Job Details

  • Reference number: Unit 12 - G012
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: November 18th

Background to Position

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Director of the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Unit will champion the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions and strategies directed towards addressing and ending Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in all its forms. This will include a focus on access to justice, gender equality, social cohesion and all the core factors of GBV, as well as an advocacy function and the management of GBV cases. The ultimate goal of the Unit is to create and maintain a GBV-free environment for all, regardless of gender and sexual identity or orientation.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Lead and manage the strategic alignment and long-term planning of the GBV Prevention Unit;

·         Provide strategic leadership and policy direction (including awareness) to strengthen accountability across the university;

·         Develop and execute a comprehensive GBV Prevention Unit strategy that is aligned to the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the University;

·         Develop departmental budgets (implemented and monitored against the Annual Performance Plan and Divisional Operational Plan);

·         Develop key collaborative relationships with all internal and external stakeholders to enhance planning and implement strategic initiatives;

·         Manage stakeholders and stakeholder relations with reference to GBV;

·         Ensure compliance with the various regulatory documents, GBV policies and applicable legislation;

·         Build the technical capacity of staff to implement gender-just and anti-GBV programming with the intention to promote safety on and off campus;

·         Strengthen response, care and support services to GBV cases;

·         Conduct institutional research on GBV and liaise with research centres at the University;

·         Draft reports, develop and give presentations and put in place information management systems and processes;

·         Implement and coordinate education and awareness campaigns for various Departments, Divisions, staff and students; and

·         Ensure that all GBV cases are investigated and ensure compliance with the GBV policy.

Inherent Criteria

Minimum requirements:

·         A Master’s degree in Gender Studies or Community Development or Social Science or Social Work or Law and/or other related fields of study;

·         A minimum of five years of field-based GBV work (or related sector), plus 3 years in a senior management position;

  •    A PhD in any of the above fields will be an advantage

Skills and Knowledge:

·         Demonstrated ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action, and experience leading programme design, monitoring and evaluation;

·         A strong track record of successful advice in relation to and implementation of gender and GBV projects in humanitarian and conflict-affected settings;

·         Experience working with and coordinating humanitarian organizations, particularly around gender/GBV issues;

  •    A strong understanding of conflict and peacebuilding, with the ability to confidently and sensitively apply this understanding to this role;
  •    A solid understanding of gender-related issues, including harmful practices;
  •   The ability to take initiative, sound judgment, being highly organized and a demonstrated ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  •    Proficiency in the use of computers and current office software applications;

·         A driven, independent leader who is able to work within a team;

·         Strong and effective communication skills, and the ability to present a broad array of information to inform and influence diverse audiences in multi-cultural environments;

·         Proven ability to plan strategically and manage organisational systems and procedures;

·         Cultural and contextual sensitivity;

·         Knowledge of the higher education environment;

·         Sound financial management and fundraising skills;

·         Strong research, analysis and report writing skills; and

       ·         Strong networks and well-established relations with role-players in the field. 

Application Requirement

To apply:  Interested applicants who meet the criteria are invited to: 

1.     Visit the Website for a more comprehensive advert and to apply online. Applications must clearly indicate thE name of the post applied for on the SUBJECT LINE. 

2.     Submit the motivation and resume as well as supporting documents namely; ID/passport, certificates and three work-related referees, on the application website.

3.     No faxes or walk-ins (hard copies) will be accepted.

4.     Applicants are urged to ensure that their applications reach the Human Resources Department on or before the closing date.  Late applications will not be considered.

5.     Failure to comply with the above directions will result in the application being disqualified.

Note:   Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only.

While this post is based in Alice, the successful incumbent will be expected to do work on all three campuses: Alice, East London and Bhisho.

The incumbent will be expected to work irregular hours at times

The University reserves the right NOT to make an appointment at this stage.

University of Fort Hare is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Pursuant to complying with the Employment Equity Act No.55 of 1998, when appointing preference will be given to applicants from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile.

About University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare is a public university in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was a key institution of higher education for black Africans from 1916 to 1959 when it offered a Western-style academic education to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a black African elite.