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Scientific Co-ordinator: Scientific Authority

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location South Africa - Africa
Town/City Pretoria
Salary Additional Information R344 052
Salary Range 200,000+
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 05/12/2008
Company Name South Africa National Biodiversity Insitute
Contact Name Itebogeng Tshepe
Telephone 021 799 8878
Email recruitmentct@sanbi.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Conservation and Ecology Jobs in South Africa with...The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) leads and coordinates research, and monitors and reports on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders. SANBI engages in ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, leads the human capital development strategy of the sector and manages the National Botanical Gardens as 'windows' to South Africa's biodiversity for enjoyment and education.
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SANBI is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to co-ordinate the scientific work that underpins the work of the Scientific Authority, a committee that has been established to promote the sustainable use of species in South Africa. The committee’s effective functioning depends on information obtained from monitoring, research and assessments of species in use.

The appointee will be expected to develop and co-ordinate a programme of research, monitoring and assessment to meet the requirements of the Scientific Authority, and to process and synthesize information to aid decision making. The main purpose of the programme is to provide scientific input into decisions regarding off-take quotas and non-detriment findings for listed species (CITES, NEMBA), as well as more general assessments for state of the environment reporting. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with researchers and organisations focusing on both terrestrial and aquatic taxa.

Responsibilities will include:
• developing and co-ordinating a programme of work for ongoing assessment, monitoring and research to support decision making on sustainable use by the Scientific Authority • developing products required by the Scientific Authority and under NEMBA to promote sustainable use • assisting with the general functions and organisation of the Scientific Authority • strengthening collaborative links with partner organisations to undertake relevant research • preparing reports on sustainable use as part of SANBI’s reporting obligations • sourcing co-funding when required.

Appointment requires a biodiversity scientist in possession of at least an MSc (but preferably a PhD) in a relevant aspect of biodiversity science, supplemented by minimum three years’ experience related to sustainable use, which may include population demography, determination of off-take limits, demographic modelling or systems impacts. A sound understanding of population demography, impacts of harvesting, the assessment of sustainable use, as well as relevant socio-economic issues and the regulatory environment, is essential, as is demonstrated ability to co-ordinate scientific studies and assessments. In addition, this position requires sound interpersonal skills, a good spoken and written command of English and other official languages, as well as a valid Code B driver’s licence with one year’s driving experience.

For further information, contact Prof. John Donaldson or Dr Feroza Conrad on 021 799 8786.

SANBI offers an all-inclusive annual salary package of R344 052.

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. 2) A competency test may be conducted as part of the selection process.

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. Applications submitted by employment agencies will not be considered. SANBI reserves the right not to fill these positions.

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 21 working days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

To apply, contact Ms Itebogeng Tshepe on 021 799 8878 or, preferably, forward a letter and concise CV, including the names and contact particulars of three referees, via e-mail to recruitmentct@sanbi.org or fax 021 762 3229. Postal applications are to be addressed to the Deputy Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont 7735.

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