Experience 8 Years +
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – RESEARCH AND
INNOVATION SUPPORT AND ADVANCEMENT (NSA)
Five (5)-year Contract Position
The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader communities in all fields of science and technology, including the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.
The NRF strives for world-class research, a transformed society and a sustainable environment. The NRF seeks to appoint a qualified and dynamic individual for this key position that will be based in Tshwane. The applicant should be a dynamic and visionary leader with the knowledge and a deep appreciation of the importance of the need to ensure that the national research agenda, human resources development, interface with society and stakeholders, and an awareness of science and technology that ensures and advances South Africa’s global competitiveness.
Key responsibilities: Leading and providing strategic direction for the RISA Business Unit of the NRF, which primarily focuses on supporting, promoting, and advancing research and human capacity development through grant funding and the provision of the necessary’ research infrastructure • Overseeing the development of relevant instruments and implementation of strategies, that will facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation, and development in all fields of science and technology, including humanities, social sciences, and indigenous knowledge, in the NSI • Accountable for the alignment of investment in research with the trends, needs and opportunities of the relevant sectors, in line with the Government Priorities, and develop strategic capabilities for current and future competitiveness of the National Science System • Playing a leading role in creating a transformed and agile knowledge organisation that shapes and influences all aspects of the knowledge enterprise with unwavering commitment to transformation, impact, excellence, and sustainability • Positioning the granting aspect of the NRF as a trusted source of knowledge, intelligence and a thought leader within the research enterprise through the use of data and information on the science system, to inform decision-making and policies, both within the NRF and nationally • Advancing the principles of Open Science within South Africa, the region, and the continent • Leading and maintain high-level stakeholder engagement in industry and the public sector, both nationally and internationally • Driving the strategic investment of parliamentary grant to leverage further income from other funding sources • Being accountable for quality, health, and safety as well as staff development, succession planning and transformation within RISA • Playing a key role in defining the national policy for the research focus, agenda, human resource research capacity development, knowledge generation and transfer within the National System of Innovation (NSI) of South Africa • Ensuring an optimal interface between the grant funding Business Unit, the national research facilities of the NRF and other elements of the NSI • Playing a key role in creating a national long-range planning culture around research priorities and the countries developmental imperatives • Leading and defining the development and implementation policy and strategy of the broader organisation and playing a key role in the transformation process to maximise the organisation’s contribution to national priorities.
Requirements: Distinguished Scientist or scholar with a minimum of a Doctoral degree, capable of providing scientific and management leadership • Proven and accomplished record in the management of a multi-faceted organisation including human resources, and finance • Thorough awareness and understanding of the problems and challenges facing the higher education sector, the research community, and the human resource needs in the science of the country • Sound understanding and appreciation of the science and technology policy and environment of the country including the National R&D Policy and Strategy • Significant experience in successful stakeholder engagement and negotiation across a wide and complex stakeholder base and sustaining and developing appropriate partnerships and alliances • A transformational leader who possesses the vision to redefine strategic objectives and contribution of the NRF to support the socioeconomic growth of South Africa • The ability to drive growth and financial sustainability through effective engagements with a range of external stakeholders including government, private sector, and international partners, to leverage funds and enhance revenue streams • An understanding of the multiplier effect of artificial intelligence (transdisciplinary context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution) for economic growth
The appointee will report to the CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF).
CLOSING DATE: 06 AUGUST 2021
The NRF offers a competitive total salary package that includes medical aid, retirement fund contributions plus other benefits.
Applicants should submit a comprehensive application on the NRF HR Recruitment Portal: https://ess.nrf.ac.za/Account/Recruitment. Applications should be accompanied by a statement of intent indicating (i) how the applicant will advance the NRF Vision, though RISA; and (ii) the applicant’s suitability for the position, aligned with the aforementioned responsibilities and key competencies.
The names and contact details of at least three referees should be provided. Correspondence will only be conducted with shortlisted candidates.
The National Research Foundation is committed to employment equity and redress. NRF website: www.nrf.ac.za