VACANCY | Operational Manager - South Africa

VACANCY | Operational Manager

News item | 10-05-2024 | 07:43

As an Operational Manager (OM) you manage and are responsible for the work of the General Affairs department. The job covers a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.


In General Affairs, the OM is in charge of office management: this includes financial affairs (including invoice payments and payroll management), operational matters such as facility management, housing, maintenance of chancellery and residence, contract management and everyday IT support, as well as managing the General Affairs Assistant, cleaner, security guard, and residence staff.

The OM cooperates and networks with a wide variety of stakeholders, including relevant South African authorities, suppliers, lessors, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its various departments, the Netherlands Embassy in Pretoria and other consulates accredited to South Africa.

The OM is a member of the management team (MT) with the Consul-General and the Deputy and advises on their areas of responsibility as well as acting as a sparring partner for other areas. The OM reports to the Consul-General. 

The working language is English, therefor a high English proficiency is required.


In view of the wide variety of responsibilities, the successful candidate must have strong planning, coordination, communication, and people skills, as well as being cost-conscious and detail-oriented. They must also have an affinity for and an ability to master rules and procedures. They should possess plenty of initiative, problem-solving ability and independence in bringing tasks to completion. Strong result-oriented and go-getting mentality is a must. 

As a member of the MT, the successful candidate must also have an eye for the general interest of the Consulate-General and its staff. 

As a representative of the Netherlands and its Consulate-General, they must have strong representational skills, a client-focused and friendly communication style and a strong sense of integrity.


The team of the Netherlands Consulate-General in Cape Town consists of 11 employees. There are a cleaner and security guard at the office. The Consulate-General is housed in a historical and charming building in the center of Cape Town. 

The Consulate-General pursues a collaborative environment and teamwork. The Consulate strives to be a constructive bilateral partner for South Africa. Efficient use of public, cultural and economic diplomacy instruments contributes to a positive image of the Netherlands. The team and its working methods are efficient, inclusive and effective. 


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pursues an active diversity policy and is committed to an inclusive organization. We do this by optimally deploying and utilizing people's differences. And by creating a work culture where everyone can be themselves and feel valued. When composing teams and hiring new talent, we strive for diversity in age, gender, culture, background, orientation, disability, knowledge and competencies. 

Contact Consulate of the Kingdom of the Nethelands in Cape Town

Mr. Johan van de Hoef
Deputy Consul General 

Language: English working proficiency or better

•    Organizational sensitivity
•    Client orientation
•    External awareness
•    Networking
•    Developing staff members
•    Managing staff members
•    Planning and organizing
•    Reflecting
•    Result-oriented
•    Detail-oriented  
Want to apply? Send your cover letter and resume by email before May 20, 2024 18h00.