Vacancy: Programme Officer: Executive Education Programme

10 Apr 2019 - 10:45

The Mandela School has the position of, Programme Officer: Executive Education Programme vacant.

Applications are invited for the position of Programme Officer: Executive Education in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, for a permanent contract. This is a varied and responsible position in a new and growing School, which runs a Post Graduate Programme, an Executive Education Programme, a Building Bridges Programme and Research Programmes, with a series of networking, teaching, programmatic and research activities.

The Programme Officer will work closely with the Programme Manager: Executive Education Programme and Executive Education team and be actively involved in all aspects of the courses and events delivered through the programme, with a strong project management component to the role. The Programme Officer will lead the development and delivery of certain courses offered by the Executive Education programme – including a major project with a focus on leadership development for women in local government.

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field, e.g. public policy, development studies, instructional design or adult learning.
  • 5 years’ relevant experience in either development policy-related work, project management, partnership development, executive education or training.
  • Relevant experience in instructional design and the preparation of learning materials for post-graduate adult learners.
  • Proven experience with short course planning and coordination.
  • Proven experience in liaising with key stakeholders for the executive education courses.
  • Proven and strong report writing skills.
  • Proven experience in supporting the development of proposals for the South African Government tenders and/or other potential funders.
  • Strong communications skills - verbal and written.
  • High degree of organization skills.
  • Proficient with Ms Word, Ms Excel and Ms PowerPoint.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills: - Proven ability to build and maintain positive working relationships; - “Self-starter” with appetite for work and learning; - Absolute reliability.


The following will be advantageous:

  • Knowledge of public policy or governance and/or development in Africa.
  • Knowledge of pedagogy and strategies for professional training.
  • Expertise in leadership development.
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
  • Proven experience in dealing with government departments. Key responsibilities will include:
  • With support, lead the development and delivery of a large ‘Women in Leadership’ training programme for SALGA, and other identified projects, as needed
  • Support programme planning, delivery and monitoring
  • Prepare a range of course documentation
  • Event management and oversight
  • Support the programme in terms of course recruitment activities
  • Support the programme in terms of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems
  • Assist in or lead the preparation of reports for donors and partners
  • Participate in the drafting and management of project budgets when required
  • Communicate and liaise with key stakeholders and participants, regarding course logistics and processing of course fees  
  • Liaise with key stakeholders regarding future programmes or events within Executive Education programme
  • Coordinate and assist with producing articles for the Executive Education Programme activities for the NMSPG website and support the social media strategy for the Executive Education Programme
  • Liaise with administrative staff on programme logistics

The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R471 495 and R554 699.

To apply, please e-mail the documents listed below in a single pdf file to Ms Abigail Dixon at :

- UCT Application Form (download at )
- Letter of motivation, and - Curriculum Vitae (CV) with at least 3 contactable referees 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 they will be required to do a competency assessment as part of the selection process.

Telephone: 021 650 1673


Reference number: E19184

Closing date: 15 April 2019

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at .

For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e Africans, Coloureds and Indians) South African candidates, preferably women. UCT reserves the right not to appoint.