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Are you an experienced Senior Administrator that has managed international consultancy contracts plus safety and security systems for travel and operations in high-risk countries?  Would you like to work for a dynamic foundation involved in innovative economic development efforts to benefit millions of people in East Africa?

David Sainsbury set up the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in 1967 to support causes in areas he is passionate about, including science and economic development.  Gatsby has worked in Africa since 1985, with the ultimate aim of creating jobs and raising incomes to reduce poverty.

Gatsby funds and implements programmes that look to catalyse and influence large-scale and lasting change in priority sectors, such as cotton in Tanzania. They build and support local organisations dedicated to sector transformation. They also aim to share what we have learned with others.

A UK-based team of around 20 staff support large operational teams in Kenya and Tanzania. The working environment is friendly, but dynamic and driven, with a determination to achieve results.

The Senior Administrator, Contracting and Security Management plays an important role in managing and supporting the continual development of Gatsby’s operational systems – notably on safety and security, contracting consultants, operational policies and procedures, information management, staff and consultant management, travel and administration.  For a high calibre person, this should be a rewarding position with the opportunity to make a real impact in a friendly, high-performance environment.

The role will suit a mature, high-quality professional with a successful track record of operating in high-performance teams.  Specific experience should include:

  • Managing safety and security systems in relation to travel and operations in developing and sometimes high-risk countries
  • Supporting contract management systems and assessing associated risks for the organisation
  • Maintaining systems and processes, while proactively identifying ways to improve them

This role will suit an open, flexible person with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, S/he will be highly detail-focused with strong organisation and time-management skills, a proven record, and ability to meet deadlines under pressure, including managing and prioritising multiple areas of work for different team-members in a fast paced and often fast changing environment.  This is a 12-15 month maternity leave cover from 1st September 2017.  Gatsby will pay a competitive salary based on skills and experience. Applications are welcome until the deadline of 2nd July 2017 (by midnight GMT).

Candidates must have the existing right to work in the UK.

Appointment Brief

For more information, please download the Senior Administrator Appointment Brief.

Application Instructions

Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist Gatsby in finding suitable candidates for this role.

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:

Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:

Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.

Gatsby Africa - London Office