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Position: AJOL Deputy Executive Director and Head of Financial Sustainability

African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is a non-profit company working to increase global and continental online access, awareness, quality & use of African-published, peer-reviewed research. Access to contextually relevant quality scholarly publications is necessary to inform the development of solutions to address challenges of the world’s largest regional disease burden, climate change & under-development. Based in Makhanda, South Africa since 2005, AJOL hosts and helps many hundreds of peer-reviewed journals from throughout Africa to provide the world’s largest and preeminent online library of African-published scholarly journals at; massively increasing African and global access to the research output of the continent. We also work to showcase and improve capacity for quality of publishing practices, and co-ordinate our efforts with many relevant Southern and global initiatives in the field of scholarly communications, and increasingly, we provide a voice in the international scholarly community for the hundreds of stand-alone journals from throughout the African continent.

AJOL is seeking a team-player with a special overlap of 3 key areas of proven experience to fill our newly created post of Deputy Director… The successful applicant needs a relevant post-graduate university degree and at least 10 years proven experience and skills in:

  • Developing, launching and successfully maintaining an income generation strategy (notably a Membership model) for Not for Profit financial sustainability, and a long record of successful NPO fundraising,

  • NPO leadership

  • And, ESSENTIALLY, strong experience and familiarity with Higher Education (HE) research publishing and the HE library sector in Africa

The post requires flexibility, pragmatism and someone comfortable making decisions and leading with projects in a small team. There is some opportunity for flexible working hours. While the AJOL Board would prefer the successful candidate to be willing to relocate to Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), South Africa, there is potential for working remotely. Salary package is competitive and commensurate with experience and skills.


You will:

  • Have an established and proven track record of successfully implemented income generation strategies for NPO/s
  • Be comfortable leading with projects
  • Be an excellent communicator, comfortable presenting to all audiences – impeccable English is required, and French and African languages are advantageous
  • Be proactive and energetic in your approach to your work
  • Thrive on being an important part of a small team
  • Be up to date in all the latest trends and developments in the scholarly communications and NPO financial sustainability and fundraising sectors

Role Specific Duties:

  • Work with the Executive Director to create, develop and deliver the income generation strategy
  • Develop and grow our international library community relationships
  • Lead Membership model marketing and communications, including active involvement in busy social media outlets
  • Oversee the administration of the income generation strategy, and fundraising and supply timely and accurate reports, projections and analysis of income generation activities
  • Liaise directly with potential Members and donors

Essential Experience and Skills (the bit you reference in your covering letter):

  • A demonstratable track record of hitting financial targets
  • Experience of managing income generation strategies, activities and fundraising infrastructure for Non Profit organisations, including administrative processes and systems, database management for members, fundraising and donor management systems
  • Evidence of sound NPO leadership within the African continent (at least 2 contactable references MUST be provided)
  • Excellent knowledge of the current NPO fundraising sector, including recent changes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of social media and digital fundraising
  • A proven track record of delivering results as part of a small team and/or alone


  • Practical knowledge of diversity/cultural issues and HE sector challenges and solutions in African countries
  • Good organisational and time management skills

The closing date for applications is midday, Tuesday, 20 April 2021, although early online interviews may take place on the receipt of suitable applications. Therefore, interested individuals are encouraged to apply early rather than waiting to the deadline. To apply, send your CV and a covering letter, outlining how you fulfil the essential experience and skills (above) by email to . CVs without a covering letter will not be accepted.

We are grateful for all applications and subsequently will strive to give constructive feedback after appointment to any unsuccessful applicants.

Thank you in advance.