With the expansion of our Orientation and Mobility services in Gauteng, an exciting new position has arisen within South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA). This position is for a full-time Orientation and Mobility Practitioner who would also be required to provide supervision for our team of O&M Practitioners.

 

Capacity:                             Permanent

Location:                             126 Wroxham Road, Paulshof, Johannesburg

Responsible to:                Head College of Orientation and Mobility

 

Key functions:                   To provide technical support and supervision to a team of O&M Practitioners. To provide direct client services in orientation and mobility to adults and children who are visually impaired in the community and/or schools.

 

 

Key responsibilities:

 

  • Provide technical support to a team of O&M Practitioners working in the community.
  • Supervise paperwork and provide client feedback to team of O&M Practitioners.
  • Support and implement strategic plan for national growth of O&M services for the organisation.
  • Travel in South Africa if the need arises.
  • Mentor junior staff members to develop their skill as O&M Practitioners.
  • Support manager in ensuring goals of direct services provision are met.
  • Collect and record data to inform decision making within the department.
  • Be able to monitor and evaluate current processes and systems use.
  • Find opportunities for staff training and development.
  • Ensure regular O&M services meetings take place and are run productively.
  • Network with community organisations to find community clients.
  • Teach skills of daily living.
  • Provide cane training to clients.
  • Provide basic counselling.
  • Communicate with clients telephonically.
  • Keep accurate written records.
  • Assess client’s needs, plan and carry out training.
  • Refer clients to complimentary services if needed.
  • Prepare weekly timetables and log sheets.
  • Write reports and provide feedback to all stakeholders.

 

Essential qualities:

  • Passionate about working in the disability sector, specifically visual impairment.
  • Pro-active and able to problem solve.
  • Have empathy with people who are differently abled.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Work one-to-one with clients in a professional way.
  • Be patient and have perseverance.
  • Be able to project manage from inception to completion.
  • Have good time management skills.
  • Be able to manage conflict.
  • Have previous supervisory skills or capacity to develop such skills.
  • Can mentor and support team members.
  • Have good communication skills, including public speaking.

 

 

Qualifications/experience:

  • Must be able to communicate and write in English and other African language.
  • Must have a valid code 8 driver’s licence., code 8 and be able to drive a manual vehicle.
  • Must be well spoken, well-groomed and presentable.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Must have a recognised qualification in Orientation and Mobility.
  • Have more than four years’ experience in the field of Orientation and Mobility training.

Persons interested in this position must submit the following documents to Elizabeth Louw at ElizabethL@guidedog.org.za by 25 January 2019. All applicants should be aware that interviews for this position will be conducted in Johannesburg.

 

  1. CV of no more than two pages.
  2. Letter of motivation explaining why you are a suitable candidate for this position.
  3. Copy of identity document.
  4. Copy of driver’s licence.
  5. Copy of O&M qualification.

 

 

South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind reserves the right not to fill this vacancy. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant for an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the post will result in the applicant automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Applicants who do not receive a reply within 4 weeks of submission should deem their application to have been unsuccessful.