Ms Jane Ndungu

Project Manager


Jane Ndungu is a project manager in the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Engagement and Transformation at Nelson Mandela University.

Jane’s research focuses on violence against women and girls (VAWG) intervention design. Her research seeks to promote the inclusion of young people in the design of interventions developed for them (young people). 

Jane, a young researcher, works on research projects and activities linked to prevention of VAWG. For example, funded by the Joint Gender Fund, she led the development of a high school programme that aimed at shifting learners’ attitudes towards VAWG, through challenging existing rape myths. Thereafter, she developed another programme for high school learners in Nelson Mandela Bay in a study funded by Nelson Mandela University. This programme targeted VAWG risk factors; specifically substance use and gender inequitable attitudes. She is currently working on three projects in South Africa, all on VAWG prevention. She is published in the fields of trauma and violence.


Jane presently serves on a range of different platforms related to the prevention and response to sexual violence. For example, she is presently serving on the board of directors for Project Empower. Here, she provides expertise in intervention design and research. She has previously provided VAWG survivors with counselling and debriefing sessions with trauma counsellors, and facilitated support groups for VAWG survivors. She also works closely with the Port Elizabeth Red Cross, where she trains the volunteers on how to respond to traumatic events, especially those involving sexual assault.







Getting to know me


1. How would you define your role within the Engagement and Transformation team?

I organise, troubleshoot, and resolve.


2. What does Engagement and Transformation in Higher Education look like to you?

It is a continuous process that will always involve deconstruction and recreation. It should live up to the realities of the current generation.


3.Describe your job in 3 words.





4. What is your favourite activity when you are not in the office?

You will probably find me nose-deep in a book or writing.


5. What is your favourite place on Earth?

Anywhere my nephew is, is perfect.


6. What is your favourite quote?

Try not. Do or do not, there is no try – Master Yoda.


7. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

I would wipe out all sorts of violence and eliminate discrimination of any kind.


8. What would you be able to give a 30-minute presentation about without any advanced preparation?

Gender based violence primary prevention, especially amongst adolescents.


9. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received?

Never stop learning. Make learning your lifetime mission and be open to it.


10. What motivates you?

Pursuit of knowledge.


Ms Jane Ndungu CV