Assistant Director: Human Resources (Reference Number: APER/CT/2018/001) (Permanent position)

19 January 2018 - 4:00pm


Salary Level: 9

Division: Human Resources 

SANBI is seeking to appoint a highly professional person to be a part of their management team to strategically manage all Human Resources administrative functions and assist with the implementation of the Human Resources and Transformation Strategy. The Assistant Director: Human Resources is a permanent position.


The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) Human Resources Division, requires a highly professional person to be a part of their management team to strategically manage all Human Resources administrative functions and assist with the implementation of the Human Resources and Transformation Strategy.


The successful candidate must be in possession of a National Diploma or equivalent qualification in Human Resources enhanced by 5 years’ relevant working experience in the discipline, coupled with two years’ supervisory experience.  The candidate must have knowledge and understanding of all applicable Human Resources legislation and prescripts,- including but not limited to, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Employment Equity Act, Labour Relations Act and have practical experience in PERSAL.

The successful candidate must possess the following skills:

Highly skilled in the MS Office suite, good presentation, policy writing, communication (verbal and written), interpersonal (working independently and as part of a team), analytical and problem solving skills. Furthermore, the candidate must be in possession of a valid (unendorsed) Code B driver’s license with at least one year’s driving experience and willing to travel nationally.

Key responsibilities

The appointee will be responsible for:

  • Provide strategic input and support on the Human Resources Annual Performance Plan and Human Resources and Transformation Strategy;
  • Develop, review and implement Human Resources policies, procedures and processes;
  • Coordinate the recruitment and selection activities;
  • Coordinate  the conditions of service and service benefits;
  • Coordinate Performance Management, Job Evaluation and Induction Programme;
  • Approve all PERSAL transactions and attend to the enquiries;
  • Advise clients on Human Resources policies, processes and procedures and
  • Supervise a team.


SANBI offers an annual salary of R334 545.00 per annum and additional fringe benefits. (If you have previously applied you need not apply again your applications will be retained.)

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Please Note:

  1. An application form (obtainable from our Offices, Kirstenbosch NBG, SANBI website or apply online) 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, address and telephone number and if possible e-mail address of at least three referees.
  4. An application form must accompany the CV and motivational letter. Download Application Form.
  5. Failure to submit the requested information and reference number 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 Kaashiefa Bassier on 021 799 8878/8800 or, preferably, forward the completed application form (available from a motivational letter, certified qualifications and concise CV via e-mail to 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.

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 t their applications unsuccessful.

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.

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19 January 2018 - 4:00pm
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