Network Programme Assistant-SANBio's

The Southern African Network for Biosciences has a vacancy for a Network Programme Assistant who should be able to contribute to the SANBio’s success by rendering technical back-stopping to regional projects in biosciences

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Assist the Network Director (ND) to manage the network programmes including BioFISA.

  • Work closely with hub, nodes and other participating institutions and assist them to organise regional activities such as training courses, meetings and public awareness initiatives.

  • Assist in organising regional SANBio planning meetings and conferences.

  • Produce newsletters and develop and update SANBio website.

  • Assist the ND in reinforcing ownership of SANBio among member states in southern Africa and articulating the type of memorandum with the nodes and other participating institutions.

  • Organise meetings and ongoing communication with the SANBio Steering Committee and other committees and prepare the documents for these meetings

  • Assist the ND in developing policy and organisational needs of the network to strengthen the relationships amongst the nodes, hub and other participating institutions.

  • Assist the ND in identifying and documenting for the Steering Committee and Secretariat action resolutions on strategic implementation issues, including resource mobilisation and communication strategies.

  • Prepare background papers on governance-related matters for the SANBio Steering Committee and its subsidiary committees.

  • Establish working links and coordinate activities with other biosciences networks.

  • Perform a variety of network management tasks as may be delegated.

    Qualifications and Experience:

  • A PhD or MSc-degree in Biological Sciences with working knowledge of financial management

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • A record of demonstrated research accomplishment and publications

  • Substantial and broad knowledge in the SANBio subjects (biotechnology, biodiversity and indigenous knowledge technology and biotechnology)

  • Good leadership abilities, ability to work in a proactive manner and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to organise, lead and motivate a team in order to meet individual and group goals

  • Have excellent networking skills in order to establish and maintain business contacts with internal and external stakeholders and clients

  • Innovative and creative in setting goals and solving problems

  • At least five years previous experience with research and network programme management and implementation, with particular focus in Africa.

    Management skills:

  • Manage resources efficiently in a project-driven environment

  • Manage the impact of actions and decisions beyond immediate domain in the unit

  • Effectively manage projects and people.

    Other Attributes:

  • Be able to work across organisational boundaries and contributeeffectively to the Network

  • Existing network of appropriate contacts within government and industry will be an added advantage

  • Be able to work effectively under pressure.

    Terms of Employment:

  • The two positions are based at the SANBio Secretariat located at the CSIR in Pretoria, South Africa.

  • There will be a requirement to travel to other locations, both within and outside the SADC region.

  • The salary package will be at a competitive rate, commensurate with experience. The initial appointment period

    Application Deadline: 8th June

    For more information and application, visit: Network Programme Assistant-SANBios Website

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