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Internal Application: Program Coordinator, South Africa

International Social Impact | City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop International South Africa has an opportunity for a dynamic Program Coordinator to join our growing team to drive the exciting new vision and strategy for Takalani Sesame. With a passion for early childhood development and children’s educational media, you will play a leading role in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the LEGO Foundation-funded Learning through Play project, as well as other Takalani Sesame community engagement initiatives. You will also contribute to developing and implementing the educational curriculum for diverse mass media initiatives including TV, radio and digital.

Please Note: This position is based in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Only South African citizens will be considered.


  Project Management 

  • Coordinate rollout of the Learning through Play project in Eastern Cape, Free State and Gauteng provinces
  • Identity, assess and train project partners
  • Work closely with SW staff in New York to develop project materials including print and audio-visual content
  • Coordinate and facilitate caregiver and teacher training activities
  • Coordinate project events including partner meetings, workshops and activations
  • Coordinate project communications and information dissemination
  • Participate in provincial and national Play Alliance meetings and other related activities
  • Monitor project progress through regular field visits and communications with partners
  • Prepare project reports in line with funder and Sesame Workshop requirements
  • Work closely with SW’s New York based project staff for efficient and effective project implementation
  • Carry out any other project management duties as assigned by the Program Director from time to time.

  Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Working with Sesame Workshop’s Research team, oversee formative and summative research activities including contributing to the development of research protocols and obtaining necessary ethics approvals.
  • Coordinate the work of local research consultants and other research vendors.
  • Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation plans for specific projects including instrument development, data gathering and report generation.
  • Identify project challenges, synthesize lessons and recommend research-based corrections, applying collaborative, flexible, and practical thinking.

Mass Media

  • Contribute to development of the educational curriculum for the Takalani TV show and other mass media initiatives.
  • Provide input, eg through scripts review, to media production teams to ensure content is aligned to curricular messages.  



  • Bachelor's degree with specialization in Early Childhood Development, Education, Development Studies, Social Sciences or another relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in community engagement/outreach activities involving educational interventions targeting children in preschool and foundation phases.
  • Experience in designing and delivering community engagement/outreach initiatives, parenting programs, social and behavior change communication (SBCC) interventions and/or related services in low-resource settings.
  • Familiarity with workings of the South African Department of Basic Education at national and provincial levels
  • Good research, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Demonstrated project cycle management skills.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural communication skills and related competencies.
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a multidisciplinary team in multiple geographical locations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, with excellent attention to detail.
  • MS Office skills including ability to prepare professional and appealing reports and presentations.
  • Flexible, creative, solution-oriented thinking.
  • Commitment to working with young children, parents, care givers and families.
  • Willingness to travel to and work in low-resource settings (up to 30%).

Desirable (not mandatory but will be a definite advantage)

  • Familiarity or understanding of the educational media ecosystem particularly TV, radio and digital.
  • Experience of designing and executing SBCC research studies and/or social impact assessments.
  • Fluency in South African local languages.


In addition to the opportunity to join one of the most recognized and loved children’s educational media brands in South Africa and beyond, a competitive, market-linked remuneration package will be offered to the right candidate.


We are reviewing applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Sesame Workshop reserves the right not to fill the role.


The Learning through Play Project is a partnership between Sesame Workshop and The LEGO Foundation, who are united by a shared mission to unleash the power of play to inspire the builders of tomorrow to grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Our current collaboration, Play Every Day, consisting of a series of workshops to engage parents and caregivers in learning through play, has been piloted in Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal provinces. The project will be scaled up in Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Free State over five years starting 2019.


Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, Takalani Sesame and so much more. Sesame Street is our pioneering television show that has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder since 1969, and now reaching more than 150 countries. Sesame is a beloved household name in dozens of languages, and it means learning - and fun - in all of them.  Takalani Sesame is the South African adaptation launched in 2000. Currently broadcasting on SABC, it addresses a range of early childhood development needs from literacy, math and life skills, to instilling in children a greater sense of self and nurturing their readiness for lifelong learning. The TV and radio broadcast is complemented by outreach programs.