Specialist Advisor:Environmental 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) Cape Town or Pretoria

Specialist Advisor:Environmental 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) Cape Town or Pretoria

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.

The appointment requires a relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent qualification in environmental management or environmental and geographical sciences enhanced by minimum 5 years’ relevant working experience of which at least 2 years should be in a managerial capacity. Registration with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) would be advantageous. The incumbent must have:

 A thorough working knowledge of systematic 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 implementation of the laws, policy and regulatory processes relevant to environmental management and land-use planning;

 Experience in drafting guidelines/ protocols/ strategy for use in Environmental Management;

 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.


 Project manage the Environmental Management component of the Land-Use Project;

 Develop policy, systems and procedures for ensuring that biodiversity is mainstreamed into regulatory processes, and support their implementation;

 Facilitate relationship building between SANBI and project partners and stakeholders with regards to environmental management;

 Build capacity among existing provincial government staff as well as Environmental Assessment Practitioners 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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