Job Details

  • Reference number: Job ID: 5735
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 14th

Background to Position

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department Quantity Surveying and Construction Management

Bloemfontein Campus

Associate Professor/ Professor (Permanent appointment) and Academic Head of Department (Contract appointment: 5 years, with the possibility of serving a second term)

Job ID: 5735

This post was previously advertised as Job ID 5613.  All applications received in response to the previous advertisement, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website:  - Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities:

Associate Professor/ Professor

  • Pursue an active best practice-informed scholarship of teaching and learning in quantity surveying, property, and construction management areas (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students (up to NQF Level 10).
  • Mentor colleagues and students.
  • Design, develop and implement new programmes and/or changes in existing programmes.
  • Compile construction management, quantity surveying, project management and/or property studies accreditation documentation. 
  • Conduct sustained research of national and international significance, deliver conference papers and publish articles.
  • Develop and maintain links with other tertiary institutions, professional bodies, student alumni and industry stakeholders.
  • Co-ordinate department research.
  • Write research grant proposals and secure research funding.
  • Develop, improve, and market the construction management, quantity surveying, project management and property studies programmes.
  • Undertake university-engaged scholarly activities.
  • Participate in departmental academic administrative tasks.
  • Serve and actively participate on university and faculty committees.
  • Represent the department on various platforms and use one's knowledge and experience to bolster the profile and brand of the department, faculty, and the university.

Academic Head of Department:Leadership
  • Provide academic leadership and development in an academic department by creating and executing strategies to establish the department as a leader in the discipline.
  • Develop an overall operational plan for the department in consultation with the Dean.
  • Give academic leadership and direct department scholarship, teaching, and standards.
  • Take leadership of programme accreditation and ensure national and international accreditation maintenance.
  • Promote intellectual vigour and rigour in the disciplines of the department.
  • Provide research leadership in the department.
  • Influence the department's overall climate and culture and grow the department into a well-functioning academic unit.
  • Contribute to faculty leadership by representing the interests of the department at the faculty board, Senate, and other University structures.
  • Provide leadership in the marketing of the department's programme and assist in establishing collaborations with external parties.

General Management

  • Develop various plans and execute them continuously, including Equity Plans.
  • Monitor that areas of improvement identified are affected.
  • Organize and co-ordinate staff, students, and activities.
  • Mentor, develop and motivate staff.
  • Structure and exercise overall control in the department.
  • Create an atmosphere of consensus among staff.
  • Communicate effectively internally and externally.
  • Participate in faculty management structures.
  • Lead and attend meetings.
  • Lead project teams.
  • Drive academic planning and development.
  • Initiate, formulate and implement a visionary academic strategy for the department that is aligned with and supportive of the guiding strategic documents of the UFS and faculty.
  • Manage facilities, equipment, and other department assets.
  • Develop and manage the department risk register.
  • Plan, manage and/or make recommendations with regard to staff leave applications.

Teaching, learning and students

  • Ensure the provision of top-quality, research-informed facilitation of learning at all levels of teaching in the department.
  • Ensure the enhancement of student experiences and their continuous engagement in academic debates.
  • Ensure that adequate rules and regulations are in place and adhered to in order to optimally deliver high-quality teaching and learning programmes on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Ensure quality and timely feedback on student work is provided.
  • Ensure proper and quality-driven academic advice and support to all undergraduate and postgraduate students in the department.
  • Manage the teaching and assessment quality enhancement processes in the department.
  • Ensure that programme accreditation minimum criteria are maintained or exceeded.
  • Manage curricula development and reviews and ensure the relevance of content, material and presentation in all modules to help position the department as a leader in the fraternity.
  • Oversee the development of new programmes or offerings in order to remain relevant.
  • Ensure nominations of examiners and moderators are made.
  • Consult with staff and students at regular intervals.
  • Teach and supervise research students up to NQF Level 10.

Research management

  • Develop and maintain a visionary research strategy for the department.
  • Create an environment that encourages research, leading to strong and active research practices and outputs.
  • Ensure that every academic staff member is engaged in quality-driven, discipline-specific and scholarly research.
  • Attract postgraduate students to broaden the research base of the department.
  • Ensure ethical research requirements are met.
  • Support and assist emerging researchers.
  • Guide and support senior academics towards acquiring NRF ratings.

