Reference Number: APER/001/2022

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a trustworthy, strategic thinker and multidisciplinary HR generalist to assist in developing and implementing Human Resource policies, programmes and initiatives that drive an integrated Human Resources Management Strategy to enable SANBI to attract, develop, and retain the necessary talent and skills required to achieve SANBI’s strategic objectives.

This position requires a degree in Human Resources Management or equivalent qualification with NQF 7.   Honours degree in Human Resources Management or equivalent degree at NQF 8 will be an added advantage.  This position also requires 6 years’ experience in the  relevant field, 3 years of which should be in supervisory position(s).

The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: In-depth understanding of policies, procedures, processes, systems and frameworks related to Human Resources Management is essential; proven ability to provide assistance in the development, and implementation of an Integrated Human Capital Management and Development Strategy; extensive experience and knowledge of financial management, project management, supply chain management, corporate governance and risk management policies, procedures, processes, systems, and frameworks will be advantageous; proven ability to work under pressure and with a diverse team, whilst being quality and safety conscious is essential; advanced planning, organizing, interpersonal, problem solving, project and event management skills; 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) will be advantageous. 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:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of Human Resources Management Strategy;
  • Coordinate recruitment, selection, appointment activities to support the mandate of the institute;
  • Assist to manage payroll, benefits, and coordinate conditions of service activities;
  • Facilitate organisational design, job evaluation and performance management processes;
  • Assist to manage human resources risk, and budget, including compliance and corporate governance matters; and
  • Assist in human capital development, change and transformation.

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.

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 are to be submitted via an e-mail to

Postal applications must be addressed to:

Deputy Director: Human Resources,
South African National Biodiversity Institute,
Private Bag X7,

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.

Ms Kaashiefa Bassier
Tel: +27 (0)21 799 8877/8800

Closes: Friday, 27 May 2022
Job type: Permanent
Location: Cape Town
Salary: R477 090.00

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