Posted 2 years ago



Applications are hereby invited for the position of the Manager: Research and Innovation based at La Mercy.  The successful applicants will be reporting to the Innovation and Technology Executive Manager.


BACKGROUND: The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) is looking to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified South African citizen to fill the exciting position of Manager: Research and Innovation. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing Innovation programs, projects, and activities in line with MKI strategy and annual operational plans.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Master’s Degree in Innovation/ Business/Social Sciences/Information Systems/Applied Sciences or any other relevant qualification, PhD would be an added advantage. Minimum 5-years related experience in Innovation of which 3 years should be at a supervisory level. Valid driver’s license.


CORE COMPETENCIES: Good knowledge of current trends, innovation, and competitive strategies, knowledge of relevant legislation, knowledge and understanding of research principles, working knowledge of data management across the research life-cycle including creating, processing, analysis, preservation, access, and reuse of research data, knowledge of relevant frameworks that match the organisational need (Innovation) , ability to get up to speed with new processes/procedures and able to adapt readily to change, ability to work in cross-functional projects/teams, excellent co-ordination, project management and computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and/or Project).



  1. Provide input into the development of the sub-unit’s operational strategic plan and implementation thereof.
  2. Develop, review, and implement policies relevant to the operations of the sub-unit. Manage Innovation projects.
  3. Manage research initiatives within the unit. Liaise and maintain sound relationships with industry and sponsors.
  4. Manage stakeholder requirements to ensure that it is well understood, documented, and constantly revised.


TERMS OF APPOINTMENT: The successful candidate will be offered a permanent position with remuneration at DPSA level 13.


HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must email a detailed copy of a CV with at least 2 (two) contactable references, certified copies of ID, driver’s license and copies of relevant qualifications to: before or on 4 March 2022. Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo competency testing and verification processes. Applications not complaint with the prescripts herein will not be considered. For any technical queries contact The Human Resources Manager, Ms Mngoma, on Candidates who have not heard from MKI within 6 weeks from the closing date can consider their application unsuccessful. The Institution reserves the right not to appoint. .


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