The KwaZulu-Natal Museum is one of the largest and leading heritage institutions in the country. It is dedicated to serving the people of South Africa by interpreting, collecting and exhibiting material evidence of the cultural and natural world, in order to increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the nation’s rich heritage. In order to properly drive its strategic objectives, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum invites applicants for the following positions:

 

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER
Salary: Negotiable at salary level 9 of Public Service Employees

Key Responsibilities:

  • Formulation of strategic plan for the Human Resource function.
  • Research on and to keep abreast of the latest developments in relevant legislation, labour law, rules and trends in labour relations and human resource management practices.
  • To ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s recruitment policies and practices.
  • To ensure that the recruitment policies are compliant with the relevant legislation and that constant reviews are proposed to improve the effectiveness of the recruitment policies.
  • Ensuring efficient management and risk management of the remuneration and benefits function.
  • Properly managing conflict and ensuring minimisation of labour relations related issues.
  • Creating a conducive work environment for staff.
  • To efficiently manage the learning & development process to ensure service excellence.
    • Managing the performance management function efficiently to ensure service excellence.
    • To ensure overall effective and efficient management of human resources at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum.

Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree or National Diploma (NQF 6 rated) in Labour Relations / Human Resources Management / Law. At least 3 to 5 years relevant experience. Knowledge in the following: National instruments & legislation pertaining to human resources management with specific reference to the Public Service Amendment Act and Public Service Regulations; Labour Relations Act as well as other relevant labour relations prescripts. Good verbal and written communication skills. Proven computer literacy in MS Office. Conflict resolution skills. Planning and organising skills. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting skills. Valid Driver’s license (Code B). Ability to work under pressure and willingness to travel. The successful incumbent must possess the following personal attributes: Innovative, pragmatic, creative, self-motivated, assertive and objective.

 

CHIEF CURATOR / CURATOR: MALACOLOGY
Salary: Negotiable at salary level 11-12 (Chief Curator) or 9 (Curator) of Public Service Employees

Key Responsibilities:

Chief Curator/Curator:

  • Generate new knowledge regarding the southern African marine molluscan fauna.
  • Publish original research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Strengthen local partnerships and international research links.
  • Publication of field guides and popular articles.
  • Generate research funding.
  • Augment KwaZulu-Natal Museum Mollusca collection.
  • Acquire generalised and specialised expertise relating to departmental collections.
  • Increase personal effectiveness as a Museum scientist.
  • Contribute to the Museum’s exhibitions and public outreach programmes.
    • Contribute to broader institutional goals.
    • Provide junior research staff with advice and guidance i.r.o. collections management and research projects, facilitate and supervise their further training and post-graduate studies.
    • Interact with national and international research community, advise government departments, serve on scientific review and evaluation panels (e.g. NRF), contribute to professional societies.
  • Design and undertake original research, focusing especially on items in the Human Science collections of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum.
  • Manage all aspects of the anthropological collections, including accessions, database maintenance, loans, annual audit and compliance with GRAP103 stipulations.
  • Augment Museum collections through fieldwork where appropriate.
  • Critically evaluate and interpret data, and prepare high-quality manuscripts that meet the standards of the international scientific community.
  • Formulate targeted research projects and source external funding for research.
  • Disseminate research results, both formally and informally, through discussions, workshops, seminars, conference presentations and publications.
  • Provide external and internal clients with authoritative information relating to collections and field of research expertise.
  • Engage where appropriate in collaborative research projects.
    • Contribute to the Museum's exhibitions and public outreach programmes.
    • Contribute to broader institutional goals.
    • Augmentation and maintenance of natural science collections.
    • Develop species information pages.
    • Assess departmental needs and assist with development of annual budget.
    • Assist in training and supervision of departmental assistants.
    • Assist departmental and visiting researchers.
    • Assist with departmental and museum outreach programmes.
    • Maintain excellence in data standards.
    • Assist curatorial staff with field research.
    • Contribute to broader institutional goals.
    • Augmentation and maintenance of collections (Oligochaeta, Arachnida, Herpetology and Earth Science).
    • Respond to loan requests.
    • Assess departmental needs and assist with development of annual budget.
    • Procurement of curatorial materials.
    • Assist curatorial staff with field research.
    • Maintain exhibits mounted by department.
    • Assist in training and supervision of departmental assistants.
    • Assist departmental and visiting researchers.
    • Assist with departmental and museum outreach programmes.
    • Contribute to broader institutional goals.
    • Capture label data from insect specimens into Specify.
    • Verify existing database records.
    • Assist departmental staff as required.

