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Project Coordinator – Digital Access to Knowledge

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Deadline: 22 September 2015

Project Coordinator – Digital Access to Knowledge

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg is offering the position as Project Coordinator – Digital Access to Knowledge.

Research has shown that forty of the fifty countries (worldwide) with the youngest population, are in Africa; with Uganda taking the lead having a population with an average age of 15 years. What are the opportunities and challenges of this situation? How can we inspire more young people through innovative approaches to want to learn and to participate in knowledge production? What role can mobile devices, gaming and Open Educational Resources play in this?

The project

“Digital Access to Knowledge” is a project by the Goethe-Institut South Africa, aiming to explore innovative ways of learning and access to knowledge through digital means. The first phase of the project consists of the following:

1.Research within South Africa ( of existing educational content, as well as key actors & potential partners in the fields of education and technology)

2.Coordination of a network meeting (with South African, regional and German experts, key partners and target groups. Aim: to develop concepts, formats, content and an action plan to map out the project’s next steps)

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinating all activities related to the project, and reporting to the responsible project manager at the Goethe-Institut South Africa
  • Conducting comprehensive research towards conceptualizing the project further
  • Conceptualizing, organizing, implementing and evaluating a network meeting (as mentioned above) in March 2016
  • Monitoring and evaluating project development, concept, aims and key indicators
  • Coordinating all public relations with the PR department at the Goethe-Institut South Africa and handling internal communication of the project with all stakeholders
  • Preparing texts and information materials for internal and external communication
  • Attending events, expos, forums and conferences related to the project
  • Building and maintaining relationships with existing and new partners
  • Performing the day-to-day administrative duties of the project and other
    duties as needed


  • Relevant tertiary qualification (Diploma/Degree Education, Social Sciences, etc.)
  • Minimum three (3) years relevant working experience
  • Strong project management, coordination and organizational skills
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Familiarity with the South African educational sector (preferably existing
    network of relevant contacts)
  • Good knowledge of the e-Learning sector and the online media landscape
  • Excellent written skills in English
  • Ability to communicate in German would be beneficial
  • Flawless attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure. Must be able to work long hours
  • ability to work fulltime at the office space provided at the Goethe-Institut
  • Non-South African applicants need to have a valid work permit for South Africa

How to apply:
Send your CV and a short motivation letter to no later than 22nd of September 2015.

Job title: (Full-time) Project Coordinator – Digital Access to Knowledge
Employer: Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
Starting: 15 October 2015 (or earlier, if possible)
Duration: Renewable 12-month contract

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life. The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg regulates the work in the Sub-Saharan countries. Its activities in this region have a special focus on strengthening the pan-African dialogue, and on promoting mobile access to information and education. For more information, visit


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