Job Details

  • Reference number: E210189
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: April 12th

Background to Position

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance was established in 2012. The School is recruiting a Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer for a full-time permanent position. Core duties include teaching on the master’s programmes, conducting and publishing research related to the School’s overall mission and research priorities, supervising masters and doctoral students, and contributing to departmental management. 

Job Description

Requirements for Lecturer position:

  • A Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., development studies, social sciences, political science, governance).
  • Expertise and experience in quantitative research methodologies, including teaching.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in some combination of academia, the public sector, and civil society.
  • An existing or emerging track record of peer-reviewed research, with a preference for research focused on issues related to development, governance, institutions, and implementation.
  • Knowledge of the public governance and academic communities – including ability to network with key members at local and international levels.
  • Appropriate teaching and supervision experience at the post-graduate level.

The following will be advantageous:

  • Registered (or nearing completion) for a PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g., development studies, political studies/science, governance, social sciences).
  • Experience in engaging in policy and governance issues across divergent country contexts, particularly in Africa.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Experience in supporting the efforts of development professionals, within the public sector and outside, to enhance their effectiveness.
  • Experience in management of postgraduate programmes in higher education or tertiary institutions. 

Inherent Criteria

    Key responsibilities for Lecturer position include:

    • Teach full credit courses in research design and methods in the full time and part time masters programmes of the School.
    • Supervise master’s students in areas of interest and expertise.
    • Conduct and publish research in areas and topics related to the School’s overall mission and research focus and programme.
    • Become a member of the School’s Graduate Research Committee (GradComm)
    • Participate in decision-making and programming vis-à-vis further expansion of the Mandela School’s degree-related offerings.
    • Promote the Mandela School Masters programmes to potential participants – and, more broadly, support efforts to promote, and raise the profile of the School.
    • Share with other Mandela School faculty the task of representing the School as necessary on relevant UCT-wide committees.

      Requirements for Senior Lecturer position:

      • PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g., development studies, social sciences, political science, governance.
      • Expertise and experience in quantitative research methodologies, including teaching quantitative methods.
      • At least 5 years’ relevant experience in some combination of academia, the public sector, and civil society.
      • An existing or emerging track record of peer-reviewed research, with a preference for research focused on issues related to development and governance.
      • Knowledge of the public governance and academic communities – including ability to network with key members at local and international levels.
      • Appropriate teaching and supervision experience at the post-graduate level.

        The following will be advantageous:

        • Experience in engaging in policy and governance issues across divergent country contexts, particularly in Africa.
        • Experience in qualitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies
        • Experience in supporting the efforts of development professionals, within the public sector and outside, Experience in management of postgraduate programmes in higher education or tertiary institutions.

          Key responsibilities for Senior Lecturer position include:

          • Teach courses in research design and methods in the full time and part time masters programmes.
          • Supervise masters and doctoral students in areas of interest and expertise.
          • Conduct and publish research in areas and topics related to the School’s overall mission and research priorities.
          • Become an active member of the School’s Graduate Research Committee (GradComm).
          • Promote the Mandela School to potential participants – and, more broadly, support efforts to promote, and raise the profile of the School.
          • Share with other Mandela School faculty the task of representing the School on relevant UCT structures.

          The 2020 annual cost of employment, including benefits, for Senior Lecturer is R887 294 and for Lecturer is R730 510. The 2021 annual remuneration packages are still to be confirmed. 

          Application Requirement

          To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Abigail Dixon at recruitment03@uct.ac.za:

          • UCT Application Form (download at http://forms.uct.ac.za/hr201.doc);
          • A letter of motivation, highlighting the relevant experience; and
          • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
          • Please ensure that the position title and reference number are indicated in the subject line of your email.
          • An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and may be required to complete competency assessments as part of the selection process.
          • Telephone: 021 650 1673 Website: http://www.commerce.uct.ac.za Reference Number: E210189 Closing date: 02 May 2021

            UCT 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. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at www.hr.uct.ac.za/hr/policies/employ_equity

              UCT reserves the right not to appoint. 

              About University of Cape Town

              The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.