Human resources management

  • Build effective teams in the department.
  • Plan and implement a fair and reasonable workload of staff members in the department.
  • Monitor the progress of staff probation and manage staff performance as well as appraisals in accordance with existing university policies and procedures.
  • Recruit and select staff for vacancies and/or specific strategic needs.
  • Create and maintain a scholarship-friendly environment in the department.
  • Plan, drive and oversee effective and relevant staff development.
  • Attend to and/or delegate routine academic and administrative matters.
  • Manage academic and support staff in accordance with UFS HR rules and policies. Ensure a good flow of information to staff.

Financial and physical resources management

  • Take ultimate responsibility for financial management, including, annual budgeting, financial planning, allocation of funds and financial control.
  • Adhere to the UFS's financial policies and procedures.
  • Encourage and support academic staff members to apply for external research and other grants.

Inherent Criteria

Associate Professor:

  • PhD on NQF Level 10 in Property/Construction Management/Construction Economics & Management/ Quantity Surveying underpinned by an undergraduate degree in any of these disciplines.
  • Experience as an external examiner for postgraduate students.
  • Proven experience in presenting research papers at national conferences, where there is evidence of peer review of papers.
  • Acted as an editorial board member of high-quality national scholarly journals.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a specific scientific area of scholarship.
  • An NRF rating of C3 or equivalent status.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals
  • Proven experience in the supervision of graduated master’s degree students.
  • Served as a member of a national scholarly society OR a national committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels OR showed evidence of service as an active member of an international equivalent.

  • PhD on NQF Level 10 in Property/ Construction Management/ Construction Economics & Management/ Quantity Surveying underpinned by an undergraduate degree in any of these disciplines.
  • Experience as an external examiner for master’s degree and doctoral students.
  • Acted as an editorial board member of high-quality international/ISI/IBSS journals.
  • Proven international recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a particular area of academic scholarship (for example, regularly serves as a reviewer for international/ISI/IBSS journals).
  • An NRF rating of C1 or C2 or equivalent status.
  • Demonstrated successful supervision of graduated master’s-degree and preferably graduated doctoral students.
  • Proven experience in delivering keynote addresses at national scholarly conferences.
  • Served as a member of an international scholarly society OR an international committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.

  • Experience in successful programme accreditation management.
  • Experience in research conference organisation.
  • Ability to generate external research income.
  • Registration with relevant professional bodies or ability to demonstrate that registration can be achieved with reasonable time.
  • Experience in scholarly engagements such as industry or community service and editorial roles in journals.
  • Awareness of technological, environmental, and socioeconomic issues in the built environment sector and the role of the university in addressing such.
  • Experience in managing resources including people.
  • Experience in administrative duties in a tertiary institution.
  • Awareness of current developments and debates in tertiary education and in the built environment and the implications of these.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies in learning and teaching Ability to manage change in a department and monitor and evaluate its impact.
  • Knowledge of DHET, CHE and NQF policies and regulations.
  • Knowledge of professional programme accreditation guidelines.
  • At least 5 years' experience of management of staff and resources (taking lead roles, planning, monitoring, and evaluation).
  • Record of active involvement in Professional or Scholarly bodies or entities.
  • Record of impactful research including publication in accredited international journals and teaching experience including student supervision at NQF level 10 at an institution of higher learning.

Required competencies

 Results oriented

  • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
  • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.

Strategic thinking

  • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.

  • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.

Business Acumen

  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Proficient in using MS Office.

  • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.

Building coalitions

  • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.
  • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.

Assumptions of duties:

As soon as possible.

Closing date:

19 May 2024


The salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits: 

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 98130 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 2979 / 9810 / 9814 for assistance.

Application Requirement

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter. 
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • Copies of all academic records (applicable where inherently required).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID or passport in the case of foreign nationals).
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer / last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).


The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at :  EEA13_EE Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

 The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

About University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is a multi-campus institution, with two diverse campuses in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa in the scenic Eastern Free State, accommodating more than 40 000 students in its seven faculties, with an increasing number of international students and associates, and an ever-widening scope of active involvement in and contribution to its surrounding communities. It is an institution that goes all out to provide its students and staff with an outstanding university experience, anchored in a value bedrock of Excellence, Innovation and Impact, Sustainability, Care, Social Justice, and Accountability.