Staff Structure and Posts

‌Staff Structure

The staffing structure in your department/division is critical to the achievement of the goals of this area and the provision of the expected service.

It is the HoDs/manager’s responsibility to ensure an optimal structure. If you need assistance in reviewing your current structure or considering a new one, please contact the Deputy Director: HR. Contact details are:

A vacancy or new post provides the opportunity to look at the structuring of one’s department.

Please note that major restructuring is considered by the IPC Staffing Committee once a year. Human Resources will submit the application to the Committee on your behalf. This means that HoDs / Managers will need to have approached the Deputy Director: HR well before the budget process is underway as well as sumbitted all the necessary information and job profiles. See,

Applying for Additional Posts

Applications for new posts are called for once a year by HR Division. The IPC Staffing Committee considers these requests on an annual basis. 

An invitation for submission of applications is made in April/ May for HODs who wish to request for a new position. Draft applications must be submitted to HR by mid June for a review by the special Internal HR Task Team. The final applications may be submitted mid July. The IPC Committee meets to consider the final application.

Key to the approval of additional support staff posts is the following:

    • That additional capacity is not required because of performance problems with current staff
    • That capacity problems do not lie with current processes or systems
    • That benchmarking  relative to other organisations has been explored
    • That alternative staffing models e.g. use of student assistance, temporary assistance has been explored.

2016 Application for New Positions - Support Staff

Position List Report 2015

Contact details can be found at:

Externally-funded entities using the Rhodes University name that wish to add posts to their existing staff establishment need to have the approval of the University, via the Institutional Planning Committee. Such approval will normally be given provided there is adequate funding available and where there are no other inhibiting resource implications e.g. space. The Institutional Planning Committee has delegated authority to the Director: HR to approve such applications. However, should the Director: HR have concerns, these will be tabled with the IPC.

Application for Additional Posts - Outside Funded


Last Modified: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:31:44 SAST