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CEF (SOC) Ltd is involved in the search for appropriate energy solutions to meet the energy needs of South Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the sub-Saharan African region, focussing on clean energy options as well as fossil fuels as per the mandate from the Department of Energy.


In line with the values and strategies of the organisation and the principles of best practice the Incumbent shall be expected to:

  • Create an organisational culture that will attract, develop, engage and retain talented employees, where people can realise their full potential;
  • Direct the Human Resources Activities for CEF (SOC)
  • Ensure alignment of HR priorities within the CEF Group of Companies to support business priorities and Strategic Goals
  • Develop, Implement and institutionalise an integrated governance and Talent Management framework in order to build the CEF human capital for the future
  • Develop key leadership Pipelines for the CEF Group and a Talent strategy to help ensure future leadership bench strength and succession for the CEF Group
  • Ensure Performance Management practices that drive and embed a high performance culture and accountability  in the CEF Group
  • Ensure effective Employee and Labour relations within CEF
  • Ensure the development, implementation and review of the organisation’s strategic communication framework, media policies and branding and ensure engagement goals are met.
  • Lead and manage the property management function to ensure effective management of assets and facilities owned by the organisation.
  • Serve as a trusted adviser and business partner to key stakeholders within the CEF Group concerning HR, Communications and facilities management matters with CEF(SOC)

The successful candidate should have practical skills, experience and demonstrated track record in managing and understanding this portfolio.  Specifically, the candidate must have:-

  • As a minimum, a relevant Bachelor’s degree augmented by a post graduate qualification in business/management.
  • At least 5-8 years experience as a members of a senior executive team as an HR leader preferably within a large or complex organisation.
  • Demonstrated Organisational Leadership at strategic and Operational Levels and  Navigation within a complex Organisation;
  • Ability to articulate the big picture, combined with a self directed commitment to advancing and achieving agreed outcomes
  • Significant exposure to the following HR disciplines: HR Strategic Planning and workforce Planning; Talent Management; Total rewards; Organisational Development and Change Management; Employee Relations; Leadership Development and Training
  • Understanding of the CEF Business and its strategic people- related risks.
  • Critically, the incumbent should have the following skills: Analytical Ability, Innovation; Creativity; Teamwork; Communication; Influencing and Leadership.


  • A  team player who is assertive and confident;
  • An individual with stature and presence who demonstrates emotional maturity;
  • A compassionate individual who is firm yet fair; and
  • A personal style that engages superiors, colleagues and staff.

CLOSING DATE: 5 April 2013 @ 16h00

Please submit a detailed CV to the HR Department, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


DURING: One Year Contract




  • Strategic / Operational planning and development of the programme
  • Establish linkages with local and international bodies with a view towards collaborative project development.
  • Establish, maintain and oversee relevant research projects within the programme.
  • Management of information received or released by the programme area.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including government, academia and local as well as international stakeholders involved in the focal areas of the programme.
  • Presentations to local and international audiences.
  • Budget planning and associated financial control.
  • Ensure that the strategic objectives of government that relate to energy security of supply are adhered to, co-ordinated and accurately reported.
  • Management of staff and /or contractors employed by the Programme.
  • Facilitate and maintain a National Green Transportation Collaboration Forum
  • Raising of sponsorships , donor funding and collaboration equity from relevant stakeholders and financial institutions.

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to interact at all levels with industry, academia, government, end-use customers and research institutes.
  • Skills to deal with the media on a regular basis, pertaining to general energy matters.
  • Must be goal-driven and a ‘team player’.
  • Able to work under pressure and still be accurate and systematic.


  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of various energy sources, their transformation and their applications.
  • Understanding of government strategic objectives with respect to green transport technologies.
  • Experience in the energy research environment,, with preference given to applicants who have been engaged in projects /activities related to green transport technologies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Energy and Climate Change debates in relation to business, government and civil society.
  • Skills in facilitation, relationship management and project management.
  • Ability to represent or support the organisation in participating in relevant conferences and dialogues.
  • Personnel and Financial Management experience, preferably a minimum of five years in a Middle to Senior Management role.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Good marketing, communication and public relations skills.
  • Working knowledge or previous exposure to PFMA.
  • High level administrative, management and supervisory skills.
  • Must be computer literate and familiar with the range of ‘MS-Office’ software packages.

Academic Requirements:

  • Appropriate Masters qualification  and/ or Energy-related qualification, plus
  • At least fifteen years work-related experience, of which at least 5 years must have been at a senior management level in the energy industry.

Preference will be given to candidate(s) whose appointment/promotion/transfer improves representativity at SANEDI.
The closing date for this position is: 12 April 2013

Please submit a detailed CV to Human Resource Department for the attention of Mthokozisi Phewa or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .