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  • Provide scientific and strategic leadership to the Marine Research Unit.
  • Actively initiate and lead or participate in programmes, projects or activities related to commercial services and public good including those of national and/or international scale.
  • Have a strong understanding of coastal modelling dynamics such as utilizing and operating coastal modelling software tools (ROMS, Delft-3D).
  • Develop and/or compile new operational products and establish new methodologies and processes that will improve the service delivery to clients.
  • Provide guidance to build focus on national (and regional) marine services.
  • Nurture external collaboration with national and international institutions relevant to the marine related data and information in line with strategic directions of SAWS.
  • Represent SAWS where appropriate and serve on national or international scientific panels/committees or specialist groups in an expert capacity.
  • Participate in support of relevant operational meteorological systems.
  • Carry out all administrative functions attached to the post including the supervision of subordinates and the scientific mentoring of colleagues.
  • Assist in managing all island / marine activities in a cost effective manner while conforming to prescribed standards.
  • Assisting in annual financial planning activities including budgeting and expenditure control
  • Supervise the adequate stock levels required for the marine and islands.
  • Perform routine office administration practices including lodging claims, leave processing, transport administration, periodic reporting and administration of registers.
  • Perform functions/duties as delegated by Chief Scientist and/or Senior Manager.
  • Execute collaboration with all marine related stakeholders.
  • Represent the South African Weather Service at meetings as requested by clients, Chief Scientist, Senior Manager or the Executive.
  • Ensure efficient managing of TQM standards.
  • Provide/coordinate training as instructed/requested.
  • Sharing knowledge and skills with appropriate stakeholders and promoting the strategy of SAWS being a learning organization.
  • Ascertaining training and development requirements for marine employees.
  • Develop new techniques and establishment new methodologies and processes in field to improve on the efficiency in marine.
  • Conduct marine and coastal metocean research.
  • Add value to the organization through self-driven initiatives contributing to SAWS Strategic Objectives.
  • Continue self-development and stay current/relevant with new developments in the field of Oceanography and marine Meteorology.
  • Coordinate all activities and functions within the marine community such DEAT, SAMSA, Islands teams, buoys etc.
  • Oversee and manage all marine-related assets.
  • Ensure that all project deliverables as outlined in the performance agreement are timely met.
  • Conduct performance contracting and assessments with Senior Scientist and Junior Scientists.
  • Have an understanding and application of SAWS policies, PFMA, and any other applicable regulatory frameworks.

Minimum Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate should have at least a PhD in Meteorology, Physical Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Minimum 5- 10 years’ experience in building and running numerical models such as Delft 3D, SWAN, Wave Watch III, ROMS, NEMO.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. Ability to work in a team.
  • Candidate should have adequate experience working on successful projects and writing quality research proposals for funding.
  • Substantial applied experience with scientific computing using languages such as MATLAB and Python.
  • Experience in a Linux computing and scripting environment.
  • Experience in the Linux operating environment and scripting within this system
  • Proven project management skills in a team leader capacity.
  • Evidence of relevant peer reviewed publications, lead/co-author in at least 3 scientific papers.

Competency Requirements

  • Innovation leading to implementation
  • Analytical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Strategic planning
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Mentorship
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