Programme Specialist


Saide is a non-governmental organization conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide’s task is to contribute to the development of new models of open learning, including the use of distance education methods, educational technology and open educational resources. Saide, a well-established, highly professional non-profit organization, supports policy makers, systems and educational providers to increase equitable access and success to quality lifelong learning.

Saide seeks to appoint a Programme Specialist to be based in Johannesburg.

Remuneration: will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Employment type: Full-time contract position until 31 December 2022 with the possibility of extension.

The purpose of this position is to lead and contribute to a range of its innovative education initiatives. In particular, the incumbent will take on a major role in leading and managing the Siyaphumelela Network, where Saide acts as the backbone organization among partner and participant universities to develop capacity, create and offer services, tools and systems to promote student success on the basis of evidence.

be the deputy leader and manager of the Saide Siyaphumelela team
oversee the Siyaphumelela network services and regional network meetings
take responsibility for the Siyaphumelela conferences
contribute to strategic planning from an informed knowledge of student success practices.
Contributions to a range of Saide initiatives could include learning design mediated by technology for large scale provision, mobilization of partners in educational transformation, project leadership, applied research and programme evaluation.
A relevant Honours or Masters qualification, at least 10 years of experience in higher education,
South African citizenship or permission to work in South Africa,
willingness to travel, at least in South Africa.
Key skills and attributes:
ability to engage with people at all levels at universities
self-directed, flexible and accountable
excellent English communication and report writing skills
strong project management skills
continuous learning in field of specialisation
strong work ethic, professionalism, and attention to detail.

Keen to promote access and success in higher education in South Africa?

A written one page motivation, CV and three work related referees with contact details should be sent via email  to: e-mail: [email protected]; (comprehensive details on website)

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