January 2014
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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Research Consortium Manager at the University of Cape Town (South Africa)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:51:59 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Applications are invited for the post of Consortium Manger for the
African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). The ACDI is a
strategic initiative at UCT that coordinates and enhances research and
teaching in climate and climate change across departments and faculties.
 From Jan 2014 to Dec 2018, ACDI will be leading a multi-partner, CAD$
13.5 Million research project, ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid
Regions). ASSAR is a part of a larger multi-consortium research
programme, CARIAA (Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia)
funded by IDRC and DFID.

The ASSAR project will be managed via a Consortium Management Unit (CMU)
at ACDI, which will be responsible for coordination of cross-consortia
activities: research, reporting, outputs, and interactions with external
bodies such as the consortium advisory board and the CARIAA management
team at IDRC.

The main purpose of the Consortium Manager Position is to lead the CMU,
under the direction of the ACDI Director (who is the ASSAR project PI).
The role includes all aspects of senior level consortium management,
including oversight of research activities, financial reporting,
monitoring and evaluation, ensuring project deliverables and activities
from all project partners are on track, organisational and human
resources management and information management. The incumbent will need
to develop and maintain excellent, efficient, robust, viable and
friendly management, finance, staffing, information and administrative

Requirements include:

•Minimum of a Master’s degree in a field relevant to climate change
vulnerability, impacts and adaptation
•At least 3 years’ experience in the research or science administration
field, demonstrating a broad knowledge and understanding of financial
and management principles, with proven analytical, and interpretive
•Project management experience, involving multiple collaborating entities.
•Staff management experience.
•Interpersonal, organisational, team working and communication skills.
•Fundamental skills: Report writing; Ability to read and synthesize
research papers and reports, Computer literacy (including MS Office
suite; e-mail; web-content management, financial accounting).
•Willingness and flexibility to frequently travel in Africa and Asia.

The following would be advantageous:

•Qualification (or equivalent practical experience) in project and/or
office management
•Previous experience in climate change research project management
•Proficiency in SAP or equivalent accounting package; Familiarity with
MS-Project or equivalent package.
•Familiarity with a tertiary education environment.
•Project management skills applied in a research environment.

Enquiries about this post should be directed to Professor M New at <>

The annual remuneration package for 2014, including benefits, is between
R426 312 and R501 531.

To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form (HR201) and
all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form with the
subject line “Research Consortium Manager ACDI”, followed by the
reference number to Ms Celeste Booysen at

•The application form can be downloaded at
•An application which does not comply with the above requirements will
be regarded as incomplete.
•Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
•Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the 28th February 2014.

Address: Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town,
Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7700

Telephone: +27 21 650 2220Departmental website:

Reference number: SR 614/14

Closing date: 10 February 2014

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress.
Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

UCT reserves the right not to appoint

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