SANBI is looking for Admin Officer: Groen Sebenza Programme

Job Summary

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a self-motivated and meticulous individual to render office, financial, project and events management support to the Groen Sebenza Programme.

Closing date: Friday, 01 March 2024

Job type: Fixed-term contract, ending 31 March 2025
R294 321.00 plus 37% in lieu of benefits

Location: Pretoria


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) contributes to South Africa’s sustainable development by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating information and knowledge, building capacity, providing policy advice, showcasing and conserving biodiversity in its national botanical and zoological gardens.

Job Requirements

  • A national diploma in Public Management, Business Management, Office Administration or equivalent qualification at NQF 6 with 4 years of work experience in the relevant field or
  • A degree in Public Management, Business Management, Office Administration or equivalent qualification at NQF 7 with 2 years of work experience in the relevant field.

Postgraduate degree in Public Management, Business Management, Office Administration or equivalent degree at NQF 8 will be an added advantage.

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Skills and Competencies

The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: comprehensive knowledge and experience of office administration, project administration or coordination and handling of queries from partners and collaborators;

Basic knowledge of Public Finance Management Act, and Treasury Regulations is essential; extensive knowledge and experience of legislation, policies, procedures, processes, practices, systems, and frameworks related to office administration, procurement, logistics, project and event management are essential;

Proven ability and experience to work with diverse team and under pressure whilst being quality, cost, and safety conscious; strict adherence to policies, procedures, processes, governance, compliance, and confidentiality will be advantageous;

Advanced planning, organizing, interpersonal, and problem solving skills; excellent communication skills at all levels (both verbal and written); excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools including (Ms Word, MS Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet and Outlook) will be advantageous.

The possession of a valid driver’s licence with at least one-year practical driving experience and a willingness to travel is essential.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Attend to travel arrangements, co-ordination and administration matters;
  • Provide office administration support to Groen Sebenza Programme;
  • Assist in handling and coordination of Human Resources and SCM matters; and
  • Provide logistical and secretarial support to the Directorate’s meetings and workshops.
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How to Apply

Application procedure:

1) An application form must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for this position, and certified qualifications confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of meeting minimum qualifications and 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 and reference number shall 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 be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Mr Mzekelo Mpatani on (012) 843 5229 for any queries for purposes of clarity. Applications consisting of the completed application form, motivation letter, a concise CV, and certified qualifications are to be submitted via an e-mail to

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Postal applications are to be addressed to:

Deputy Director: Human Resources
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag x101

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 must consider their applications unsuccessful.


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