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What’s the most valuable thing about an education? It’s not a certificate or a degree. It’s knowing that we can. Knowing that dreams can be achieved, no matter where you start or come from. Knowing that peace can be forged, no matter how far apart you are. Knowing that solutions can be found, no matter how daunting the problem may be.

Our shared world faces real challenges. Inequality. Climate change. Movements that divide us. Intolerance. And in Africa, we have the youngest population in the world, with almost 60% below age 25. To address these problems, we need to be united, committed, focused—and prepared.

That’s why Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA and the United World College movement exist. Not to give students all the answers, but to give them the skills and confidence to seek solutions and to be positive change makers, in both Africa and the World. We warmly welcome your interest in joining us.

Who We Are

Waterford was founded in 1963 in order to provide multiracial education in opposition to the bigotry and injustice of apartheid. Starting with just 16 boys, the school grew rapidly and attracted the children of some of South Africa’s best known activists, including Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, and Leah and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

In 1981, Waterford became the 4th school within the United World College movement, which now comprises 18 institutions around the globe. As a United World College, we believe strongly in the power of education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. We place a high value on “deliberate diversity”, including economic diversity. Currently, 26% of our 610 students receive financial assistance and we are dedicated to raising this number to 40%.

Waterford offers both the Cambridge IGCSE qualification and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. More than 95% of our IB diploma graduates go on to tertiary education, with most receiving scholarships to attend universities in North America, Africa and Europe. We have roughly 7,000 alumni.

Engaging with, serving and learning from our broader community is a critical part of our students’ educational development. We believe strongly in holistic education and embrace learning both in and outside the classroom.

Position Description

  • Job title: Principal
  • Location: Mbabane, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), with international travel
  • Reporting to: Governing Council
  • Summary: The Principal is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of the College. The Principal implements the decisions of the Governing Council , contributes to the College’s strategy, and vigorously supports and promotes the College’s mission and values.

Person Specification

We recognise that many paths may lead a person to be an outstanding Principal and will consider candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Given our geographic, educational and cultural context, we expect that the successful candidate will meet a number of the following criteria:

  • Successful leadership roles within educational institutions, preferably international secondary schools
  • Significant experience living or working in Africa
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work with people of a variety of backgrounds
  • Deep familiarity with current educational theory, practice and trends
  • Experience with programmes to support the mental and physical health of students and staff
  • Sincere commitment to the mission and values of the UWC Movement

Further Information

For additional details about the position and Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA, please see the Position Announcement and visit:

How to Apply

We are seeking candidates who are excited by our rich legacy, our global outlook, and the opportunity to help unleash the promise of youth in Africa. Are you up for the challenge? Are you ready to be our champion? If so, please send a CV and a statement (maximum 1,000 words) describing your interest to:

The deadline for applications is 20 January, 2020.

At Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA, we don’t just accept diversity, we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our entire community. We are proud to be an equitable and inclusive workplace.

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