03 March 2015

Vacancy Announcement: Junior Archival Researcher


SAHA is seeking a junior archival researcher for the successful preparation of archival materials for the launch of a new digital repository on non-racialism in 2015. This is a grant-funded, temporary position at the SAHA offices at Constitution Hill (full-time: 4 – 6 weeks; part-time: 3 – 4 months)

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research in support of project publication development, and exhibition preparation, including copyright permission clearance;
  • Digitising and creating online access to archival materials, in line with standards and best practices for archival description, processing and arranging archival holdings and generate encoded finding aids



  • Qualification in archives, heritage, history or related field;
  • Experience in working with archival collections, conducting archival research;
  • Demonstrable understanding of archival principles and practices;
  • Familiarity with database management and library / archive management systems.


  • Experience in publications or exhibitions development within the South African context
  • Experience working in an NGO / civil society context


  • Ability to plan, prioritize work, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Competency with Microsoft Office software and web content management systems
  • General fitness for lifting archive boxes and moving loaded carts


HOW TO APPLY - Closing date: 4pm on Monday 16 March 2015.

Submit your CV (no longer than 3 pages), with a 1-page cover letter that clearly indicates your suitability for this role and includes the contact details for at least 2 professional referees by email to debora@saha.org.za.

The subject line of your email must include the following:  Archival researcher application 2015/03 – [Your Name]. Late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Proposed interview date: Tuesday 24 March 2015                                 

Proposed starting date: Early April 2015