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Vacancy – Technical Director

Botswana Football Association invites suitably qualified local professionals to apply for the position of TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

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The position of Technical Director for Botswana Football Association (BFA) is a full-time position which will define and lead the National Technical Programme under the authority of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and in compliance with the aims, objectives and values of the Federation.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Highest Recognised Coaching qualification (CAF/International)
  2. Minimum of Degree in Education / Sports Management and Coaching

EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Qualified with the highest Diploma of coaching diploma available in the country or equivalent or higher International diploma / license.
  2. Must be from a football back ground. Ideally a former player, though not at international level
  3. Must be recognized by CAF and/or FIFA
  4. Proven skills and experience in the implementation and delivery of football development programmes
  5. Credibility and recognition in the football world to command respect among players and coaches
  6. Experience managing high performance programmes with a proven track record in supporting team and squad management at various levels, including the international level
  7. Experience in the leadership of coaches and Coach Education programmes.
  8. Experience in the management of staff to ensure their effective operation, work allocation and discipline
  9. Experience in people management skills with the ability to implement innovative ideas and influence support programmes
  10. Willingness to work irregular hours and travel extensively
  11. Previous experience of working in a multi—stakeholder sports environment and comfortable managing the differing tensions that may prevail

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING WOULD BE AN ADDED ADVANTAGE:

Minimum of 5 years’ experience as:

  • Professional Player
  • Head Coach of a Premier League Team
  • Head Coach of National Youth Teams
  • Head Coach or Assistant Coach of Senior National Team
  • CAF Instructor
  • FIFA Instructor

Should be above the age of 40.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Develop, and implement a clear and thorough Technical Development plan with a Technical Chart aimed at continually promoting and improving the game of football in BFA at all levels from Grassroots to Elite football including youth football, women’s football, futsal and Coaching Education.
  2. Advice the BFA on all matters related to the effective development of football in Botswana and be accountable for the development of a strategy and policy for the performance of football programmes.
  3. Work, advise and support the various Youth National teams and coaches through development programmes in order to enable BFA to attain its goals within CAF and FIFA, including putting in place clear systems and processes for identifying and developing talented players
  4. Ensure that excellent relationships are developed and maintained with all football related stakeholders in order to ensure a cohesive and synergistic approach to the development of football is achieved and maintained
  5. Ensure that the Technical Department is appropriately staffed with suitably qualified individuals who are capable of implementing the agreed programmes thereby ensuring the growth and success of football at all levels
  6. Maintain a close and harmonious working relationship with CAF and FIFA and other major stakeholders including the government of Botswana.
  7. Perform any additional duties and responsibilities as reasonably instructed by the BFA from time to time.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Training and development of coaches including design and updating of coaches manuals, facilitating licensing courses, developing a coaches Code of Conduct, arranging for expert and specialist coaches to deliver training clinics, education on rules of the game and creating and maintaining a library of resources including books, videos and articles for coaches to access
  2. Establish and deliver a comprehensive and nationwide Grassroots programme at both the community level, in schools, and in the schools through clubs through strategic partnerships within the communities and with various Government Ministries and Agencies. Expand the demographics of players with specific emphasis on outreach to underserved communities in the “interior regions”. This must include creation of a “D” license and certification for Grassroots Educators.
  3. Establish and deliver a National Women’s Development plan including training and recommending staff members for National Women’s team coaches at the U-17, U-20 and Senior levels
  4. Define and disseminate a national football philosophy
  5. Establish clear pathways for player development including establishment of a National Talent Identification system identify, train and protect talented young players to ensure their progression from Grassroots to Elite
  6. Research and monitoring of developments in the football world including studying of major competitions, training methods, fitness, philosophies, opportunities for further development of the game and organizing of national seminars to promote technical activities

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  1. Demonstrated organization and leadership skills with a strong ability to motivate
  2. Proven people management and team building skills in order to build a strong, robust and impactful team
  3. Ability to work under pressure, balancing conflicting demands and tight deadlines
  4. Excellent mediation skills and communication skills to manage inevitable tensions of a high pressure environment
  5. Ability to relate to and influence a wide variety of stakeholders
  6. An international outlook – with multicultural familiarization and sensitivity including the ability to develop contacts and bring international best practices to BFA from the wider football world
  7. A consultative style of decision making which results in clear, thoughtful and timely decisions
  8. Commitment to continuous personal and organizational improvement
  9. Demonstrated qualities, traits and demeanour that are consistent with the BFA’s values and vision

Qualifying candidates should deliver their applications, curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates and Identity Card to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Botswana Football Association

PO Box 1396

Gaborone

 

Or email to bfa@bfa.co.bw.

Only qualifying candidate/s will be contacted.

Closing date is 19th February 2021

 

For Further information required contact the CEO Office on: Phone: 3900279

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National First Divisions undergo Operation Time For Change drill

GABORONE, Botswana – In its relentless quest to professionalize and commercialize local football, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has extended the FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course – Operation Time for Change to National First Division Leagues (NFDL), both in the South and North regions. The five-day rigorous training, which kicked off at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre in Gaborone on Monday (yesterday), is aimed at endowing leaders of football clubs to effectually grow football from grassroots level and administer it with indispensable proficiency.

Furthermore, it is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. Officially opening yesterday’s Operation Time for Change for National First Division South, newly appointed Botswana Football League (BFL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Solomon Ramochotlhwane implored all clubs to adapt to club licensing regulations, as this will become a standard tool for commercialization of clubs and football in Botswana – a barometer also used by CAF. The course has so far been administered in all the 17 Regional Football Association (RFA) regions where over 600 graduates have been inducted.

With the BFA steadfast to commercialize football, they saw it apt to also train NFDL clubs as they act as a feeder to the elite league. In his remarks Ramochotlhwane said, “the program comes at a time when the BFA 2020 Annual General Assembly granted National Leagues being BFL and NFDL autonomy which paves way for professionalism.  As one of the milestones of becoming professional, Operations Time for Change Program comes at a time when clubs have been struggling to meet CAF Club Licensing requirements. This was mostly due to lack of Management Skills and Stakeholder Management by football administrators.

National First Division Chairman, Sydney Magagane

At the end of the program, the participants will be equipped with the Leadership Skills to enable them to perform their duties and influence the change they want to see,” and further added, “Good Governance drives success and produce positive results. Football is a sport that has been severely battered by poor governance. This comes as results of members failing to account in getting the right people to lead the teams. Planning – This is an area that has been neglected for a very long time. The time has now come for teams to have strategies to drive their day-to-day, week-in and week-out preparations on how they drive football and its activities. Communication- the greatest source of Conflict amongst people is failure to communicate, hence Clear Communication clears barriers of misunderstanding.”

Ramochotlhwane said it is therefore imminent to develop a sense of urgency around the need for change. He noted that the time for clubs to change is now hence it is necessary for clubs to do away with societal organizations mentality. “This often takes strong leadership and visible support from key people within your organization. Identify the true leaders in your organization, as well as your key stakeholders,” added Ramochotlhwane. For his part, Chairman of National First Division South, Sydney Magagane encouraged all clubs to take the course seriously as it will speed up the professionalization and commercialization aspect of Botswana football in general.

“The course intends to further train more instructors as our journey to commercialization will need more professionally equipped experts to undertake this task. Clubs are what makes the BFA and therefore starting to commercialize all clubs will bolster swift transition into the mother body,” said Magagane. The course started yesterday, Monday until Friday, June 14 – 18 for the NFDS before moving to Francistown for the NFDN on 21 – 25th June 2021.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

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