Operations Manager

at Earthlife Africa
Published July 2, 2024
Expires July 20, 2024
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Category Management  
Job Type Full-Time  


In this role, the Operations Manager will report to and collaborate closely with the Executive Director (ED), serving as a strategic partner. The Operations Manager will bring extensive experience in nonprofit management, particularly in climate justice programs, advocacy, finance, and operations.

The ideal candidate will operate effectively across strategic, managerial, and operational levels, guiding the organization in both programmatic and administrative capacities. Key responsibilities include overseeing detailed execution, delegating responsibilities efficiently, motivating teams, and making informed decisions. The Operations Manager will play a crucial role in enhancing the impact and efficiency of Earthlife Africa's initiatives in South Africa.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

Proactively identify internal opportunities and challenges and work with the ED to address them

Manage key projects and special initiatives that relate to organizational growth

Monitor organizational programmes according to strategic documents and the Theory of Change


Collaborate with the Director to coordinate and supervise daily operations

Supervise internal operations, encompassing Administration, Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Governance, and IT

Provide strategic input to support staffing decisions related to growth, performance, and accountability

Assist in financial oversight and bookkeeping, including budget development and expense monitoring

Prepare financial and other reports for submission to the ED and the Board

Regularly update the ED on operational matters

Manage staff by overseeing hiring, orientation, training, scheduling, and development.

Partner with the ED to secure grant funding for programs and operations


Lead staff in long-term program planning, establishing outcomes and clear project plans

Work with the ED and the Team to develop and evaluate program strategies and goals

Fundraising and External Relations

Lead grant writing and reporting processes

Support the ED in representing Earthlife Africa as appropriate with stakeholders, partners, and funders

Support other fund development efforts

Extensive experience in senior management within a dynamic and responsive environment

Track record of creating and overseeing budgets

Proficiency in managing complex projects

Skilled in leading teams to establish systems and processes for enhanced effectiveness and efficiency

Experience in addressing complex issues and making tough decisions, often under pressure

Proven background as a senior manager or in a similar leadership role

Expertise in project and operations management

Knowledgeable or experienced in nonprofit management

Proficient in MS Office

A BA degree is preferred, although equivalent practical work experience in the field is also qualifying

Strong organizational and leadership abilities with a knack for problem-solving

Deeply committed to Earthlife Africa's mission and values

Approachable, collaborative, and eager to both learn from and mentor others

A team player adept at collaborating and working independently

Flexible and skilled at multitasking in fast-paced, ambiguous environments, focused on achieving clarity and solutions

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