November 15, 2022

SCIENTIST MANAGER (GRADE A – B)

CENTRE : Gauteng (Pretoria)

REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and a Master of
Science (MSc) or relevant qualification in Plant Pathology, Nematology,
Entomology. (NQF Level 9). A valid driver’s licence. Compulsory registration
with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP)
as a Professional Natural Scientist (submit proof of registration of application
for registration if shortlisted). Minimum of 6 years post qualification natural
scientific experience. Job related knowledge: International agreements,
conventions and bilateral agreements. National and International trade. Pest
Risk Analysis. Plant pest surveillance and response. Pest eradication and
control. Relevant phytosanitary legislation and regulations. Related legislation
(interpretation, drafting). Departmental and Directorate Organisational
structure and functions. Insight of relevant technical field of application.
Scientific methodology. Departmental initiatives. Export programs standards
and requirements. Import requirements and programs. Work related policies
and procedures. Financial legislation, policies and procedures and other legal
compliance. Provisioning Administrative System, policies and procedures.
Personnel management. Disciplinary code. Personnel evaluation system.
Problem solving techniques. Effective communication. Meeting procedures.
Negotiating principles. Computer knowledge (use of software) and scientific
applications. Auditing procedures. Relevant industries structures. Programme
and project management. Research and development. Technical report
writing. Creating high performance culture. Professional judgement. Data
analysis. Policy development analysis. Scientific presentation. Mentoring. Job
related skills: Strategic capability and leadership skills, Decision making skills,
Team leadership skills, Creativity skills, Financial management skills,
Customer focus and responsiveness skills, Communication skills (verbal and
written), Computer literacy, Networking skills, Planning, organising and
execution skills, Conflict management skills. People management skills,
Change management skills, Problem solving analysis skills, Ability to
communicate well and interact with people at different levels. Planning skills,
Management and organising skills, Creativity skills, Interpersonal skills,
Problem solving skills, Interpretation skills, Analytical skills, listening skills,
Report writing. The ability to drive. Willingness to travel and work irregular
hours.

DUTIES : Ensure the development and implementation of policies, systems and
procedures. Develop and maintain Early Warning System (EWS), scientific
standards and standard operating procedures (SOPS), service levels
according to organizational objectives. Conduct policy audits to monitor and
ensure pest management is in compliance with national and international plant
health measures and standards and organizational goals. Visit Inspection
Services (IS) Inspectors and other role players to audit running surveillance
and pest control actions to ensure or amend viability. Update protocols and
plans against newest available information. Ensure the development of training
material (presentations / manuals) with regard to the execution of early warning6
systems for specific pests. Facilitation of innovative proposals in relation to
EWS. Review and recommend or approve specific scientific projects for the
division. Provide strategic leadership and direction. Align projects to
organizational strategies. Provide support and advice to industry and
stakeholders. Develop and maintain relationships and collaborations.
Coordinate early warning systems operational procedures and actions through
colleagues of the Directorate: Inspection Services (DIS), Directorate: Food
Import and Export Standards (DFIES) and other role players. Arrange, chair
and attend pest specific or commodity specific steering committees, workshops
and meetings with current and future role players to enhance role player
participation and pest awareness of current projects. Review scientific
documents. Lead, coordinate and develop scientific models and regulatory
frameworks. Manage and ensure that pest-initiated pant health risk
assessments (PRA), surveillance and pest control are conducted, on
international accepted standards. Coordinate PRA processes and priorities.
Evaluate draft pest import conditions and work programs. Evaluate and / or
audit import regulatory systems. Provide regulatory advice and inputs to draft
legislation pertaining to plant health and biosecurity. Drafting of pest survey
protocols, contingency plans and eradication programs to establish early
warning systems for identified pests including the management and
maintenance of established early warning systems regarding plant health
biosecurity. Provide and customize effective scientific early warning system
models to prevent and respond to the incursions of exotic pests. Establish and
maintain the drafting of early warning system policies, through pest survey
protocols, contingency plans and eradication programs for specific pests on a
scientific and international accepted level. Evaluate surveillance programs
results and ratify, monitor and disseminate data. Ensure the design the
scientific methodology. Research and development. Ensure the development
of publishable scientific documents according to the relevant SOPS regarding,
PRAs surveillance and eradication actions, results and way forward. Publish
PRAs, survey results and control actions. Maintain information regarding early
warning systems in an information data base. To transfer relevant data to a
national database, evaluate and improve on the data base. Financial
management. Allocate, monitor, control expenditure according to the budget to
ensure efficient cash flow management. Manage the commercial value add at
the discipline related programmes and projects. Asset management. People
management. Manage the development, motivation and utilization of human
resources for the discipline to ensure competent knowledge base for the
continued success of scientific services according to organisational needs and
requirements. Manage staff key performance areas by setting and monitoring
performance standards and taking actions to correct deviations to achieve
departmental objectives. Governance. Allocate, control, monitor and report on
all resources. Compile risk logs and manages significant risk according to
sound risk management practice and organizational requirements. Manage
and implement knowledge sharing initiatives in support of individual
development objectives. Continuously monitor the exchange and protection of
information between operations and individuals to ensure effective knowledge
management according to departmental objectives. Facilitate and liaise with
structures / stakeholders on scientific matters.

ENQUIRIES : Mr JH Venter Tel No: (012) 319 6384

APPLICATIONS : Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X833, Pretoria, 0001 or
hand delivered during office hours to: 184 Jeff Masemola Street (formerly
known as Jacob Mare), corner of Jeff Masemola and Paul Kruger Streets,
Pretoria or to Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko (formerly Beatrix) Street,
Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001.

NOTE : Coloured, Indian, and White Males and Coloured, Indian and White Females
and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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