Job Details

  • Reference number: RefUnit 411
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: July 14th

Background to Position



(Ref No. 411)


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 a Head: Oliver Tambo Center of Human Rights in the Faculty of law. 

Job Description


  • A successful candidate will be required to:
  • Provide strategic leadership in the broad area of Human Rights.
  • Contribute to teaching, learning and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Provide leadership in curriculum review and development of existing and new programmes respectively.
  • Establish and actively collaborate in research projects locally and internationally.
  • Supervise postgraduate students at master’s and doctoral levels.
  • Drive community engagement activities.
  • Establish partnerships nationally and internationally; and ensure good relations with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Participate in relevant University committees and structures.

Inherent Criteria


  • Full Professor rank level
  • Doctoral Degree in Law with a specialization in Human Rights Law or related area such as International Law.
  • A track record of accredited research publications that are nationally and internationally recognized commensurate with the academic rank of Professor.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a higher education environment.
  • Postgraduate supervision experience including successful master’s and doctoral supervision.
  • A proven track record of raising research funding.


  • Strong administrative and people management skills.
  • Substantial professional experience gained from working in a human rights institution or related environment.
  • NRF rating.
  • Membership of relevant professional/scientific body. 
  • Evidence of research partnerships and collaborations at national and international levels.

Application Requirement

Closing date: 11 August 2023

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 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. 


Queries can be directed to Ms. P. Smith on and 043 704 7190 

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.

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.