South Africa

Position type:

Full time

09 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017

Full details:

Reference number: UFS-5844

Top Management

Director: Centre for Human Rights (contract appointment: 5 years)

Ref.: AP531


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership in positioning the Centre as an important academic human rights institution regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Develop human rights programmes and projects in close cooperation with programme and project coordinators.

  • Responsible for the operational management of the Centre, including personnel performance systems, and financial management and accountability.

  • Develop and support research activities resulting in high quality research outputs.

  • Represent the Centre institutionally and develop cooperative national and international networks and strategic partnerships with human rights organisations and institutions.

  • Cooperate with programme coordinators on fundraising, donor reporting and identifying new donors in order to achieve the Centre’s objectives.

  • Maintain a close and productive relationship with the Advisory Board of the Centre.

  • Co-responsible for meetings with and reporting to external project stakeholders.

  • Responsible for overseeing all key communication with both internal and external project stakeholders.

  • Responsible for the final approval of all media (Digital content including branding, graphic, video, multimedia and communication) directly related to work done for and by the Centre.



The ideal candidate will be someone who fulfils most of the following criteria:

  • A PhD in law or the humanities.

  • A solid theoretical appreciation of contemporary human rights issues and developments, as well as an understanding of the socio-political and human rights environment nationally and regionally.

  • Appropriate experience in a managerial position at an academic institution.

  • Proven research experience in the field of human rights.

  • A record of human rights advocacy and awareness raising.

  • Experience in the development of collaborative networks and strategic partnerships and developing and maintaining productive relations with internal and external role players and strategic partners.

  • Experience in successful fundraising.

  • Strong organisational and project management skills.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.


Term of office:

Five (5) years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term.


Assumption of duties:

As soon as possible.


Closing date:

23 October 2017



The salary scale 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.



The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.


Applications to be submitted to:

Applications accompanied by an abridged CV (maximum two pages) as well as a detailed CV, declaration of intent, details of three (3) referees and certified copies of degree certificates, must be forwarded to Rika Gruss at Academic Partners at info@talenting.co.za.


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