to demonstrate cultural sensitivity, empathy, astute judgment, emotional intelligence, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Being attuned to the needs of program participants and creating safe yet engaging learning environments for them is critical to success in this position.

If selected for this role, you must be able to attend the week-long in-person Training of Trainers which will take place 5 June – 9 June 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.

This recruitment is for 1 full-time (100% FTE) position and will report to the Southern Africa Director.


Mastering WomenLift Health Curriculum

  • Attend and participate in a week-long in-person Training of Trainers, which includes being immersed in the understanding and delivery of curriculum for the Leadership Journey and content for stand-alone workshops like the PowerUp series.
  • Develop a solid grasp of WomenLift concepts, contexts, process, and content; become well-versed with key facilitation styles.
  • Onboard other facilitators and lead future Training of Trainer convenings in region to help scale up the Leadership Journey and other learning modalities

Facilitation & Community Building

  • As part of the year-long Leadership Journey, facilitate monthly virtual learning touchpoint sessions and 2 in-person 3-day learning residencies that are focused on key elements of our signature Leadership Journey for mid-career women in health. In Southern Africa, we will scale up to having potentially up to 3 concurrent cohorts as well as growing the regional alumnae community.
  • Facilitate additional sessions for the alumnae community and broader audiences including institutional partners, potentially virtually or in-person; Facilitate other training modalities midcareer women in health such as quarterly PowerUp Workshops that are open to the public
  • Serve as a reliable, trusted anchor for program participants
  • Hold 1:1 office hour check-ins and respond to asynchronous communications with cohort members to offer guidance or clarity on learning content or personal/professional leadership challenges that they are facing
  • Manage coaches and help maintain relationships with critical Journey stakeholders, including other facilitators, mentors, guest speakers, and health experts

Program Management

  • Ensure program quality, smooth implementation, and that needs of the cohort members are addressed; help ensure alignment across Leadership Journey activities, deliverables, and curriculum
  • Plan the agenda and experience of the in-person learning residencies as part of the Leadership Journey
  • Meet with the leadership development teams of other regions to exchange learnings and best practices on curriculum, platforms, systems, and processes
  • Ensure program quality by informing the design of session evaluation surveys and incorporating feedback into program design and facilitation

Content Contextualization & Development

  • Work closely with regional and cross-country leadership development teams and partner organizations on the continued contextualization of the core curricula of the leadership journey and its delivery, ensuring its relevance to mid-career women leaders representing different global health sectors, cultures, and nationalities in region. The content for this Leadership Journey has already been developed by WomenLift Health team and partners but it continues to evolve with changes in context
  • Contribute to the design and facilitation of alumnae programming and community-building opportunities
  • Contribute to the design and improvement of Training of Trainers program as well as the stand-alone workshops for mid-career women in health (PowerUp Workshops) and other learning modalities

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability   

  • 15+ years of work experience with minimum 5 years of facilitation experience in leadership development training
  • Demonstrated experience leading trainings in Southern Africa countries and with diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated experience working with mid-career and/or high-ranking women leaders either at the national, regional, and/or international levels
  • Proven ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment that requires initiative, flexibility, ingenuity, resilience and commitment
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Outstanding communications skills including the ability to work across cultures and geographies at all levels and for all audiences
  • English fluency (written and spoken)
  • Ability to travel (10% of time)

Facilitation Traits

  • Ability to connect with and build safe spaces for women of a wide range of sociopolitical views and across sectors such as academia, government, NGO, and/or philanthropy
  • Ability to lead trainings and deliver content with cultural sensitivity, empathy, astute judgment & intuition, confidence, and emotional intelligence
  • Exhibit active listening skills, authenticity, maturity, and discretion; exhibit good judgment in terms of managing time and nimbly adjusting if needed
  • Build a psychologically safe, inclusive and productive group environment and dialogue; weave in impactful current events when appropriate
  • Deliver content in a clear and engaging way, while asking thought-provoking questions that produce deep insights; De-escalate conflict that arises in the classroom as needed
  • Ability to leverage a variety of interactive learning tools (Miro board, polls, etc.)

Preferred (not required) Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Background and experience in health in Southern Africa and gender equity
  • Certified to work with assessments and has experience translating them to leader learning and application (For example: the Workplace Big Five, Influence Style Indicator, and Benchmark 360 assessments)
  • Experience with coaching
  • An academic or instructional background in gender, women or minority studies
  • Experience of working or participating in gender-centered programs
  • Experience in developing and contextualizing leadership training curriculum that serves diverse audiences from different cultures
  • Additional languages, especially French, Portuguese, or Swahili

How to Apply 

To apply, submit resume and cover letter through Jobsoid link.  Please also include 3 professional references and desired annual salary in South African Rand. Candidates who pass initial interviews will be asked to participate in a Colloquium where you lead a presentation and facilitate a practice interactive session for the hiring team.

If selected for this role, you must be able to attend the week-long in-person Training of Trainers which will take place 5 June – 9 June 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Hiring Statement

WomenLift Health is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

WomenLift Health intends to hire the selected candidate employment via a PEO (Professional Employer Organization)/host partner in South Africa.  Candidate must live and be authorized to work in South Africa.