Senior Project Officer: Scientific Authority

Job title: Senior Project Officer: Scientific Authority

Company: SANBI

Job description: The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires a motivated, professional and team player to provide administrative and project management support to the Scientific Authority technical support unit in realising the mandate of the Scientific Authority to advise government on the trade and sustainable use of South Africa’s wild fauna and flora, including in relation to South Africa’s commitment to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other legislative instruments such as the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) of 2004.This position requires the candidate to be in possession of a degree in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Biology, Botany or Zoology, or relevant field or equivalent qualification with NQF 7. A postgraduate qualification at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. This position also requires 4 years’ experience in a relevant field (can include time spent on relevant research-based postgraduate degrees).The successful candidate will have the following competencies: Frequent travelling – field trips (sometimes after hours) and participation in meetings across the country and sometimes overseas; Excellent skills in strategic planning, organisation, data management, project management and presentation; Understanding of national and global biodiversity conservation; Excellent numeracy and literacy skills; High attention to detail; A valid (unendorsed) Code B drivers’ license with at least one year’s practical driving experience.Key performance responsibilities include:

  • Manage information and document flow for procurement, asset management, and project management;
  • Act as Scientific Authority secretariat, organising meetings and communicating with Scientific Authority members;
  • Provide logistical support for the Scientific Authority technical support unit; and
  • Conduct or assist with research on sustainable use or wildlife trade.

Please note:1) An must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for this position, and certified qualifications confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of meeting minimum qualifications and relevant experience will not be considered).2) A competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.3) Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and if possible, e-mail addresses of at least three referees.4) Failure to submit the requested information and reference number shall result in your application not being considered.Personal Information will be processed by SANBI for purposes of assessing your suitability for the advertised position. SANBI may also share your personal information including special personal information with service providers or third parties, both within the Republic of South Africa and in other jurisdictions, to carry out verification of qualifications and other necessary documents, background and reference checks, competency assessment tests, and criminal record checks.In this regard, by virtue of your application, you acknowledge that SANBI’s authorized verification agent(s) and service providers will access your personal information including special personal information to conduct background screening, verification of qualifications and other necessary documents, reference checks, competency assessment tests, and criminal record checks. For more information, kindly refer to SANBI’s website.Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups.Applications consisting of the completed , a concise CV, and certified qualifications are to be submitted via an e-mail to recruitmentct@sanbi.org.za. Postal applications must be addressed to: Deputy Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735.Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates must consider their applications unsuccessful.Enquiries:
Ms Glynnis Webb
Tel: +27 (0)21 7998635/8800Closes: Wednesday, 10 April 2024
Job type: Three-year contract
Salary: R492 538.29
Location: Cape Town/PretoriaABOUT SANBIThe South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) contributes to South Africa’s sustainable development by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating information and knowledge, building capacity, providing policy advice, showcasing and conserving biodiversity in its national botanical and zoological gardens.

Expected salary: R492538.28 per year

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape – Pretoria, Gauteng

Job date: Thu, 28 Mar 2024 06:49:40 GMT

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