Chief Operations Officer

Chief Operations Officer 


IkamvaYouth is a prominent and award-winning national youth development and education organisation with a fifteen-year track record of ensuring that township youth pull themselves and each other out of poverty through education. The organisation exists to reduce inequality in South Africa, and its track record of matric results, access to post-school opportunities, and alumni success is proof that positive change is possible. IkamvaYouth has been operating since 2003, and has 17 branches across five provinces, and works with implementing partners delivering programmes in an additional 12 communities. In the last five years, the organisation has increased its learner reach by 1700%; the full-time staff contingent by 678% and revenue by almost 2000%. 

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) shall oversee, direct, and organise the work of all organisational operations, ensuring smooth operational coherence and a high standard of functioning within Programme Delivery, Monitoring & Evaluation, Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Administration, and day-to-day operations. The COO will support the achievement of IkamvaYouth’s impact targets of learner reach, quality of passes and post-school placements, as well as the active living of IkamvaYouth’s values through day to day application.

The position will be based in Cape Town, Pretoria or Johannesburg

Salary: R 648 000 per annum (medical aid allowance of upto R800)


  • Strategic Planning
  • Programme Management
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management  
  • Technology, Infrastructure and Administration
  • Staff Management

 Qualifications & Experience:

  • Relevant degree in Business Management, Development Studies or a related field or proven experience in same
  • 8 or more years of experience in a senior operations leadership position
  • Experience in a donor-funded environment is essential
  • Experience in the education field would be advantageous
  • Significant experience in Finance and HR Management is required


  • Commitment to redressing inequality through education, and a deep belief in the vast potential of all young people
  • Interest in and alignment to IY’s vision and values
  • Strategic and analytical thinker
  • Proactive and performance-orientated
  • Leadership and communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Commitment to developing people
  • Highly organised, self-reliant, good problem-solving, results-oriented, multi-tasker with superior management skills and excellent judgment
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with all team members and stakeholders
  • Advanced computer literacy skills


Interested applicants should submit their CV and a cover letter via email to, with the subject heading “Chief Operations Officer” by the 25th May 2018.

 IkamvaYouth upholds the objectives of the Employment Equity Act and subscribes to a policy of Employment Equity, which takes cognisance of the diversity which exists in the broader South African society.