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30 January 2013

Job Announcement: Archivist, Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)

Job Announcement: Archivist, Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)

Closing date applications: Thursday, February 14th 2013
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa. We are currently inviting applications for the position of Archivist (based in Johannesburg) with responsibility for planning and coordinating the work of our Archives Programme for the collection and preservation of records, community histories and cultural artefacts that document LGBTI lives and experience in Africa, and for providing access to the collections.

We have been part of the LGBTI landscape in Africa since we were formed in 1997. Our mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of new knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTI people in the region. In recent years we have also strengthened our commitment in areas such as movement building, promoting advocacy and campaigns, and the provision of capacity-building training. Through our different areas of work, GALA makes an important contribution to the development and achievement of the human rights of LGBTI people, and social justice more widely. Current areas of special focus include the education environment, young LGBTI people, gender- and sexual orientation-based violence, and Deaf and other disabled people. You can read more about our work on our website: www.gala.co.za.

The position of Archivist is based within GALA’s Archives Programme, a unique, well-utilized resource for students, researchers, development professionals, journalists, and other interested persons from around the world. Our collections – analog and digital – encompass organisational and individual records, community histories and cultural artefacts related to LGBTI people in Africa.

The primary responsibilities of the Archivist include:

  • to appraise and acquire archival records and published content, including digital and audio-visual materials, of legal, historical, and cultural significance to LGBTI people in Africa
  • to manage contractors and interns located in the Archives Programme
  • to sort, create an inventory, and index a large volume of LGBTI materials using archival arrangement and description methodology
  • to respond to archival enquiries, and to assist reading room users to access GALA collections
  • to act as a spokesperson for the Archives Programme to the media, and represent GALA in relevant archival and heritage networks and forums.
  • to provide of training for community groups on archives and records management

Requirements for the position:

  • either two years of formal experience in processing and management of archival collections; or, a qualification from an accredited university programme in Archival Studies or Library & Information Science or a related field (a comparable mix of studies and practical experience will also be considered)
  • the ability to carry out a wide range of archival activities such as acquisition, arrangement, description, and outreach projects such as the development of exhibitions
  • knowledge of international archival policies and standards
  • good verbal and written communication skills in English
  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

In addition, a demonstrable interest in history and an understanding and sensitivity to LGBTI issues in Africa would be an advantage.

The remuneration for the position is competitive, and is proportionate to experience. We are committed to equity in our employment practices, and to meet current equity objectives we encourage applications from women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds (including transgender women).

To apply, please submit 1) a CV, 2) a 1 page letter of letter of interest addressing all position qualifications, and 3) names and contact details of three references by email to Anthony Manion at anthony.manion@wits.ac.za.

Completed applications must be received by February 14th, 2013 for full consideration. However, the candidate pool will be kept open until the position is filled. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.


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