Job Details

  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: May 8th

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.

Department of Human Resources

East London Campus

Six-Months Appointment


We are seeking a skilled Compensation and Benefits Manager to join our team at the University. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and administering compensation and benefits programs to ensure that the University is able to attract, retain and motivate top talent.

Job Description


  • Develop, implement, and maintain a compensation and benefits program that is competitive with industry standards and meets the needs of the University's diverse workforce.
  • Ensure that the compensation and benefits program is incompliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Manage the University's compensation structure and review compensation packages for all employees, ensuring they are aligned with the organization's objectives. 
  • Design and implement incentive programs, including performance-based bonuses and equity compensation plans.
  • Oversee the administration of employee benefits programs, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.
  • Work with HR to develop employee communication and education programs to promote understanding and appreciation of the compensation and benefits program. 
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of compensation and benefits programs and make recommendations for improvements. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external vendors and service providers to ensure the University receives the best possible service and pricing. 
  • Manage a team of compensation and benefits professionals, providing guidance, coaching and support as needed.

Inherent Criteria

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field. 
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in compensation and benefits management. 
  • In-depth knowledge of compensation and benefits practices and regulations. 
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and communication skills. 
  • Strong leadership and team management skills. 
  • Experience with HR information systems and compensation planning software. 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

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. 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. 

Queries can be directed to Ms. Fungai Matumba on  or call 043 704 7190

Applicants who applied previously need not submit an application again.

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.