Chief Operating Officer

at The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
Location Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Management
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR



About the Job

Under the oversight of the CEO, the COO is responsible for the attainment of the organisation’s strategic objectives with specific accountability for operational performance. The COO will contribute significantly to the organisational design, policies, procedures and organisational systems and processes as the organisation seeks to fulfil its 2021 vision.


This role is more than just primarily responsible for operations and programme-related finance - we are seeking an individual who is creative and entrepreneurial and also takes the initiative to propose, design and manage projects that further the mission of the Foundation.


Key Responsibilities

  1. Operational planning and management:


  1. Ensure that the organisation has annual plans, policies, administrative and reporting procedures in place


  1. Manage performance of all direct reports to ensure high staff performance


  1. Support the leadership team to monitor progress against strategic objectives and ensure operations are aligned with these


  1. Oversee the preparation of annual reports


  1. Programme Management


  1. Implement, manage and oversee the various programmes and projects of the Foundation as required


  1. Design and deliver on strategic projects to further Foundation’s mission.


  1. Financial systems oversight:


  1. Oversee programme-related finances and advise on overall financial systems and budgets as may be required by the CEO or Finance Department


  1. Ensure efficient programme-related procurement and assist in securing beneficial rates for services.


  1. Contracting and relationship management:


  1. Contracting with external, programme and project related service providers and partners and management of their performance


  1. HR management


  1. Oversee the implementation of human resource policies


  1. Oversee the human resource management function, including staff development and staff well-being policies


  1. Governance


  1. Assist the Company Secretary in terms of reporting and preparation of documentation for Board meetings and in preparation of documentation and minutes of management meetings


  1. Engagement with Board Committees as required



Relevant Post Graduate degree or MBA


Experience in HR, Financial Management and Operations, would be advantageous


A minimum of 5 years of senior management experience within a range of non-profit or business disciplines


A high level of financial acumen and capability including budgeting and cash flow management


Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organisational change and development within a growing organisation


Demonstrated experience linking the operations of an organisation to support the delivery of the strategy


Interested in and passionate about the mission of the DLTLF


Excellent computer literacy is essential especially in MS Outlook, MS Word and MS Excel


Strategic and analytical thinker; proactive and performance‐orientated


Organised, self‐reliant, good problem‐solving, results‐oriented, multi‐tasker with superior management skills and judgment


Flexible and resilient


Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills


Presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with all team members and stakeholders


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