Vacancy: Training and Capacity Development (TCD) Portfolio Manager


Applications are invited for the post of Training and Capacity Development (TCD) Portfolio Manager, 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 Training and Capacity Development (TCD) portfolio manager is to:

 Lead the development and coordination a range of training and capacity development offerings in climate and development
 Raise funds to support ACDI TCD activities
 Lead activities that develop and facilitate opportunities to further the careers of African climate change and development researchers and practitioners, such as fellowships and exchanges, work placements, and in work training
 Maintain and build relationships and networks with other capacity building organisations across and beyond South Africa
 Build and grow research and knowledge related to climate change education, training and capacity development
 Play a lead role in creating an enabling working environment within ACDI This is a full time, fixed term position for three years, which will be extended for a further two years subject to availability of funds.

Minimum requirements:

 Master’s degree in related field, such as environment, development, climate change, education.
 5 years’ work experience, of which at least two and half years is relevant to training and capacity development in climate change-and/or development related topics.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
 Experience in proposal writing, project management and team coordination.

Advantageous experience includes:

 Knowledge of South African and African graduate and professional training needs and opportunities within climate change and sustainable development
 Relationship management between internal and external stakeholders
 Experience of inter- and transdisciplinary research proposal writing and management
 Success in writing large, complex, multi-year research proposals


 Work with other ACDI portfolio managers and contribute to the development of the overarching long term ACDI strategy, with specific reference to the TCD portfolio
 Lead, coordinate and contribute to the submission of TCD proposals, including project design, technical writing, proofreading, budget drafts, references, support documentation, knowledge and communication of funder specific requirements
 Coordinate TCD and related activities with UCT Department/ Research Units that are part of ACDI (for example African Centre for Cities, Energy Research Centre, Climate Systems Analysis Group, Environmental Humanities)
 Oversee monitoring and evaluation of TCD deliverables and activities in consultation with project leaders
 Develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders and wider TCD networks
 Act as line manager for junior portfolio staff
 Ensure that portfolio-related resources (personnel, financial and knowledge-related) are built and maintained

The current annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R417 668 and R491 373

For any further information, contact Professor Mark New 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
Reference number: E17069
Closing date: 1 May 2017

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