The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Job Opening

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17 Apr, 2019

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Management Jobs in South Africa

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent, non-government think-tank with the purpose to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. It is both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public debate.

Job Title: Operations Manager for the Youth Programmes

Job Location: Johannesburg, South Africa.

Reference number:  (OMYP04/19) 

Duration: one-year contract

Reports to: The Head of Youth Programmes

The purpose of the position is to manage the operational and financial functions of [email protected]’s growing programmes. The successful applicant must be able to manage a complex and multi-faceted workload.


Operational Management

  • Develop and implement effective administration procedures for [email protected] programmes, events and activities
  • Oversee and provide support for logistics and coordination of large events, meetings and conferences hosted by [email protected]
  • Be responsible for managing donor reports and ensuring, together with the Head of Youth Programmes, that [email protected]’s Monitoring and Evaluation requirements are met
  • Keep all role players informed of initiatives, activities, work plans (external and internal)

Financial Management

  • Manage accounting and financial internal control systems for [email protected]’s programmes
  • Work together with the SAIIA Finance Department and Head of Youth Programmes to ensure compliance with donor financial requirements and SAIIA’s financial processes
  • Provide support to the Head of Youth Programmes (and sometimes deputise for her) in strategic planning, marketing and fundraising


  • A relevant degree or any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of five years of experience in managing small to large-scale projects in a developing country context
  • Demonstrated experience with financial management tools and systems, including proficiency with Excel
  • Demonstrated written, presentation, communication and organisational skills in English
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Management and interpersonal skills and able to work with a diverse team
  • Driver’s licence and own vehicle
  • Substantial work experience, ideally in a not for profit organisation
  • Experience in working with national and international donors
  • Experience in writing grant proposals and donor reports
  • Proficiency in either Portuguese or French
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-stakeholder relationships with important groups such as the United Nations system, diplomatic community, civil society and national government

To apply

Submit a motivational letter quoting clearly the reference number of the position that they are applying for and a comprehensive CV, together with the contact details of three referees to Shannon Gard ([email protected])

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

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