Reference number: FBS/012/2023
Closes: Wednesday, 26 July 2023
Job type: Three year fixed-term contract
Location: Pretoria (Tshwane)
Salary: R424 104.00 per annum
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a self-motivated individual to provide leadership in the coordination of animal sample collection and processing for the Component 2 of the Global Environment Facility 7 (GEF7) project at SANBI.
This position requires a degree in Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Sciences or equivalent qualification at NQF 7. A postgraduate qualification in Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Sciences or equivalent qualification at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. This position also requires 6 years of work experience in the relevant field.
The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: registration with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) will be advantageous; extensive experience in project planning, coordination and field data management; proven ability and experience in the management of tasks and supervision of staff; must be able to work with live animals to collect biomaterials and coordinate stakeholder relations; comprehensive experience in DNA barcoding and data management on the BOLD system will be advantageous; curation of specimen collection databases; advance knowledge and experience in policies, procedures, processes, practices, and systems, related to coordination of animal sample collection and processing are essential; advanced planning, organizing, and problem solving skills; ability to work under pressure whilst being quality, cost, and safety conscious; excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills; excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools including (Ms Word, MS Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet and Outlook) will be advantageous.
The possession of a valid driver’s licence with at least one-year practical driving experience will be advantageous.
Key performance responsibilities include:
- Lead the development of an animal sampling strategy for the project;
- Coordinate relevant legislation and permit requirements for the project;
- Lead and coordinate biomaterial collection and processing;
- Oversee the procurement of field equipment and consumables; and
- Conduct Project Reporting.
1) An application form 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 may 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 authorised 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.
Postal applications must be addressed to:
Assistant Director: Human Resources
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag X101
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.
Mr Stephen Mahlangu
Tel.: 079 408 7932 Application form