Careers at SAIMI

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) is a national institute that coordinates education, training and research to support the growth of the oceans economy for South Africa and the African continent. SAIMI works with a broad spectrum of stakeholders in education, government and industry to facilitate the skills development needed to grow the maritime sector.

 Join SAIMI in oceans economy skills development!

Director: Strategic Projects / Post Level 5

Lead strategic projects focused on facilitating marine and maritime industry involvement in skills development initiatives to support industry growth, and facilitating the interface between industry and education role-players.

Director: Operations / Post Level 5

Ensure operational effectiveness and delivery to strategic goals of SAIMI, and develop SAIMI’s public profile and brand position.

Director: Research / Post Level 5

Establish SAIMI as a central point of knowledge and information to support the maritime industry. Develop and implement a research agenda that supports growth and innovation in the South African and African maritime sector through better understanding of the skills, technology and innovation needs of the maritime industry.

Director: Government Relations / Post Level 6

Manage an effective and proactive government relations programme to develop understanding and support to advance SAIMI’s mission and strategic goals. Provide strategic advisory and support on the policy, legislative and political environment.

Senior Manager: National Cadet Programme (NCP) / Post Level 6

Ensure effective management of the NCP, directed at increasing the numbers of trained, qualified and employable South African seafarers. Identify and coordinate opportunities to grow the NCP and expand SAIMI training and professional development programmes.

Senior Manager: Operation Phakisa Skills Development / Post Level 6

Manage Operation Phakisa (Oceans Economy) skills development initiatives and related structures and projects, to support the skills development required for implementation of Operation Phakisa in the Oceans Economy.

Research Associates – 3 positions / Post Level 8

SAIMI seeks to appoint up to three Research Associates with an interest in maritime education, skills and socio-economic development in any of the diverse aspects of the maritime economy (eg transport, manufacturing, aquaculture, fisheries, oil & gas exploration, marine protection & ocean governance, coastal tourism, small harbours and infrastructure). This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate working towards a PhD to gain experience in a national institute and multi-disciplinary environment geared to the application of research.

PR & Events Coordinator / Post Level 9

Support SAIMI’s marketing and communication activities, including production of materials, content development and social media; and organise SAIMI events such as meetings, seminars and conferences.


Contact for more information on the positions:
Prof Malek Pourzanjani, Chief Executive / 041 504 4038

Applications will be processed via NMU Human Resources.
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SAIMI and NMU reserve the right not to make an appointment. In considering candidates for appointment into advertised posts, preference will be accorded to persons from a designated group in accordance with the approved NMU Employment Equity Plan.