A vacancy has arisen within South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) for a full time junior Orientation and Mobility Practitioner.


Capacity:                             Permanent

Location:                             126 Wroxham Road, Paulshof

Responsible to:                Head College of Orientation and Mobility


Key function:                     To provide direct client services in orientation and mobility to adults and children who are visually impaired in the community and schools.



Key responsibilities:

  • 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 stakeholders.


Additional responsibilities:

  • Assist with workshops and events relating to visual impairment.
  • Attend staff meetings as required.
  • Assist with other marketing activities as required.


Essential qualities:

  • Passionate about the work of the Association.
  • 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 plan and execute plans.
  • Have good time management skills.



  • Must be able to communicate and write in English and other African language.
  • Must have a valid learner’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 completed all modules of O&M Diploma training.
  • Have one to three 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


  1. A copy of their CV and certified copy of their qualifications.
  2. Letter of motivation.
  3. Copy of their identity document and drivers license.


This is an affirmative action position. Applications will close at 16h00 on 1 December 2017.


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.