The National Research Foundation (NRF) is established by the NRF Act, No 23 of 1998, and is mandated to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge and thereby to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all the people of the Republic. The NRF also supports and promotes awareness of, and engagement with science in order to improve science literacy and public participation in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI).
The NRF is a well-established organisation that plays an influential role in shaping the National System of Innovation. It is a research support, performing, and engaged organisation with an objective to transform and enhance a globally competitive and contextually relevant National System of Innovation for societal benefit. High-end human capacity development, research infrastructure provisioning, and science engagement are its main areas of operation.
Executive Director: Corporate Governance
(5-year fixed-term contract)
The NRF seeks to appoint an Executive Director: Corporate Governance who will be responsible for ensuring value proposition through a system of good governance and adherence to planning and reporting requirements.
The Executive Director: Corporate Governance is responsible for providing governance and broad policy advisory that supports the creation of effective controls, thus ensuring good performance, transparency, an ethical culture and legitimacy at all levels across the organisation. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for initiating, supporting and contributing to the facilitation of processes culminating in organisational strategy, annual performance plans, quarterly reporting, integrated annual reports, shareholder compact and lead the coordination of the risk management function. The function serves as an intermediary to ensure combined assurance and alignment to statutory and organisational reporting frameworks.
The incumbent will report directly to the Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems.
Key functions: • Execute the NRF Governance Framework and the consistent application of prescripts applicable to public entities through policies, procedures and systems • Provide guidance and advisories across the organisation in order to create and implement a robust yet enabling fit-for-purpose governance environment in support of executing the organisational mandate • Initiate and coordinate the planning processes across business units culminating in consolidated performance plans and report against such on a quarterly and annual basis in compliance with PFMA, National Treasury, DPME and DST requirements • Monitor, evaluate and report the performance of the organisation against set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and track performance over the long term against selected organisational dimensions • Lead the execution of the enterprise-wide risk management function, business continuity and health and safety aspects across the organisation.
Key competencies: • Ethical traits • Systems and process thinking capability with critical reasoning • Excellent information and data analytical skills • Collaborator, influencer and negotiator • Results-driven with attention to detail and quality • Passion for service excellence • Excellent presentation skills including proficiency in the use in Microsoft Office suite of applications.
Management/supervisory responsibility: The Executive Director: Corporate Governance is directly responsible for leading 2 functional managers with their support staff.
Work environment: The incumbent will operate within a dynamic and pressurised environment where, long hours and working over weekends may be required from time to time. Travel to business units dispersed across the country is necessary.
Required education and experience: • Postgraduate degree in Business/Engineering. Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) would be an advantage • Minimum of 10 years’ management experience within a business environment • 5 years at a senior management level with specific exposure to senior level operations management, business systems, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, dealing with auditors and administration • Demonstrable understanding of governance and relevant legislation and best practices as applicable to public entities and particularly strong understanding of the application of the Public Finance Management Act; King IV Code on Corporate Governance and the Companies Act • Proven track record of leading and organising within a complex organisation • Demonstrable understanding of organisational planning for integrated reporting purposes • Passion for service excellence, be self-motivated needing minimal or no supervision • Influencing and problem-solving abilities.
The NRF offers a competitive total remuneration package together with the terms of appointment, which it negotiates with the successful candidates.
Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV, accompanied by a letter of motivation indicating the applicant’s suitability for the position. The applicants must provide the names and contact details of at least three referees.
Applications must be forwarded to Ms Tebogo Molefe, National Research Foundation,
PO Box 2600, Pretoria 0001, tel. (012) 481-4026, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 11 December 2017
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to the positions made in line with the NRF Employment Equity Plan.
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