Vacancy: Curriculum Developer & Educator

Based at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, the TCAE seeks to appoint as soon as possible a:


This exciting full-time position includes five key areas, which are held together with other Tshisimani staff:

1) Educator role

  • Plan and teach courses offered by the Centre, using a range of teaching methodologies, including drawing on the experiences of formal and popular education traditions.
  • Facilitate discussions, seminars, programs related to partners of the centre.
  • Host internal seminars, sharing relevant research outcomes with Tshisimani staff to broaden the centre’s facilitation capabilities and capacities.
  • Design lesson plans for relevant sessions which include session, objectives, tasks and context.
  • Execute lesson plans to produce the intended educational outcomes.
  • Revisit lesson plans and redesign the lesson plan after evaluating the outcomes, where necessary.

2) Curriculum and materials development

  • Develop curricula and course material for courses offered by the Centre, as well as material for web-based dissemination, podcasts and weekly lectures, debates, discussions and documentary film screenings. 
  • Collaborate with activists in the development of materials relevant to their campaign and organisational growth and sustainability.
  • Research and develop course materials using a range of different media, and bringing in experts, when appropriate, to run sessions.

3) Project Management and Leadership

  • Working with the programme team as well as independently to co-ordinate activities run by the Centre – e.g. residential activist schools, film showings, weekly political discussions, lectures by visiting experts etc.
  • Project leadership includes the development of concept notes, proposals, and project reports. It also includes the completion of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), coordination of the programme team and leading of programme design, compilation of materials (e.g., readers) and sourcing of outside expertise. 
  • Holding and co-ordinating projects with Tshisimani cohorts, constituencies, and partners to whom Tshisimani offers educational offerings.
  • Ensuring effective communication with Tshisimani cohorts, constituencies, and partners, facilitating their involvement with Tshisimani staff in lesson planning, facilitation, organisation, and evaluation of educational activities
  • Oversee and work closely with the relevant staff regarding logistics and related administration to translate conceptualised events into actuality.

4) Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

  • Embed the formal MEL system of the centre in the design and execution of programs which includes but is not limited to: 
    • Recording and keeping track of meetings and communication between Tshisimani and Tshisimani partners 
    • Collate and collect materials, photographs and media related to facilitated educational programmes.
    • Collect feedback (WhatsApp, emails and testimonials) about workshops and educational offerings.
    • Write program reports and briefs about developments within a particular project highlighting the notable shifts and changes in a tshisimani partner for reporting purposes.

5) Project and Organisational Support                                          

  • Providing support to projects and programmes led by other Tshisimani staff members. This includes assistance with conceptualisation, lesson and activity design and facilitation, both for regular meetings and workshops and residential camps and courses. 
  • Assist with the development of relevant funding applications to support envisioned projects of the centre.
  • Contribute and participate in organisational processes including:
    • Mid-year reviews
    • Strategic planning
    • Staff and program meetings
    • Input on policy
    • Recruitment


Minimum qualifications: 

a relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent, relevant experience. Fluency in English and one additional African language.

Minimum experience:

At least 3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar role.  Experience of working in an activist organisation working for social justice, and part of an activist network which aligns with the overall aims of the Centre. Excellent communication and strong research skills. Track record in political education. Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Curious, imaginative, proactive and hardworking. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and basic computer literacy. Confident in ability to facilitate workshops of large, working-class, participants.

Strong advantages: 

Record of writing and being published in the spheres of activism, social justice or popular education. Ability to communicate complex ideas in interesting and simple ways. Experience with digital publishing platforms such as WordPress, Mailchimp; and social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.

Please email a CV that includes contact details of three (3) referees; and a letter of motivation, detailing how you meet the requirements for this post, and your interest and suitability to work at Tshisimani. Generic letters are strongly advised against.

Kindly send these two documents with ‘(Curriculum Developer & Educator)’ in the subject line to by 15 February 2024. If you have not been contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. 

The TCAE is committed to equity in employment practices and is keen to make appointments to meet these objectives. Priority will thus be given to young black women and LGBTQIA+ applicants. The Centre reserves the right not to make an appointment.