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.
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.
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