Executive Director/

Executive Director/


Ad type


Executive Director/

  • Location

    South Africa

  • Date Posted

    3 months ago

  • Apply Before

    14 Jun, 2023

is seeking to appoint an Executive Director/s to be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.



Iranti[1] is a Johannesburg-based human rights organization, founded in 2012, that advocates for the rights and protections of Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Trans and Intersex (LBQTI) persons. Iranti’s advocacy strategy employs the tactical use of multi-media, research and public awareness initiatives to build and advance human rights for LBQTI persons in the regionIranti is managed and led by persons who live and identify as Lesbian, Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex, as well as allies aligned with our mission and vision.


LBQTI people, movements, and networks are the heart of our organisation – we amplify efforts to combat oppression, exclusion and invisibilisation; and strive to ensure that LBQTI people live lives of their own choosing; are well, and flourish. We consciously strengthen activists, change agents, leaders and organisations who share our goals.


Iranti owns and manages a vibrant space in Brixton, Johannesburg, accommodating 12 staff members and which often hosts activists from the continent at meetings, events and creative expressions of our collective activism. We also have staff members based in other African countries. 



We are recruiting an Executive Director or co-executive Directors, who will build on Iranti’s decade-long work and strengthen its radical human rights framework to attain freedom and equality.


The Executive Director/s report to a Board of Directors,and will join a dedicated and committed team of activists in South Africa and beyond. The board is open to structuring the role for an individual Executive Director or a team of Co-Directors.


Professional Requirements

The ideal candidate/s will be a transformative leader(s) and respected social justice thought partner(s). They will have an understanding of and experience in, leading an LBTQI, human rights or feminist organisation. They will have connections to movements, donors, and other significant stakeholders such as the media. The candidates should hold a postgraduate degree, preferably in social sciences,
 or law, or demonstrate equivalent work experience. Applicants must have a minimum of three(3) years’ experience working within the human rights sector in a programme management role.

  • Executive or senior leadership experience with a national or regional organisation, including experience managing remote teams.

  • Prior executive or senior leadership experience in fundraising and donor engagements.

  • Proven success in building strong and effective teams and creating cultures defined by transparency, accountability, trust and respect.

  • Strategic fundraising experience including cultivating individual and institutional donor relationships, soliciting major gifts, and negotiating government contracts.

  • Prior experience working with a non-profit board and a demonstrable understanding of board development, governance and decision-making.

  • Financial acumen to develop, track, and manage Iranti’s budget including restricted government contracts, foreign funds, complex investments, and fiscal sponsorships.

  • An understanding of the fiscal and donor reporting requirements associated with grassroots grant-making.

  • Demonstrated experience leading the creation and implementation of strategic plans.

  • Exceptional communications skills including the ability to effectively convey radical ideas and to engage individuals and large groups.

  • Fluency in English. Fluency in another language is an advantage.

  • Availability for significant domestic and international travel; and,

  • Legal status to work in South Africa. (for the Executive Director or at least one Co-Director) 

Personal Characteristics

The new Executive Director or Co-Directors will be feminist leaders with an uncompromising commitment to advancing Trans, LBQ and Intersex rights.  We seek (an) Executive Director/s that identify/ies as Lesbian, Transgender, non-binary or Intersex.

They will be rooted in the politics of regional and global solidarity and comfortable holding and articulating a radical vision. They will be innovative, transparent and adaptive leaders with a commitment to learning and a drive to mentor, coach, and support leadership. They will bring a regional perspective to Iranti and ideally will have lived experience in Africa. Our ideal candidate is able to engage in honest self-reflection and receive constructive feedback, and is able to share power and make collective decisions.


The remuneration package is commensurate with the experience required for person/s in the Regional NGO sector and is inclusive of medical-aid, provident fund, mobile phone allowance, performance assessment bonus and annual leave.

Lesbian and Bisexual women, Intersex, Trans, Gender-diverse, and Non-binary persons from Africa are especially encouraged to apply.

Submit a comprehensive CV of not more than 5 pages, and a cover letter detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to board@iranti.org.za

The application process will remain open until a suitable candidate/s are appointed.
This position is re-advertised and previous applications are not required to apply.

We reserve the right not to make an appointment. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not be contacted within 2 months of the closing date please do consider your application unsuccessful.