Vacancy: Networking, Visibility and Influencing Portfolio Coordinator


Applications are invited for the post of Networking, Visibility and Influencing (NVI) Portfolio Coordinator for the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). The ACDI is a strategic initiative at UCT that coordinates and enhances research and teaching on climate and development across departments and faculties. The main purpose of the Networking, Visibility and Influence (NVI) portfolio is to:

 Build and grow a climate change and development network within UCT and beyond;
 Maintain and promote ACDI as a resource for climate change and development knowledge within UCT and beyond;
 Ensure that ACDI activities are communicated to UCT and other stakeholder communities.

This is a full time, fixed term position for three years, with extension for a further two years subject to availability of funds.

Minimum Requirements:

 Honours degree or level 8 NQF qualification in subject relevant to the NVI portfolio – marketing, journalism, communication, digital media, or similar;
 3 years in marketing and communications experience, with a significant proportion of this on topics related to climate change (science, adaptation or mitigation), sustainable development or similar fields;
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Advantageous Experience:

 Social media and website content writing;
 Experience in simple website development using Drupal or similar platform;
 Coordination of events, such as conferences, workshops, seminars;
 Relationship management between internal and external stakeholders;
 Production (script writing, filming, and/or editing) and distribution of video and audio material.


 Contribute to the development of the overarching ACDI strategy, with specific reference to the NVI portfolio
 Implement and report on an annual work plan for the portfolio
 Coordinate and contribute to core portfolio activities:

- Networking: maintain and grow stakeholder networks;
- Visibility: including maintenance and development of written, audio and video content for website, newsletters, social media, research reports, annual reports, brochures;
- Influencing: synthesis of research results to inform and/or influence organisations working in climate change and/or development;
- Maintenance of databases, and accompanying physical and electronic libraries of portfolio outputs.

 Ensure other internal and external ACDI activities are supported with regards deliverables relevant to the portfolio;
 Develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders;
 Act as line manager for junior portfolio staff;
 Coordinate and/or assist with research proposals and fundraising activities when necessary;
 Coordinate and or contribute to project-specific NVI needs.

The current annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R330 530 and R388 859

For any further information, contact Professor Mark New via email:

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to

- UCT Application Form (download at
- A letter of motivation
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.
Telephone: 021 650 3003 Website:

Reference number: E17039 Closing date: 3 April 2017

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 South African candidates.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.