Program Coordinator - South Africa

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The Nature Conservancy

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Cape Town, South Africa

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19 days ago


Cape Town, South Africa


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the 9 countries we operate.

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development and sustainable food production, working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.


The South Africa Program Coordinator will provide support to meet the conservation priorities of the South Africa program and will work closely with the Country Director to provide operational support to program planning, implementation, and budgeting. This position will support the Country Director in the development of annual budget guidelines in close cooperation with budget managers and the Finance and Operations team. The South Africa Program Coordinator will maintain expert knowledge of the systems and resources utilized by the different country programs and apply knowledge to managing support and planning communications related to the Country Team resources. They will lead diverse activities, analyse situations, evaluate alternatives, track project outcomes, and implement solutions to improve effectiveness.


The Program Coordinator, South Africa provides day-to-day management, general operations, and programmatic support to the South Africa Country Director. They will assist in ensuring conservation projects are executed according to plans, within budgets and by agreed deadlines. They will be responsible for managing South Africa Conservation helpdesk queries and distributing these to the respective Strategy Leads and Program Directors and providing budgeting coordination and programmatic support to the South Africa Program.

Reporting to the South Africa Country Director, the position will be based at the TNC offices in Cape Town, South Africa. No employment visas or assistance is being offered with this position except for the local labour employment requirements.

Specific role and responsibility scope will include:

  • Assist the Country Director in crafting presentations and slide decks, planning complex trips, preparing meetings with partners and donors.
  • Coordinate multiple complex conservation projects, including coordinating project teams, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability.
  • Support Country Director with management of project budgets and assist with budget development related to strategic projects.
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, financial standards, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance; decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Accountable for meeting proposal development goals, objectives and deadlines as well as supporting public/private funding development projects.
  • Maintain a calendar and workflow to ensure timely submission of proposal related documentation.
  • Prioritize work to keep multiple project applications moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals.
  • Make recommendations for strategic decisions when needed, based on analysis, experience, and judgement.
  • Write and complete document review for a range of materials to support budget implementation.
  • Travel occasionally, working long and flexible hours as needed.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 2 years managing operations functions and Natural resources and/project management an added advantage
  • Analytical and project management experience.
  • Experience supporting complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers; and
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated experience handling confidential information


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Policy, Resource Management or related field and 6+ years of related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Proficient in English and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Experience with coordinating complex plans and budgets with a diverse and distributed team.
  • Communications experience, including shaping and supporting presentations.
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with partners.
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative role.
  • Advanced knowledge in current and evolving technology related to field of experience.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in the Operations field, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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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 people 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.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role while committing to closing the gender pay gap and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.