Principal – Community Skills Job at De Beers Group of Companies – in Johannesburg, Gauteng 2196

Job Description

Company Description

  • Corporate Relations ensures that Anglo American stands out as a trusted leader in responsible mining, unlocking long-term value for shareholders and society as a whole.

The combined activity of our teams – in Corporate Communication, Social Performance and Engagement, and International and Government Relations – aims to build and protect our strong global reputation and our distinctive brand. We strive to communicate consistently with all stakeholders, both inside and outside our organisation, to positively influence perceptions and to develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships.

One of the pillars under the Sustainable Mining Plan is Thriving Communities, which aims to improve the lives of individuals in our host communities globally. This pillar comprises of goals focused on improving Health, Education and Livelihoods. The goals focused on education and livelihoods are very closely intertwined around skills development for the future of work. This role will focus on helping develop a strategy around community skills, linked to the future of work, both related to mining as well as other sectors within the countries we operate.

The Thriving Communities pillar covers all regions in which Anglo American operates in. Therefore, this role will focus on skills development across the eight countries in which we have programs, with Southern Africa being a core region. Southern Africa comprises of three business units, is home to some of our largest host communities and is where a large part of our employee base resides. Our programmes in South Africa are further advanced than other regions. The Anglo American South Africa (AASA) Education Programme already supports over 100 secondary and primary schools and 100 early childhood development facilities local to their operations and will add another 80 schools and 80 ECD centres in 2022. Therefore, a big focus on skills development will be within the Southern Africa region

Job Description

  • The Community Skills Principal will support the Education Lead and Head of SED and Partnerships to build out the community skills strategy and portfolio and drive progress towards achieving this.

To achieve this purpose, the community skills portfolio will involve strategic work to identify the various skills development opportunities and needs within our host communities, especially in relation to the Future of Work. This will involve integrating and coordinating initiatives between multiple goals, teams and business units.

Supporting the Education Lead on developing the strategic approach on, and design framework for, community skills for Anglo American’s Business Units and sites using an evidence-based approach to intervention design and implementation

Overseeing the development of specific theories of change (logic models) around the community skills programmes’ desired outcomes, based on findings of skills strategic approach

Working with the Education Lead on developing of the community skills portfolio. These include but not limited to Community Skills Academy and Anglo American Learning Factory

Developing, and managing relationships with government stakeholders, private and public organisations, research institutions, accreditation and academic institutions and implementation partners

Leading the community skills integration with the Sustainable Mining Plan Team and leads of the other Thriving Communities stretch goals to ensure synergy and respond to multi-disciplinary interdependencies

Collaborate with Social Performance teams across BUs to ensure delivery against SLP targets

Contribute to the broader business by working with others in such a way that it optimises the overall business results, rather than just your team’s.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline

Technical Knowledge:
Experience in developing skills based accredited programme

Experience of setting up / delivering youth/skills development programs in rural / deprived areas

Experience with monitoring and evaluation (lead and lag indicators) in the skills development environment

Experience of working with accreditation bodies (e.g. SETA, UKAS)

Experience of leveraging ICT solutions to drive skills development will be an advantage

Experience in working with governments, academia or civil society organisations at a national or local level.

Experience of managing delivery partners

Project Manage a large, multi-year programme of work.

Additional Information

When you join Anglo American, you can expect to enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package. But more than this, you’ll find yourself in an environment where the opportunities for learning and growth are second to none. From technical training to leadership programmes, we bring out the best in our people. There are plenty of opportunities to move onwards and upwards too. We’re a large, successful multinational company – and we’re still growing all the time.

Who we are

We aim to lead the industry by pursuing ever safer and more responsible ways of working, demonstrating integrity and showing care and respect for people and the planet. That means we are constantly seeking new opportunities to mine and process our products sustainably, using less water, less energy and more precise extraction technologies. As the custodians of coal and other precious natural resources – diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum and other precious metals, iron ore and nickel – our extraordinary teams work safely and collaboratively, with the utmost consideration for local communities, our customers and the world at large.

How we are committed to your safety

Nothing is more important to us than ensuring you return home safely after a day’s work. To make that happen, we have the most rigorous safety standards in the industry. Not only that, we’re also continually investing in new technologies – from drones to data analytics – that are helping to make mining safer.

Inclusion and Diversity

Anglo American is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where we value and respect every colleague for who they are and provide equality of opportunity so that everyone can fulfil their potential.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please complete our online application form. You will have the opportunity to upload your CV and other relevant documentation as part of the process.


Since safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have become widely available this year, we have strongly encouraged employees to get vaccinated at the earliest possible opportunity. However, as vaccines have been proven to be a very effective and safe way of protecting people and reducing Covid-19 transmission, we have now announced our intent to introduce a policy that requires Covid-19 vaccination for access to all sites and offices. This policy would apply to all new joiners to the company as well as existing employees and contractors. We are in the process of undertaking a comprehensive engagement process with all our stakeholders about our intent. This is so we can tailor our approach in each country, including ensuring what we do is lawful. Once this is complete, we will look to implement the policy. There may be differences in how and when it is implemented due to local context and legal requirements.


About Company

Company: De Beers Group of Companies –

Company Location:  Johannesburg, Gauteng 2196

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