Reference number: MCC/002/2022

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a creative, self-disciplined and self-motivated individual to manage the design, layout and production of high-quality publications of an international standard (Strelitzia, Suricata, Flowering Plants of Africa, Biodiversity Series and ad hoc publications) as well as SANBI Marketing and corporate materials, and must lead, manage and execute computer generated print and electronic forms of visual science-based communication utilizing devoted PC software (MS software package, Indesign, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Director, Flipbook Pro, LiveCycle) and hardware (e.g. Personal Computer workstation, scanners, tablet and printers), all within set deadlines to all staff within SANBI as well as external researchers/scientists, enhancing the image and promoting the vision/mission of SANBI.

This position requires a degree in Graphic Design or equivalent qualification at NQF 7.  Honours or equivalent degree at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. Additional knowledge and skills on corporate communications will be an added advantage. This position also requires 6 years’ experience, 3 years of which should be in supervisory position. The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: advanced project management knowledge and skills; proven ability to work in a team, as well as independently with minimal supervision; in-depth knowledge of the printing process and requirements including repro experience; proven ability to provide self-training on new design software; in-depth knowledge and experience of using image editing techniques; comprehensive knowledge and understanding of copyright restrictions; must have an up to date knowledge of design trends and software developments, photography; quick at putting content together and reading; must have detail consciousness, and be a disciplined person;  must be able to take initiative; must be collaborative;  must be able to meet deadlines, multitasking, and have an ability to communicate clearly and accurately (verbally and in writing); must be adaptable, and be passionate about Biodiversity; excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, report writing skills, people management skills, and excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools are essential.

The possession of a valid driver’s licence with at least one-year practical driving experience and a willingness to travel is essential.

Key performance responsibilities include:

  • Create and manage layout and design;
  • Manage Design Projects;
  • Perform office management and administration duties; and
  • SANBI brand custodianship

Application procedure

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 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 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.

Applications consisting of the completed application form, motivation letter, a concise CV, and certified qualifications must be submitted via an e-mail to

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.

Stephen Mahlangu
Cell: 079 408 7932

Closes: Monday, 15 August 2022
Job type: Permanent
Location: Pretoria
Salary: R382 245.00 per annum

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