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We are looking for a new librarian!

The Otto Foundation is looking for a unicorn! Please see the details below regarding the vacancy at the Protea Library at Walmer Estate Primary School. Could you be the unicorn with the unique set of skills, interests and passion that we are looking for?


The Otto Foundation is an education-focussed philanthropic organisation established in 2016. The Foundation’s core mission is to improve early literacy by:

  • Expanding access to books

  • Promoting reading for enjoyment

  • Creating and promoting contextually relevant reading materials for South African children

The Foundation is looking for a new team member to manage the Protea Library at Walmer Estate Primary School in Cape Town.


  • A relevant post-school qualification (NQF Level 5 or higher) - for example in the fields of education or library science

  • A love for and knowledge of children’s literature

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

  • An interest in community development work and making a difference in the lives of children

  • Demonstrable computer skills and ability to do web-based research, use web-based communication tools and use Microsoft Office software

  • Previous experience in (or willingness and interest to be trained in) the use of library data tools (such as LibWin)

  • Experience in working in schools or with young children

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of South African curriculum standards for reading


  • A keen interest in education and literacy development

  • Passionate about books and reading

  • Enthusiasm for finding creative ways to promote reading for enjoyment

  • A spirit of initiative and the ability to work independently

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team of educators and literacy support

Scope of work:

  • Full time position based at Walmer Estate Primary School, Cape Town

  • Implement and prepare library lessons

  • Implement and conceptualise programmes to promote reading for enjoyment in the school

  • Organise and update the library inventory and catalogue (via the LibWin system)

  • Support the school and the Otto Foundation in identifying new books for the library

  • Collaborate with teachers to ensure that the library programme supports curriculum outcomes related to language and reading

  • Guide learners and teachers in finding reading and research materials in the library and online

  • Conceptualise and develop creative and engaging library displays

  • Manage library resources in a responsible manner

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and a one-page cover letter to with the heading “Librarian: Protea Library”.

Applications must be submitted by 22 February 2023.

We will correspond with shortlisted candidates only. If you have not been contacted within one month of applying, you should consider your application as unsuccessful. The Otto Foundation reserves the right to not fill this position.


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