Reference Number: APER/002/2022

The South African National Biodiversity Institute is looking for a reliable, hardworking HR Generalist to provide guidance and coordination to Human Resources operations, administration, and support services to SANBI Divisions and employees in order to ensure excellent Human Resources service delivery.

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 3 years’ experience in the  relevant field, 1 year of which should be in supervisory position(s) .

The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: Personnel Salary System (PERSAL) training; extensive knowledge and experience of targeted selection interview method; extensive knowledge and experience in providing business partnering to line managers with regard to the achievement of HR strategic objectives and execution of Human Resources functions effectively and efficiently; comprehensive knowledge and understanding 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, and 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:

  • Provide reports to support the achievement of the HRM Strategy;
  • Coordinate recruitment and selection activities in line with the policy;
  • Coordinate conditions of service and benefits;
  • Assist with performance management system activities;
  • Conduct Job Evaluation; and
  • Coordinate policy/procedure reviews.

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: R321 543.00

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