Applications are invited for a Chief Operating Officer, to enable Tristan to become more self-sustaining, deliver change, and manage vital projects.

Vacancy Notice - Chief Operating Officer

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Salary of £60,000 per annum (tax free)

Additional benefits package which includes free housing, travel and medical cover including on-island treatment and evacuation to Cape Town

About the role

We're looking for a suitably experienced professional with a background in senior management in the public sector who will enable Tristan da Cunha to become more self-sustaining, deliver change, manage vital projects and ensure the island has the capacity and capabilities to meet the objectives of the island's strategic goals and to confront the challenges facing it.

What you'll do

The postholder will assist the Government of Tristan da Cunha (GoTdC) in its strategic and business planning and prioritising. You'll be expected to identify and encourage initiatives which could enhance the economy, environment, reduce waste, improve productivity and value for money taking a strategic oversight of the various funding streams to which the island could apply. Working closely with the Finance Officer and team, you'll oversee all procurement and contract management by GoTdC, providing guidance and support as necessary to ensure and enable compliant, value for money solutions.

What you'll bring

As an experienced practitioner, ideally with several years' operational experience in administration and management in the public sector, the postholder will be someone who is highly motivated, knowledgeable, adaptable and resilient with a 'can do' attitude which is paramount to living and working on Tristan. You'll advise on alternative public service delivery models such as community & social enterprises and you'll provide training on project/contract management and development initiatives and impart project/contract management skills through 'hands on' mentoring on specific tasks. You will also establish successful working relationships with a range of Government, International and local stakeholders.

What we offer

In addition to an annual salary of £60,000 (tax free), the role attracts an accompanied status, initial one-year contract with option to extend and the following benefits:

  • an attractive benefits package which includes free housing; travel and medical cover including on-island treatment and evacuation to Cape Town
  • an incredible environment to live and work in
  • return flights and passage costs to and from the island

The appointment will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory employment references
  • Enhanced Criminal Records Check
  • Satisfactory Medical and Dental Clearance

What's it like to work on Tristan da Cunha?

Tristan da Cunha is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom (UKOT). It is the world's remotest inhabited island with a population of around 250 people, and lies 1500 miles west of Cape Town. The island has no airport and is only accessible by ship from Cape Town nine times a year. Opportunities to work in this unique environment and community are rare, and this particular role will offer the chance to develop a range of skills. To thrive here in this high-profile role, you must be resilient, adaptable and able to live and work in an incredibly small community with limited availability of perishable food, non-food items and internet connectivity.

Closing date: 28th July 2023

Interviews: By Microsoft Teams or Zoom in mid-late August 2023

Required start date: December 2023 or January 2024 (depending on the shipping schedule)

For more information on how you can help with Tristan da Cunha's future success and sustainability, please click on the link below for a full job description.

If you have any queries about the role, email

How to Apply:

If you would like to be considered for this key position starting December 2023 or January 2024 at the latest, please send a copy of your CV and a letter of application clearly detailing your suitability for the post and how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria to Jean Caldwell, Project Manager to the following email address:

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 28th July 2023.

Applications from individuals expressing an interest in being seconded from the public sector to the post will also be considered.

Supporting Documents for Chief Operating Officer

COO_Job Description & Personnel Spec