Call for submissions to serve on the Research Advisory Panel for Natural Resource Management Programmes

28 April 2015 - 4:00pm

In terms of the Agreement between SANBI and the Natural Resource Management Programmes (NRMPs) branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs, SANBI will administer the work of the Research Advisory Panel. The NRMPs aim to support the integrity of South Africa’s natural resources through a public works approach to address employment and skills development.

The suite of interventions currently being addressed under NRMPs, aims to manage species invasions, land, wetland and riparian degradation, as well as energy and value added product creation through utilising biomass. It is imperative that this work is guided by knowledge generated through research on priority topics which would improve the effectiveness and/or efficiency of these programmes. 

We are calling on experts to serve on a Research Advisory Panel to advise on research strategy and priorities for research projects and expenditure. It will also assist and advise in the assessment of the research carried out under the auspices of the NRMPs, particularly in respect of the quality, impact, and 'value-for-money' of the research. The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) would play an advisory role and therefore has no executive or decision-making powers. 

Experts in the following fields are being sought;

  • Biological control agents using insects and pathogens as agents against invasive species;
  • The ecosystem services impacted by species invasions, land, wetland and riparian degradation, fire, as well as energy and value-added product creation through biomass;
  • Natural resource and development economics;
  • Best management practices related to natural resource management interventions in the areas specified above;
  • The social aspects of natural resource management and poverty alleviation initiatives;

The Chairperson, is an expert from SANBI. The panel generally meets once a year, and panel members are remunerated for their time spent in preparing for and attending these meetings with an amount of R600 per hour. Travel and accommodation will be arranged and costs will be covered by SANBI. Expert sub-committees of the RAP will also be appointed. 

Experts are invited to send their detailed CV’s indicating their specific field of expertise. CV’s can either be sent electronically to or mailed to SANBI, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735, marked for attention Mr Philip Ivey. Please ensure that the required information reaches us by the close of business on the 28th April 2015.

The terms of reference for the Research Advisory Panel are attached

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.

28 April 2015 - 4:00pm
Bid type: 
Quotation (under R500 000)
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