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11 Jun 2022

PermanentJob Position for Senior Specialist 2 Needed

SANBI – Posted by JobPost24 Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa

Job Description

Job Position for Senior Specialist 2 Needed

Location: Worcester
Job Type: Permanent
Company/Employer: SANBI
Job Title: Job Position for Senior Specialist 2 Needed

Vacancy Details

Senior Specialist 2: Ecological Infrastructure: Southern Region (Worcester)

Contract employment ending 31 March 2025

Salary Level 11 – All-inclusive remuneration package of R744 255.00

Biodiversity Information & Policy Advice (BIPA) Division – Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security Project

The South African National Biodiversity Institute requires a motivated, professional, and responsible team player to provide effective, strategic leadership, management, and coordination for the implementation of the Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security (EIWS) project in the demonstration catchments and based in the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency. The Project is a multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder project being implemented over five (5) years nationally and in selected catchments in two provinces. The project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Please Note:

  • An application form (obtainable from our Offices or SANBI website 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).
  • A competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  • Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and if possible e-mail addresses of at least three referees.
  • 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.
  • Contact Mr Vusi Mncwango for any queries for purposes of clarity. Applications consisting of the completed application form, motivation letter, a concise CV, and certified qualifications are to be submitted via an e-mail to [email protected]
  • Postal applications must be addressed to: Deputy Director: Human Resources Operations, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735.
  • Closing Date: 17 June 2022
  • 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 may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Candidate Requirements

  • This position requires a degree in Natural, Social or Environmental Sciences, or equivalent qualification with NQF 7. Postgraduate qualification or equivalent qualification at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. This position also requires 8 years’ experience in the relevant field, 4 years of which should be in the first line management position(s) working with partnerships, managing the implementation of large donor-funded projects and communication with a range of stakeholders.
  • The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: must have advanced knowledge and experience in working in the fields of ecological infrastructure and/or natural resource management and/or conservation; proven ability and experience to work in multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder projects, with budget, procurement, monitoring, and evaluation requirements; general understanding and working knowledge of the current water sector policy and relevant legislative environment; understanding of how to work with and into communities of practice especially at a catchment scale; The successful candidate must have the ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, analytical thinking, ability to work independently, and in a diverse team; advanced planning, organizing, negotiation skills, accuracy and attention to detail, strategic thinking, and ability to work with limited supervision are essential; excellent communication skills (both verbal and written); excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools including (MS Word, MS Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet and Outlook). The possession of a valid driver’s license with at least one-year of practical driving experience and a willingness to travel is essential.

Key Performance Responsibilities include:

Manage the implementation of Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security (EIWS) project activities and partnerships;

Organize and facilitate stakeholder engagements and participate in key strategic engagements in support of project objectives;

Implement planning and monitoring interventions, restoration projects and coordinate costing studies at the catchment level; and

Convene and participate in forums and platforms that support learning and capacity building.


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