Specialist Advisor: Planning and Land Use Management

GEF funded ‘Mainstreaming biodiversity into land use regulation and management at the municipal scale’ Project (Land Use Project) (Salary level 12) (Contract Position ending 31 January 2020) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

Specialist Advisor: Planning and Land Use Management

GEF funded ‘Mainstreaming biodiversity into land use regulation and management at the municipal scale’ Project (Land Use Project) (Salary level 12) (Contract Position ending 31 January 2020) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

The Land-Use Project is a multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder project being implemented at the municipal scale. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is implemented by the

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and its project partners.

The SANBI is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to provide effective and efficient strategic leadership, management and implementation of the Environmental Management component of the project.

Appointment requires a relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent qualification in planning; including in environmental or spatial planning enhanced by minimum 5 year’s relevant working experience of which at least 2 years should be in a managerial capacity.

Registration as a planner with South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) would be a distinct advantage. The incumbent must have:

 A thorough working knowledge of spatial biodiversity planning principles, approaches and implementation in South Africa;

 A good understanding of the overarching economic and development context of South Africa;

 Demonstrated familiarity with spatial planning legislation – SPLUMA, LUPO, DFA, etc;

 Experience in Spatial Development Framework (SDF) development including vacant land audits, densification analyses,
Integrated Development Plans (IDP)and Metropolitan Open Space Systems;

 Demonstrated project management experience on strategic projects;

 Training and capacity development expertise;

 Excellent skills relating to planning and organising, compilation of management reports, reporting procedures, project planning, financial management, and human resource management.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

 Project manage the Planning and Land-Use Management component of the Land Use Project;

 Develop policy, systems and procedures for ensuring that biodiversity is mainstreamed in land-use planning and decision-
making, and support their implementation;

 Facilitate relationship building between the SANBI and project partners and stakeholders with regards to planning and land use management;

 Build capacity among municipal staff to incorporate biodiversity concerns into their day-to-day work.

The suitable candidate must be in possession of a valid Code B driver’s license, as well as be willing to travel nationally. The ability to maintain sound interpersonal relationships and highly effective verbal and written communication capabilities are essential. Proficiency in MS Office is also a specific requirement for this post.

SANBI offers an all-inclusive annual salary package of R630 822.00.

Please Note: 1) An application form (obtainable from SANBI website www.sanbi.org/jobs must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of 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 may result in your application not being considered.

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 currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Ms Glynnis Webb on (021) 7998635/8800 or preferably, forward the completed application form, a letter and concise CV via e-mail to recruitmentct@sanbi.org.za 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.

Closing Date: 7 April 2015

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.

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