Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences

We invite experienced researchers with a background in inclusive and special needs education to apply for this full-time,

two-year contract appointment as Research Officer on the European Union funded project: Strengthening teaching for

children with hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities in South Africa, a joint UCT and CBM partnership. The main

purpose of this position is to assist the principal investigator with the research, planning, implementation and evaluation

of teacher education courses for teachers of children with severe hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities on the

CBM/UCT project.


• Masters degree in a relevant area – education, psychology, disability studies or sociology

• At least two years’ experience in teaching courses, research or designing curriculum aimed at the support of

students in areas such as, learning support, inclusive or special needs education

• Evidence of research productivity

• Experience in meeting project deadlines in a pressured environment

• Experience in leading and managing teams doing collaborative projects

• Experience in the design of educational courses and assessments

• Excellent communication skills


• PhD in a relevant area

• Experience of working in a Higher Education context with a focus on teacher education within an inclusive

education system

• An understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and the most appropriate use of these in

research and/or teaching in the field of inclusive education


• Coordinate the development and piloting of training materials for teachers

• Ensure completion of a series of studies to analyse the needs for quality education of children with severe visual,

hearing and intellectual disabilities, including:

o Teachers’ and learners’ needs in support of quality education within a human rights based approach,

o The availability of academic training addressing specialised educational needs of children with profound

visual, hearing and intellectual disabilities and

o An assessment of ICT and assistive technology needs for use in teaching for children within the project


• Develop research proposals for ethical approval for all research undertaken within the project from UCT Human

Research Ethics Committee

• Manage the research process and oversee the development of research reports

• Assist with the development of common models and standards for the development and growth of specialised

teachers for children with severe disabilities within the South African education system

• Establish a network of Universities, education departments, schools and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

involved in teaching and teacher Liaison with NGOs and universities with regard to how our teaching modules fit

in with theirs raining;

• Liaising with stakeholders and partners

• Assist with the planning of an international conference in 2019

• Promote the right to quality education for children with disabilities in an inclusive education system

The annual cost of employment is between R 292 402 – R 558 915 per annum.

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

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- UCT Application Form (download at

- Cover letter, and

- 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.

Telephone: 021 406 6164 Website:

Reference number: E70213 Closing date: 19 February 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 African South African candidates.


Job posted on 15 February 2017.

Please mention Human Rights Jobs while applying for this position.


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