IT and Admin assistant


Sustainability Institute:IT & Admin Assistant

Sustainability Institute
Opportunity closing date:
Wednesday, 3 February, 2021
Opportunity type:

At the Sustainability Institute, we engage in transformative learning towards just and generative futures. Founded in 1999, the Institute is an international living and learning centre learning, exploring and applying ways of being that are restorative. Our focus on children is centred within the Lynedoch Children’s House, SPARK Lynedoch Primary School and Lynedoch Youth programmes.Our partnership with the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch has built up the renowned Masters and PhD programmes in Sustainable Development, and in 2018 we proudly celebrated the launch of the Diploma in Sustainable Development undergraduate degree programme.The Institute is recognised as a leading expert institution in navigating the transition towards social justice and change in complex futures in Africa, and forms an institutional base for some of the top academics in the field. Our research and practice maintains a strong focus on sustainable African futures, through our student, faculty and consulting research. Our focus on transformative learning from birth and social innovation is embedded through our research, teaching and practice.

The Sustainability Institute seeks to appoint  IT and Admin assistant to be based in Stellenbosch,Western Cape.

This individual will be responsible for first tier IT support and also provide administrative support to the Office Manager. The IT & Admin assistant oversees a crucial prtfolio of work for the entire organisation that needs to be functioning effectively and efficiently, and as such requires a detail-oriented, problem solving and proactive personality.

The IT & Admin Assistant, accountable to the Managing Director: Institute Programmes, will be responsible for first tier IT support and providing administrative support to the Office Manager where necessary. The IT & Admin Assistant oversees a crucial portfolio of work for the entire organization that needs to be functioning effectively and efficiently, and as such requires a detail-oriented, problem-solving and proactive personality. This position will multitask a variety of responsibilities that include 1st tier IT support and front office, clerical activities.

The objective of the role is to ensure that staff can operate smoothly through efficient IT support and that the organisation is able to deliver a professional service to all its partners as an educational facility.

The IT & Admin Assistant is responsible to diagnose, repair and maintain hardware and software components to ensure the smooth running of computer systems. Responsibilities include installing and configuring computer hardware and being the primary point of contact for IT support within the organisation.

Salary: R10 000 – R12 000


  • 1st tier IT support
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Clerical and general technical support to the organisation
  • Administrative assistance to the office manager and managing director

Since the IT & Admin Assistant will be based on the SI premises certain non-core responsibilities are expected of him/her. Non-core areas of responsibility include:

  • Keep SI surroundings free of litter
  • Attend Monday morning staff meetings
  • Attend the morning gatherings with students (when there are modules taking place)
  • Participate in community work (ilima)
  • Driving in case of emergency


  • A post-grade 12 qualification, ideally in Computer Science or related field
  • 2 years of experience in computer network
  • Proficient in database programming and software installation
  • Proven IT knowledge and experience
  • Proficient in database programming and software installation
  • Good knowledge of internet security and data privacy principles
  • Familiarity with the computer languages and advanced operating systems
  • Competent in using antivirus technologies and spyware technologies
  • Experience in an administrative role is advantageous
  • Valid Driver’s license is advantageous
  • Experience in managing a budget is advantageous

Key Attributes & Competencies:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, coordinating and personal interface skills
  • Proven job diligence, dedication and attention to detail
  • Comfort and experience interfacing with various levels of staff and management, while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think logically
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of own tasks, and manage systems to function smoothly

If you are interested in the above position, please forward your CV to the following e-mail: