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Head Of Programme: ICT (Computer Science / Automation / AI / Data Science) needed at The Independent Institute of Education

Job title : Head Of Programme: ICT (Computer Science / Automation / AI / Data Science)

Job Location : Gauteng, Johannesburg

Deadline : 18-May-24

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Level and Scope of Responsibility: 

The level of delegated responsibility will vary from faculty to faculty and from individual to individual and will change over time and as operational needs require. Normally, a particular group of programmes and/ or modules within a faculty will be the direct responsibility of a Head of Programme who will then take primary responsibility for curriculum and material, capacity building and support including moderation and assessment.

The HOP will be responsible for ensuring effective interaction between the faculty/department and the site of delivery with respect to all matters related to The IIE and the faculty but in particular to the modules or programmes for which s/he is primarily responsible.

As this is a senior academic appointment it is not expected that the full range of activities will be encapsulated within a position description – instead, a person is expected to act responsibly within at least the following range of responsibilities.

Key Areas of Responsibility Include:

  • Aspects of faculty administration as delegated by the Head of Faculty
  • Establishment and maintenance of effective interaction between the faculty/department and the sites of delivery with respect to the particular programmes for which s/he is responsible and more generally
  • Identify and monitor programme developers including briefing and the quality assurance of their work
  • Responsible for the setting and monitoring of minimum standards for delivery and assessment including management of academic incidents related to assessment
  • Tracking of student performance, in cooperation with trading division national offices, in designated programmes and modules including planning and monitoring of interventions that may be required to address problems
  • Responsible for identifying, briefing, and managing moderators in consultation with the trading division and for managing the moderation of assessments within the faculty – this includes planning and implementation of problem-solving strategies as needed
  • Active commitment to the maintenance of academic standards and of curriculum areas within the discipline – this includes capacity building on campus and own personal commitment to keeping up to date
  • Demonstrated commitment to the development, implementation, and monitoring of all IIE policies
  • Active commitment to capacity building on the sites of delivery and where applicable the preparation and delivery of peer lectures and seminars – one of the key focuses here has to be building of capacity of lecturers to work with a diverse student body
  • Participate in, and contribute to, the IIE/faculty’s activities, particularly its seminars and workshop programmes
  • Participation in the key governance structures and committees as may be required from time to time
  • Any other relevant duties as may be required
  • Review, development, and implementation, subject to the policies and governance procedures of the IIE, of the curriculum, syllabus and material development of those designated programmes or modules (some of which may be service courses) for which the Head of Programme is responsible


The candidate must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in computer science / data science / electronics / mechatronics, or a related discipline at NQF level 9, but a PhD is preferred.

The ideal candidate would have a strong background in at least 3 of the following areas: computer science; AI and machine learning; robotics and automation; IoT and sensor networks; data science and predictive analytics; big data, edge and cloud computing; enterprise architecture.


  • Normally, at least three years lecturing experience (full or part-time) in a public or private higher education provider. Under exceptional circumstances, different experience will be considered.
  • Experience in writing curriculum, material, and assessment of student learning.
  • Some understanding of the HE regulatory environment.
  • Understanding of the NQF and associated regulatory environment.
  • Work experience in the areas of AI, automation, IoT, data science or enterprise architecture development would be an advantage
  • Experience with online curriculum delivery systems would be advantageous.


  • Excellent communication skills particularly in English, both verbal and written, including the ability to communicate to a range of audiences in a way that communication is clear, concise, specific and accurate and accessible to the target audience
  • Interpersonal skills characterised by tact and diplomacy and an ongoing ability to participate effectively in a team that is spread across the country
  • Capacity to get others to follow by example and the ability to manage matrix management and communication structures
  • High delivery ability, demonstrated capacity to organise own work and work against tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to liaise cooperatively with other academics and colleagues within the faculty and the sites of delivery
  • Proven ability to work constructively as part of a team, display initiative and work strategically and independently with limited supervision
  • Proven record of managing projects to a successful conclusion
  • Able to acquire new skills to keep up with new technologies and or new knowledge areas within relevant disciplines

Other Job-Related Information:

  • Travel and work outside of normal hours will be required for which, given the level of seniority of the post, no overtime payment will be made.
  • The HOP is appointed on academic conditions of service which include research leave and work-from-home privileges.

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