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10 November 2014

Vacancy: Archivist at GALA


Closing date applications: Friday, November 30th 2014

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. You can read more about our work on our website:


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:

  • appraising and acquiring archival records and published content, including digital and audio-visual materials, of legal, historical, and cultural significance to LGBTI people in Africa
  • management of 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
  • act as a spokesperson for the Archives Programme to the media, and represent GALA in relevant archival and heritage networks and forums.
  • Provision of training for community groups on archives and records management


Requirements for the position:

  • Either one year of formal experience in processing and management of archival collections; or, a qualification from an accredited programme in Archives 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 South African archival policies and standards.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Good 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 proportionate to experience.


How to Apply

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 at least two references by email to Anthony Manion at


Completed applications must be received by November 30, 2014 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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