Network and Research Manager, FSNet-Africa

Pretoria, South Africa
23 May 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time



The University of Pretoria ARUA-UKRI GCRF Research Excellence Project – Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) – seeks to employ a Network and Research Manager for a three-year fixed term contract.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.

The ARUA-UKRI GCRF Research Excellence – Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) project is a partnership between the University of Pretoria, the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Advocacy Network (FANRPAN). FSNet-Africa aims to address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges related to food systems through utilising systems-based methodologies to conduct research that enhances understanding of Africa food systems and identify climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive, poverty-reducing interventions in six focus countries: Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.


The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Coordination and project management within the FSNet-Africa team;
  • Conducting research, supporting research teams and participating in network events;
  • Developing and implementing data collection activities (including online surveys);
  • Management of project data;
  • Assist in implementing FSNet-Africa monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Assisting in preparing for the quarterly, bi-annual and other monitoring reports.


A postgraduate qualification in Business Administration/Project Management, or scientific subject related broadly to one or more aspects of the food system with at least two years practical experience in project management;


A postgraduate qualification in an unrelated field, with at least 5 years demonstrable practical experience in project management.


  • Project Management;
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and analytically;
  • Self-motivated, excellent organisational skills and ability to take ownership of deliverables;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Experience in networking and the ability to communicate professionally with diversity of stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of different research methodologies;
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills;
  • Strong ICT skills, including – at minimum, high proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Willingness to travel within sub-Saharan Africa and internationally.


  • A PhD in a field related broadly to the food system or demonstrable knowledge of food systems;
  • Knowledge in developing and delivering online surveys;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience with data management.

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The all-inclusive remuneration package for this contract position will be commensurate with the incumbent's level of appointment as determined by the FSNet-Africa project budget.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV, including a motivating cover letter outlining the applicant’s suitability for the post;
  • At least one example of a written output where the applicant has been a significant contributor (report, article, blog or thesis etc.);
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

CLOSING DATE: 15 June 2020

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES:  Mr Gojiwe Malobola, Tel: 074 610 7070 for application-related enquiries, and Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee Tel: 083 561 6039 for enquiries related to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 August 2020, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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