Chief Operating Officer (COO)

SALARY BAND: R630,000-R900,000 dependent on experience


Funda Wande is an influential not for profit program founded by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment and donor partners. Working closely with government it aims to ensure that all children in South Africa can read for meaning in their home-language by the age of 10. We develop video print materials in all official South African languages to train teachers how to teach reading and for meaning in Grades R-3 in those languages. All of our materials are free to access and Creative Commons licensed.

The COO shall manage the day-to-day operations, as well as scale up the program’s reach and impact. This includes managing Media Production, Learning and Teaching Materials Development, Translation, Finance, HR, and Technology. The successful candidate is a high-capacity generalist who works well under pressure, plans and executes systematically and has strong interpersonal and communication skills. They are confident, proactive, self-reliant and performance-orientated. They enjoy developing processes and have experience building teams in fast growing organizations. Experience in the education field would be advantageous.


* African home language.
* Relevant degree and eight or more years of experience in operations (including senior leadership).


To apply for this position please submit the following:

  1. A 1-page motivation letter including a narrative account of your career to date.
  2. A 3-page (maximum) CV.
  3. A list of 3 references with contact details.

Please upload all files here:
For any additional enquiries please email:

Deadline for applications

29 March 2019