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South Africa Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2018.

South Africa Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) works to build the leadership capacity necessary to tackle critical global challenges. CISL has a subsidiary branch based in Cape Town, South Africa known as Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (South Africa) (CISL SA). The Southern African market is one of potential growth, including growing the range of work and extending the team accordingly.

The Director’s role is to fulfil CISL’s wider mission to place the University of Cambridge at the heart of global efforts to create a resilient, sustainable global economy, with a particular focus on Southern Africa and potentially the rest of Africa.

The Director is responsible for developing CISL SA’s overall strategy and business plan, and for ensuring that all of the CISL SA activities are aligned with the Institute.

The Director routinely works with high-level executives including CEOs, Board members and senior executives in business and government and senior functional specialists (including strategy, finance, marketing, sustainability) to deliver CISL’s work.

The Director’s role is to:

  • Create, design and deliver reputation-enhancing programmes that create influence and impact 
  • Establish and maintain key relationships with a range of senior audiences and institutions in Southern Africa and rest of Africa.

There are currently 2 members of staff in Cape Town, with potential to increase this headcount in line with increased turnover.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and should demonstrate in their application how they meet the essential skills and experience as outlined in the Further Information document.

This post is full-time and located in Johannesburg or Cape Town. National and regional travel on a regular basis and occasional international travel will also be required.

The salary will be competitive within the University/Not for Profit sector and based on experience.

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2018.

To submit an application for this position, candidates are required to send a CV and cover letter addressing their suitability for the role, to

CISL is an equal opportunities employer and candidates from all backgrounds and predispositions are encouraged to apply.

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How we use your personal data

The recruitment to this position at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (South Africa) will be run centrally by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). CISL will store your personal information in order to liaise with you either in relation to your application for an advertised position, and to contact any referees you have provided after an interview has been conducted or at the point of an offer of employment.

CISL will not retain copies of unsuccessful candidates’ curriculum vitae (CV) and application documents for more than one year after the completion of the relevant recruitment exercise. If you are successful, your information will be kept as part of your staff record for the duration of your employment.
CISL will process the personal information provided on your application, and the other information referred to above, for the purposes of identifying you, processing your application, verifying the information provided and assessing your suitability for the role (including any relevant right to work checks), deciding whether to offer you a job, and communicating that outcome (together with any feedback).

We do not share your personal information with third parties outside CISL and the University of Cambridge, with the exception of those who are specifically engaged with CISL or are involved in the selection process for the role.
We may also use or disclose the information provided for the following statutory or public interest purposes:

  • to prevent or detect fraud;
  • for equal opportunities monitoring;
  • to help us to make reasonable adjustments for any disability, as requested by you;
  • to provide statutory returns required by applicable legislation;
  • for research and statistical purposes (which may include the receipt of applicant surveys), but no information which could identify you will be published.

If you are a current employee, then we may use the information (including equalities information) you provide in any application you submit to update the employment records we already hold on you.

We consider the processing of your personal information for the above purposes to be either necessary for us to take steps with a view to creating a contractual relationship with you (e.g. to assess your application for employment with us); necessary for compliance with a legal obligation (e.g. to administer visa applications); or necessary for the performance of tasks we carry out in the public interest (e.g. non-statutory reporting).

Where we ask for any sensitive information, such as your ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or health/disability, the use of such information will be explained and you will normally have the option to refuse your consent by not supplying the information. At times, personal data may be sent, including internationally, via email and other platforms for the purposes of efficiency.

You have the right to access the personal information that is held about you by CISL. You also have the right to ask us to correct any inaccurate personal information we hold about you, to delete personal information, or otherwise restrict our processing, or to object to processing (including the receipt of direct marketing) or to receive an electronic copy of the personal information you provided to us. Please note that all of these rights are qualified in various ways.

If you need further assistance, please contact CISL’s HR team at . If you are not happy with the way your information is being handled, or with the response received from us, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (

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