Vacancy: Academic Head of Department (joint appointment)

Institution:  Missionvale Campus Nelson Mandela University

Nelson Mandela university is a dynamic African university offering an innovative Health Sciences Education model aimed at addressing South African healthcare and has established the country’s tenth medical school on its Missionvale Campus. The Medical Programme offers a community embedded, primary healthcare training approach that is focused on producing high quality, collaborative and innovative medical doctors. The University is seeking healthcare professionals who embrace this kind of teaching and the values of Nelson Mandela, who are committed to living his legacy in creating a more equal and just society for all. This will be a joint appointment with the Eastern Cape Department of Health with academic and clinical responsibilities.

Key performance areas:

• Strategy development and execution for the Department

• Academic, clinical, and administrative leadership of the Department

• Lead curriculum and programme development for the discipline in collaboration with the medical education unit and contribute to the core functions of the university through serving on faculty and university structures as delegated
by the Executive Dean

• Lead research, including research supervision and community engagement in the Department

• Promote and undertake teaching and training across all levels of students or junior colleagues (undergraduate medical students, medical interns, medical officers, and postgraduate students) including coordination, assessments, etc

• Participate in interprofessional education and collaboration pertaining to the health personnel and allied health disciplines

• Manage human resources in the Department and ensure optimal level of skills and competencies of all staff, including sessional medical practitioners, within the Department

• Manage the financial, physical, and other resources in the Department

• Manage the marketing, liaison, and engagement of the Department

• Manage the academic administrative functions within the Department in collaboration with Academic Administration

• Enhance mission and vision of the Faculty and University and ensure transformation initiatives are met

• Contribute to strengthening of the clinical health services platform, with a focus on regional and national health challenges.

Core competencies:

• Expert knowledge, clinical and research skills in the relevant discipline

• Extensive experience in facilitating learning and teaching

• Comprehensive managerial and leadership skills and competencies to head an academic Department

• Problem-solving, decision making and conflict-management proficiencies

• The ability to work under stress and always maintain a good working relationship

• Strong people management skills

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in a team

• Sound knowledge of human resource management, including disciplinary and grievance management procedures

• Thorough understanding of financial management and resource allocation and optimisation, including budgeting and expenditure control

• Computer literacy (Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

Requirements: • Education: •

• MBChB degree • A qualification that allows for registration with the HPCSA as a Medical Specialist or a recognised Medical Sub-specialty in the relevant discipline

• A PhD in the relevant discipline or related health discipline will be an advantage


• Registered with the HPCSA as an Independent Practitioner

• Proof of current registration with the HPCSA as a Medical Specialist or a recognised Medical Sub-specialty in the relevant discipline

Experience and skills:

• A minimum of five (5) years’ clinical work experience as a Medical Specialist after registration in that category with the HPCSA or holding a recognised sub-specialty in the relevant field, with evidence of having managed a clinical unit or a clinical department

• A minimum of two (2) years’ work experience in teaching and learning at university level, with evidence of teaching and academic contributions in undergraduate and postgraduate medical programmes


• A minimum of two (2) years’ managing a clinical unit or a clinical department in the relevant clinical discipline


• Proven track record of research output and publications

• Valid driver’s licence

Applicant information: • Please note that no late applications will be accepted • Candidates must provide a cover letter indicating exactly how their skills match to the post requirements, and provide a comprehensive CV, completed new Z83 form listing three (3) referees, and certified copies of their Identity Document, qualifications, HPCSA registration and driver’s licence.

Contact Person: Ms Timna Somana, e-mail:, tel: +27 41 504 1998
To apply please visit our website:

Closing date for all applications: 29 March 2024

Nelson Mandela University reserves the right to not make an appointment.
In considering candidates for appointment into advertised posts, preference will be in accordance
with the approved Nelson Mandela University’s Employment Equity Plan


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