Communications Assistant Post at the University of Cape Town

Communications Assistant Post at the University of Cape Town

As part of our vibrant international team, the Global Parenting Initiative (GPI) is seeking a Communications Assistant with an interest in our research areas.

Communications Assistant Post at the University of Cape Town

This position is primarily responsible for assisting with withcommunications activities for the Global Parenting Initiative (GPI). In collaboration with the Communications Specialist, the Communications Assistant assists with outreach and event planning; creates written, graphic, and video content; and assists with social media and website updates.

Job descriptions

Positions: Communications Assistant
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Salary: R 358,146– R 421,349 Actual salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Hours: Full time
Contract type: 3 years
Reporting to: Communications Specialist
* The period of the employment relationship is fixed to 3 years, with a possibility of an extension depending on funding.


  • An advanced diploma/certificate/bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public health, or related fields

  • Experience in an academic or think tank environment, ideally with 2-3 years’ experience in a similar position

  • Implementation and planning experience with events

  • Management of website content and experience creating it

  • Social media copywriting experience for different platforms and adaptability to different audiences


  • A second honours degree or an equivalent qualification

  • Organizational skills

  • Adaptable to hybrid in-person/online working environments

  • Easily able to switch between tasks and priorities

  • Writing and speaking English at an excellent level

  • Has a keen eye for detail

  • Microsoft Office Suite, MailChimp, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, social media scheduling software such as Hootsuite, and Youtube experience

  • Experience with Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere Pro

  • Managing and editing websites

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Multitasking skills

  • Acts on his own initiative

  • Independently and collaboratively able to work

  • Communicates clearly

To apply

Please contact [email protected] before 19 May 2023 for more information and to apply for the position of GPI Communications Assistant. Only email applications will be considered.

Please include the following documents in a single PDF:

  • Include three professional references with your CV (3 pages maximum).
  • This statement or cover letter should clearly identify the reference number for the position and explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the position, including examples of your skills and experience. This may include evidence of employment, education, or career breaks (such as caring for dependents). Based on how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria outlined above, your application will be judged solely.

  • Form HR201

Candidates who respond with the correct reference number will be contacted, and may be required to undergo a competency test. If you do not receive a response within 30 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Reference number:   E23504                                    Closing date: 19 May 2023

As a designated employer, UCT is committed to excellence, diversity, and redress in order to achieve its equity targets as defined in its Employment Equity Plan and its Employment Equity goals and targets. A preference will be given to candidates from underrepresented groups. The UCT Employment Equity Policy can be found at

Closing Date:19 May 2023

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