Job Details

  • Reference number: RefUnit No 3
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: March 24th

Background to Position

The University of Fort Hare is a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African university, committed to teaching and research excellence at the service of its students, scholars and the wider community. The University of Fort Hare seeks to appoint at Alice/East London Campus.

Main purpose/objective:

This position primarily provides proactive support to the financial discipline and CFO on ensuring delivery of objectives across the areas of: 

  • Financial Accounting and Treasury, Payroll, Asset Management, Financial Statements 
  • Preparation, Tax Compliance and External Audit.
  • It also manages progress on responsibilities flowing from the annual reporting calendar, together with the CFO.

Job Description

Key job functions:

  • Group financial reporting/external auditing 
  • Corporate financing, financial analysis and modelling 
  • Operational finance 
  • Financial compliance/governance/risk management 
  • Specific Finance assignments/project management 
  • Finance capacity development and automation.

Inherent Criteria

Minimum qualifications and experience: 

  • Chartered Accountant, CA (SA) or Masters in Accounting /MCOMPT 
  • A minimum of 8 years' working experience in Finance/Audit/Tax environment in a large and complex organisation 
  • Proven 3 Years' experience working as a Financial Accountant/Manager or in a commercial /technical accounting environment.

Skills and competencies:

  • Relevant Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
  • Expert knowledge in the use of financial software, ERP applications, databases, spreadsheets, and/or word processing.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • In-depth knowledge of financial accounting, IFRS, financial regulations, compliance, and financial reporting
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, tight deadlines and intense pressure to perform 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills 
  • Strong leadership skills, as well as skills in facilitation, team building and coordination 
  • Ability to coach and mentor others to develop their technical financial capacity 
  • Experience in managing and motivating team members 
  • Understanding of management principles and how to create a sense of teamness
  • Public Sector or Higher education experience will be an added advantage. 

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. 


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. Note that for all re-advertised positions this advert supersedes the one advertised previously owing to modifications made. Candidates who have previously applied are requested to re-apply.

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

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

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

NOTE: Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only

Closing Date: 14 April 2022

Queries can be directed to Ms. S. Sigodi at

The University reserves the right NOT to make a permanent 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. The University offers a competitive package which is negotiable based on experience, qualifications and UFH guidelines.

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.