Director: Zoological Systematics (Contract position)

21 July 2017 - 4:30pm


Salary Level: 13 

Directorate/Project:  Biosystematics & Collections Division


This senior management position requires a Director who will provide leadership, guidance and coordination for systematics and collections in South Africa in order to contribute to the achievement of the mandate and goals of SANBI.


PhD in Zoological Taxonomy / Systematics. A minimum of 10 years management experience in the biodiversity sector, of which 5 years must be on middle management, the ability to travel extensively and therefore a valid Code B driver’s license will be required.

Key responsibilities


  • Formulate and set goals for animal systematics, as part of strategic and business planning for the zoological component in Biosystematics.
  • Ensure credibility to provide leadership and guidance for animal taxonomy in South Africa through maintaining a personal research profile.
  • Stay informed about current projects and trends in biosystematics nationally and internationally to provide leadership and guidance to South African researchers, and relevant decision-makers.
  •  Participate in project management and implementation of projects relating to biosystematics in South Africa.
  • Guide and oversee the coordination of animal taxonomy data management in South Africa especially in relation to a national checklist of animals in South Africa and species pages for priority species.
  • Outreach in order to increase the profile of animal taxonomic work in South Africa (plan and participate in outreach activities such as relevant congresses, workshops, seminars, lectures).
  • Interpret, develop and implement Government and SANBI policies and strategies (e.g. National Biodiversity Framework, Performance Management, Health & Safety, Employment Equity, Transformation Action Plan & various other SANBI policies).
  • Assist in corporate policy development in SANBI, particularly with regard to systematics (ie. beyond animals).
  • Financial management of the zoological taxonomy component and externally funded national projects (budgeting & controlled spending).
  • Actively lead and manage staff (staff training & development, career planning, evaluation, promotion, job descriptions, performance plans, individual and overall planning, take disciplinary steps where needed).
  • Communication (with staff, colleagues & management; nationally and worldwide with other relevant initiatives and researchers).



SANBI offers an all-inclusive annual salary package of R898 743 per annum.

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Please Note:

  1. Applications must be accompanied by a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered).
  2. A skills test and competency assessment 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. An application form must accompany the CV and motivational letter. Download Application Form.
  5. Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Mr Elias Moeng on 012 843 5223 if further information required. Email completed application form, a motivational letter and concise CV to or fax to 012 843 5222. Postal applications are to be addressed to: The Assistant Director - Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. 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.

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