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Academic Director (Associate Professor/ Professor) : The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance

Job Summary
Reference number: E19226

Applications are invited for the position of Academic Director at The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, for a permanent half time contract.

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance established in 2012, has now successfully consolidated its startup, and is in the early stages of a major expansion. The School is recruiting a new Academic Director for a halftime position. The Academic Director will provide intellectual and strategic leadership for the flagship degree programmes of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance - focused especially on the existing Masters programme, plus a possible introduction of a full-time programme (in collaboration with other UCT departments). As part of this role, the Academic Director will work closely with the School Director and be actively involved across the range of leadership and strategic aspects of the School. As an academic leader in a half-time position, the Academic Director is expected to spend a significant proportion of his/her time on teaching and programme management, as specified below.

Minimum requirements

  • Possession of a PhD degree in a relevant field e.g. development studies, economics or governance.
  • At least 10 years' experience in some combination of academia, the public sector, and civil society.
  • A track record of peer-reviewed research, with a preference for research focused on issues related to economic development, governance, institutions and implementation.
  • Significant knowledge of the public governance and academic communities – including a demonstrated ability to network with key members at local and international levels, within South Africa and elsewhere in Africa.
  • Experience in supporting the efforts of development professionals, within the public sector and outside, to enhance their effectiveness.
  • Sustained, successful teaching and supervision experience.


  • Proven management experience within a complex environment with a strong preference for experience within the public sector.
  • Experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Experience in management of postgraduate programmes in higher education or tertiary institutions.
  • Experience in engaging in policy and governance issues across divergent country contexts (with a track record of research across different contexts highly desirable).


  • Convene, and provide overall intellectual leadership in the design and delivery of the Mandela School's Masters programmes - both its mid-career part-time programme and a nascent full-time option.
  • Participate, as part of a leadership team, in decision-making and programming vis-à-vis further expansion of the Mandela School's degree-related offerings – and, more broadly, in the strategic management of the School.
  • Teach a full-credit course within the Masters programme.
  • Take lead responsibility for the long-research-paper process for the mid-career part-time programme – and be the lead supervisor for the preparation of a significant proportion of the associated research papers.
  • Promote the Mandela School Masters programmes to potential participants – and, more broadly, support efforts to promote, and raise the profile of the School (including among potential donors).
  • Share with other Mandela School faculty the task of representing the School as necessary on relevant UCTwide committees.
For any queries relating to this position, please contact Professor Fazel Ismail on Faizel.Ismail@uct.ac.za

The annual cost of employment, including benefits:-

Associate professor: R501 001

Professor: R618 911

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

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete and will be disqualified.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and will be required to give a presentation as part of the selection process.

Telephone: 021 650 1673
Website: www.commerce.uct.ac.za/
Reference number: E19226
Closing date: 31 May 2019

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at http://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf.For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e Africans, Coloureds and Indians) South African candidates.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

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