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Vacancy: MEL & Grants Manager – Stellenbosch, South Africa

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination” [Nelson Mandela on the 25th May 2000 at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.]

About Laureus

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is a Sport for Development organisation that harnesses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Proving that sport can change the world.

Well anchored in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation works in partnership with over 140 sport for development organisations across the world, providing them with technical expertise, capacity building, funding and programme management support to deliver high quality and impactful sport for development programmes that help change the lives of girls and boys, young women and young men in disenfranchised communities. Laureus Sport for Good also invests in and leads on research, learning communities, international summits and conferences and is widely considered one of the leading agencies in the Sport for Development sector.

Laureus Values

Laureus Sport for Good works hard to deliver change for young people around the world. The values of the organization are integral to the work delivered by all staff members.

Collaboration: We collaborate with empathy for better impact

Honesty: We put integrity at the core of our work

Ambition: With curiosity, we pursue innovative solutions

Nurture: We nurture our diverse and inclusive community

Grow: We evolve dynamically for a sustainable future

Empower: We empower courageous change makers

Nurture: We nurture our diverse and inclusive community

Grow: We evolve dynamically for a sustainable future

Empower: We empower courageous change makers

Opportunity to join the team

An exciting opportunity has emerged to join the team as a MEL & Grants Manager.

As a key member of the Laureus South Africa team, the post holder will be responsible for planning and implementing a portfolio of impactful monitoring and evaluation projects across South Africa using sport as a development tool for social change.

They will also be responsible for working closely with the Global Foundation on African-based monitoring and evaluation programmes, with a particular focus on delivering monitoring and evaluation activities for the Sport for Education and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa (SESLA) programme.

The key purpose of this post is to:

  1. Co-design the impact measurement approach of the SESLA programme with Laureus South Africa and Laureus Global
  2. Deliver the impact measurement activities of the SESLA programme
  3. Provide high quality Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning support to partners across Africa to ensure programmes are able to measure the impact of their work and learn from their findings.
  4. Support the Senior Knowledge Manager with internal research projects to increase learning and guide decision making
  5. Support with the development and delivery of Laureus South Africa’s monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
  6. Support fundraising efforts led by the fundraising teams
  7. Liase with commication teams to share the impact of sport for development programmes
Key tasks and reponsibilities:

Sport for Education and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa (SESLA)

  • Co-design the monitoring and evaluation approach for the SESLA programme
  • Gather evidence (qualitative and quantitative) on the impact of the SESLA programme on young people and organisations engaged in activities
  • Support the delivery of SESLA evaluations and research provided by third parties
  • Support the ongoing development of grantees in the SESLA programme with capacity building on monitoring and evaluation and learning opportunities
  • Work closely with SESLA grantees to responsibly source narratives of individual and community transformation to support development of donor relationships and communication about the power of sport to change the world
  • To undertake monitoring trips and attend events for the SESLA programme

Laureus Sport for Good (LSFG) South Africa MEL

  • Manage and maintain the LSFG South Africa MEL data and salesforce records
  • Implement LSFG monitoring, evaluation and learning systems
  • Collect data from grantees and other stakeholders and lead data analysis
  • Assess LSFG’ progress against performance indicators and produce dashboard reports highlighting the findings for staff and board
  • Ensure LSFG learns from its internal monitoring efforts and make recommendations for strategic growth
  • Provide communications and fundraising teams with relevant data driven material to support campaigns and advocacy

Research and thought leadership

Research and thought leadership

  • Liaise with academic intuitions currently conducting long – term research on LSFG South Africa programmes, ensuring that needs are met and managed for both partners
  • Identify the specific needs for research in the sport for development sector and design and commission appropriate research initiatives that fill gaps and align to the LSFG Global research strategy
  • Develop partnerships with top SA universities, research institutions, and thought leadership groups to develop the evidence base for ‘sport for good’ in line with the global effort to make the case for sport as a development tool
  • Participate in thought leadership groups and spearhead research proposals
  • Align research to monitoring and evaluation system using key social issues in South Africa

Further Tasks:

  • Support with attending events, workshops and team building activities where relevant
  • To assist the Senior Knowledge Manager with ad hoc monitoring and evaluation requests
  • To provide the Laureus team with support and advice on impact measurement and knowledge management where relevant

Responsible Stewardship:

  • To be a positive member of Sport for Good, working productively with colleagues while also representing Laureus well.
  • To undertake any other duties in support of Sport for Good’s business as may reasonably be required.
Key Skills


  • Experience delivering focus groups and interviews as part of research projects
  • Fluency in English
  • Experience working with grassroots organisations across diverse contexts
  • Experience collecting and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Good report writing skills and ability to synthesise information for clear and concise communication


  • Experience working with grassroots sports for development organisation in Africa
  • Experience completing Social Return on Investment research
  • Experience working with Universities to conduct research studies.
  • Experience using salesforce and/or other CRM platforms
Personal skills and attributes
  • Ambitious self-starter with minimal need for outside supervision
  • Highly collaborative team player able to quickly create positive working relations with partners and staff at every level
  • Committed and dynamic with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proactive communicator who can analyse information and filter it to relevant stakeholders where necessary
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Accountable and Transparent
  • Fluent in English (both written and oral), other languages are an advantage
Information to note:


Type of Contract: Full time (fixed term) – 18 months with the possibility of extension

Salary Range: R20 000 – R25 000 per month depending on experience

Reporting to: Head of Programmes (South Africa) & Senior Knowledge Manager (Global)

Location: Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, 1 Krige Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa

If you meet the above requirements, kindly send your CV and a cover letter to

Application closes 17 May 2024.




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