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: Information Technology & Knowledge Resources
(5-year fixed-term contract)
The NRF invites a results-driven individual to lead a newly created Information Technology and Knowledge Resources function intended to contribute to the organisation’s vision and mandate.
The position is responsible and accountable for providing strategic leadership and oversight of the organisation’s information technology and knowledge resources specifically in the areas of information technology infrastructure and architecture, software and systems development, IT support services, ensuring adequate IT security and adherence to governance protocols, provision of business systems and the deployment of knowledge resources.
The incumbent will lead by articulating the information technology and knowledge resource needs and plans of the NRF in concert with various business units and key service providers. Envisaged is an individual with a proven track record of accomplishment in the technology sector who will foster an environment of accountability, excellence, collaboration and deploy innovative solutions to accelerate business needs, thus contributing towards the achievement of the organisation’s mandate.
The position reports directly to the Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and will provide support and services to all NRF Business Units by creating synergies through appropriate and relevant technologies and knowledge resources.
Key functions: • Develop Information Technology and Knowledge Resources (ITKR) integrated strategies and plans to support the achievement of the overall business operational objectives • Provide leadership in the design of appropriate information technology architecture, software development, quality assurance and deployment, IT infrastructure life cycle management and support services in delivering an effective, efficient and economical service to the organisation • Ensure systems uptime and business continuity through appropriate IT security, protocols, policies and governance practices • Harness value proposition for the organisation from the range of knowledge resources, records and document management system and services; data, content and curation; and library and bibliometric services • Function as a strategic business advisor from an ITKR perspective in realising an engaged and high-performance culture within the organisation.
Key competencies: • Business and IT expertise • Strategic capability and leadership acumen • Relationship management • Project management • Risk management • Change management • Customer impact • Results oriented • Collaborator and influencer.
Management/supervisory responsibility: The Executive Director: Information Technology and Knowledge Resources is directly responsible for leading 4 functional managers with their support staff and indirectly for the Business Unit IT Managers.
Work environment: This job operates in a dynamic research and scientific environment based at the Corporate Office with 24/7 provision of services and regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work. Travel to business units dispersed across the country is necessary.
Required education and experience: • Postgraduate degree/diploma in Information Technology or a related field • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Information Technology and Knowledge Resources of which at least 5 years in an Executive/Senior Management role • Knowledge and broad understanding of the use of Information Technology and Knowledge Resources as a business driver • Demonstrable understanding of governance and frameworks impacting on IT such as the Public Finance Management Act, King IV, DPSA protocols, POPI Act, GDPR etc • IT expertise and knowledge of the key principles of Knowledge Resource Management with a special emphasis on knowledge sharing and transfer • Knowledge and broad understanding of implementing and managing bespoke and integrated systems • Passion for service, be self-motivated needing minimal or no supervision, natural persuasive abilities, excellent negotiation skills, and excellent problem-solving skills.
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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on the website at http://www.nrf.ac.za
The NRF is committed to employment equity and redress with the appointment
to the positions made in line with the NRF Employment Equity Plan.
Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only.