Chief Curator only:

Requirements:

Chief Curator: PhD in relevant field, with considerable experience, evidence of an active independent research programme, with at least five years research experience, publication record and curatorial experience. Experience and proven record in attracting independent research funding. Broad discipline-based knowledge is essential, plus a high level of expertise in the relevant research field, both practical and intellectual. Good writing, presentation, communication and organizing skills. Valid drivers license.

Curator: Minimum M.Sc. or a B.Sc. (Hons) and a postgraduate qualification in relevant field. Understanding of modern systematic theory and practice. Some knowledge relating to the Phylum Mollusca, including taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, biology. Good writing, presentation and communication skills. Some knowledge of curation, collection management and databasing would be advantageous. A valid Driver’s license (Code B).

 

CURATOR: ANTHROPOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS
Object/Artefact-centered research and collections management
Salary: Negotiable at salary level 9 of Public Service Employees

Key Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Minimum of a Master’s degree (preferably PhD) in Anthropology/Art History/Archaeology/History or Museum Studies. Publication record and curatorial experience that demonstrates an intellectual interest in the nature of material culture/museum objects. Ability to run field-research projects. An understanding of the role of museums. An ability to communicate research results to both general public and special interest groups. Good writing, presentation and communication skills. A valid Driver’s license (Code B).

 

Human Resources Officer
Salary: Negotiable at salary level 8 of the Public Service Employees

Key Responsibilities:

The Human Resources Officer is responsible for providing support in various human resources functions that include recruitment, staffing, training and development, performance management and HR administration.

Requirements:

A diploma or equivalent qualification in HR Management and/or Office Administration. Further qualifications in labour relations and VIP payroll system coupled with relevant experience will serve as added advantage. Understanding of relevant legislation, policies, procedures and performance management systems and techniques. Good verbal and written communication skills. Proven computer literacy in MS Office. Conflict resolution, planning and organising skills. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting skills. Ability to work under pressure and willingness to travel. The successful incumbent must possess the following personal attributes: innovative, pragmatic, creative, self-motivated, assertive and objective. A valid driver’s licence (Code 8).

 

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN: NATURAL SCIENCE DATABASES
Salary: Negotiable at salary level 8 of Public Service Employees

Key Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Minimum of B.Sc. in Zoology/Entomology. Extensive knowledge of collection management procedures and protocols of curation. A good working knowledge of data standards, particularly relating to specimen databases. Competency in word processing and databasing is a requirement. Competency in computer coding would be advantageous. A valid Driver’s license (Code B).

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN: GENERAL COLLECTIONS
Salary: Negotiable at salary level 8 of Public Service Employees

Key Responsibilities:

Requirements:

Minimum of BSc in Zoology/Entomology. Knowledge of collection management procedures and protocols of curation. A good working knowledge of Zoological diversity and classification, particularly relating to the invertebrates of Southern Africa. Knowledge of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum collection of non-insect invertebrates. Experience in Zoological collection management, preferably working with invertebrates, would be an advantage.A valid Driver’s license (Code B).

 

DATA CAPTURER (Insect Collection): 4 Positions (2 year Contract)
Salary: The remuneration will be R8 325.14 per month

Key Responsibilities:

Requirements:

B.Sc. or equivalent relevant qualification. Knowledge of museum database systems and experience with museum collections will be an advantage.

Applications should be directed to: The Human Resources Officer: KwaZulu-Natal Museum. They can be hand delivered to 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201; or posted to Private Bag 9070, Pietermaritzburg, 3200. The closing date for the submission of all applications is 25 June at 12:00. No late applications will be accepted. Please send a covering letter stating the position you are applying for, a detailed CV with a list of references and certified copies of your identity document, driver’s license, and all qualifications. Further enquiries regarding these positions may be directed to the Acting HR Officer: Mrs. Lindiwe Molefe at 033-3451404. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum will enter into correspondence with short-listed candidates only. It is the responsibility of each candidate who has been invited to the interview to avail themselves. The Museum will consider failure to attend the interview on the given interview date as lack of interest in the position. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, whose aim is to promote representativity in all levels of occupational categories in the institution.  

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