The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Unit of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, is recruiting for: (i) a part-time position and (ii) a full-time position of Project Officer each under a twelve-month contract beginning in January 2023 and ending on 31 December 2023, renewable based on performance and continued funding.

Required qualification

Bachelor’s degree in law or a related field such as the social sciences.

Recommended qualification

A Master’s degree in law or a related field such as social sciences

Required knowledge and competencies

  • Knowledge of South African and international legal and developmental framework around LGBTI rights.
  • Familiarity with South African LGBTI landscape in terms of networks, issues, histories and the political and legal landscape.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity towards LGBTI issues, challenges and individual and group needs.
  • Proven competence in administrative work including organising workshops, seminars, conferences and trainings, updating and populating the Unit’s web page on a regular basis, being custodian of project and Unit materials and resources, organising meetings, taking minutes and following up on matters and tasks.
  • Ability to plan and run online and media campaigns on pertinent and current LGBTI issues.
  • Competence in effectively communicating organisational stands through statements and opinion pieces.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team spirit, conscientiousness and the ability to go the extra mile.

Recommended knowledge and competencies

  • Knowledge and competence in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating activities and short-term projects.
  • Good budgeting and financial management and monitoring skills.
  • Familiarity with local and international human rights bodies and the ability to work in cooperation with them with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English. Knowledge of French, Portuguese or one South African language is an added advantage.

Work hours

Part time: A maximum of 20 hours a week.
Full time: A maximum of 40 hours a week.


In accordance with University of Pretoria policy and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing date

28 October 2022


Applications, indicating whether applying for the part-time or full-time position should be submitted with a CV and letter of motivation containing a self-evaluation related to the stipulated requirements of the position to Dr Ayodele Sogunro via ayodele.sogunro@up.ac.za.  

Individuals who will be registered as students of the University of Pretoria and based in Pretoria in 2023 are encouraged to apply.


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