Reference Number: OCEO/001/2022

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a highly motivated individual to ensure that a professional, credible, accessible and quality-assured legal service is rendered to the Institute.

This position requires a postgraduate degree in Law/LLB or equivalent at NQF level 8.  A relevant postgraduate legal qualification at NQF Level 9 and/or advanced experience in Environmental Law/Labour Law/Administrative Law will be an added advantage. This position also requires a minimum of 10 years’ post-admission experience (post admission by Legal Practice Council) in the relevant field, 5 years of which should be at middle management level.

The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: Admission as an Attorney/Advocate to the High Court of South Africa with High Court right of appearance;  extensive experience in providing professional, credible, accessible and quality-assured legal services; proven ability to work with government, State Attorney  and non-governmental organisations; in-depth understanding of relevant South African legislation that governs SANBI; planning, organising, and report writing skills; exceptional organisational, analytical, interpersonal, and problem solving skills; outstanding communication skills (both verbal and written); excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools including Ms Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet and Outlook.

The candidate must be in possession of a valid driver’s licence and must be willing to travel nationally and internationally. The successful candidate must be able to draft external briefings, project management of ongoing litigation including costs control and progress reporting.

Key performance responsibilities include: 

  • Render professional, accessible, credible and quality assured legal services to the Institute.
  • Strategic management of legal services in the Institute including capacity building.
  • Ensure legal compliance of contracts, Memoranda of Understanding and Memoranda of Agreement and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
  • Manage litigation and support on matters affecting the Institute.
  • Ensure legal compliance of the Institute.
  • Advise the Institute, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Management on labour law and related legal matters.
  • Facilitate legal services between SANBI and any legal entity.
  • Vet all SANBI legal contracts and related correspondences in the Institute that require legal vetting and juridical editing.
  • Advise the CEO and Management on labour matters.
  • Represent SANBI on all legal matters.

Please note that candidates who previously applied for this position, need not to re-apply.

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 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 e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) Failure to submit the requested information and reference number may 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 are to be submitted via an e-mail to

Postal applications must be addressed to:

Assistant Director: Human Resources Operations,
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 may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Mr Stephen Mahlangu
Cell: 079 408 7932

Closes: Thursday, 30 September 2022
Job type: Permanent
Location: Pretoria
Salary: R1 073 187.00 per annum

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