Operations Administrator (South Africa Water Fund Program)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The Operations Administrator, South Africa Water Fund Program, will work as part of a team providing a broad range of resources. S/he will manage for several specific functional activities, such as finance, human resources, procurement, office management, information systems, meetings and special events, training, volunteer programs, etc.


• Act independently within broad program goals to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
• Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
• Ensure programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
• Financial responsibility includes purchasing, processing invoices and transfers, and negotiating and contracting with vendors, and participating in budget preparation. May be responsible for developing and tracking budget.
• Implement and manage new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved.
• Maintains confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.
• Manage functional activity towards program’s strategic goals.
• Manage projects with several variables, set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability.
• May participate in complex negotiations.
• May supervise administrative, professional and/or volunteer staff, responsibility includes training and professional development.
• Travel occasionally, work long and flexible hours as needed.
• Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
• Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.


• Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination.
• Experience coordinating projects.
• Experience generating reports, and analyzing and interpreting data.
• Experience managing multiple central administrative processes.
• Experience with database management.
• Experience working across departments.
• Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of relevant field. 
• Fluent English (both written and spoken).


• Ability to implement complex processes.
• Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results. 
• Demonstrated experience handling confidential information.
• Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate staff.
• Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent. 
• Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results.
• Experience supervising staff, interns and/or volunteers.
• Knowledge of current trends in the specific field.
• Strong organization and negotiating skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
• Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.