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The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape is currently seeking a Co-ordinator: Postgraduate and Continuing Education.

Co-ordinator (Grade 9): Postgraduate and Continuing Education

The Co-ordinator: Postgraduate Postgraduate and Continuing Education is responsible for all aspects of high level project SARChI, Postgraduate and Short Course Management at PLAAS


The Co-ordinator: Postgraduate and Continuing Education will work under the supervision of the PLAAS Finance and Operations Manager to support the SARChI Chair and the Academic Co-ordinator in the administration of postgraduate education, blended teaching and learning, and Continuing (‘short course’) education related within PLAAS’s SARChI, NELGA and related projects. Their responsibilities will include:

Management and administrative support of postgraduate teaching and CE training

  • Responsible for the administration of PLAAS and SARChI postgraduate programmes
  • Project manages the administration of NELGA and other short course programmes
  • Responsible for the marketing and recruitment drives of all academic and training programmes
  • Responsible for all administrative functions of teaching blocks, research workshops, and training events
  • Responsible for the academic administrative functions of marks administration, examinations, moderation, promotions, and graduations
  • Responsible for submission of documents to all UWC committees (Higher Degree, Research, Academic Planning, Student Affairs)
  • Responsible for the recruiting, supervision and nurturing of student assistants and junior support staff

Administration of Scholarships and Bursaries

  • Responsible for advertising of and recruitment for scholarships,
  • Responsible for administering the nomination and selection process of students
  • Responsible for the management of student bursaries
  • Responsible for the annual reporting of all PLAAS scholarships programmes.

Strategic development

  • Participating in the development of strategic direction of postgraduate and training programmes
  • Assisting in the development of funding proposals
  • Assisting in the preparation of narrative and financial reports
  • Assisting in the development of administrative systems to support postgraduate and short course training
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of strategies and systems for effective blended teaching and learning

Networking and partnerships

  • Liaising effectively and building strong relationships with project partners
  • Developing and nurturing networks and external and internal partnerships with clients across Africa and internationally
  • Drawing up MOUs, subcontracting and service level agreements with external partners and consultants
  • Managing the implementation of project activities by partners, subcontracted agencies and consultants

Communication and Reporting

  • Assisting with the timeous finalisation of narrative and financial reports to external donors in line with contract requirements
  • Working with project teams and the PLAAS communications officer to ensure the timeous and effective delivery of communications with project partners and the dissemination of project outputs


  • A postgraduate B Com Honours degree
  • At least ten years’ relevant experience in postgraduate administration
  • Project management experience in short-course training at continental level
  • Experience in online blended learning tools and applications to encourage interactive learning ecosystem
  • Working within University system (MAS, SASI, iKamva)


  • Strong project management, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to work in a fast past environment, under pressure and within tight deadlines

To apply , please e-mail your cover letter and CV to Bahihah Mohamed at

Closing date: 13 August 2021