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CSIR Human Resources Internship

Advertiser: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Full / Part Time: Full-Time
Permanent / Temporary: Temporary

About the job: The CSIR Human Resources (HR) function of Shared Services has vacancies for Human Resources Interns who will assist with implementing and supporting HR systems and solutions within a business unit of the CSIR in a manner that supports the achievement of HR and organisational strategy.

Key responsibilities:

Assist with the following HR functions:

- Recruitment: Correctly and timeously perform all administrative duties as required for recruitment, selection and placement.
- Workforce planning: Determine resources and skills required to achieve organisation objectives.
- Information management: Accurately feed new information in the MIS, and monitor quality of data and generate management reports.
- Employee Assistance Programme: Assist with the implementation of the employee wellness programme.
- Compile the skills development plan.
- Advise/guide line management/staff on HR and labour matters in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.
- Career development and performance management.
- Succession planning.
- Perform all other HR related administrative tasks.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

- A relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources or related field.
- Must have a desire to learn essential skills relating to Human Resources.
- Attention to detail.
- Computer literacy.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- A team player.
- Computer literacy.

Please note that feedback will be given to shortlisted candidates only.

The CSIR gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and / or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant's educational qualifications and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people's lives.

Closing date: 5 April 2013

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