South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research.  It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.  The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.

Individuals are invited to submit applications in response to the following position:

Contracts and Finance Manager

Gender and Health Research Unit
Pretoria Office

Indefinite Term Contract

This position will lead contracting, financial management and financial reporting of the R300 million What Works To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme and lead a team to financially manage about 30 contracts.

The Programme is undertaking and supporting interventions and research to prevent violence against women and girls in 13 countries in Africa, MENA and Asia with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funding. The post will be offered as an indefinite term contract, available immediately, based in our Pretoria offices. International travel is required. 


  • Financial and contracts management of the What Works Programme:
  • Working closely with the What Works Consortium Director and Programme Manager to ensure that the operational, scientific and financial requirements of the programme are aligned.
  • Communicating with all grantees, the DFID stakeholders, and all sub-contracted partners to ensure effective communication, anticipate financial or delivery implications, and mitigate or solve problems encountered. 
  • Assist in problem-solving as needed, to ensure that the overall programme of work committed to in the DFID tender is undertaken as planned, appropriately contracted and within budget.
  • Ensure that contracts and finances are in place to support the technical work.
  • Managing financial close out at the end of the project cycle including developing SOPs for close out.
  • Due diligence: Checking on organisations’ contracted from base and in-country.
  • Organisational development: Supporting organisations contracted where necessary regarding finance and governance.
  • Stakeholder management (DFID) and reporting: Maintaining constant communication with the donor, responsibility for financially reporting to DFID; and coordinating all inputs from other sources.
  • Financial reporting: Ensuring financial reports are received, checked and queries resolved; invoicing donor; ensuring SAMRC payments are made.
  • Monitoring finances of the What Works Global Programme overall.
  • Staff management (two finance officers).
  • Participating in the collective leadership of What Works.

Core Requirements:

  • Chartered Accountant or CIMA, BCom and relevant finance qualification, or MBA with a relevant finance qualification
  • At least 10 years in a management position including 3-5 years in a senior management position managing contracts in a complex programme
  • Experience working with external funders
  • Extensive experience of contracts and financial management, preferably including work in organisations that are funded by international donors
  • Knowledge of work with donors, and understanding of NGOs and researchers
  • Complex problem solving and excellent communication skills. 

A salary will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications.

In accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups. For this reason, we require race, gender and disability status to be specified. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment.

Closing date: 5 February 2018 by 4:30 pm

Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date,
kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

Please go to the following Web Site to complete an online application.

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19 January, 2018
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