Director of the Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender

University of Pretoria

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Position type:

Full time

09 Dec 2019
09 Mar 2020

Full details:

Reference number: UOP-23706

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.


The CSA & G serves to link theory and practice in working with a diverse range of UP students through extra-curricula work. The work of the CSA&G provides students with the life-skills that are  needed for addressing the difficult social, political and economic  challenges that could  be  faced in society and the workplace. The work of the CSA&G is increasingly underpinned by research and publishing and the Director has to have a clear vision about research that is both theoretical and applied. Ongoing community engagement is key to the success of the CSA&G in order to stay abreast of current trends and debates

The Director needs to be passionate about working with students on issues of sexualities, AIDS and Gender through a rigorous academic engagement that crosses the traditional academic boundaries of the various degree structures. This way of working with students as educators, trainers and counsellors is unique.



The successful candidate will have academic, managerial and administrative responsibilities and will work closely with the Deanery in Humanities. The Director will also work with a range of stakeholders within the University (beyond Humanities) and with non-university partners and practitioners.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing vision and leadership in respect of the CSA & G at the University of Pretoria;
  • Collaborating actively within the faculty and across the University, as well as working within a national, regional and international context;
  • Providing leadership in respect of the research related to the CSA & G; and
  • Fundraising for the work of the CSA&G.



  • A PhD with a specialised interest in the intersections of Sexualities, AIDS and Gender. HIV and AIDS work remains a key component of the CSA & G;
  • Experience in GBV;
  • A successful track record at this level with proven, on-going excellence in  research and postgraduate supervision, academic extra-curricula work, and community engagement;
  • Proven ability to raise substantial research and programmatic funding is essential;
  • Appropriate experience in liaising with internal and external stakeholders.



  • Appropriate communication and language skills;
  • Understanding of gender and social justice;
  • Proven strategic development, planning and implementation skills;
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Good interpersonal, change management, and conflict management skills;
  • Management and leadership skills.



  • Managerial / administrative experience relevant to the higher education environment;
  • Demonstrable administrative skills;
  • An understanding of the vision of the Faculty and a commitment to achieve the strategic goals of the University.


The Director of the CSA & G is a term appointment for four years and is renewable based on a combination of performance and funding. The Director of the CSA & G also forms part of the Executive Management team of the Faculty and reports to the Dean of the Faculty.


The all-inclusive remuneration package for this contract position will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines.


Candidates may be expected to make a 10-minute presentation to the Appointments Committee on his / her vision for the CSA & G during the interview.


CLOSING DATE: 28 February 2020.

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.


ENQUIRIES: Prof Vasu Reddy, Tel: (012) 420 2360, or e-mail:


Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 30 June 2020, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.


The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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How to apply

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A detailed cover letter motivating suitability against the criteria, requirements and responsibilities;
  • A complete and updated Curriculum Vitae in UP format (template available on request from (;
  • The candidate’s vision for the position of Director of the CSA & G within the Faculty, the University, the national and international contexts;
  • The names and contact details (e-mail addresses) of three referees who can attest to the candidate’s academic stature and leadership ability. The University reserves the right to appoint additional referees.